Had lunch today at Fireside the latest entry from the Patio group.
Loved their outside seating and cabana effect… which effective kept things from getting too windy. Inside has a lovely and long bar area.
Service was actually quite good. It’s clear there has been more than a smidge of staff training
We liked the cocktails we ordered, just different enough without being really “out there”. The ingredient combinations in the drinks played well together.
The lunch menu is short and sweet and limited to a few apps, some sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. I had the tri tip sandwich which I enjoyed quite a bit. It’s sort of french-dippish in orientation and the bottom part of the roll on which it was served was a little soggy but not necessarily in a bad way. Friends had the bratwurst sandwich and the mushroom and goat cheese flatbread. All were well executed with the flatbread being really outstanding.
They’re calling this place fireside because they’re doing a lot of grilling and cooking over an open fire. This worked great for the tri-tip and the brat, less successful was the smoked potato salad that came along with both sandwiches. The smoked potatoes weren’t bad and they weren’t over-smoked, but the flavor profile of the potato salad just didn’t work. Needs tweaking
I can see this being a really popular place to hang out on weekends during the summer. Nice, relaxing ambiance, good drinks and and good food. What more can you ask for in San Diego…