Continuing on my journey to Rhode Island, I had to share Fire & Ice with you. Providence, Rhode Island is really not the snooze fest that everyone tends to assume. They have some restaurant concepts that the District should adopt ASAP. Fire & Ice is one of those places. With six locations, it has become a bit of a chain and you know how I feel about chain restaurants: gross. Fire & Ice, however, has taken on a chain concept that can keep me intrigued.
Have you ever visited a Hibachi grill? If not, here’s the deal on these places: You pick out your raw ingredients from a designated area and they cook the food in front of you. Simple right? I love these types of places mainly because I am mesmerized by the sites and sounds of it all: the grill guy flipping his spatula like a majician (*some of these cooks really act like they had a former life as a circus juggler), the sizzle of the food hitting the grill and the final presentation of freshly cooked food. There are very few of these in the DC area other than the Benihana’s and a couple other off the beaten path spots that offer the Hibachi experience but they do not offer nearly as much food as what you pay at the end of the night.
Fire & Ice perhaps appeals to be mostly because of its affordability and use of fresh ingredients in front of the customers face. For $10, I had unlimited lunch cooked right in front of me. Unreal around these parts. To top it off and in keeping my girlish figure, I paired the meal with the Size Zero Raspberry Mojito. Despite its name, it houses a few calories but relatively lower than your typical Mojito.
I am certain if I had one of these in my work neighborhood, I would live here. Really, who can pass up an assortment of food, cooked to your liking during the lunch hour? Sure beats waiting in line for a soggy salad.