After driving by this place a few times, I finally had the opportunity to dine here, bringing along family members who were in the mood for ribs, chicken, and pizza.
A note about the place, though, first. The set-up is not like your ordinary sit-down restaurant. Instead of being greeted by a hostess, you're greeted by an order-taker behind a counter, and you're asked to place your order and pay for it immediately, almost like when visiting your local pizza parlor. This sounds similar to a review I read about the newly-opened Fire Dance Grill in Tustin, and the Pat & Oscar restaurants, for those familiar with the chain.
Once we placed the order, we were given cups to fill our drinks at dispensers like at fast-food restaurants. It seems that with this set-up, none of the employees have a defined role as a waiter/waitress, but they did bring the food to us when the orders were ready to be served and did check with us if we needed anything in the middle of our meal.
As for the food, it was quite good. We ordered 3 items a la carte: full rack of baby-back pork ribs (no other choices like beef or St. Louis ribs), 1/2 lemon-garlic chicken, and one 12" pizza with the works toppings.
The baby back ribs were very tasty and tender, with a modest, but not overwhelming, layer of BBQ sauce on them. Very good for a restaurant that serves more than just BBQ.
The lemon-garlic sauce on the half chicken was very good, too. The chicken breasts were perfectly tender, not overly dry in any way. It was worth dabbing the chicken pieces in the lemon-garlic sauce.
The pizza was probably the least appetizing item, but only because the ribs and chicken were really good. The pizza had a thin-crust style that was crunchy. If anything, there might have been less tomato sauce on the pizza than I would've liked, and ordering the "works" pizza meant a fair amount of veggies on it in addition to the meats. I like my meaty pizzas. :-)
18727 Brookhurst St.
There are other locations in Valencia and West Hills, and their website indicates an Irvine location coming soon.
Not having much expectations going into the meal, I walked out of the restaurant with a full tummy and a smile on my face. This isn't a fancy or elegant restaurant that you'll take a date to or the wife for an anniversary, but if you're hanging out with friends, or want a relaxing atmosphere with the wife and kids that is better than fast food, the Stonefire Grill might just fit the bill.
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