La Cita Country Club-Titusville, FL- 3 Stars
Continuing my gastronomical exploration of the North Brevard area while still avidly searching for the elusive magic bottle, I decided to check out the eats at La Cita Country Club. Like one of my idols, Groucho Marx, I wouldn't want to be a member of any Country Club that would have me as one, so I am happy to inform you that their restaurant is open to the general public.
I was seated by the hostess and handed a menu to peruse while awaiting my server. At first glance, I fell in love with the menu. It was something right out of "My Cousin Vinny" and I found it strikingly hilarious. The menu had four items on it, sparsely explained: Roasted Prime Rib, Almond Crusted Chicken, Penne Pasta, Grilled Chicken and Red Fish. As I was chuckling to myself thinking of the "two yutes" in the movie, my server, Mark, approached my table. I mentioned the "My Cousin Vinny" aspect of the menu and Mark replied with a perfect, "Didn't I tell you to wear a suit to my courtroom?" I knew he was super cool.
I decided to start with my favorite drink an Old Fashioned with a whiskey base of Basil Hayden Kentucky Bourbon while ordering the Roasted Prime Rib upon which to dine. When Mark returned with my drink, the lyrics to, "Beer, Bait and Ammo," immediately sprang to mind. It had everything and I mean everything in it. It was the goofiest looking Old Fashioned I had ever seen and upon one sip I realized why. It was not an Old Fashioned per se as much as it was a bourbon and club soda with a bunch of junk thrown in (to detract from the fact of what it was not?)
The Prime Rib, however; was cooked to perfection. While cooked to a gorgeous medium-rare, it lacked the "punch" of flavor explosion I have come to expect in my Prime Rib. The Ceasar Salad was obviously made the easy way using anchovy paste as opposed to actual anchovies, and it showed up in the flavor. It was flat on the palate. The mashed potatoes were easily identifiable as freshly made as they contained lumps just like Mom's (invest in a ricer people). The vegetables were executed properly and seasoned exceptionally well. They were savory beyond savory. Big Boy says, "the drinks have the kitchen sink in them and the Prime Rib is doable."