Restaurant Review: Fire at RiverCenter - Covington KY

A few weeks ago I got invited to try the new Fire at RiverCenter in Covington. Years back - it was Behle Street - which I loved! They had a meatloaf pasta with big chunks of meatloaf instead of meatballs - sooooo good. How would this match up? Let's find out...

We decided to go for an early dinner - it's a heckuva drive from Milford - so we wanted to get home at a decent time. We have to be home to watch Live PD after all! ;-) 

Fire is on the end spot - but there are two other new restaurants as well - Butler's Pantry is in the former First Watch spot and Biscuits to Burgers is on the far end towards the Blue fancy condos. I wish I still worked downtown so I could try all three of them!

Fire has done quite a lot of remodeling since Behle Street. When you walk in there's a bar area to the left that's had a bit of a makeover and the dining room to the right is totally new - with a beautiful floor and a nice private room at the end of the restaurant. There's also a huge patio out front for nicer weather.

The manager seated us in the bar area at his favorite table - near the window - and we got started with the Grand Board ($12).  We had an Irish cheese at the top, a sharp cheddar at the bottom, pickles, olives, apricot/cherry preserves (near the cheddar) and fresh grilled focaccia. There was also a giant sprig of rosemary for decoration.

We enjoyed the Grand Board - especially those apricot/cherry preserves with the green cheese! But our server really had no idea what anything was. He brought the board out with no explanation so I asked for him to tell us what all we had (the cheeses change all the time) and he referred to the green cheese as a cheddar, the orange cheese as a gouda and the sprig in the middle as sage. They did bring out more bread for us as the four small pieces wasn't really sufficient.

I ordered the special which was an Opah filet - you have to see the image of what the fish looks like - it's crazy! Opah is the first fish discovered to have a warm heart - who knew?! I would best compare it to Halibut - it's a hearty fish with a mild flavor and very popular in Hawaii.

This was served on Jasmine rice with a mango sauce. It was on the menu with asparagus but I saw that they had caramelized Brussels sprouts on the menu and asked if they could sub those. I didn't realize they were under the fish or I probably wouldn't have subbed.

The fish was perfectly cooked and the dish was beautiful. Unfortunately I didn't love the dish overall. It was extremely underseasoned. The rice was plain, the sprouts were plain and the sauce was missing acid/salt. It was an OK dish but nothing to rave about. I did like trying a new fish I'd never had before though.

My husband got the Filet Mignon ($28) which was a 6 oz. Black Angus center cut topped with onion straws (sans bordelaise sauce) and served with garlic mashed potatoes and a veg. The steak was prepared correctly to medium rare and was fine. The onion straws are a recent favorite of my husbands and were tasty. The sauce they served wasn't really a steak sauce or Worcestershire - not sure what it was but we didn't love it.

Lastly I went with dessert and chose White Chocolate Wild Blueberry Bread Pudding ($7). Larry wasn't able to have any desserts with his egg allergy.

Unfortunately I didn't care for this - it was really soupy - as you can see - the bread pieces out of the soup were hard and it was just too sweet. I ate a few pieces of the soaked bread and blueberries but left most of it. It wasn't the most appetizing looking either - this is one I think they need to work on.

Why Should You Go? I'm sure there are some items on the menu that are worth the visit - but I just didn't find them myself. The prices were high for the food and service we received. In comparison to my recent visit to Prime Cincinnati - I preferred that experience. That said, Fire is new and they have a big menu so I have more things to try.

Be sure to check my Facebook page this week for a giveaway!

FIRE at RiverCenter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Behle Street By Sheli in Ft. Mitchell has almost the same menu as the old Behle Street. Sheli was the manager, and has the blessing of Tommy Behle's family. I LOVE IT!!

    1. Oooh the capellini meatloaf - I need to go! Of course - there was the hottest guy manager when it was in Covington - I don't think he went with her! hahahaha

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