Citrus – NoDo – North of Downtown Orlando

Citrus – NoDo – North of Downtown Orlando

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The Thornton Park restaurant group has been very busy lately with the opening of the new Soco at Thornton Park. We recently received notice that they will be opening a new restaurant near Citrus called North Quarter Tavern. Press Release below:

North Quarter Tavern (NQT) is a new chef-driven neighborhood tavern that will be located in the North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando. The team from Citrus Restaurant developed the concept. The kitchen will be under the direction of Chef Matt Wall from Citrus Restaurant. Chef Matt has been with Citrus Restaurant for over five years and is looking forward to bringing an exciting new concept to the neighborhood. NQT will be located on the ground floor of Nora, a luxury apartment building that opened in November 2014. The address is 861 North Orange Avenue. NQT is scheduled to open in 2015. For updates or to join our mailing list, please visit www.northquartertavern.com.

Chef Lucas Reid who is at Citrus now will take over for Chef Matt Wall once he moves over to NQT.

Citrus Restaurant features regionally inspired new American cuisine. While Citrus is not “historic” or “citrus themed”, the restaurant name is meant to respect Central Florida’s heritage. The Citrus Restaurant concept reflects an interpretation of Florida flavors and ideas like fresh, clean, local and independent. The restaurant is stylish and inviting and sets an energetic and lively tone for the emerging Uptown District.

Citrus Restaurant has won numerous awards for its Power Lunch, and on any given day the dining room is a veritable Who’s Who of politicians, business people and local celebrities.

So while other restaurants might look at lunch as a secondary meal, Citrus considers it just as important as dinner.

Speed is an essential element at lunchtime, says Chef Matt. “You have to be fast, but you have to keep the quality of the food at a high level.”

“Just because its lunch, with all the hustle and bustle of the work day, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for a great meal in the middle of all the chaos.”

We recently dropped by for dinner at a friend’s birthday gathering and were delighted by the ambiance as well as the quality of food.

Definitely need to drop by another time for their “power lunch.”

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Crispy Calamari, jalapeños, artichokes, lemon, pickles, house sofrito 13
Crispy Calamari, jalapeños, artichokes, lemon, pickles, house sofrito 13
Crispy Calamari, jalapeños, artichokes, lemon, pickles, house sofrito 13
Crispy Calamari, jalapeños, artichokes, lemon, pickles, house sofrito 13
Ahi Tuna Tataki, local cantaloupe, kumquat purée, korean hot pepper, local petite greens, wasabi aioli, ponzu 15
Ahi Tuna Tataki, local cantaloupe, kumquat purée, korean hot pepper, local petite greens, wasabi aioli, ponzu 15

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House Aged Chimichurri Ribeye, caramelized onion, arugula salad, brown butter mashed potato, chimichurri 32
House Aged Chimichurri Ribeye, caramelized onion, arugula salad, brown butter mashed potato, chimichurri 32
Country fried red fish with grits in a tomato sauce
Country fried red fish with grits in a tomato sauce
House Aged Chimichurri Ribeye, caramelized onion, arugula salad, brown butter mashed potato, chimichurri 32
House Aged Chimichurri Ribeye, caramelized onion, arugula salad, brown butter mashed potato, chimichurri 32

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