October 29, 2009
Local Flavor: Citris Grill
Last week I got to spend some time with two of my oldest girlfriends. We met up at Citris Grill, an unassuming restaurant in the same complex as Cafe Rio on 3300 S. I had been there before, but hadn't really paid much attention to how delightful it is.
We started our meal with the Black and White Hummus. The "white" hummus was made with pinenuts, rosemary and white beans. It was perfectly paired with lightly toasted, seasoned pita triangles. The "black" hummus was black beans with cilantro and lime, served with colorful tortilla chips. Both were tasty when you ate them separately, but the combination was almost even better.
For my entree, I ordered the Butternut Squash Fettuccine. It was so delicious, I never wanted to reach the bottom of my plate! A light garlic cream sauce, bits of tender butternut squash, portobello mushrooms and tomatoes combined to make this vegetarian dish so satisfying I never missed the chicken I considered adding. And did I mention that the pasta was obviously made in-house? Because it was.
But by far the nicest thing about the Citris Grill was the option of two potion sizes for many entrees; petite and hearty. I ordered the petite, and a good thing, too! I certainly couldn't have eaten more than what I was served -- I think you would have to share the hearty portion with someone else.
Pros: reasonably priced, choice of portion size, friendly wait staff, delicious food, unassuming yet expansive menu with choices that are all so appealing it will take you half an hour to decide what you want to order
Cons: parking near Cafe Rio can be something of a nightmare on weekends
The Verdict: Definitely gotta get you some of this! If you're in the Canyon Rim area, be sure to check this one out.