Downtown Findlay recently welcomed a new gem to its collection of restaurants. After months of speculation and anticipation, Fireside Brick Oven Pub and Grill opened in May 2017 – a perfectly timed debut as Findlay residents emerged from winter eager to try something new.
Stepping inside (even with a trio of hungry, rambunctious kids) I was impressed with the understated elegance of the interior. Our table was also within view of the brick oven and the chefs at work behind a counter in the back of the restaurant.
After strategically seating the kids, they settled in to color while my husband, Jeremy, and I perused the drinks menu. That day, the rotating beer selection included a light shandy that my husband enjoyed and often features local beers from the Findlay Brewing Company! I opted for one of the cocktails , a Fireside Shake Up, that was yummy and refreshing and filled with raspberries.
Fireside’s food menu offers an impressive variety of unique and cleverly-named appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and calzones that made choosing quite difficult (but in a good way!). All the pizzas can also be made into calzones and there were both lunch and pizza specials.
We chose to start with the Double Bruschetta appetizer. Aptly named for its fresh and sundried tomatoes, the bruschetta also featured chunks of mozzarella and fresh basil atop a thick slice of bread and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The bruschetta was both beautiful and delicious. For our meals, Jeremy chose the classic Margherita pizza while I opted to build my own calzone with prosciutto. Jeremy thought the pizza was okay – the cheese was sparse but the sauce was fresh and tangy. The crust on both the pizzas and my calzone was deliciously crusty and slightly spicy.
My youngest picked mac-and-cheese while the other two selected the kid’s pizza with the addition of bacon (50 cents per topping). All three selected fruit as their side, but fries are also available. Our kids’ fruit was a fresh, appropriate serving size of grapes and strawberries and their pizzas were beautiful. The mac-and-cheese was standard kid fare which was just fine with all of us. All three reported that their food was “Great!”
A New Findlay Favorite
As with any new restaurant, Fireside has a few kinks to work out. Some of the prices seemed a bit high but others seemed appropriate or even low (those kids’ meals were a steal!). The quality of the ingredients was high and I’m always eager to support a local establishment. Findlay’s downtown has grown in recent years thanks to delicious dining options, and I believe Fireside will become a favorite amongst them. As we left, with bellies completely stuffed, my son asked when we would return. I predict that we’ll be back soon – we still need to try the tiramisu and cannoli and NY cheesecake and …
The Short Course
Noise Level: Average
High Chairs and Boosters: Yes
Got Milk? Yes
Kids Menu: Yes ($4.00)
Food Allergy Concerns: Gluten-free crust available for $2.00 upcharge, but the restaurant
is not a gluten-free environment. Ask your server or the manager for assistance with allergy concerns.
FIRESIDE BRICK OVEN
331 S. Main St. Findlay
“Fireside brick oven pub and grill”
Open: Monday – Thursday