997 East County Line Road
Greenwood, IN 46143
Fireside is located in a little vortex of good chow what with Brozinni Pizza and India Diner just across the street and Sammy’s Pizza in the same strip mall at the corner of S. Emerson and County Line Road. Fireside takes its name from the three fire-pits on the outdoor patio as well as the fireplace located inside. The decor is pretty cool and definitely feels upscale. There is a huge bar with lots of seating and a separate family dining area and banquet space. After 10:00 p.m. the entire restaurant is 21 and over only. I’ve been here several times since the opening while the menu has seen some alterations, they finally seemed to have found their niche. With a glasswalled “Show” kitchen, this is a locally owned restaurant where food is taken seriously.
What I Got: We started with the M-80’s which is a paper cone filled with extraordinary lightly breaded domestic shrimp fried perfectly and tossed with a sweet chili-garlic sauce. As I looked around the room, nearly every table had a serving of these and there is good reason why: they rock. I’ve seen this appetizer in other restaurants but I’ve never had them better prepared. On a bed of cool, crunchy cabbage, my wife and engaged in a chop-stick war over the last shrimp. Really good.
The menu has everything from soups and salads to sandwiches, burgers, steaks and a decent BBQ pizza. On this visit, I was feeling cheeseburger-y so I had the “Cool Hand Luke” which is essentially a patty melt. The Fireside version differs from others in that it includes a fried egg on top. I passed on the fried egg this time. Served on marble rye with Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and grilled onions, this big (Was it 1/3 of a pound? I’m not sure) burger was fantastic. It was cooked to my liking at medium, just slightly pink. Yeah, I know you are supposed to only eat ground beef well-done. Well I like it when places ask me how I want my burger done and then actually cook it that way. (I’m looking at you Red Robin) I could go all, “grind your own beef like I do and you don’t have to worry about cross contamination on you,” but I won’t. I’m not sure how they season this burger but it really tastes good. I’m not talking about the condiments, I mean the beef itself. Let me get technical here for a moment: it tastes BEEFY. Yep, I’m a carnivore.
The fries were good too. Better than average but not really the star on this plate.
If I were to complain about something and this is sort of petty, but it’s the presentation. Look at the picture and the plate is not that appealing. When you walk into a restaurant that has so clearly put a lot of thought and money into the visual experience, you just expect the presentation to match. How about a lettuce cup for the fries or something?
Would I Buy It Again? Yes. This is just really good solid food in a really nice setting.