Regional American fare has evolved from its early days, when chefs insisted on emblazoning steaks with state mottos and whittling vegetables into portraits of the official state whittler. Taste culinary progress with today's Groupon to Citrus Cafe in Tustin. Choose between the following options:
• For $28, you get dinner for two, including two entrées (up to a $22 value each) and two glasses of house wine (up to a $7 value each; up to a $58 total value).
• For $55, you get dinner for four, including four entrées (up to a $22 value each) and four glasses of house wine (up to a $7 value each; up to a $116 total value).
Citrus Cafe crafts plates inspired by American and Californian culinary traditions using fresh ingredients. Guests gather at rounded booths to juggle plates across a panoply of entrées, including the rib-eye steak, which waltzes from the kitchen wearing robes of boursin and merlot sauce, with rotating partners of roast potatoes and haricots (a $16 value). Chefs build mountain ranges of ricotta-cheese ravioli populated with artichokes and blue cheese (a $12 value), and entrap calamari, shrimp, mussels, and salmon in a web of feta-sprinkled seafood linguine (a $17 value). Meanwhile, a rack of lamb discusses meat-vegetable relations with potato puree and vegetables while cloaked in a merlot glaze (a $22 value).
Diners accent dinner fare with pours from a list of California wines, including chardonnay, merlot, riesling, and other vine juices from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and Paso Robles. As they dine, patrons bask in the warm sunset glow of Citrus Cafe's deep yellow and magenta walls at tables set with desert flowers and a personal-size sun.
1481 Edinger Ave.
Tustin, California 92780