One Bell For Firecreek

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The steakhouse craze hasn’t been confined to Center City Philadelphia. Firecreek seeks to bring the steakhouse blitz to Downingtown. Craig LaBan finds food and service both need some help.

When things go right, I see Firecreek’s appeal. The N.Y. strip, at $34 the most expensive entrée, was perfectly cooked and tender, with a hearty smoked-bacon and potato hash and a traditional red-wine gravy. A New Orleans-style “BBQ” shrimp was also satisfying, its buttery Worcestershire-tanged sauce and summer succotash of corn and limas hitting the spot. The seared tuna steak with mango salsa over bok choy was perfectly fine in a 1990s-fusion kind of way.

But this kitchen needed far too many tweaks – big and small – to make these dinners work.

One Bell – Hit or Miss

Firecreek [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Firecreek [Official Site]

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  • anne holford

    I cannot disagree with mr. LaBan more. My husband and I have never experienced anything – ambiance, service, drink, food, parking, greeting…anything less than great.
    we alternate between eating at the bar with the friendly bartenders and the 1/2 price bar menu with wonderful special dinners in the regular dining area. The drinks are excellent – especially the martinis. the quesadilla appetizer is good. The salads are big and fresh. It’s a shame he didn’t try the Rosemary rubbed Prime Rib with mashed potatoes. it is so delicious. He is absolutely right about the apple cider bread pudding, with vanilla icecream is excellent.
    We have met the owner/chef..what a nice, welcoming person..