Dining at Fire

Pizza at Fire

Fire is always one of my favorite go-to spots.  I always love the atmosphere, the tall windows looking out at the square and the kitchen being the focal point. I love that I have options on where to sit depending on my mood: at the bar, at a table or booth or outside in the summer where I can people watch.

drinks FireBut if you haven’t been to Fire in awhile, now is the time to go. They just rolled out a new menu that is inspired by international flavors and available local produce that encourages sharing. I was out with a friend who was vegetarian so while I didn’t get a chance to sample the new meat selections, we were totally digging the new vegetarian options. Of course, we ordered a cocktail while we nibbled on a selection of local cheeses (I can never say “no” to cheese). Their signature cocktail, Summer Patio, is described as “light and refreshing” and it was just that. It had a cool, almost flowery taste to it and went down…well easily.

Fried Indonesian Rice

Fried Indonesian Rice

Next we ordered the Chickpea Fritters. They were served with a peach amba that had just the right amount of spicy and sweet. But the highlight on the plate for me, was the broccoli salad; they blanch and then smoke the broccoli giving it this layered taste like I’ve never tasted before! We split a favorite on the menu, the mushroom and gruyere wood-fired pizza. The gooey sharp cheese with a layer of caramelized onions, mushrooms and herbs reminded us of a bowl of onion soup on a plate. Even though our bellies were full at this point, we couldn’t resist trying the indonesian vegetarian fried rice. It reminded me of a vegetarian version of Korean bibimbap with crispy bits of rice tossed with spinach, zucchini, shiitakes, thai basil, peanuts and cilantro and topped with a fried egg. The little that was left over was even better the next day. I wouldn’t mind a plate of it right now.

The meal was satisfied every little taste bud in my mouth! I’ll be back soon. I can’t wait to try the Tandoor Pork Chop or Salmon.

Fire Food and Drink, 13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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