Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: A Review

The Saturday evening before Mother’s Day we went out for dinner.  The thought process was we would celebrate my Mother’s Day Saturday night and my mother-in-law’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.  We headed to 131 Main and were told it would be a 45 minute wait.  Yikes! No thanks, it was already 8:30 and I didn’t want to take up my entire night.  We also noticed some prom dresses so I was sure we could find a less packed place to eat.  We then decided to try our luck at Cantina 1511.  We arrived to find they were closed for the night with a private party booking.  They were apologetic and even gave us free guacamole coupons which will be used!  Right next door sat Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.  We had eaten there before a few years ago and remembered that we liked it well enough so we went for it.  When we walked in the restaurant was busy but no one was waiting.  The hostess told us there was a 35-45 minute wait and I was baffled.  As we turned to leave they called out to us and told us a bar area table had just opened up if we wanted to sit there.  We were fine with that and told them we would wait for them to clean it off.  As the lady is cleaning the table a man walks up and sits down; first come, first serve.  And just like that we were out of a table.  Good luck must have been on our side though, because then the hostess told us that there was an available table on the patio.  We accepted the table and were seated immediately.  So just like that a supposed 35 minute wait turned into a 2 minute wait.  I’m not sure what the motive was since there were no people actually waiting to be seated but I decided to write it off and move on.

Once seated the waitress showed up fairly quickly and we placed our orders.  The first thing that came out was the bread and it took awhile.

Bread at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

It was crispy on the outside and soft and warm inside.  My husband made the comment that it was good and I have to agree.  Some bread at restaurants can be disappointing; this one was not the best bread I have had but it was better than a lot of chain restaurant bread.  If I had to compare it I’d say it’s a step up from Outback bread and a step down from Del Frisco’s bread.  Next up we ordered two appetizers for sharing: the Smoked Chicken Wings and the Jalapeno Deviled Eggs.

Smoked Chicken Wings at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

We have found that the best way to order wings is with the sauce on the side.  The wings come out crispier and if the sauce isn’t the best you can forgo it.  These wings were very good. There was very little fat and they were a generous size.  The buffalo sauce was tangy but lacked any heat; you won’t find me complaining though, because the flavor was legit.  Bonus points for the celery being some of the freshest I’ve come across in a restaurant.  Also, the blue cheese dressing had a very homemade quality to it- not sure if it was but it tasted like it!

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

The Jalapeno Deviled Eggs were tasty with some modifications made.  I ate the first one with the jalapeno and it lit my mouth on fire.  I love spice and handle heat well and this was a tad bit much.  I ate the subsequent eggs without the jalapenos.  The good news is, the eggs didn’t need them anyway; they were good all by themselves- even the kids agreed.  I tasted the cole slaw served underneath them and it was decent as far as cole slaw goes.  The lines of sriracha on the plate seemed like overkill and out of place so I left that alone.

The kids meals came out next, about a minute before the adult entrees.  My daughter got the Macaroni and cheese with Fresh Fruit and Mashed Potatoes on the side. My son ordered the Cheeseburger with Fresh Fruit and French Fries.

Kids Macaroni and Cheese Meal at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

My daughter loved the macaroni and cheese and the fruit.  She told me she didn’t want to eat the mashed potatoes because they were lumpy and cold.  I went to try them for myself and when I stuck my fork in them to get a bite, that entire blob you see up there came off the plate in one big piece.  Kid you not.  For your sakes I tried them anyway and found that they were lukewarm and void of flavor- no seasoning at all.  On a positive note, I am almost positive they are real potatoes.

Kids Cheeseburger Meal at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

I did not taste my son’s food but he ate it all without complaint.  I’ll take that as a win.

My husband and I split the Filet Mignon with a side of Spiced Pecan Green Beans.  We ordered our steak medium and it was cooked to perfection.

Filet Mignon at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Charlotte, NC | www.adventuresquared.com

The steak was bacon wrapped and I was able to detect the subtle flavor that it added.  The green beans were out of this world as far as vegetables are concerned.  The spice mixture used on them with the pecans added in really took the whole idea of green beans up a notch.  I now want to recreate those green beans at home and serve them <strike>for Thanksgiving</strike>  all the time.  Kudos to Firebirds for splitting our meal up before bringing it out.  It always makes me happy to find restaurants that do this because to me it shows quality customer service and an eye for detail.

Food-wise Firebirds is pretty much on par with flavors and execution.  Service-wise, I’d say they have some work to do.  In addition to the wait time snafu, our waitress also left us wishing for more.  She was nice but not very attentive.  Our drinks sat empty through three trips to our table until, on the fourth trip, she brought refills.  Upon leaving I asked twice for to-go drinks for my kids and never received them.  These are small things but definitely factor in to my overall views of the restaurant.  Overall, I was pleased with Firebirds.  I left there satisfied and knowing I would be back.

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