The Capital Grille (Restaurant Week – Lunch)

230 Tresser Blvd  Stamford, CT 06901 – (203) 967-0000

I’ve been to The Capital Grille numerous times for restaurant week in the past, but only for dinner (recommendations below).  I decided to go for lunch because I saw that they had a cheeseburger on the menu and I’m always up for trying a new burger!  For their lunch special, $20.13 gets you a salad, an entree, and a dessert.  Anyone who is familiar with Capital Grille’s prices knows that $20.13 is a steal for lunch.  See their Restaurant Week Menu HERE!

Capital Grille Signature Cheeseburger: A blend of Chopped Sirloin, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Sweet Onion with Truffle Fries

Capital Grille Signature Cheeseburger: A blend of Chopped Sirloin, Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles & Sweet Onion with Parmesan Truffle Fries

While I do think that the cheeseburger was very good, it’s not the best I’ve had.  I think I expected it to be a bit different and maybe more original – but I suppose bacon, lettuce, and tomato appeals to most of the population.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the BLT combo, but it’s been better at other restaurants.  The meat was deliciously tender & seasoned and the truffle fries were AMAZING.  A good burger – but I would rather have had another dish.  I had their caesar salad & their chocolate ice cream as well – both were satisfying.  The WOW factor for me was the parmesan truffle fries – definitely the star of the meal.

I’ve been dying to try their Wagyu Cheeseburger, which is supposed to be phenomenal! I did not see it on the regular menu online or restaurant week menu and was a little disappointed.  Perhaps it’s a special? Or maybe they only offer it at specific locations? The Wagyu burger is served on a Brioche roll with Havarti cheese and a sunny side up egg & crispy onions.  Now THAT sounds like a burger!  Their signature burger is definitely worth a taste though!

If you’re going to the Capital Grille in Stamford for restaurant week (dinner), I absolutely recommend their Bone-In Dried Aged Sirloin & Filet Mignon for an entree.  Both are ridiculously good and I often have trouble deciding which one to choose.  I do enjoy their Creme Brulee for dessert as well.  I’ll be going back to CG for dinner next week so I’ll be updating this article with some pictures. Oh, and their Lobster Mac & Cheese is to die for – probably the best I’ve had 🙂

What do you recommend from The Capital Grille?

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Saturday Sandwich from Rye Ridge Deli

http://www.ryeridgedeli.com

High Ridge Center, 1087 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT

Rye Rigde Shopping Center, 126 S. Ridge St, Rye Brook, NY

The Eastchester: Turkey, Pastrami, Cole Slaw & Russian dressing - Stamford, CT

The Eastchester: Turkey, Pastrami, Cole Slaw & Russian dressing – Stamford, CT

Helen’s Luncheonette – Stamford, CT

320 Hope Street, Stamford, CT  –   (203) 323-7571

Mon – Sat, 5:30am – 3pm

If you want home-style cooking, go to Helen’s.  One of my favorite places to get breakfast! They have delicious omelettes, sandwiches, salads, and more!  It’s a simple place and I appreciate that.  Owners are very friendly – I wish they were still open on Sundays!

I usually get an omelette with some sort of combo of cheese (usually feta), onions, spinach, & tomato.  I always ask for my potatoes crispy! And of course you have to have a breakfast meat, both their bacon and sausage are amazing.  Sometimes I have to get both.  If I’m feeling insatiable, (which is more common than not) I share a short stack of pancakes with whoever I’m with.

I’ve also tried their burgers and they’re good!  But it’s homestyle cooking – so don’t expect a five guys burger!  Fries and coleslaw that come with it are also enjoyable!  DO get their bacon or ham egg & cheeses as well.

Enjoy some breakfast pictures below!

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Riko’s Pizza – Stamford/Norwalk, CT

170 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT   203-674-8970
581 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT   203-614-9999
345 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT   203-822-7800

I’ve had pizza’s from both Stamford locations, and I haven’t been disappointed.  It can take a while for delivery, but that’s to be expected on a Friday/Saturday night.  Riko’s Pizza is super thin crust, just like Colony Grill in Stamford/Fairfield/Milford.  If you’re familiar with Colony, then you know they are almost the same pie.  There are minor differences, but not enough for me to have a CLEAR favorite.  They’re both delicious.  Riko’s offers thin crust pies with various toppings as well as salads and wings.  Haven’t tried any of their wings yet, but below is a list of pizza’s and salad’s I’ve tried and liked!

  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Meatball & Ricotta Pizza
  • Hot Oil & Onion Pizza
  • Gorganzola Salad (Aged imported gorgonzola cheese, crispy romaine, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives)
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad (Marinated & roasted chicken breast, tangy buffalo sauce, crispy romaine, red onion, rough cut crispy bacon, tomatoes, signature creamy blue cheese dressing.)
Hot Oil & Onion Pie from Riko's Pizza (Newfield)

Hot Oil & Onion Pie from Riko’s Pizza (Newfield)

CLICK HERE to order from Riko’s Online!

