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From the U.S. eagle emblem in the lobby to the two giant lion sculptures that guard the entrance, everything at Capital Grille is done BIG. The overall effect comes across as somewhat "macho," but it is an unusual experience that will inspire repeat conversations well into the future. Speaking of big, think sinking your teeth into a towering 14 ounce filet mignon that is complemented by a one pound baked potato and a massive side dish of vegetables. The menu is pricey, but with portions in these sizes, you can always share. A glass of house wine is available too.
Chef and owner Marco Wiles received his training from his Italian mother, as well as from cooking in other Houston Italian restaurants. The originality of his dishes makes this a great dining experience for any Italian food lover. The decor is bright and comfortable with tones of yellow in the walls and wood floors. The pastas are made in-house from imported ingredients. Specialties include octopus salad, venison fettuccine and lamb chops. An all-Italian wine list is offered to add flavor to any entree. The Zuppa Inglese, a brandy-soaked cake, is a must for dessert.
Rainbow Lodge is the type of place where you expect to sip wine and play a wild game with the likes of Jim Harrison or Tom Mcguane. Enjoy tasty seafood offerings along with a view of the ravine in White Oak Bayou in this century old log cabin. Plus, with rooms like the Orvis Room you know just where to take the outdoorsman in the family. Just let them gaze at the rustic carvings along the bar. Along with seafood, chicken and meat preparations are also among the favorites. Grilled Ciabatta Sandwiches, pastas and salads also feature on the menu.
Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou is one place you cannot miss going to. The romantic ambiance and amazing food, does not feel too heavy on the pocket; also as they offer a happy hour menu. Food tastes great and some of the delicacies you may try are the fillet, mac and cheese with lobster, shrimp and grits and much more. The desserts here are irresistible. The full bar offers an extensive variety too.The television screens spread all over the place makes it entertaining. They offer their private dining space to celebrate your special occasions and functions. For reservations and more information, call ahead.
Those unfamiliar with Montrose may have trouble finding the place at first, but you'll never forget again. Rivas is a different sort of Italian joint - one that pleasantly feels very much like home. There's a soothing combination of fun personality and old school elegance throughout the sizable dining room. The skilled bartenders transmit this culture while shaking perfect martinis and all sorts of other refreshing cocktails. Rivas' delicious approach to classic Italian favorites is well worth their fair prices. Get the Rosemary Pork Chops with Potato Pancakes for your entree - lightly breaded with a slight crunch, they're easily some of the best in town. The veal and pasta dishes are also especially satisfying. -Adam Rosen