“Steaks, Chops & Seafood”
I heard about Wildfire from some friends who had nothing but good things to say about it so when my mom brought up the idea of going there for lunch one day I jumped on it. Conveniently located in the popular, upscale shopping district of Oak Brook, Wildfire serves up some of the best steaks, chops and seafood in the area. I will admit that finding parking was rather difficult and the restaurant doesn’t do the best job of making itself easily locatable but after you’ve had the food you won’t forget where it is. The inside of the restaurant resembles that of a modern-day 1940’s dinner club combined with incredible service that makes for a truly special dining experience. Regardless of what time of day you plan on going I would suggest making a reservation as we went during lunch on a weekday and it was still crowded. Before I jump into the food I just want to say that the staff was the most knowledgeable and polite that I’ve encountered in my food journey thus far.
My family and I may have all ordered different things but we shared just about all of it. Before we even had an opportunity to look at the menu we were greeted with a warm and fluffy plate of homemade cornbread which I’m not going to lie was the best that I’ve ever had. Following that we started off with wood oven-baked pretzels served with sharp beer cheddar and honey mustard as well as spinach and artichoke fondue. Let’s just say they were two appetizers that you can’t go wrong with. For the main course, I ordered the petite filet mignon cooked medium rare with a side of fresh broccoli with a lemon vinaigrette. It surpassed just about every steak I’ve had before by a landslide. My mom ordered the cedar-planked salmon with a brown sugar-soy glaze on a bed of green beans. My sister ordered the coconut shrimp baked in their wood-burning oven served with redskin mashed potatoes and a ginger coconut sauce. My brother ordered the same thing as me (copycat). My sister’s boyfriend ordered the filet medallion duo, one crusted with Parmesan and the other with blue cheese also served with a side of redskin mashed potatoes. My niece ordered the half slab of barbecued baby back ribs covered in a zesty barbecue sauce served with coleslaw, apple sauce and a side of macaroni and cheese. My brother’s girlfriend ordered the crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich served with fresh-cut French fries, coleslaw and a pickle. Even though everything we ordered was beyond delicious, the ribs and mac and cheese ordered by my niece blew everything else out of the water. We might have a future foodie on our hands. Although we probably could have stopped there and been content, for dessert we ordered a warm chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream, a slice of classic New York style cheesecake and a dessert sampler. I could tell you how good it was but I’ll let you be the judge!
I truly believe that I could close my eyes, randomly point to anything on the menu and still be happy with what came out. With that being said, whenever my bank account gives me the okay to return to Wildfire I would love to try the Applewood smoked bacon-wrapped sea scallops for an appetizer, the classic surf and turf for the main course and a big ole slice of the triple layer chocolate cake for dessert. I also wouldn’t mind trying out one of their house brewed craft beers.
When it comes to Wildfire, I give it a 5 out of 5 sporks. It is one of those places you go to once or twice a year but it will be worth it every time. In addition to their Oak Brook location, they also have one in Chicago, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg and Glenview. Check it out!