I was wondering if our fine city would ever get Pebbles back or Harvey’s Bistro back, remember them? I don’t think that is going to happen but the creators of both Pebbles and Harvey’s Bistro, Manny Garcia and team have come up with a new concept called City Fire American Oven & Bar. Yes, Restaurant Row has another interesting tenant. City Fire is located on Sand Lake Road in the Dellagio Plaza. City Fire is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant bar hangout that combines both rustic and modern elements. The decor of the restaurant is inspired by the early to mid 1900’s, but I am still trying to figure that piece out. City Fire offers a full bar with indoor dining and a outside patio with a variety of private dining options. City Fire cooks a lot of their dishes in a unique open flame stone-fired oven. I have never had these types of dishes before prepared the way they prepare them. Based on some of the food dishes I had, I really don’t know what to compare City Fire too? But I know this, most of the dishes were very good in flavor and were very well thought out from a culinary stand point.
On my first visit we started off with the Baked Chevre $8. This starter consisted of goat cheese baked in a tomato concasse served with toasted French bread. Very flavorful appetizer, great dish to share with the table. I would order it again.
For my entree I went with the Braised Boneless Short Ribs $18. The short ribs were slow roasted in port infused au jus, served with smashed potatoes & asparagus. The short ribs were boneless, very tender and seasoned up well in the au jus sauce. It was not the best short ribs I have ever had but it was better than OK.
On another visit I started with the Sizzle Chips $5. Simply a home run! This appetizer consisted of crispy kettle chips, blue cheese crumbles served on a” Very Hot Skillet”. They bring out the chips on a fajita style skillet and then the server pours mornay sauce over the chips, and the dish just sizzles and sizzles like fajitas. The kettle chips appear to fry up some more in the mornay sauce. Again, another appetizer that you can share with the table and I think you will like the small presentation that happens table side.
Another dish that was served in a very hot skillet was the Oven Roasted Blackened Chicken, reasonably priced at $12. This dish was served with a blackened breast of chicken, black beans, sour cream and tomatillo salsa. This was one of the better entrees I tried. I really liked this semi spicy dish. This is a dish I was a little skeptical over, it sounded like a blackened chicken burrito but with no burrito cooked up in the skillet accordingly. Glad I rolled the dice. Wow, what a dish. I almost reordered this dish again but wanted to save room for desert.
For desert we had the Smores $8. Smores is a tasty treat that consists of marshmallows, chocolate sauce and graham crackers. At City Fire you prepare this desert yourself. You first roast your own marshmallows, pour the chocolate sauce over the marshmallows, and make your sandwich with the graham crackers. However, we could not roast the marshmallows because the stone which was the center piece of the dish was not hot. So we ate the marshmallows “as is”. This desert also came with strawberries. I dunked my strawberries into the mild delicious chocolate sauce. Wow, that was the best part of that desert in my opinion. This desert can feed 4 people easily.
I was very impressed with the bar. A very nice set up with great atmosphere, nice HD TVs, just a great place to hang out . City Fire has Happy Hour every day 11:30-7:00 featuring $3.00 well drinks, $4.00 house wines, $2.00 domestic beers and $3.00 1/2 flat breads, dips & sharables. What’s not to like about that?
The service was very good and tentative and sincere on all visits. Overall the food quality is good at City Fire, the atmosphere is excellent, and I believe City Fire has a lot of potential.
City Fire American Oven & Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am. Outside parking is available, if outside parking is full, try the parking garage. They also offer valet service. City Fire is located at:
7958 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, Fl 32819
ph # 407-722-8888