Wildfire restaurant in Chicago heats up as family-friendly spot


By Gia Lee

Parent Panelist

My husband and I used to frequent the great Chicago steakhouses like it was our duty to keep them in business. Our frivolous meat-eating fiesta came screeching to a halt when our daughter arrived two years ago. Who takes a toddler to a steakhouse, right? Wrong!

We decided to take our 2-year-old to the Wildfire restaurant in Chicago and and we left extremely impressed with how kid-friendly it was. As soon as we walked in, the hostess got us a kids' menu and a high chair, and a cup - with a lid - appeared immediately.

The kids' menu offered a good variety of dishes, ranging from the typical chicken fingers and mac and cheese to heartier barbecue ribs and kids' filet. Most items are $6.95 and come with applesauce and your choice of juice, milk or fountain beverage. We ordered the pasta with tomato sauce for our tot and were surprised to see the gigantic portions. There was so much, my daughter and I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day.

For adults, there is an abundance of things to eat. Some of our favorites are the Wildfire chopped salad ($12.95), spinach and artichoke fondue ($9.95), and of course, the char-crusted ribeye steak ($31.95) with horseradish crust. On our way out, we noticed there were four other tables with children at the restaurant and we never felt out of place at all. If you are looking for a great steak dinner at a kid-friendly place, Wildfire is your best bet.



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