When Takeout Calls, Fireside
By Peter & Rosie /
Plans change. When injury
sidelined one of the Foodies this week, the restaurant visit
wed been planning and really looking forward
to had to be postponed. The mishap that caused us to
cancel our plans also compromised home cooking efforts.
For just such situations, theres Fireside, or as they
officially call themselves, The Original Fireside Caterers.
A familiar stop for the Foodies on Jericho Turnpike in East
Northport, just west of Larkfield Road, the rotisserie is
always burning at Fireside. And with the Jets final
playoff game happening on the day of our visit, the rotisserie
was working overtime.
Firesides delicatessen roots are evident in the deli
counter where, on any given day, sandwiches, wraps and salads
literally fly out the door. The operation is efficient even
at peak hours, so a stop at Fireside doesnt eat up the
better part of your lunch hour. It wont break the bank
either, with sandwich prices ranging from the $4.25 egg salad,
to the specialty heroes at $6.99. The All-American ($6.99)
is built with you guessd it roast beef, turkey
breast, ham, American cheese, lettuce and tomato. The Chicken
Supreme ($6.99) features a cutlet with mozzarella, bacon,
lettuce and tomato; or try Mussolinis Revenge ($6.99),
an Italian hero with ham cappy, genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone,
lettuce and tomato, with oil and vinegar. Healthy Choice keeps
it simple with grilled chicken, lettuce and tomato with a
light honey mustard dressing.
Firesides wraps are generously built to order. An occasional
indulgence is the Buffalo Chicken wrap ($6.99), with its spicy
wing sauce. The menu lists 10 wraps, all at $6.99 save for
the Grilled Chicken BLT ($7.49).
Where Fireside shines, however, is with its selection of family
take-out dinners. The menu lists a dozen choices, featuring
rostisserie chicken, Southern fried chicken, fried shrimp,
fish and the Fireside house specialty, barbecued ribs, along
with any of more than a dozen sides. Inevitably, we stared
at the menu boards trying to choose, and end up ordering the
same chicken and ribs combo. The rotisserie chicken is always
a winner at Fireside. Slow roasted, its fall-off-the-bone
tender with a smoky flavor. Whether your dinner plan includes
a half or full chicken, its always cut for convenience
so theres no carving to be done at home. The ribs also
fall into the fall-off-the-bone category, but a bit of time
under the broiler gives it a little edge and carmelizes the
sweet-and-sour barbecue sauce. If your dinner includes ribs,
grab plenty of napkins.
Some favorite family combos include the basic Southern Chicken
($18.95) with a dozen pieces of crispy fried chicken and three
large sides to feed four-to-five; the Giant Barbecue Basket
($29.95), with three rotisserie chickens and four large sides;
and the Shrimp and Rib Combo ($34.95), an awesome pound of
fried shrimp, large barbecued ribs and four sides to serve
four to five people.
Regarding the side dishes, orders in our household always
include the mac-and-cheese. Its creamy and rich, just
waiting for some fresh ground pepper. Ours usually include
mashed potatoes and, just to keep things reasonably healthy,
steamed vegetables. At any given time, youll also find
kernel corn, jazzed up with minced red peppers, creamed spinach,
roast potatoes and a selection of slaws and salads.
Fireside offers a selection of pies, cookies and other desserts,
though as long as were throwing cholesterol counts out
the window, wed just as soon fill up on ribs. Because
one of the Foodies was on the injury list, our most recent
Fireside visit included a stop at the neighborhood florist.
Plates instead of paper, real silver instead of plastic and
a bunch of flowers on the table made it the next best thing
to dining out. Well, except that there were some dishes to
4097 Jericho Tpke., East Northport
Cuisine: deli style sandwiches, wraps and salads;
family take out, hot dinners
Atmosphere: fast-moving takeout
Price range: inexpensive
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon.-Sat.;
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun.