Report Card: Cap City Fine Diner & Bar

Cap City, Gahanna

Cap City, Gahanna

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http://www.capcityfinediner.com/

Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade A:  We’ve been to Cap City a few times in the past and enjoyed our visits, but on this visit we had an agenda…we needed to grubgrade this place.  You might pass right by Cap City without knowing what you were passing, and that would be a shame.  Because of its location (shopping plaza – blech!) you really cannot get a good feel for the place from the outside.  If, however, you happened to wander inside, you’d probably like what you saw.  The appearance of Cap City Fine Diner and Bar will definitely remind you of an old school diner with a little twist.  Think “Al’s” from Happy Days but with a more modern flair.  The interior was clean and relatively quiet, although arriving at 4:00pm might have put us ahead of the dinner crowd.

High marks:   Clean, quiet, and nicely decorated

Low marks:   No Fonzie

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server, Candie, did a commendable job in fulfilling our needs during the dinner service.  There were no mistakes made with our order, and our drinks and entrees came out without too much of a delay.  But those of you who follow this blog know us, so probably know what I am about to say.  There was just nothing about the service to set it apart – we just could not find anything about the service that was noteworthy.  Katina summed it up best when she described it as pretty “basic.”

High marks:  Accurate, minimal wait

Low marks:   Nothing noteworthy about the service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:  We decided to skip the appetizer on this occasion and went straight for the booze.  Katina ordered a Strawberry Lemonade (this one has some liquor in it) and I sipped on a couple of Rogue Dead Guy ales.  Katina really enjoyed the smoothness of the Strawberry Lemonade.  She said you could barely taste any alcohol and felt the drink was very well balanced.  The Rogue Dead Guy ales were extremely smooth with a real distinct malty finish and just the right amount of hop notes.  This is definitely a beer you could lose track of yourself with since it is so drinkable.  For our entrees, Katina went with the Crab Crusted Tilapia and I decided to go with the Chicken Romano.  The tilapia was very well prepared.  Katina found it to be moist and not dry, and a nice sized portion with plenty of crab.  She did feel like there needed to be more lemon-butter sauce.  A nice sized portion of delicious sticky rice accompanied the tilapia.  The Chicken Romano was nicely prepared.  The breading on the chicken cutlets was nice and light, and the cutlets themselves were pounded nice and thin.  The dish was a little out of balance because the dish was a little skimpy with the pasta – which is completely backwards from what I expected.  Usually with a dish like this (pasta and meat) you get a ton of pasta with a couple of kitten-sized portions of meat.  I ran out of pasta way before I ran out of chicken.

High marks:  Good drinks, delicious rice and tilapia, nicely breaded and thin chicken cutlets         

Low marks:   Too light on both the lemon-butter sauce and the pasta

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Value:  Grade A-:  We had some very nice food for a fairly reasonable price.  Portion size was good to  generous, and we left full but didn’t need any doggy bags.  With the good quality of food, nice portion size, and reasonable price, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar racked up a very respectable “A-.”  If you’re out and about in Gahanna, you should definitely stop by and give Cap City a try.

High marks:   Reasonable price, good quality

Low marks:  No doggy bags needed

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