It's been awhile since I've posted, but I'm glad to hop back on to share with you some favorites from Stonefire Grill. I was invited to a media tasting a few weeks ago and shared a meal among friends, local bloggers and influencers. It was fun to rediscover some popular items, especially considering it's been a few years since I've eaten here.
The dinner event was held in their outdoor patio with a group of about 15 to share a family meal. We started with a platter of meatball and a side table with a full spread of hummus. The trio of hummus (original, pepper and spicy) was accompanied with pita bread and a bed of veggies. Out of the three, the original was my favorite with the red pepper blend coming in second.
Once everyone was settled into their seats and we all got past the introductions, the true taste test began to roll out. At each end of the table, two salads were served. The Caesar Salad is a bed of romaine topped with croutons and Parmesan cheese lightly tossed in their creamy Caesar dressing. For the meatatarians, Stonefire's BBQ Chopped is your go-to. The base (mixed greens, black beans, roasted corn, carrots, red cabbage, Jack cheese, tortilla strips, tomato) is topped with your choice of protein - quinoa, mesquite BBQ chicken breast or tri tip.
Now, on to the mains and the lovely sides that accompany it! Stonefire's famed tri tip never fails to impress especially when paired with their fresh baked breadsticks. Pro tip is request a side of their creamy Caesar dressing to dip with. The dressing adds a touch of garlic that makes it irresistible.
Did you want something lighter? Try the Boneless Chicken Breast seasoned with lemon garlic (not pictured). It's lean with a citrusy and garlicky flavor. Pair it with their roasted garlic mashed potatoes if you don't mind doubling down on garlic. Just remember to keep some breath mints handy.
A dish that took me by surprise which ended up being a new favorite is their roasted cauliflower with meat sauce. It's your low carb, gluten-free alternative to rigatoni! I wished the cauliflower was chopped a bit more instead of chunks, but the sauce was phenomenal. I would be happy to return for that!
Just when I thought it was over, they surprised us with full portions of their Incredible Carrot Cake. It was a massive slice that I shared with others. Three layers of pillowy, soft carrot cake delicately piled atop sweet, creamy cream cheese frosting. I'm not big on frosting, so I mostly ate the cake, which tasted of cinnamon and nutmeg. This was a really nice way to finish the dinner!
So in conclusion, there's more to Stonefire Grill than just tri-tip and breadsticks! I was so inspired by their Roasted Cauliflower pasta that I made my own version at home. Definitely worth checking out and I'm actually pretty excited that about their $20 meal. If I'm pressed for time and can't cook, I'll be heading there for some favorites. Until next time.
18727 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708