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The Enquirer’s Bill Broderick visits FireKeepers Smoke ‘N Fire and tries the Chicken N Waffles.(Photo: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)The experience at FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a 24 hour a day thing. It’s the same thing for us at Bill’s Bites as we think about food all day, every day. That means breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can get all three at the next stop at Smoke ‘N Fire.
Over the past several installments, the crew at Bill’s Bites have been taking our own FireKeepers food tour hitting all the key stops in the family of restaurants for the Battle Creek casino.
With breakfast served all day and high end items for lunch and dinner, Smoke ‘N Fire is the place to go when you want to settle in for some good eats if you are worried about some bad beats in the poker room. But regardless of your luck in the casino, we feel like we have been big winners so far as we have been eating our way around the FireKeepers Casino.
Enquirer Bill Broderick visits FireKeepers Smoke Fire for another edition of Bill Bites (Photo: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)Bill Bites scores with Dacey Taphouse visit
Best time to eat here iswhen you want breakfast anytime
Smoke ‘N Fire isn’t open 24 hours a day, but whenever it is open, you can have certain breakfast items any time if that’s what you are hungry for. And if you are going to do breakfast, you might as well do it right with the Smoke ‘N Fire Chicken ‘N Waffles.
Suitable for the big appetite, this is comfort food, but with enough nuance to be served at a five star hotel. Starting with a fried chicken breast that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, it only gets better from there. The chicken is nested on a bacon stuffed waffle that is both crispy and tender with a soft, fluffy middle. The dish is augmented with potato hash and fried leeks. Topping it all figuratively and literally is the bourbon sage maple syrup. Once that syrup is drizzled over the entire concoction, each bite is sweet and savory.
Steak and eggs are also available on the breakfast menu as well as omelets and a decadent cinnamon roll French toast.
The Enquirer Bill Broderick checks out FireKeepers Smoke Fire in another edition of Bill Bites with a taste of the Smoked Brisket. (Photo: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)
If you like that kind of thing, thislives up to the name with smoked goodness
Smoke ‘N Fire describes its menu as classic American fare accented with delicious barbecue undertones. Barbecue done right means smoke and Smoke ‘N Fire gets it right with its Smoked Beef Brisket.
You might think you are standing next to a Texas barbecue pit instead of sitting in a hotel restaurant when you first smell the smoke coming off the beef brisket. Then, as your fork sinks into the meat, you realize you are about to take a bite of something that has had to be in a smoker for at least 14 hours to get this tender and juicy. Big beef taste with a beautiful smoke ring and crusty bark, this is real deal barbecue. The generous slabs of brisket come with juicy coleslaw and steak fries, along with some barbecue sauce that you might not even need.
Also available for the meat lovers out there are some St. Louis style ribs and a Kansas City strip steak.
Bill Bites visits Smoke Fire and tries the Brawler Burger. (Photo: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)
As a sports guy, this food reminds me of Bob Probert
Bob Probert was a legendary Detroit Red Wing known for his aggressive style as an enforcer. When you think of old time hockey and the brawlers of the day, you think of Probert.
The Brawler Burger at Smoke ‘N Fire jumped out at us because it lends itself to the smoked style of the rest of the menu so well. A classic burger, but it is topped with burnt ends (probably from the brisket mentioned above) with a layer of coleslaw, Applewood bacon and cheese on a housemade bun. The burnt ends work fantastically with the beef from the burger and the smokiness of the bacon.
Also on the burgers/sandwiches portion of the menu, you’ll find BBQ Pulled Pork and the Smoke ‘N Fire BLT.
Bill Bites visits Smoke Fire and tires the Batter Fried Mac N Cheese (Photo: Bill Broderick/Battle Creek Enquirer)
I’m not a food critic, but if you asked me I’d describe this by saying thisisa winning formula
Throughout the menu at Smoke ‘N Fire, we at Bill’s Bites kept finding little treats that made the experience that much better. The Batter Fried Mac ‘N Cheese could get lost on the appetizer listing if you aren’t careful, but the beer battered fried macaroni and cheese medallion, dusted with Frank’s hot sauce powder, should not be missed.
Then there’s this sneaky good element found on almost all of its main entrees. The Boursin cheese seemingly was just a throw away item listed with the Brawler Burger as well as the brisket we had. But once you dip a french fry in it, or spread it on a piece of meat, you’ll come away amazed that just a dollop of the rich, creamy, garlic infused cheese could be such a game changer.
But that’s kind of what you get throughout the experience at Smoke ‘N Fire. The Bill’s Bites crew found big flavors and over the top menu items at every turn as we have decided you should not sleep on this high quality FireKeepers Hotel restaurant.