Capriccio Cafe – Stamford, CT

189 Bedford Street , Stamford CT

http://www.capriccio-cafe.com

Let me start by saying that whenever I go to Capriccio, I never have a bad meal.  Sometimes the service is lacking, but I usually don’t mind because I’m never in a rush & if I’m sitting outside I’m just enjoying the atmosphere.  Besides food, I recommend the White Peach Sangria if you like a sweet refreshing drink.  Below is a list of what I’ve ordered and enjoyed from Capriccio.

  • Grilled Vegetable Stack (Zucchine, eggplant, tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, pesto)
  • Zucchini Chips (Crispy zucchini chips with their own marinara sauce)
  • Burrata Speck & Tomato (Cream filled fresh mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, tomatoes)
  • Fried Calamari  (Lemon, parsley, garlic dipping sauce)
  • Calamari alla Griglia (Grilled calamari served over a bed of arugula with lemon & olive oil dressing)
  • Cesare Salad (Caesar salad with croutons and shaved parmigiano cheese)
  • Lorenzo Salad (Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, roasted peppers, mixed greens)
  • Mia Salad (Sun-dried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms and grilled chicken sauteed in shallots, balsamic sauce served warm over mixed green)
  • Via Pola Panini (Grilled chicken, goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, portobello mushrooms)
  • Messina Sandwich (grilled chicken, smoked mozzarella, avocado and sundried tomato pesto
  • Maestro Pizza (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, fresh tomato, fresh basil)
  • Margherita Pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil)
  • Rigatoni alla Vodka (pancetta, prosciutto di Parma, tomato-cream sauce with a splash of vodka)
  • Gelato (assorted flavors by Volta Gelateria )(chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, lemon, mixed berries sorbet)
Burrata Speck & Tomato - Capriccio Cafe Stamford, CT

Burrata Speck & Tomato @ Capriccio Cafe Stamford, CT

Mimosas @ Capriccio Cafe - Stamford, CT

Mimosas @ Capriccio Cafe – Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile – Stamford/Greenwich, CT

Check their Facebook page for location details.

http://meltmobilect.com

Melt Mobile in Veteran's Park - Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile in Veteran’s Park – Stamford, CT

SPECIALTY SANDWICHES

  • Original Melt – House blend of Tillamook Cheddar, Gruyere,Monterey Jack on Country White Bread.
  • The Insanewich – A grilled 6oz Angus burger with Bacon, shredded Lettuce, chopped Tomatoes and Melt Sauce between 2 Originals.
  •  Meatball 3 Cheese Squeeze – Diana’s Meatballs in Marinara, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Fresh Basil on Tuscan Bread.
  •  The Pork – U – Pine – Tillamook Cheddar, bbq pulled Pork, caramelized Onions, and sliced Dill Pickles on buttery grilled Country White.
  • The Svelte Melt(350 Cal) – Lowfat Jarlsberg, oven roasted Turkey,  Roma Tomatoes, whole grain Honey Mustard grilled on a 7 Grain.
  • Montecristo – Herb baked Country Ham, farm fresh Turkey, house Cheese blend [Cheddar\Gruyere\Jack] on Challah Bread dipped in French Toast battered and grilled, sprinkled with powdered Sugar and served with Mixed Berry Preserves.
  • The Caprese – Fresh mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, fire roasted peppers, tomato, arugula and pesto aioli on kalamata olive bread.
  • The Strawberry Supreme Melt -Fresh Strawberries, Nutella and Vanilla infused Mascarpone on crunchy Tuscan Bread dusted with powdered Sugar.
  • The Fluffernutter – Caramelized Bananas, Marshmallow Fluff, Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter on crunchy Tuscan Bread dusted with powdered Sugar.

 

ADD ON’S

  • Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
  • Vine Ripe Tomatoes
  • Caramelized Onions
  •  Sauteed Wild Mushrooms

I’ve tried the original & added caramelized onions, the meatball grilled cheese, and the pork – u – pine…loved them all!

Maddy’s Food Truck – Stamford, CT

Follow Maddy’s Food Truck on Facebook & Twitter for Location details!

(Caribbean/Contemporary American)

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Maddy’s Food Truck @ the Beer Garden Harbor Point in Stamford, CT

Last visit: July 2013

What I enjoyed:

  • Crispy Conch w/ spicy tartar sauce.
  • Bacon & Avocado Grilled Cheese.
  • Chicken Tenders w/ spicy dipping sauce

All came with seasoned fries.

Overall, very pleased with everything & can’t wait to go back!

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Maddy’s Food Truck @ Harbor Point Stamford, CT