Member Rating 3 out of 5 by tmhhmt on February 25, 2003

You''ve spent a day at the mall with two crazily energetic children and suddenly there, at the edge of the mall is a real restaurant with chairs and cloth napkins and big fat martinis.

Wildfire is a chain, and I usually avoid chain restaurants on vacation because, well why not try something new if you can -- but -- the food here was great and I needed a comfortable chair and a drink quite badly. The decor is 1920''s or maybe it was 1940s? Sort of night club-esque but gratefully falling far short of seeming like a ''theme'' room a''la Disney.

Wildfire is also a chop house - with not exactly a child friendly menu (though surprisingly vegetarian friendly) but the waitress was more than accomodating. I ordered a pizza appetizer for the girls that had originally been covered with mushrooms and was easily able to substitute tomatoes & chopped chicken.

My salad was huge and wonderful. Enough to stick in the tiny hotel fridge and have as a midnight meal another night.

Then the three of us split an order of salmon with a side of creamed spinach. Truly a lovely meal.

The martini wasn''t bad either.

159 West Erie St
Chicago, Illinois, 60610
+1 312 787 9000


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