Patio Season at Fireside

A new Cornelius restaurant gets fired up



Fireside Bar & Grill’s double-cut grilled pork chop is rubbed with herbs and garlic.

TAYLOR MATHIS

When longtime restaurateur and chef Tom Schiavone decided to open a restaurant in Cornelius—he’s in the midst of relocating to the area from his native New Jersey—he knew he’d found something special in the Fireside Bar & Grill spot. The space, which was most recently occupied by Pelican’s Patio Bar & Grill, has undergone a near-complete makeover. The former tenant’s kitschy island look is gone—with the exception of a large aquarium near the restaurant’s entrance—replaced with simple décor in shades of maroon and black.With its understated, upscale casual atmosphere, Fireside Bar & Grill may feel familiar at first glance. A large, open bar-meets-dining room means that the restaurant can be loud if there’s a crowd. But if it’s a sunny day or a warm evening, a seat on the patio feels worlds away. It doesn’t have lake views or a stunning vista, but it does have two oversized fireplaces, a large circular bar, and plenty of seating—making it a destination on its own merit.

The straightforward, family-friendly menu offers a few surprises. Created by Schiavone and executed by chef Josh Jones, it’s extensive, with a primary focus on sandwiches and steaks. The stuffed burger ($12), made with in-house-ground certified Angus beef and stuffed with caramelized onions, bacon, and smoked Gouda, is a signature item. It’s juicy and well-matched with a soft telera roll. A selection of steaks and chops rounds out the menu, from the black smoked salt-dusted filet ($27), to a double-cut grilled pork chop ($17), rubbed with herbs and garlic.

But there are Italian and Asian influences, as well. Hot & Fire Shrimp ($10) presents a pile of tempura shrimp in a tangy, sweet-sour sauce. Flatbreads are generously portioned and excellent for sharing, particularly The Garden ($14), topped with grilled figs, fresh pears and cranberries, smoked Gouda, and a balsamic glaze.

A sophisticated cocktail selection features drinks like the Gin & Ginger ($8), made with Tanqueray Rangpur, agave, ginger liquor, and club soda garnished with candied ginger. And all of the drinks pair well with the patio, especially when there’s live music and a festive crowd.

More »Related Stories

Tupelo Honey: Old South and New

Tupelo Honey fills a void in South End left by a beloved establishment

Mountain Cabin Cuisine: Stone Mountain Grill

This restauant offers familiar cuisine in a warm atmosphere

American Alternative: Nan and Byron’s

Business brings an upscale casual flair—and an approachable menu—to South End

Baku Brings New Flavors to SouthPark

A trendy and traditional take on Japanese cuisine

We invite your responses and discussion. Please refrain from personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, or non sequiturs.

Add your comment:

Newsletters

Stay up-to-date on all things Charlotte by signing up for our newsletters. Learn more by clicking here.

Newsletter Sign Up
Email*
 

Blogs »


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

Fun at the Markets, Farms, and Gardens

Take time to enjoy events in Davidson, Matthews, Belmont, and the heart of Myers Park

Comments


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

Judiciary for Sale

More than ever, money rather than integrity wins judges' elections. It's time for a change.

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Try This: Breakfast Bowl at Tupelo

Tupelo Honey on South Blvd dishes up everything from breakfast to lunch to dinner. But the restaurant in the old Pewter Rose shines brightest during the first meal of the day.

Comments


Dusk Till Dawn

Jarvis Holliday Chronicles Charlotte's Nightlife and Social Scene, Straight No Chaser

Nightlife News: Q-Tavern and Hattie’s Tap & Tavern Now Open; Uber Offers Passport to NoDa

The latest news, poised to impact Charlotte’s nightlife and social scene.

Comments


On Tap

Matt McKenzie on Craft Beer in Charlotte

Triple C releasing “The Dude Imbibes” this Saturday

Event will feature live music and a bottle share

Comments