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Foodie Review: Bonn-Fire knows how to do comfort food

The fried artichokes at Bonn-Fire restaurant are Parmesan breaded and fried golden brown and served with a side of creamy horseradish sauce. (Courtesy/Archie)

The fried artichokes at Bonn-Fire restaurant are Parmesan breaded and fried golden brown and served with a side of creamy horseradish sauce. (Courtesy/Archie)

They're baaacckkk. After a fire last May closed the restaurant, Bonn-Fire, located at 1667 S. Highway 89 in Chino Valley, has re-opened and is back to grillin' and chillin'. This very reasonably priced restaurant has a large menu with a wide variety of choices from steaks and chicken, to seafood and pizza, Mexican items, BBQ items, Italian selections, salads, wings, sandwiches, and burgers. They have a great selection of appetizers (fire starters) priced from $6 for cheesy garlic bread to $13 for a huge sampler platter with four different items. They have daily soup specials made in house daily, $4 for a cup or $6 for a bowl.

Entrees range in price from $8 to $28 for a filet mignon, and there are 43 separate entrees not counting the sandwiches and burgers. It offers eight choices for hand-tossed thin crust pizzas or you can build your own. Bonn-Fire has a "Rite Bite" menu of smaller portions for smaller eaters priced from $4.50 to $11 with 14 choices. Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. daily with great specials on drinks and appetizers.

Their beverage selections are also numerous with 10 different shakes and floats, sodas, coffee, tea, etc. They have a small wine list ranging in price from $5 to $9 per glass or $16 to $24 per bottle and during happy hour house wines are $3.50 per glass. And, a good selection of draft and bottle beers is available.

We started off with artichoke hearts. These delightful morsels are Parmesan breaded and fried golden brown and served with a side of creamy horseradish sauce. They were delicious, perfectly done and the combination of the Parmesan breading, artichoke center and horseradish sauce made for great flavor.

Each entrée comes with two sides and there are 17 to choose from. We started with Caesarette and house salads. These are not mini-salads and are good-sized portions.

For my entrée I chose chicken fried steak. It was perfectly cooked and the breading was nice and crunchy. I always ask for the gravy on the side so I can dip each morsel of steak in the gravy. I had the vegetable of the day, deliciously prepared yellow squash. My wife ordered the fried shrimp, the half-pound order (you can get a pound if you like), nine shrimp, which is plenty. The shrimp were done just right and with that and her salad she got the seasoned fries, just one of six different potato side choices. Delicious. Bonn-Fire knows how to do comfort food.

The restaurant's dessert specialty is pies and it does them very very well. Each month of the year features a different pie. November's was Baklava Apple: thin layers of pastry with an apple filling with raisins and topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. Magnificent. By the time you read this it will be December and the specialty pie is Chocolate Cream. Do not miss it.

Bonn-Fire is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They are reasonably priced and serve great food. Give them a try.

- Archie