The Capital Grille in downtown Dallas has long been the bellwether of fine dining for businessmen and bigwigs alike. It’s a place where deals are done, where drinks are poured liberally, and where the steak is always a perfect cut and cooked to a perfect temperature. It’s also a place where you start your evening before catching the opera or a Dallas Mavericks basketball game (assuming the NBA plays this season, that is).
Now there’s another Capital Grille in town — in Plano, only 20 miles from downtown and 30 miles from DFW International Airport. The newbie still has the old-world charm of its predecessor, but it has two distinctions that its big brother doesn’t. For one, it’s a true destination, meaning that you’re not going there to begin your evening. Your evening is your experience, starting with drinks at the always-happening bar and culminating with a nice, long meal. (We strongly recommend the porcini-rubbed Delmonico.) The Capital Grille Plano also has a philanthropic soft spot. For its opening preview week, the restaurant partnered with two local charities — the Plano Independent School District Education Foundation (PISDEF) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County — and invited guests to enjoy a complimentary evening in which their only costs were alcohol and gratuity. Proceeds from the sale of alcohol were then donated to the respective organizations. “Going forward, we’ll be keeping an eye out for other opportunities to collaborate with local community organizations,” says managing partner Greg Cavanaugh.
So spend your evening in the suburbs … you won’t leave disappointed. Or hungry. The Capital Grille Plano at The Shops at Legacy, 7300 Dallas Parkway, (972) 398-2221, www.thecapitalgrille.com