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“A Wisconsin Classic”

The Fireside Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Fireside's original '60s restaurant gradually evolved into a popular dinner-theatre venue which remains family-owned (see my review of the Fireside Theatre elsewhere). Dinner-only reservations are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. The sprawling multilevel restaurant is divided into cozy rooms by attractive etched glass panels and a pond bordered by artificial plants. The latter recalls one of Chicago's most romantic places of decades ago, Kon-Tiki Ports. The place is dark and windowless but Tiffany lamps cast a bright glow over each table.

The main entrance is actually in the northeast corner of the complex, near a towering outdoor sculpture. To access the restaurant, you wander through a long, winding corridor past several gift shops and the theatre entrance. The gift shops seem to cater to grannies on motor coach tours (giggle!). Not my cup of tea, so while the missus browsed, I chilled out in the swank cocktail lounge with a bottle of New Glarus.

Depending on when you dine, various menu options are available. For our weekday lunch visit, our group pre-ordered a multicourse meal. Overall, the quality was on a par with banquet food served by 4-star hotels and cruise lines - very good to excellent. But the star of the show was Fireside's in-house bakery. Baskets of warm, freshly baked bread sent several of us scurrying to the bakery counter to buy a loaf or two to enjoy at home. Fireside's Signature Salad with chunks of fresh fruit and papaya dressing was also stellar.

Our group ordered the chicken & ribs entree. Methinks the 3 bones were there just for decoration as the rib meat had already fallen off. My portion of buttermilk fried chicken was just half of one breast. Though served piping hot, it was no longer crisp. Truthfully, the accompanying side dishes were more enjoyable. And kudos for the Georgia pecan pie, plated with a scoop of unctuous salted caramel ice cream.

We were most impressed with the well-orchestrated service and extraordinary attention to detail. Substitutions and special requests were cheerfully accommodated. The dinner-theatre package is definitely worth the drive from Milwaukee or Chicago. If you're celebrating a special occasion, tell them when you make your reservation.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Before the show, EVERYONE all 200+ people are seated in the dining area. Since we weren't with a group, we were able to have a nice little just for the two of us. Even tho there were so many people, food was out in a timely manner, and our waiter, Mitch, was very attentive. Wonderful food.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Joy G
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

We were here for a show and a meal. The ticket stated the meal was valued at $30. I beg to differ. Had we walked in just for the meal there is no way it was worth $30. It was adequate and rather bland and didn't have very much variety.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Thank Joel W
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

We've attended a number of shows here. The food and the shows are excellent. The staff is always friendly and so well organized.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We at here on Thursday June 2 , 2016. We had a buffet style meal. It was excellent as always. I stayed with the beef and pork dishes and my wife ate mainly fish. For desert we had a wonderful slice of pecan pie. Thier salad is always good and the fresh bread with the salad is great. I think for the next show we go to we will make it the Sunday buffet.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Kurt R
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