Mixing Fancy Burgers With Fancy Wine at The Capital Grille
Every once in a (long) while, we dust off our cummerbunds, put on the one collared shirt we own and head to a fancy-ass joint to get down with the beef and bread. Earlier this month, we did just that as we hit up the swanky Capital Grille* in Tysons for a look at their Wagyu and Wine promotion.
Each fall since 2012, The Capital Grille combines some of its burgers with wine not normally sold by the glass for its annual event. This year, the pairing consisted of two choices: a gorgonzola and black truffle-topped burger alongside a cabernet sauvignon and a cheeseburger with fried egg and crispy onions paired with a pinot noir. The wagyu burgers are two of four on the Grille’s regular lunch menu. The burgers – served with fries – are regularly $19 and $18, respectively, but with the promotion, which adds a glass of wine, it’s just $25. So, it’s a decent deal if you’re trying to booze it up during your lunch break.
The gorgonzola burger is, naturally, dominated by the pungent cheese, with the black truffle butter flavor not far behind. There’s also some balsamic onions in the mix but we had trouble picking them out from the two other components. The wagyu cheeseburger is the better of the two options, with a veritable cloak of cheese ensconcing the half-pound patty topped with a well-executed runny fried egg and smattering of crispy onions. Both burger were cooked decently enough, though our rare request, unfortunately, came out closer to medium.
When it comes to wine, we’re not gonna lie – we’re novices. We like to drink it, sure, but discerning the subtle notes of tobacco, lemon peel and lavender in a glass of the stuff while we’re eating a burger…come on. We’re just looking for something to wash down the beef. However, having said that, we really enjoyed the cab sauvignon, a 2012 Justin Isosceles. It was much more in-your-face than the pinot from Landmark Overlook and really did pair well with both the gorgonzola and fried egg burgers. We wouldn’t hesitate to get down with a bottle of that again. Also, the promotion’s pairings are just suggestions. You can mix-and-match the burgers and wine however you please. [END WINE REVIEW ATTEMPT]
Wagyu and Wine at The Capital Grille is available at all D.C. area locations – Tysons, D.C. and Chevy Chase – and only in the lounge area of the restaurant (but we’re told it you ask nicely enough, they’re inclined to serve it to you in the main dining room as well). The deal is available for another week, ending this Sunday, November 22.
Just remember: wear something nice.
The Capital Grille | 1861 International Drive | Tysons | www.thecapitalgrille.com
*Now, it’s apparent that D.C. has a steakhouse fetish but Tysons itself might have the highest concentration of steak restaurants in tehw ahole area. With The Capital Grille, Palm, Fleming’s, Ruth’s Chris, JR’s Stockyards and Chima all within two miles of each other, it’s hard to go a block in Tysons without tripping over a ribeye.