4350 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27609
Aged Ribeye - $23.99
Chile Ribbed Delmonico - $24.95
This is a review of a steakhouse called Firebirds Wood Fired Grill located Raleigh, North Carolina. It's located in the lovely North Hills Shopping Center only a couple of miles from I-440, take the Six Forks Road South exit 8A. They are open from 11 am until 10 pm except on Friday and Saturday when they close an hour later at 11 pm. Parking can be hard to find near the shops and restaurants, so I recommend parking over by JcPenny and then walking. Turn left off Lassiter Mill Road when you see JcPenny and left again, that's where we park. If you can't walk, there is plenty of handicapped parking closer and there is valet parking. From the JcPenny parking lot, walk towards the shops and turn right at the Spring Rolls restaurant and you'll find Firebirds at the end on the left. Check out the map for more information, look for space 140. Their health score is currently 96.5 which is good. We visited on a Saturday around 1 pm. Upon entry we were immediately greeted by a friendly, young lady and escorted to our requested booth. The restaurant was quite busy, but there was no wait. It's a very large restaurant, so there is a lot of seating. It features a large square open concept room with a few divider walls. The kitchen is visible at the rear. There's a delightful wood scent coming from their wood fired grill.
Shortly after arriving at our booth we were greeted by a friendly, young man named Joe, who took our drink orders. He returned very quickly with our beverages and then took our entree orders. I ordered the Aged Ribeye which is described as a "traditional ribeye". Hubby ordered the Chile Ribbed Delmonico which is described as "a tender southwestern accented favorite". Both steaks were 12 ounces. The steaks are aged for twenty-one days and hand cut daily. According to the menu, they come with one side and the choices are a loaded baked potato, parmesan mashed potatoes or seasoned steak fries. Our waiter said we could also chose from tater tots, spiced pecan green beans, cider slaw, southwest au gratin potatoes, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit or port mushrooms. I chose a loaded baked potato and Hubby chose the spiced pecan green beans. He also mentioned that a small salad is $1 extra. I asked for some bread since I read a review that sometimes they don't serve it and I was starving. A couple minutes later he brought the warm bread and butter. It's a bit hard on the outside and I needed more butter. It's ok for when you're hungry, but nothing special. It would be nice if they had served it with a butter knife rather than a sharp steak knife. Next time I'll order a salad and skip the bread. Only thirteen minutes later our steaks arrived. They arrived hot, but not so hot that you couldn't immediately start eating it. My baked potato was warm not hot. We both ordered our steaks medium rare and they were a bit more rare than that. We both loved our steaks, they were tender and scrumptious. My ribeye tasted just like the barbecued ribeye steaks Hubby has made in the past. The Delmonico steak has quite a bit of Chile spice on it. It was a bit too spicy for me, but it was nice to sample a bite of Hubby's. Hubby loved his green beans, but they were a bit sugary, so I don't recommend them for those on a low carb diet. My baked potato was pretty good, but I would have preferred the addition of butter and a bit more sour cream. The bacon bits were chewy instead of crisp and the cheese had not melted since it wasn't hot enough. Next time I'll ask for it without the bacon. Hubby asked for more sour cream and the waiter brought it to the table very quickly. It was a very filling meal for both of us, so either come really hungry or take some home. Since it was a celebration meal for us, we didn't mind paying $24-25 each for our steaks. Note that the Aged Sirloin is $4.00 more at dinnertime yet the Delmonico is the same price. There are many items on the menu that are less expensive, for instance a cheeseburger is only $11.50. They also offer a seasonal menu.
It was a very enjoyable and delicious meal and we had a lovely experience. The decor is attractive and the booth is very comfortable. Joe was a fabulous waiter who was very attentive, happy to answer questions and swift to fulfill our requests. The other wait staff appeared to also be attentive and it's clear the management is doing an excellent job of running a tight ship. I especially appreciate that they are open for lunch since so many steakhouses don't open until 5 pm. I highly recommend this location, but be aware that not all Firebirds locations have the same level of service. For example, we didn't care for the location in Winston Salem and never returned.
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