A short walk from our hotel, Wildfire promised much and delivered across the board. Music forms a lovely backdrop to the sounds of happy diners conversing. Black and white photographs decorate the walls and are in use with the ambiance of laid back style.
We were seated at a booth and our server ran through the specials of the day and checked f we had any questions. We were assured that we didn't need to rush - whenever we were ready was fine by her. I ordered a blood orange Cosmo (so addictive - sweet and beautifully presented with a slice of orange on the rim) while hubby had our favourite Chicago beer Fat Tyre (offered with or without a glass) which arrived quickly.
We shared an entree of crispy calamari that was juicy and tender, with a light deep fried batter, served with lemon, tomato sauce and ranch dressing. The serving was huge and easily satisfied us both.
Hubby ordered the Sunday special, a turkey dinner - lean turkey served with stuffing, gravy and creamy mashed potato. I had a petite fillet steak (where petite equalled a normal serving in my books) cooked perfectly to the medium request. It had a well seasoned crust and along with a separately ordered double stuffed potato (again giant in size) and roasted mushroom caps proved too much for me to finish. Our server kept touch with us throughout the meal without intruding on our conversation or enjoyment of the ambiance. The restaurant manager moved efficiently through the dining room and everything worked like a well oiled machine.
Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs and the server smoothly took the leftover food and returned them in a take out bag without fuss. We were treated to a visual feast of the available sweets, including half sizes, on a tray. As much as I wanted to try the peach and raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream, I was so stuffed that I sadly had to say no.
From the staff to the food, this was one of our most memorable meals while on holiday in the US. A spur of the moment choice turned out much better than we could have expected.
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