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Fireballz; The Dining Room at Brandermill Inn

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Admist the dismembered 1950s autos that make up the booths and bar of , noon on a weekday finds many a business person bobbing his or her head to Chuck Berry's electric guitar and polishing off a burger and fries.

Fireballz's lunch menu is predictable. There are appetizers such as wings, cheese fries, jalapeno poppers, nachos and chili ($3-$6). The usual suspects are available in the sandwich department for around $5, and somewhat creative toppings like smoked mozzarella and blue cheese are available on a selection of burgers that are named after car models and priced in the $6 range. In the 1950s cliché department, Fireballz serves up a side of beans and franks, a selection of $5 hot plate specials and last, but not least, the venerable Moon Pie for $1.50. A recurring ingredient of Fireballz menu is a special sauce that apparently includes habanero and jalapeno peppers and purports to be"butt-burnin' hot."

The only food I actually liked at this place falls in the 1950s cliché department. Although they were fresh out of beans and franks, I did manage to get the turkey hot plate special ($5) that came with iced tea, a soft roll, mashed potatoes and baked beans. Thick, salty gravy smothered a mound of mashed potatoes and turkey slices atop soft white sandwich bread. It even arrived on a beige, sectioned plastic plate to add to that TV dinner appeal. — B. Ifan Rhys

623 E. Main St.
Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday

overlooks the woods and a reservoir, and, no doubt, during the day affords diners a sylvan view. The menu seems to suggest a utilitarian purpose rather than a fine-dining one, and, as such, is perfectly adequate, but it doesn't excite the taste buds nor does it push toward any new culinary experience.

The half-dozen main dishes ($10.95-$17.95) are supplemented by a couple of daily specials. A duo of pastas includes a vegetarian preparation. One of the chicken dishes, Chicken Brandermill, is a crab-stuffed chicken breast napped with a red-pepper sauce and baked. I chose a rib-eye steak special ($15.95) over the menu's filet mignon or pork tenderloin. All entrées except the pastas come with a choice of rice pilaf, baked potato, or french fries, and the vegetable of the day, in this case, a mélange of squash and red peppers.

Our meal at the Brandermill Inn was adequate. Had I been a lodging guest, I would have been grateful to have the convenience of a nearby place for dinner. But how much more exciting if it had been a place to write home about. — Davis Morton

The Dining Room at the Brandermill Inn
1355 Harbour Pointe Parkway
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Monday-Saturday
Sunday: Brunch only 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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