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I just wanted to let folks know that the old Crazy Mae's in Southern Village recently reopened as Citrus, a breakfast and lunch spot. The room and menu are both rather elegant. I've had lunch there, but not breakfast. Food was very good, but I thought the portions and the prices were not in agreement (small, pricey). I'll be back for breakfast--they have salmon hash and some really decadent sounding omelets on the menu...

Anyone been there? opinions?

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  1. I agree. Both lunch and breakfast are very good, but quite spendy for a regular eatery. Took the family there for breakfast and it was $40. Elmo's isn't nearly as good, but we can get out on a weekend for < $25. I hope they make it, but would love to see some daily specials for breakfast and lunch that are in the < $5 range.

    1. A small group (5) went to Citrus yesterday for breakfast at 10:15. We were told we would have a 30 minute wait. Fine. 90 minutes later, they were finally clearing a table for us. What was more disappointing than the wait was that the owner/host didn't seem to be concerned that his initial estimate had more than tripled, he never offered us even a cup of coffee while we were waiting. Parties of four kept getting seated right and left; we suggested that we could be squeezed into a four-top and that suggestion was rebuffed: "We'll be seating you shortly." Shortly turned out to be another 40 minutes.

      The food was good, generous portions, but nothing came out at the same time. I can't say I'll go back, however. I really feel like the owner dropped the ball with us. However, the restaurant was doing very brisk business so I doubt the loss of business of 5 people is going to make him lose any sleep.

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      1. re: rcsimm

        5 people is one thing ... the rest of us Chowhounds deciding not to go is another. I don't have 90 minutes to sit around waiting for a table (that seems really excessive), and I sure don't want the food coming out at different times. I had been interested in trying this place, but I have to say, your post has changed my mind.

      2. My family and I had an awful lunch there. They forgot to give us their all-day breakfast menu, even though my sister told the waiter that she was vegetarian, so we all got salads. When we asked for the menus that other tables were getting, the waiter was rude and rushed us to place a different order if we were going to. The salads were not at all fresh, sort of slimy and yellow greens. They had no vegetables to them as the menu had described, and were just mountains of greens. The bread was stale and dry. No one ever gave us water. And to top it off, it was incredibly expensive. We literally had to go get other food afterwards. It was pretty empty for a work-week lunch when we were there--I think they've gone downhill since earlier posts.

        1. Had breakfast there and the huevo rancheros were the best...and we spent 28 years in Texas...the salsa was fresh...it was great...went back for lunch...the paninis were not grilled and skinny as we expected...the chipolte bbq sauce was good...fries were generous (could have shared)...space is very well done and pleasant and service was great...the acoustics, when busy, was distracting...all said, we will be back for more huevos!

          1. Oh, my, is that space doomed, or what? My office had a celebratory lunch there, and it was just terrible. The food took forever, the fries were oversalted, there was no acknowledgment we waited 40 minutes for what seemed to be simple lunches (the most complicated was pan-fried trout with haricots verts), and worst, the food was no better than I could have made myself at home for much less money. It's a shame too -- it would be a nice place to walk from our office in Southern Village for a relaxing lunch. Crazy Mae's had terrible service, but at least the food was good!