Report Card: Firebirds

Firebirds -- You do know what's in those bottles, right?

Firebirds — You do know what’s in those bottles, right?

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http://www.firebirdsrestaurants.com/fb/

The Breakdown:

Overall Grubgrade A-

Atmosphere: Grade A: When we found out that a Firebirds was being built right down the street, we were pretty excited. So, a few days after they opened their doors, we decided to visit. The place had a high end appearance on the inside. It was contemporary and clean. The lighting was a little subdued, which gave the place a slightly romantic feel. There wasn’t much of a crowd when we first arrived, and the music being piped in was soft enough not to be intrusive. However, by the time we left, Firebirds was hopping and it got a tad too noisy. We also felt that the tables were just a touch too close together, which made the noise issue a little more problematic.

High marks: Clean and contemporary with an upscale feel.

Low marks: A little noisy once the crowd showed up, tables could be farther apart
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Service: Grade A-: Our server, Harrison, did an excellent job meeting our needs. We found him to be quite enthusiastic but not intrusive. He gave us suggestions when we requested them and engaged us casually. When we didn’t need his assistance, he faded into the mist…only to reappear when something was needed. Our food was delivered after an acceptable wait, and our order was accurately prepared. This grade may have been slightly higher if not for the “newness” of Firebirds. It would appear that there are a few minor timing hiccups that need to be ironed out, but we have faith our next visit will be even better.

High marks: Enthusiastic and accurate
Low marks: Some minor timing issues
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Food/Spirits: Grade A-: For our appetizer, we selected the lobster queso. It was very good with a nice balance of flavors between the lobster and the cheese. The house made chips were executed very well. For drinks, we ordered the Jack Daniel’s Honey Peach Tea and a Blackberry mojito. Both drinks were very sweet with little to no alcohol bite. The tea had lots of peach flavor and an underlying creaminess that could not be explained by the ingredients. The blackberry mojito tasted just like you would expect a blackberry mojito to taste like. Katina ordered the Firebird Chicken Pasta. It had a little bit of heat to it. We expected the asiago sauce to be creamy, but it wasn’t. On a positive notew, the dish has alot more meat (chicken and bacon) in it than we expected. I ordered the NY Strip cooked medium well. What was delivered was a NY Strip cooked well done (absolutely no pink inside). There was no effort to trim the perimeter fat off of the cut, and though the steak was tasty, it was underseasoned. For me, if I order a steak and find that I need to add steak sauce for flavor, something was off.

High marks: Great lobster queso, good drinks, generous meat in entrees
Low marks: Lack of creaminess to asiago sauce, incorrectly and underseasoned steak
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Value: Grade B: This grade might have been an A if the entrees had been just a little better prepared. But we feel like Firebirds deserves a little bit of slack since they were just starting up. We definitely recommend you stop by for a visit. Most of the visitors to Firebirds will we very pleased with the experience.

High marks: Nice to have another option in the Polaris area
Low marks: Need just a little better execution on entrees

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