Unexpected Happy Hour: Citrus City Grille

I had driven up to Old Towne Orange right after work for an entirely different reason. But unexpected circumstances altered plans for that evening so I decided I wasn’t going to let me down. Since I was already in the area, I figured the one thing that brings joy to my life is going on a Happy Hour Adventure.

 

Entrance

Citrus City Grille is located on Glassell street which is essentially the Main Street of Old Towne Orange. It is the heart of this town where one can find numerous restaurants to dine at and little shops to find the perfect gift. I’d say Citrus City Grille is one of the more modern restaurants that can be spotted on this old school street.

Kitchen

One of the unique features inside the restaurant is the open-air kitchen for one to view the cooking being done. Although this concept probably isn’t the safest to have during the times of Covid especially when it is inside. The restaurant is wide and open, but we aren’t eating inside, it’s time to take this party of one outside.

Menu

The restaurant offers paper menus for single use which may not be the most environmentally friendly but at least it is keeping everyone safe. This has got to be one of the largest menus I have seen in quite a while. Although I’m not sure if anything can beat the drink menu that Paul Martin’s American Grill has. Although Citrus City Grille has more food items than Citrus City Grille but only by one item more. The great thing about the menu is that one will never pay more than $10 for any single item. Most items range from 6 to 10 dollars however there is one lonely $3 item if you are looking to save some money.

Focaccia and Balsamic Dipping Sauce

As one is sat down they set down a plate and pour a brown liquid from a bottle onto the plate. This is the restaurant’s version of a traditional olive oil and balsamic vinegar dipping sauce. To me, it seemed like a balsamic vinaigrette dressing that was more meant for a salad rather than for bread. Speaking of the bread it finally arrived and to my surprise, it was a basketful of focaccia bread. I don’t see focaccia bread served too often at restaurants so it was a nice change to the typical dinner rolls. The focaccia was very light and fluffy and filled with flavors of Italian spices and olive oil.

Mango Citrus

First up is the Mango Citrus! This libation is a few ingredients of mango rum, orange, and mango juice. I can’t say I have ever had a rum-based martini drink in my life before. The first sip of this concoction was a forward taste in the rum because of the strength of the drink. However, soon the bright citrus flavors of the orange and mango juice come flowing through. I love citrus flavors and how they wake up your taste buds with its bursting flavor.

The Favorite

Next up is The Favorite! This martini contains vodka, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour. If I had to compare this drink to a single item I would have to say it is like drinking a Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Watermelon Jolly Ranchers are in my top 5 favorite candies. I don’t have candy too often but when I do I can only typically have a piece or two. This drink is no different than me having candy because I can only drink one of these. It has that artificial watermelon flavor so if you are not a fan then I’d say give a pass on this drink.

Bruschetta

Thinking back on all of my Adventures thus far I don’t think I have ever had bruschetta. I have had bruschetta before but now I have the pleasure of sharing my experience of having this dish with all of you. Bruschetta in its simplest form is tomato, basil, and bread. This bruschetta throws in the addition of feta cheese to give each bite a creamy and salty taste. The balsamic glaze added a nice sweetness which helped balance out the char on the bread.

Spiced Filet Mignon Tacos

For the main meal, I went with one of the more unique items listed on the menu. The spiced filet mignon tacos are what caught my eye but you may be thinking, what is unique about spiced filet mignon tacos. What is unique is what tops these tacos. The toppings range from blue cheese, a pear slaw, and blackberry. The pear slaw added a refreshing crispness to the dish but I felt I couldn’t taste a lot of pear flavor. I think this was mainly because of the blue cheese which does have an overpowering taste to it. However, there is one lonely blackberry that when you get it in your bite really helps to balance out the dish. I just wish that there were more blackberries to help cut down on the strength of the blue cheese. The star of the dish is the spiced filet mignon which was perfectly cooked and had so many wonderful flavors to it.

Overall, I had a wonderful time enjoying this quaint street in Old Towne Orange. Sure I was upset that my original plans didn’t come to fruition but 2020 is all about evolving with the times. The street really gave off a small-town feel which helped me to feel like I was in a different part of the country. I love how they closed down this street to make way for businesses to expand their patios for outdoor dining. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and go with the flow when plans fall apart.

Website: Citrus City Grille

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Sometimes plans fall apart but that doesn’t have to bring you down. What are the most unexpected last-minute plans that have happened to you? Food-related or not.

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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