I enjoy spicy food. Not hot hot hot spicy, but flavorful spicy. One of my favorite spots to get some good flavorful spice is Fire on the Mountain, a Buffalo wings restaurant in N. Portland. Open now for over a year, they have done well for themselves. We go in about every two weeks and it is always crowded. Luckily, we live across the street, so we get our order of wings to go and head home to enjoy.
The menu is pretty great, with appetizers like tatter tots, fries and deep fried pickles. They have a few salad choices and sandwiches. You can get almost any sandwich with whichever sauce you want, so the options become endless. On to the wings. They have both chicken wings and “Portland” wings. Portland wings are meatless for the vegetarians in the house and I’ll tell you this, they are just as good as the chicken. One of the best parts of ordering wings is choosing the sauce to go with it. There are about 12 regular sauces they offer daily, from mild to extra hot to El Hefe (super super hot). Then there is Raspberry Habanera, Bourbon Blue Cheese, Jamaican Jerk, and Chipotle and so on. Usually they have a special sauce that rotates in and out also. Now, you don’t have to stick with just one sauce. Order a 12 piece and get 1/2 with one sauce and the other 1/2 with another. That way, you’ll be able to try different combinations. Also, I’ll warn you now about the hot sauces. They are not Taco Bell hot, they are down and dirty make you cry hot. You’ve been warned. All their food is available to go, so when you want to get something for the big game, give them a call.
Check out Fire on the Mountain, they are truly a local joint with a local feel. They make great food and have always been friendly and fast. In the near future, a national chain will be opening 10 stores in Portland, probably in the strip malls in the burbs, but don’t be fooled by it. Head in to North Portland and try the real deal.
Fire on the Mountain
4225 North Interstate Avenue