Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wood Fire Barbecue By The Lake

On a hot night in July, I stepped out with my sweetie to indulge in a delicious summer barbecue.

Our destination? Port Credit's newest restaurant, Fired Up! 

The sign out front reads "It's worth the wait" and wait you will on a Friday evening, this is THE new place to grab dinner in the area with its fabulous burgers, delectable meat selection and divine seafood offerings.

Don't fret, you won't wait long for a table. When we arrived at 7pm we were told it would be 30 minutes. We gave our names and number  then took the opportunity to walk down by the lake and enjoy the gorgeous weather, but were called back after just 15 minutes to take our seats on the patio.

The patio is very pretty with climbing vines, potted spices and romantic lights strung over the small tables. A patio meant for date nights and girls nights and intimate dinners.

If you're a bigger party, there's plenty of room inside to accommodate you! The interior of the restaurant has a southern comfort feel (and I don't mean the bourbon) with brick walls, wood galore, plush leather seating and views of the chef's kitchen from the dining room or bar that give the restaurant a homey feel.

The Chef's kitchen is what initially drew me to this restaurant. It's actually facing directly on to Lakeshore road so you can watch the chefs at work as you walk by.

After ordering our drinks, we took on the difficult task of digging into our menus. After deciding that we probably couldn't eat everything on it (though it was tempting) I went for the Venison Chop and Kris ordered the Pork Ribs.

The Venison Chop is served drizzled in a roasted garlic and carmelized onion brandy sauce that was sweet, tangy and heavenly. Paired with sliced and salted potatoes that were slightly crispy and delicious veggies, it was a plate worth devouring. I always love being served a plate with gourmet carrots, I don't know what it is but it just makes me so happy.

Kris' pork ribs were dry rubbed, barbecued perfection. They came with a myriad of sides (roasted corn, baked beans, cornbread) all served prettily on a wood plank to great effect.

The menu itself is pretty varied, with something for everyone (even vegetarians). We'll need to go back to try some of our other top picks out. You can check out the menu here but here are some of the dishes that are calling to me:

  • Avocado Cobb SaladChopped fresh Salad Greens, Avocado Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Crisp Bacon, Grilled Chicken Breast, Hard Boiled Eggs, Spiced Roasted Pecans accompanied with Gorgonzola Cheese and drizzled with our House Dressing.
  • Bison Burger - Mixed in house and cooked to perfection. Topped with Horseradish Spread, Caramelized Onions, Buffalo Mozzarella, Sauteed Mushrooms and Bacon all served on a toasted Brioche Bun.
  • Mediterranean Lamb BurgerFresh Ground Lamb Seasoned with our house blend of Herbs & Spices. Served with Fresh Spinach Leaves, Red Onions, Fresh Tomato Slice, our Homemade Olive Spread (Tapenade), and loads of Feta Cheese all served on a toasted Brioche Bun
  • Mac & Cheese Skillet - Macaroni Elbow Pasta tossed with our Homemade Cheese Sauce topped with Toasted Seasoned Bread Crumbs and Bacon Bits. Served with a Warm Slice of our Homemade Corn bread.
  • Stuffed Chicken Supreme7oz Chicken Breast stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella, Chopped Pecans, Roasted Red Peppers pan seared and baked to perfection, accompanied with Seasonal Vegetables and a Wild Rice Pilaf. Topped with a Red Wine and Grappa Fig Sauce
  • Grilled Calamari - Marinated Spicy Calamari, Wood Fire Grilled, Served on Sautéed Spinach and a Quinoa Pilaf mixed with Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Pine Nuts and Currants.

You can see why we had such a hard time deciding on our mains! 

All in all, Fired Up is an exciting new addition to the Port Credit restaurant scene. With delicious options to entertain a wide variety of foodies in a homey and delightful atmosphere.

Visit Fired Up at 89 Lakeshore Road East in Port Credit, Mississauga. You're able to make a reservation through the website but I recommend swinging by, leaving your name and then taking a stroll by the lake. 

It's worth the wait.