Fire on the Mountain
1708 East Burnside
Portland, Oregon 97214
Wings, oh, lovely wings! Who doesnâ€™t love a great wings place, right? Sure, you could trek out to theÂ lone Hooters left in Oregon at Jantzen Beach, but for a great local wings place, you really should visit Fire on the Mountainâ€”which now has two locations. Not only are the wings great, but the selection of sauces is outstanding.
Portland was a little behind the wings trend for years and years, and Fire on the Mountainâ€™s initial location on North Interstate was really the first GOOD wing-specializing place in town (seriously, you canâ€™t count Hooters, puh-lease) when they opened up in 2005. The original location is teeny-tiny, so if you go be prepared to wait for a table or just order take-out. The new East Burnside location is larger and very airy, but itâ€™s also known to fill up fast during lunchtime.
When you approach the counter to give your order, you can actually taste-test the sauces on small pieces of celery. This is a greatÂ way to try out any saucesÂ you might usually be afraid to try on an entire order of wings, so go ahead, dip that celery stick in â€œEl-Jefeâ€ and let the burning sensation begin.
Yep. Thatâ€™s exactly what I did the first time I stopped by Fire on the Mountain, and since that mouth-steaming experience, I try to trick any newbie in the lunch group into doing the same thing. Funny thing is, some people like it that hot! Me? Not so much.
I do like my wings spicy, flavorful and hot, and I like them dripping with sauce, and thatâ€™s exactly what you can expect at Fire on the Mountain. My favorite sauces are the Hot, the Sweet BBQ, the Bourbon Chipotle and, of course, the Spicy Peanut! Iâ€™ve also tried most of the others and they are good too. They also offer two rotating sauces per month.
The wings themselves are big. On a recent visit my lunch companion was feeling ambitious and decided that we would share 18 wings and a small order of tater tots (which isn’t all that small). I devoured as many as I could, but we still left a few wings untouched.
Fire on the Mountain offers something unique for the veggie crowd out there; the infamous Portland Wings are meatless and just as tasty with the same sauce options as the regular wings.
If you arenâ€™t in the mood for finger-licking at lunch, Fire on the Mountain also offers a wide array of non-wing options. The munchie menu includes everything from tater tots to sweet potato fries to fried pickles. Then there are also an array of salads, sandwiches, specialty dishes and a kidsâ€™ menu. This restaurant has a very crowd-pleasing menu.
Pros: Great sauce selection, they offer veggie wings, fried pickles(!), good beer selection, very family friendly
Cons: Can get crowded, they should serve the wings with a wet nap (or three!)
Fire on the Mountain (North Portland)
4225 North Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217