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One of my favorite new restaurant discoveries is Citris Grill, a very appealing restaurant over on the east side of town, on 33rd South at about 30th East. Citris Grill – and that’s Citris spelled C-I-T-R-I-S – is my kind of restaurant. It’s a very attractive place, with sage colored walls, black and white photos throughout the dining room, and an open demonstration kitchen. But it’s not too fancy. It’s a comfortable place where the servers wear blue jeans and the food is delicious.

But maybe the most unique aspect of Citris Grill is the way that the menu items are priced. Everything on the Citris Grill menu except sandwiches comes in either “hearty” or half-priced “petite” sized portions. I think that’s a terrific idea. Personally, I’d rather enjoy three or four smallish sized courses than one or two huge ones. But I should also mention that even the so-called “petite” portions at Citris Grill aren’t really all that petite. Which makes ordering those half-priced entrees and appetizers a really good bargain.

There’s a starter on the Citris Grill menu that I’m crazy about. It’s a pepper-crusted risotto cake made with goat cheese and topped with tomato fondue and it’s sensational. It’s also sensationally spicy, so for a milder appetizer you might want to try rock shrimp with mustard-chive sauce or maybe homemade tortilla chips with spinach and artichoke dip.

The sandwiches at Citris grill are also extraordinary, especially the grilled cheese sandwich of the day. The ingredients for the grilled cheese change daily but it’s always delicious. And believe me, this ain’t your grannies grilled cheese! On Monday the grilled cheese special was French brie with apricot-jalapeno jelly, sliced apples, and a side salad. Sorry, there’s no Velveeta at Citris Grill.

So for sensational meals – in portions that you can handle – try out the east side’s Citris Grill.

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