Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gluten-Free Gluttons: Capital Grille

It's Chicago Restaurant Week time, everyone!

We've been to Capital Grille's downtown location before, and while it was pricey for us as newlyweds, it was well worth every penny we spent. So when my in-laws invited us to dine with them at the suburban location, and during CRW when it was a super-cheap price fixe menu we were all over it. I had just one question - gluten?

We called the restaurant to see if they were down with the celiac, and were assured they could hook us up. Well, maybe not in those exact words - they are a little classier than that. It was sort of mob scene there, even with it being Ash Wednesday, and I was glad we had reservations.

Our server, Lindsay, was fabulous. She knew right away what I was talking about when I said "gluten free" and even steered me away from a salad dressing I thought would be okay because she said it wasn't GF after all. It was hard sitting there watching everyone else pillage the incredible-smelling bread basket on the table, but I just enjoyed my wine. The starters were good - I had just a field green salad with oil and vinegar, but by this time I was starving so it tasted like heaven. The real show was the main course - a filet mignon and some of the best potatoes I've ever eaten (granted, I was two glasses of white zin in by that time, so my perception might be skewed). The steak was like butter. I was so blissed-out, I completely forgot about dessert until Lindsay popped back over to get our orders. As she was listing the desserts included on the CRW menu, I stopped listening as soon as she said "creme brulee."I couldn't possibly hope for my all-time favorite dessert to be GF.


It was.

I would be totally lying if I said I didn't tear up a little at the beauty that is fancy-pants restaurant creme brulee (again, I remind you. White zin. Much of it). I would probably have cuddled it and sang it Richard Marx love songs if we weren't in a crowded restaurant.

Bottom line? Capital Grille was fab as expected. Creme brulee can make me cry. And, I made it through my SECOND restaurant experience as a celiac newbie without making myself sick. Successful night all the way around.


  1. I just came across your blog while researching if Capital Grille was gluten free. I think you're hilarious and I love your writing and advice. I would love to follow your blog but it doesn't look like it has that option. Could you steer me in the right direction so I can follow? Oh and I absolutely loved your "about me"

    - megan

    1. Megan, thanks for the kind words! I would totally recommend Capital Grille - they took pretty good care of me! And, if you want to follow, you can follow via email in the box up at the top of the page.

      Happy New Year!

  2. I love your blog ...... and its on blogger ( i havent found alot of g free bloggers on here,the only two i know is me and you!)