Published: 03/03/2010 by Erica
From the first juicy sip of sangria to the happy group of hipsters at the bar, I loved Firebox on the spot. The space is minimalist with drama: thirty foot ceilings in the bar, antique beams and exposed brick. But it's really about the locally sourced food; pictured is my delirious starter of house-made charcuterie: chicken liver mousse, house-cured salmon and duck pastrami.
An entree of pan roasted cod perched on a bed of braised kale with bits of fingerling potatos and bacon floated on a mussel studded broth.Yum! Should have stopped there, but who could pass up chocolate semi-freddo, a dreamy dessert, halfway between mousse and ice cream? Heavenly.
Here's more good news: Firebox is operated by the Billings Forge Community Organization whose aim is to revitalize the Frog Hollow neighborhood that it calls home, through job training and employment. The Kitchen at Billings Forge is a bakery, urban farm-to-table caterer, and center for cooking classes and the Studio at Billings Forge provides a community space for educational workshops, enrichment programming and a low cost entertainment venue for local performances.