I popped into Firebirds Wood Fired Grill on a Thursday night with one thing on mind: prime rib. I saw photos of this elusive meat and knew I had to order some. They were fairly busy but there was no wait to get a seat (curiously, they had four hosts hanging up front like they were preparing for a hungry herd who wanted to rush into the restaurant).
While the extensive menu looked great and had many options, none were as appealing as the prime rib. They even had a mini pop up display on the table, highlighting their special that was available in two sizes: 12 oz and 16 oz. Of course, it was a no-brainer. The 16 oz cut ($27.95) was only $3 more than the 12 oz cut. Why would anyone want less prime rib?
I ordered it up with a side of their pecan green beans instead of the baked potato. Unfortunately, they only had cooking temperatures from medium on up. Usually, I like it very rare, dripping with blood and a jus with every bite. However, it was a prime rib emergency so I ended up just getting the medium, hoping it wouldn’t be dry and overcooked.
I skipped the free bread since I didn’t want valuable real estate to take away from the prime rib. Did I mention that I like prime rib?
Finally, the food arrived. A large plate containing the steak was placed before me. It took up nearly half the space on it. There was a small pile of green beans in the corner, then two large sauce containers with the au jus and creamed horseradish.
The meat was soft and rich with flavor. It had hints of sea salt, pepper, bay leaves, and fat. While it wasn’t as juicy as I’d like (that’s what happens when you order it medium!), it was a respectable prime rib. As I dipped it into the au jus, a slight sweetness was coming through. I added a small dash of salt and tried the horseradish. Awesome. Normally, I love eating the fat that is embedded into the prime rib, however, this cut had very large pieces that were far more chewy than practical to enjoy on their own.
The green beans were good too. Nice and crunchy. But the meat was so good, it overshadowed the side. Sometimes, they felt like a distraction – which was good, because I didn’t want to finish the star so quickly. I wish they served more, it was just a small pile that resembled more of a garnish than a side.
It wasn’t the best prime rib I’ve ever had, but for $27, it was a good deal. And if they had medium rare, it would be a definite 5 stars. Definitely worth returning to, especially to check out the rest of the menu.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027