Fuego: A Fusion Kitchen
By Alexis Mercer
Fuego may have been created with me in mind. With two of my favorite cuisines (Mexican and Asian) fused together I was looking forward to my first trip to Fuego after a short period of time when it was closed for renovations.
Prior to the closing I had eaten there a handful of times. And loved it to no end. I had even ordered take-out a few times, making the short trip to Grant for the delicious sushi.
My expectations were high and I was hopeful.
I brought a friend who hadn’t eaten there as many times as I had. We had just finished watching our neighbors’ son play Little League at the Grant fields on a Saturday afternoon. We headed to Fuego about 2:30 in the afternoon.
Walking in the front door, we were pleased that it wasn’t busy. In fact, we were the only table at the time. Our server quickly attended to us, offering soda of either the US version or the Mexican version (Jarritos).
With our beverages came a healthy helping of homemade chips that were perfectly seasoned and a big bowl of delicious green salsa. I’m a giant fan of chips and salsa, so I am rather picky, and these were nothing short of perfection.
Each of us chose a different side of the fusion menu: I chose the Fuego California Rolls and she chose Street Tacos with chicken.
Our server, who was very pleasant, quickly returned with our food. And then we were rather silent as we devoured our meals.
My sushi was beautifully presented and tasted divine. The rice was cooked well, the vegetables were crisp and the outside of the roll seasoned with just enough spice to make it memorable.
The street tacos were just as pleasing to the palette. The corn shells were toasted to a crisp crunch. The chicken was seasoned well and the vegetables and cheese on top were all fresh and scrumptious.
It seemed to both of us that the price of the meal would have been significantly more anywhere other than Grant. In Grand Rapids, I am sure we would have paid double for the quality food and pleasant service.
With my stomach full, my wallet not that much lighter, and my taste buds pleased to no end, we left Fuego knowing we would be back again very soon.
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