The Top 100 List: #87 Capital Grille’s “Lobster Mac and Cheese”

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Capital Grille’s “Lobster Mac and Cheese”

Location: Downtown

Rating: 7.5 (out of 10)

Price:  $14

The Skinny: I’ve run into more than a few people who have commented on this dish – heard it said that the lobster mac and cheese at Capital Grille will change my life.  The experience is supposedly comparable to a siren’s call and a beach sunset wrapped into one.  Needless to say, I was expecting big things.

First, I’m happy to report: it is really damn good.  Still, when I exited the restaurant, my life was roughly the same, for better or worse.  The lobster is clearly the star, with the delicious and creamy cheese sauce running in a close second.  A fork full of pasta, lobster, and melted, dripping sauce is a must eat indeed.

But, the dish isn’t without its flaws.  For instance, they heat the top of the dish to toast bits of breadcrumbs and melt some cheese, so they throw it under a broiler with the cooked pasta exposed to the high heat.  The results of which are pieces of macaroni on top that are completely dried out and hard to bite into once served.   And plating-wise, the pasta totally overflows the bowl, which is great to look at, but once you start pulling pasta elbows out to eat, the thing falls over like a  jenga set.  Even with these small warts, it’s a damn fine dish.  And at $14, it’s an excellent flavor-value.

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