Wednesday, January 7, 2015


The philosophy at Firebox is simple; a belief that the best food travels the shortest distance from farm to table, that locally grown ingredients combined with classic technique and innovative thinking make for an enjoyable experience.

One of my favorite restaurants in the Hartford area is Firebox. I love the food, the atmosphere and the philosophy. Good, fresh food, prepared in unique ways with a great wine list. Really, what more can you ask for?

Our gorgeous New Year's Table Scape

My girlfriends and I celebrated New Year's Eve there last week and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The brick walls and the wine "library" that remind me of something a grown up Belle from Beauty and the Beast would love to peruse, make for an intimate setting that is both charming and modern. The menu is seasonal, highlighting the best of New England from vegetables to shellfish, that look and taste like they came right from the backyard. We love the cheese plate with selections from Cato Farm and real honey comb. When I am on call the bartender always whips me up the most delicious "mocktails", like fizzy pomegranate lemonade or a lime spritzer. The wine list is superb with affordable bottles and a nice, notable selection of bubbly. The dessert menu is captivating. Even if you feel like you cannot eat another bite, as soon as you read the selections you can't help but think that yes, you can indeed have just a little more. Of note is the goat cheese panna cotta, mildly sweet and very creamy, and the bread pudding that has both caramel and crunch. 

Deconstructed Lobster Pot Pie

If you are not eating at Firebox, you should be. Brunch, date night, week night. The menu is constantly changing, the Cava is always flowing and the brussel sprouts are superb. I will be dining there again and again. 

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