Fire restaurant in Mountain Brook's Crestline Village is hosting a grand re-opening party this weekend, Friday June 25 and Saturday, June 26. The restaurant has been closed for some renovations; it was bought by executive chef and Alabama native Steve Luther in March.
Luther continues the original goal of fire, which is to serve fine food in a more casual atmosphere. Armed with the belief that fine foods don’t necessarily have to be “haute” or expensive to be enjoyed, Steve focuses on technique and quality, more so than exotic or whimsical.
The menu, which will change seasonally, features "good American food kicked up a notch." The new menu will feature some things they haven't had in the past like a larger "man" steak, white truffle fries, and the addition of an egg to the croque monseiur to create a croque madame. They are going to eventually add to the brunch menu several versions of eggs benedict, as well as some new dessert items.
The menu still boasts a lot of Southern and New Orleans influences, such as turtle soup, crispy crab claws, shrimp and grits and muffaletta. It also still includes a nice variety of casual and finer dining options; you can enjoy everything from a cheddar burger and fries to filet mignon or braised lamb shanks. Desserts are classics like creme brulee, apple fritters and bread pudding.
The decor is also becoming a little more fresh and urban. The paint color has been updated from a yellow faux finish to a creamy beige. The atmosphere has a little more flow to it. You'll find abstract artwork that resembles "fire" along with more actual "fire" in candles on the tables and on the wall.
We went to Fire once years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it -- incredible braised lamb shank and shrimp and grits, which I see are still on the menu. Our feeling was that this was a great neighborhood restaurant, one we would probably visit frequently if it were our neighborhood. But that doesn't mean it's not worth a visit from elsewhere if you're looking for a comfortable, casual place with some really good food.
This Friday and Saturday, enjoy a special happy hour from 5-7 with drink specials and hors d'oerves. Stay for diner and get a 10 percent discount plus drink discounts for Otey's next door so you can continue the party after you eat.
Check out the menu at www.firebirmingham.com.