According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet American fare at FireWater.
FireWater's lunch menu mixes up old favorites with small bites such as the sliders, three mix-and-match mini-patties of bacon-wrapped pork; house-barbecue-drenched meatloaf with pimento cheese; blackened chicken with applewood-smoked bacon and avocado; and the Fried-Green BLT, with applewood-smoked bacon and soulful fried green tomatoes ($8). As dusk falls, the dinner menu unfurls such delicacies as pan-seared scallops with watercress, english pea soufflé, and mandarin beurre blanc ($22), and Steak Diane, a savory fillet of beef wrapped in boursin potato cake and snuggled edibly among buttered broccollini and sumptuous wild-mushroom-cognac sauce ($31).
FireWater's outdoor patio extends the casual-dining experience into the rigid formality of nature, allowing guests to enjoy views of the lake without conforming to Mother Nature's draconian fur-only dress code.
FireWater Restaurant & Bar
FireWater Restaurant & Bar's spacious, multi-level dining room encompasses many large tables and a bar, but thanks to some smart partitioning and plentiful columns, it all feels pretty private. While the venue suits a casual evening out, the menu contains some artfully plated treats. Snacks include everything from Vietnamese-style chicken wings to pimento dip and mussels in beer broth, and entrees are even more elaborate. Chefs prepare seared-tuna medleys with a green and wax-bean salad, cheesy penne pasta with shrimp, and filet mignon plated snugly with mashed potatoes that soak up excess juiciness.