This past Sunday, Mark and I decided to have a little Sunday Funday but before we could do that we had to do two things 1) Go to the gym and 2) Have lunch.
Having accomplished #1 we were trying to think of someplace we could have a causal meal before heading to the mall. After listing several options – I mentioned OnFire Grill, a restaurant that I had visited several weeks ago for lunch and written a subsequent review on Yelp.
Performing his due diligence – he looked at my review but also several others and was not sold. I explained to him that yes – the location of OnFire Grill had had several incarnations (with the most recent being Tunxis Grill) and yes there were some unpleasant reviews after OnFire Grill first opened BUT the owners hired a new chef in January 2016 whom has overhauled the menu.
Being my fearless foodie and willing to give it a shot – we took the 2 minute ride over and before we knew it we were seated a the bar chatting with the very lovely Jen, whom kept us company while we dined.
I had already eaten at OnFire Grill before but again was struck at how cool the bar area looked and doubly impressed with the beer selection – which included some local brews
OnFire Grill only serves dinner on Sunday which was fine with me as the menu still had the one item that I had been dying to try during my last visit – the Pulled Pork “Cubanito” sliders.
Complimenting our sliders – Mark and I each ordered one of their wonderful salads – Tuscan for me (I had it the last time I was here and was blown away) and the Baby Arugula for him. We topped both of our salads with medium rare steak – and they were nice enough to dip my steak in the “Sweet” sauce that is part of their “Sweet & Spicy” Flat Iron Steak Skewer.
Mark was enjoying his Back East Porter and I my diet Coke (I just can’t quit it) and before we knew it 3 perfect mini sliders were placed before us.
Each taking one and cutting the third in half – the Cuban pulled pork was moist and tender and was the perfect amount layered among the well portioned ham, swiss cheese, spicy mustard and pickle. Easy to handle – this morsel of goodness contained all the flavors of a good Cubano.
We were just about done with our sliders when our salads were brought to us. Now I had had the Tuscan Salad the last time I was here – I mean who does not want a salad topped with warm polenta croutons but to mix things up I added steak to my salad – something I don’t normally do.
Yes this is from my Tuscan Salad that I had the last time but I just had to show another shot of that Polenta Crouton
The angle of this picture does not do this salad justice, but the bowl was chocked full with mixed olives, grape tomatoes, red onions, kidney beans and mixed greens. I opted for no cheese and the Balsamic Dressing on the side. The dressing (homemade according to Jen)provided just the right amount of flavor to compliment my “sweet” steak.
Mark also complimented Baby Arugula Salad (with fingerlinpotato, grap tomato, toasted pine nuts and shaved grana padano) with the Balsamic dressing and a Sam Adams Grapefruit Rebel IPA on the side.
When we were both done – we were perfectly content but not overfull or stuffed (which made going to the mall and trying on clothes a bit better easier to stomach!)
In speaking with Jen – she informed us of the great BOGO beer or wine from 6-9pm on Tuesdays and Wednesday as well as the fact that the kitchen (and bar area) remains open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Great if you are in Hartford and looking for a late night nosh on your way home
AND they have trivia every Wednesday – which for competitive people like Mark and myself is something right up our alley.
We will definitely be back in the future to try some of their more substantial menu items – I mean how can you say no to Burrata, a chef’s selection of cured meats, sausage and artisanal cheese, or one of their many flatbreads.
And with the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, OnFire’s patio will be opening soon. I know I can’t wait to sit under the (warm) moonlight, sipping a cocktail, listening to the live weekend music.
2095 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
Hours of Operation –
Thursday- Saturday 11:30am-10pm,
Sunday 11:30am- 9:00pm
Bar open until 1:00 am Thursdays and until 2:00 am Friday – Saturday
**Offering late night menu at the bar from 10:00 pm until 12:00 am on Friday and Saturday