After a ridiculously long hiatus, I am back with a happy hour at a restaurant new to the Mills/50 area: Firebirds.
I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to SD cards for cameras: upload pictures immediately. That way, when your husband unexpectedly looses the SD card with five or six happy hours on it, it’s no big deal. Then, when our dog suddenly jumps on our brand new Macbook, and almost immediately after, our camera suddenly stops turning on for no apparent reason soon thereafter, at least I have back up happy hours to last me a few weeks, right? So yes, that is my explanation for being away from not posting for four months. Our camera works again, we have a new SD card, though our computer is still in need of repair. Without further ado, Firebirds in Mills Park.
I’m always excited when a new restaurant that I’ve never heard of opens up in Orlando. Because, let’s be honest: Orlando isn’t exactly known for its originality and uniqueness. (Probably because there is none.) However, instead of opening a Walgreens or CVS in the newly constructed Mills Park, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill arrived, making it the first in the state of Florida. (Yes, it is a chain, though unique to this part of the country.) When I found out they had a pretty legitimate happy hour, I was thrilled. Legitimate to me equals decently priced food and drinks — not just a dollar off of Bud Light, for instance.
Though I will be honest: I was a little hesitant to check this place out because after looking at their nutritional information, I realized why everyone has been raving about this place since it opened. Their food is loaded with trans fat and sodium. In other words — it tastes great, but it is terrible for you. However, after my day at work yesterday, I decided to forgo my trying-not-to-eat-so-much-trans-fat-and-sodium lifestyle and go for it. After all, I usually split the appetizer (aka, small) portions anyway, so how bad could it be? (Whatever it takes to rationalize consuming so many calories, right?!)
We sat at the outdoor bar, now that it is finally getting decent outside. There was a nice breeze and it has a roof, so it’s not overly sunny, though still outdoors. I’ve been on a kick recently where I’ve enjoyed gin and cucumber drinks, so when I saw this “Cucumber Gimlet” on the happy hour menu for five dollars (half-priced — this drink is usually $10), I jumped at the chance. Hendrick’s gin, fresh squeezed lime juice, cilantro and cucumber. Just right.
Next, we ordered off the happy hour menu, which had a small selection of appetizers at a discounted price. We started with the pretzels and beer cheese made with Sam Adams (to me, beer is awful but beer cheese is amazing, go figure). The pretzels were soft, salty, and the beer cheese was amazing. However, I could have done without the scallions on top.
My friend who was with me wanted to try to Ahi Tuna Tar-Tar stack, so we ordered that as well. We got the stacked version, which had the ahi tuna on top of diced avocados, cucumbers, and a soy sauce. It was okay, but not the best ahi I’ve tasted.
If anyone knows me, they know that cheeseburgers are quite possibly my favorite food ever. If I didn’t care about my health or weight, I’d eat cheeseburgers all day every day. When I see cheeseburger sliders on the menu at a happy hour, I usually order them. However, they’re also terrible for me (trans fatty too) and the individual buns they come on don’t help either, so I figured I’d deviate a little and order the “crispy hand spun chicken tenders” with honey mustard.
It was definitely a nice change from my usual cheeseburger sliders. They lived up to the “crispy” in their name, and they were lightly breaded at that. (Not mostly bread and little chicken, like some chicken tenders are). The honey mustard was also an equal mix of honey and spicy mustard, which tasted great. Basically, pretty awesome for a chicken tender.
Overall, this was a good happy hour spot. For the price, the food was decent and the drinks were good. And I was able to get my Hendrick’s for five bucks, which never happens. So the next time I don’t care about my trans fat/sodium intake, I’ll be returning. (Hopefully not soon for the sake of my waistline!)
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
1582 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803 / (407) 581-9861
What Time? 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Drink Specials? Firebar signature martinis, margaritas, and cocktails are $5, select wines $5, well drinks $4, $2 off draft beers
Food Specials? “Bar Bites” menu for a discounted price ($3 off)
Weekly Specials? None.
Bar Only? Yes (in the “Firebar”)