On Monday, we went to dinner at the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant Widlfire at the Oakbrook Mall. I wrote earlier about how much I enjoyed trying their White Wine Flight - my wife tried their jazzy reds and, while not as successful as the white varietals, still a nice way to try multiple wines.
The restaurant itself was incredibly busy, even for an early dinner (with four kids aged 2 -11, we tend to eat early) – perhaps it was because of the Presidents’ Day holiday. It’s all dark wood and cool old photos, with the main room dominated by an open kitchen with lots of open flames. Our kids loved the chickens on a spit in one of the ovens.
My wife, her aunt and her uncle all opted for the Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Tenderloin Tips, with fries on the side. Two of our kids opted for the wood-fired pizzas and 2 opted for grilled cheeses with fries on the side. I chose the Penne and Wood Roasted Vegetables, though I modified the dish by having them skip the tomato sauce and substitute olive oil instead.
Everyone who ordered them agreed the tips were well-prepared, though the sauce was a bit on the sweet side. The penne was outstanding, perfectly cooked and, with the goat cheese topping, mated wonderfully with the wood roasted veggies. Grilled cheeses were outstanding, both the boys happily chowed down. Some thought the fries were on the salty side, but it didn’t stop anyone from enjoying them. The only true disappointments were the kids’ pizzas. Steaming hot, they were overly heavy on the sauce and the dough was mushy and limp, though the kids enjoyed the flavors.
Just as it was odd that the kids opted 2 and 2 for the same dinner, all three desserts ordered were the Key Lime Pie! It was really delicious, great balance between sweet and tart of the lime custard, with a nice graham crust offering a contrasting taste and texture.
Wildfire, a steak and chop-house, is a step back in time to the 1940’s when going out for dinner meant something really special. From the décor to the jazz music, Wildfire has the style and warmth that makes for a perfect evening with friends or just for two. Wildfire’s open flame cooking and spit roasting over wood creates hearty savory dishes with a unique fullness of flavor. Wildfire’s signature dishes include Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, Char Crusted Ribeye Steak, Wood-Roasted Mussels, Cedar Planked Pacific Salmon and Ahi Tuna “T-Bone”. In addition we offer a variety of fresh, seasonal salads and sandwiches. (Source: http://wildfirerestaurant.com/)
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