When you think of burgers, your next thought might not be about wine. But after working at a burger restaurant for a few years now, I can tell you the power of a good burger with a good glass of wine. With the right wine you can wonderfully enhance the amazing flavors of a burger. This is why I was so excited when The Capital Grille invited us out to try their Wagyu & Wine special. The Capital Grille seems to be quite a staple steak house up North, but they opened their first Raleigh location just over a year ago in North Hills. They often have fun specials, but this one is very exciting. From now until November 19th, when you sit in the lounge, you can get a Wagyu Burger and a glass of wine for just $25. There are three different burgers and three different glasses of wine to choose from (all of which are normally $23 per glass).
When we walked in to The Capital Grille we were greeted by a huge wall of wine. As soon as I saw that I knew we were bound to get some amazing wine with our burgers. We were seated at a high-top table in the very spacious lounge and greeted by our server, Jessica. She was incredibly helpful and told us some of her favorite things on the menu. I must say, we followed all of her recommendations and they were spot-on.
We decided to start our meal with the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella ($16). We were between this and Cast Iron Garlic Shrimp ($17), but went with the former per our server’s recommendation. Man am I glad we did; this appetizer was amazing! The Prosciutto was nice and salty, which went perfectly with the soft, fresh, mild tasting mozzarella. It was also drizzled with a balsamic glaze and served with a couple pieces of bread and tomato. Speaking of bread, I know a breadbasket isn’t particularly exciting, but The Capital Grille’s breadbasket was top-notch, filled with several different types of tasty bread.
Jessica also brought us over a sample of the Stoli Doli, their signature cocktail, which was dangerously easy to drink. The cocktail consisted of Stolichnaya Vodka infused with fresh pineapple and chilled. So if you’re more of a cocktail person than a wine person, I would definitely suggest this one. Before the main event, Jessica also brought us out another small sample dish from the chef. This one was a crostini with cured salmon, dill cream sauce, and mango pearls. For such a little bite it packed so much flavor! I loved how the mango pearls just exploded in your mouth and added nice sweetness to the fishiness of the salmon.
Next we were on to the main event – the Wagyu Burgers & Wine. I decided to go with The Grille’s Wagyu Cheeseburger, which had Havarti Cheese, a fried egg, and onion straws. Per the recommendation of our server, I also went with the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon for my wine. Now I’m normally someone who prefers lots and lots of topping on my burger, so I was a little skeptical of the simple toppings, but as soon and I bit into the burger I understood. The burger itself had so much flavor that there was really no need for a ton of toppings. It actually would have been a shame to add toppings that would mask the incredible flavor and juiciness of this burger. The rich flavor of the wine also complimented the juiciness of the burger perfectly.
My boyfriend decided to go with the Wagyu Bacon Cheeseburger, which had candied Applewood smoked bacon and Vermont Cheddar cheese on it. He also loved his burger and downed it pretty quickly. Our burgers were served with a side of the Parmesan Truffle Fries, which were amazing. There was a generous amount of seasoning on them, making them taste a little more special than your typical fries. Chris Lynch, the wine director, also came out and talked to us about each of the three wines in the Wagyu & Wine special, and even let us try the other two! While the Cab was our favorite, I really enjoyed all three of them and can definitely see how each compliments the taste of the big, juicy burger.
As if this wasn’t enough food, they sent us out a sampler of two of their most popular desserts: The Capital Grille Cheesecake, and the Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. The cheesecake was unique because it had a brulee topping, making it taste like a mix between cheesecake and Crème Brulee. The Flourless Chocolate Esperesso Cake was a chocolate lovers dream. It was rich and flavorful, and the perfect way to end an amazing meal.
Overall I was incredibly impressed with our meal at The Capital Grille. The food was phenomenal and the service was flawless. Jessica and Chris made our time at The Capital Grille even more enjoyable with their amazing recommendations and information about the restaurant. So if you are a burger lover, make sure to check out the Wagyu & Wine special at the lounge in The Capital Grille until November 19th. Come hungry, because you want to scarf down every crumb of these big, tasty burgers!
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to an event or to try a restaurant or certain products. This meal or items are usually comped, as this was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.
Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.