I have had two dining “experiences” at Firebirds. Both were excellent in terms of taste. Both times I ate the Bleu Cheese Filet. After that...well, this place may want to change its name to Ptomainebirds.
The menu describes the filet as “bacon-wrapped, bleu cheese sauce, port mushrooms, choice of side…”
It is expensive but delicious. 28.99 (7 oz.)31.99 (9 oz.). This is where the positive, and expensive, experience ends.
In preparing this review, I ate at two different locations, with similar experiences as to food taste and the aftermath of the meal. First, I ate the Firebirds in Winston Salem North Carolina. There were two faults with the service, and a haunting experience after the meal was over.
Two faults were slow service and the restaurant did not timely bring us our appetizer. However, they were quick to apologize by giving us the appetizer to us for free. Moreover, I ate the Bleu Cheese Filet and enjoyed the tender flavorful filet that melted in my mouth.
However, the good experience came to an end. Later in the evening the diarrhea attack hit. It was short lived, so I chocked it up to the richness of the Bleu Cheese Filet.
To be fair, this steak was perfectly cooked and the richness of the cheese gave it that extra flavor boost. It is rich, filling and well flavored. The unfortunate turn of events later that evening was short lived, hence the conclusion that I ate too much.
Then comes my experience at the Chattanooga Tennessee location. I decided to have the same filet, to compare the preparation and presentation for this review. Once again, the filet was a delight, but a bit under cooked. The consequences of eating this meal were dire…Firebird’s hell began at 4am and continued for over an hour with the result being worse than a volcano spewing liquid lava.
In researching this unfortunate consequence of our Firebird’s hell experience, I found the following review on Trip Advisor for a Firebirds at a different location:
Diarrhea for the last four days...food poisoning?
I ate here at this new restaurant, basically just another J Alexander's, and have not left the 20 foot perimeter of my toilet area for the last 4 days. Was it my Steak Au Poivre that looked as though it sat in the out window wayyyyyy too long, or was it my bar glass that was washed in a bar sink in dirty cold water that looked as though the last time it was changed was the day of their opening. My guts have been on fire ever since I dined here, and that was after waiting 45 minutes for a medium rare steak!!! When I called and talked to the GM, Scott, he blew me off and told me good luck proving it was they who had gotten me sick. Yeah, the place looks nice, but so does an old hooker sporting a ton of makeup. Save yourself from a week off spent in the crapper and just stick to good old J Alexander's; you'll thank me in the long run. I can't believe I waited almost 45 minutes to make myself sick for almost a week!!! $11 drink specials, $5 domestic bottles, and a bout of dissentary to boot, GREAT PLACE!!! Trip Advisor
The coincidence is frightening. I had one short lived date with the toilet in Winston Salem and another long-lived date with the toilet in Chattanooga…both after eating a meal at Firebirds.
I have had two bouts of Firebird’s revenge with the Bleu Cheese Filet giving me the pleasant experience of worshiping the porcelain god to “process” this obviously contaminated piece of beef. Moreover, as the Trip Advisor review shows, there may be an issue that is developing with this chain, which might be better referred to a Ptomainebirds after my two experiences with the Bleu Cheese Filet.
My review: this chain deserves a big “forks down”, five of them.