LAFAYETTE – Whether you’re craving French toast or meatloaf, Christos New City Grill’s menu has something for everyone.
Christos has arguably offered the largest menu in Tippecanoe County since Mike and Maria Christos opened their establishment in Lafayette in 1988, after working at several restaurants in northern Indiana.
Although not a regular at breakfast outside of our house, Ken ranks Christos French toast and pancakes among his favorite dishes. This is just a small sample of the huge breakfast menu available throughout the day.
If it’s comfort food you crave, Christos has several mouthwatering dishes, including Lisa’s choice: the Country Fried Chicken Stack. Not liking her food to be touched, she requested that the homemade mashed potatoes and country sausage sauce be on the side of two large pieces of chicken.
Pounded a bit flat, the chicken was crisp, crunchy, juicy, and such a large portion that Lisa enjoyed some of it for lunch the next day. The mashed potatoes were real, right down to the skin, and the sausage sauce had just the right amount of sausage and pepper. Comfort food at its best.
While tempted by Christos’ breaded tenderloin, a treat enjoyed at a recent lunch with former colleagues, Ken opted for the 10-ounce homemade sirloin. Half cooked to order, the sirloin was tender and also pounded a bit flat. Although a little more used to ordering steaks from steakhouses, this sirloin was well worth the price of $ 12.99.
Ken’s sides – a bowl of cheddar broccoli soup and confetti rice – completed an enjoyable meal.
While happy with our dinner choices, we changed our mind when we saw what Ken’s mom, Mary, had ordered. The Smokey Mountain Chicken – two big chicken breasts topped with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce, bits of bacon (which my mom asked not to use) and green onions – will be on our short list for our next visit. Accompanied by a large baked potato and a side salad, there was enough for two meals.
His mate, Frank, also enjoyed his sirloin with the baked potato and a satisfying bowl of cabbage soup.
Somehow Lisa and I found room for dessert. From the many options (pies, cakes, brownies), Lisa chose a plain cheesecake while Ken made a ready-made choice of a cinnamon roll.
Lisa, who prefers fruitless New York-style cheesecake, relished the intricacies of Christos’ cheesecake. Ken, too full of his dinner, chose to save his cinnamon bun for breakfast the next day. Slightly reheated in the microwave, this was a rare treat of cinnamon goodness and more than enough frosting.
As a tribute to Christos’ appeal and promise to serve food of uncompromising freshness and quality, we have seen people of all ages and families enjoy a weekday evening.
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