Located in The Villages, FL new Brownwood Town Square, City Fire American Oven & Bar is one of the most popular spots during the town’s famous Happy Hour. We recently went in and found a comfortable spot with some great bar food specials at won’t break the bank. Golf cart accessible, we made it here in about 15 minutes from my parent’s house.
The outside patio is usually very busy at City Fire American Oven & Bar, but this is Central Florida in August so that means inside dining for us. The inside consists mostly of tables with a large bar that is half inside and out. The ceilings are high and the restaurant is nicely decorated with dark wood tones. There are some cool antique looking items through the restaurant which gives it a nice cozy feeling. We decided to sit at the bar.
Our bartender took our drink order and dropped off menus. They have the regular menu available at the bar and a special ‘bar food menu’ that has a few smaller versions off the main menu with a few appetizer selections. The concept here is that most items are cooked in the large oven that can be seen from just about anywhere in the dining room. Stoneflats (not flatbreads or pizzas, and you WILL be corrected by the server) are the star along with some sandwich and main entrees. We decided on a few small plates and our food took about 15 minutes to arrive.
City Fire Wings ($10). They had a few flavors and we chose garlic/parmesan. 10 rather large wings were stacked neatly on the plate. These are baked in the ‘oven’ so we thought we’d save a few calories. Well, it seems they use some oil with the garlic/parm as these were a bit on the greasy side. The taste was really good, so we didn’t mind. Just enough garlic to give it a nice extra kick. The wings were very meaty too.
Black and Blue Stoneflat ($12). Blackened steak, bleu cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella, chive, balsamic glaze. While they offered a half size portion at the bar, Jeff went all in and ordered the whole.
The blackening seasoning was a bit on the mild side along with the bleu cheese. That aside, we did like it. The crust was thin and crisp and the balsamic glaze was a nice touch.
There are actually two City Fire American Oven & Bar locations in The Villages and we preferred the Lake Sumpter Landing Town Square location. Both are good choices with good service, maybe we liked the set up of the other location more. This is a great restaurant to hit for drinks and appetizers to share.
City Fire American Oven & Bar is located at 2716 Brownwood Blvd, The Villages, FL.