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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Counter service

Sun–Thu 11:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–midnight

Features Delivery, kid-friendly, live music, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, BYO
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Southeast Portland
1708 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR
(503) 230-9464

North Portland
4225 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR
(503) 280-9464
Fire on the Mountain
A tasty world of wings and beer

Although Buffalo has the mythos of making normally ignored chicken wings a staple of the bar-goer’s diet, legend has it that Fire on the Mountain is the first Portland institution to make wings the center of attention. True to Pac-Northwest form, it has a staunch commitment to using biodegradable, sustainable, and renewable materials. Even the fryer oil (trans-fat free) is donated to a local co-op after it’s used. Beef comes from Painted Hills ranch. We’re not sure where the wings are from (Buffalo, perhaps?), but they are pretty huge and meaty.

The Burnside location has high ceilings and lots of light by day, but it’s not necessarily charming. There are picnic tables to sit at communally, a stage upon which bands frequently play, and lots of television sets. Go with a group or to watch a game; you just order at the counter, and the wings are brought out to you in orders of anywhere from 6 to 250.

And these are some of the best wings we’ve ever had on any coast. They’re tender, maybe with a bit too much sauce, but we can understand why they’re so zealous with it. All sauces are made in house and include a Bourbon chipotle; a Jamaican jerk; raspberry habanero; lime cilantro; sweet BBQ; spicy peanut; the vaguely Mexican El Jefe; and, of course, the classic Buffalo sauce in four degrees of heat. Most of these are balanced and all are pretty addictive. It’s a good thing you can purchase them in bottles to go.

Sweet potato fries are also terrific, although sandwiches are just okay. We don’t really believe in boneless chicken wings here—their coatings tend to get mushy.

Local microbrews flow from the taps here, and they’re wonderfully priced, especially at happy hour (6–10pm daily), when they’re only $2 a pint. There’s even a late-night happy hour, just for an hour. Can you eat 250 wings in an hour?

We’d like to help you try.

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