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Stonefire Grill Offers Fine Dining in a Casual Setting

Barbecue, breadsticks lead the way at this Fountain Valley staple.

A staple of Fountain Valley dining, caters to busy families who want to get together for a quality meal without having to worry about dealing with the trappings of traditonal sit-down dining. When we arrived to try it for the first time, plenty of large families were right behind us, and the quality of the food delivered.

As the name might suggest, the smell of barbecue was almost irresistible from the moment we walked in the door. Stonefire's menu features an extensive offering of grilled items, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, but could probably could have been a bit daunting had there been a line of regulars waiting behind us. Between that and the seductive smokey smell in the air, we were more than happy to order the half rack of baby back ribs, served with two breadsticks and a generous salad for about $15

The salad was fresh and plentiful, and while the sound of cilantro viniagrette had our mouth watering, the final product was relatively bland. The breadsticks, on the other hand, threatened to flat-out steal the show by combining all the best elements of garlic bread, focaccia and even a bit of a doughnut-like texture into one amazing little package.

The ribs were most and delicious, with a sweet, tangy sauce that would appeal to a broad spectrum of barbecue connisseurs. But the real surprise of the meal was our companion's boneless chicken breast, served garlic-lemon style, also with salad and those heavenly breadsticks for about $10. Notice we didn't say skinless, and thank goodness it wasn't. The light tasty skin on the chicken made the dish from the first bite -- and without making it too heavy. The meat overall was tender, juicy and perfectly infused with the lemon and garlic flavors without being overpowering.

Overall, it's easy to see why Stonefire Grill is such a popular dining spot for Gospel Swampers -- delicious cuisine in a casual setting, perfect for big and small families alike.

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