Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 99

our taste: RESTAURANT REVIEW Fire Oak Grill – Where There’s Oak, There’s Fire Weatherford When It Sizzles — At Lunchtime BY THE WEATHERFORD FOODIE I The Fire Oak Grill is located on the northeast side of the Weatherford Courthouse Square at 114 Austin Ave., Weatherford, Texas. They are open for dinner Tuesday- Wednesday 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday night until 10:30 p.m. Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday. Call for reserva- tions at 817-598-0400 or go to www.fireoakgrill.com. Weatherford Foodie can be found at weatherfordfoodie. com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Zomato, Foursquare, and Pinterest. Weatherford Foodie can be found at weatherfordfoodie.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Urbanspoon, Foursquare and Pinterest. wanted to try the Fire Oak Grill since it changed owners, to check the quality of both the food and staff. My companion and I were both having scheduling issues so we decided to meet at Fire Oak for lunch. We both were a bit early for lunch, so we sat on the iron bench out front and admired the view of the Parker County Courthouse and Square. Soon the door opened and a smiling face popped out and said, “Two for lunch?”  As we were led to our table, I was pleased to see only minor changes in the restaurant décor. Our server, Kayla, was quick to arrive with our lunch menus and to take our drink order. The lunch menu offers a variety of quesadillas including BBQ Beef Tenderloin, or wild mushroom and spinach, meatloaf, several differ- ent salads (including my personal favorite, the Fire Oak Salad), a burger and even a petite filet.  I wanted to be different, so I had to have the Fish Tacos, grilled fish of the day, served on warm corn torti- llas with fresh red cabbage, avocado vinaigrette, mango salsa and fresh cilantro. My companion chose one of the specials — bow tie pasta with grilled chicken, mush- rooms, and spinach with a tomato bacon cream sauce. Our food arrived and our eyes popped a little. The first thing you eat with is your eyes, and both plates were beautiful. My tacos were plated delightfully with a wedge of lime supporting three street-sized tacos that couldn’t be adequately described any other way except fantastic.  My companion’s pasta also arrived and was plated carefully to feature the pasta and grilled chicken on top. The pasta was a creamy pleasure as almost every bite had chicken, pasta, mushroom and spinach, all cooked to perfection. The portions were generous for a lunch menu, as we were both full but not stuffed. I felt, in the name of research, I must have dessert to be thorough. (I’m always willing to make a big sacrifice for my readers.) We completed our lunch by sharing an order of Vanilla Bean crème brûlée for dessert. The crème brûlée was rich with deep vanilla flavor, but not overpowering, and creamy custard, truly a decadent delight. The portion was perfect to share but large enough for one.  Research completed!  Although I was not able to talk to the new owners, Grant and Candice Lambdin took the reins of Fire Oak Grill in March of 2017. Grant is from Benbrook and Candice is from Weatherford. Grant has a background in the culinary industry and together they also run the successful food truck “Bite My Biscuit.” Conclusion: Fire Oak Grill is the same with little change, the