Having driven by George’s Fire Side Inn several times, and hearing mixed reviews from different sources, my husband, Eddie, two friends, and I finally decided to pop in and try it. Located on Boquete’s Alto Lina loop, the restaurant is often referred to as George’s Grill, or George’s Fire Side Inn, named for the chef and owner. The appearance was rustic, an old metal building topped with a tin roof. It had a small dining room and was open to the outdoors, with a wood-burning fireplace located in front of the cooking area and near the tables.
My Dining Experience at George’s Fire Side Inn
Seating only 24 people at a time, space was an issue at George’s Fire Side Inn so you may be sharing a picnic table with others if the restaurant is crowded. Also, they do not have printed menus so you will need to read the choices from the boards posted on the walls in both Spanish and English. The daily offerings were mostly unique items based on the seasonal and fresh ingredients available.
We arrived at George’s Fire Side Inn and took the last seat at a large picnic table. The surfaces were very sticky and had not been wiped down. Two people came in the door and had no place to sit so we invited them to share the table with us.
Our friendly waitress took our drink orders and brought them out right away; good, cold beer. We then placed our dinner orders and then enjoyed the ambiance from the fire, as well as the warmth because it was a cool night and the restaurant is open to the elements. People around us were very satisfied with their dinners so that was a good sign.
Soup and Steak: Not a Bad Combination
I began my meal with the Lobster Bisque. The serving presentation was nice and the creamy soup was tasty; however, I did not see any visible pieces of lobster. The herb sprig sticking out of my bread was bitter and tasted like licorice; not a good choice to pair with a delicate cream based soup.
Our friends ordered the special of the day, the Fresh Tuna. Eddie chose the Grilled Red Snapper, which was topped with a passionfruit sauce. The sauce was extremely sour and did not pair well with the fish at all. All of the seafood dishes featured very fresh fish.
I selected the Filet Mignon with some sauce I could not read on the board, but it was fabulous. My filet was both tender and tasty. The sauce tasted like it had cherries in it; absolutely delicious. All the meals were served with piped mashed potatoes topped with a tiny amount of vegetables, though barely warm in temperature. No bread accompanied our meal and the wait for the meals was lengthy. We passed on the homemade desserts of the day, a fruit upside-down cake and a passionfruit pie.
Our Thoughts on George’s Fire Side Inn
We all gave the meal a score of 6 on a 1-10 scale. I thought the prices were adequate and the next trip I will try the Chicken Cordon Bleu. All in all, we were satisfied with our meals though the passionfruit sauce really ruined part of my husband’s meal. I personally enjoyed the coziness of the restaurant and that the chef came out to tell the specials and chat with the guests; very personable.
Tip: Take a cushion as the wooden picnic tables were extremely uncomfortable.
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