Portland >Food & Dining > Fire On The Mtn Buffalo Wings
4225 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721745.554122 -122.681748
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook
Slow Down and Enjoy – Apparently, according to some of these reviews, sometimes it takes a long time to get your food at Fire on the Mountain. I have never had a problem but this shouldn't matter too much anyway. If you are starving and need to eat right this instance, go get some fast food or head to TGIFridays.
FOTM is a place to relax, have a beer with friends, and unwind. If you need food quicker, get some amazing friend pickles or cajunize some fries (this goes great with the banana sauce at the table) while you wait for absolutely the best wings you will ever have. Top that off with an Amnesia or a Hub and mix in some conversation with friends and you won't believe how quickly those wings come. It is also recommended to relax and converse before the food comes because every time I go here, once those wings are on the table, everyone is silent.
The sauces are amazing. I recommend the Spicy Peanut and Raspberry Habanero for those who want to try something different. The El Hefe tastes great before the heat sets in and for those traditionalists out there the Mild-Very hot selection is top notch.
Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, excellent place to go with a group. Just don't rush yourself or you will miss it.
Sad service. – I went to the Burnside location, apparently they have become successful enough to begin branching out. I really would like to review the food there, but since I was unable to get served, I cannot. I came in on a fairly regular Sunday afternoon (Apr 29 about 1:00pm), not a big line and there were several tables open. I ordered a beer and a chicken sandwich. I did not think that was an especially difficult thing to make. I was mistaken.
After 30 minutes, I asked about my order and was assured that it was coming. After 45 minuets, and no food, I left. Since folks around me had come and received their orders after me, I could not see any reason to think mine was a problem, but apparently not.
I can tell you that they have an small but OK beer selection on tap, not inspired, but something other than Bud is available. They do have a number of free weekly papers to read while waiting for food, though they might want to add more selections as I ran out of things to read. Perhaps the NY Sunday Times would be appropriate to read waiting for an order. Puzzles and games might also be appropriate to pass the time.
Greatest Wings Ever! – I moved to PDX from Texas 4 years ago and had nowhere to go for wings. When the Interstate location opened up, I thought I had found my final resting place (that has since moved to the Burnside location, because it will be easier for my friends to drag my body there). The enormous wings are cooked perfectly every time. The sauces are fantastic. I used to be a "buffalo style" purist, but the non traditional sauces here have converted me. I've eaten just about every wing in town, and nothing holds a candle. The only thing that would make FOTM better is if they were open when I get off of work (late nights). I think it's safe to say that I am a fan of wings, as I have one tattooed on my arm.
To the guy ranting about hippies in his post - just because someone doesn't realize that YOU are the most important person in the world, it does not make them a "hippie" or "sloth like." The owners are awesome and I've always enjoyed the staff - they have never been anything but friendly to me (however, I'm not a douche). Portland is a layed (apparently spelling this word correctly is inappropriate on citysearch) back town (for now, god help us if this guy gets his way) and the service at most places is somewhat slow. It's ok to slow down in life and take the time to enjoy yourself and those around you.
Whoever said the Buffalo Lime Cilantro was not good is CRAZY! This is the sauce they should be bottling. It transcends wings. I'd like to see the Ethiopian as part of the permanent selection of sauces.
I will agree about charging for sides of sauce. I will ask for a side of sauce if my wings aren't wet enough and have been charged a couple of times by newer employees. The ones who know me, usually don't, however.
Ok wings – We went to this restaurant because of all of the great reviews. My husband loves wings, he liked the many choices. Beware vegetarians: I went because they claimed to have vegetarian wings and I thought that would be great! They turned out to be store bought soy chicken nuggets, a brand most vegetarians will recognize. That was dissapointing, but the sauce was good. Ok food, but not worth the drive from Oregon City.
Far exceeded expectations! – After moving to Oregon almost 9 years ago, I left behind me ( In AZ) one of the great wing places I had ever found. I had yet to find a place that could match or even come close here in Portland. My bother and I visited FOTM Burnside location a few nights ago. Let me tell you.....not only was I impressed but, they blew my favorite spot right out of the water. Yeah, you have to wait a bit...but it was soooo worth it. We got: Chipotle Bourben, Lime Cliantro, and Medium. Each flavor was unique and down right yummy. Glad we got that pitcher of beer to go with it....a little spicy too. I will definately be back and I've already told as many people I can to go there! My hat is off to you FOTM! You've made me a fan.
great wings – We were ABSOLUTLY impressed. So much better than "other popular wing places new to town" (not that these could compair!) wings. the sauce had flavor and the wings were not dripping with grease. nice enviroment, service was great, and the food was excellent. The fries rocked! We will be back for sure with friends and family. Really not sure what other posters were talking about, but we had a great experience today.
great wings! – Went here for the first time last week, and ordered a dozen wings and a beer. went back again last night. i have tried a lot of wings in this town, and these are awesome. good size, great texture, perfect spicy-ness, great sauces and friendly atmosphere. they let you try all the sauces with celery at the counter, so you can find whatcha like. the jamaican flavor and medium were very good. prices are comparative to other wing places. not sure what others are talking about with service issues, but i went to the one on burnside, so maybe the service is better there.
Don't go!!!!!!!!!!! – The staff treated my girlfriend and I like we were bad people. I thought tipping 40% at the register was a good thing. They charge you when you order not after. I'm a bartender and I don't think I've ever treated people like I was treated here. By the way, you can spend 30 bucks on wings, fries, and drinks, but they still charge you a dollar for a very small ramekin of blue cheese or ranch. Yes, I was not given a sauce for the wings or fries. At least they are nice. If you do go, try the peanut sauce. It was tasty. The jefe sauce is hot and tasty. The buffalo lime cilantro=not tasty.
Okay wings, terrible service – I was really excited about the opening of the new "Fire on the Mountain" on Burnside and 17th. I placed an order for takeout, and waited...and waited...and waited. And in the meantime I watched the people in the working in the place bumbling and appearing clueless about how to make things run efficiently. The wings were...okay. But not worth the wait and terrible service.
Service is atrocious – I went in on an early saturday afternoon for a quick wing fix. I've had the wings before and they have always been good. The problem with this place is the hippies that run it and their miserable service. The place was not busy and yet I waited at the register for eight minutes while the slothlike server washed dishes and did other general cleaning about five feet away. I attempted to make myself noticed with no success and watched as another customer who arrived after me left in disgust. In short I left feeling like an idiot for having bothered.
These lazy hippies need to take a crash course in customer service. Shame on these hippies.
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