Opened in 2016 in a restored building on Bailey Avenue, The Fire Spit's name is apropos — not only is its owner, Rodney Wilkinson, a retired Buffalo firefighter, but he valiantly persevered with his dream of operating a family-owned restaurant even after an electrical fire ripped through the building just before the planned opening of the restaurant, setting him back two full years. But, what does The Fire Spot serve? Char-grilled hot dogs? Blazing-hot Mexican or Asian food? Wilkinson doesn't take the metaphor quite that far, but if you're in the mood for some delicious, homestyle soul food classics made fresh to order and served by one of the friendliest staffs of any restaurant in the city, this is a place you should check out. Though The Fire Spot does stay open through dinnertime, breakfast (all-day!) and lunch are the two busiest times of the day here: the biggest seller on the menu by far are the chicken and waffles, uniquely served with whole, unsplit wings fried up to crispy perfection (you can substitute tenders or traditional wings on request). At lunchtime, you can also try a delicious steak hoagie slathered in Wilkinson's own secret-recipe "Tailgate Comeback Sauce"; if you've come with a bigger appetite, tuck into one of the combo platters on the dinner menu where fried chicken, haddock or shrimp come with your choice of Southern-style sides. The Fire Spot is a small place with only a few tables in the dining room, so come prepared for crowds or else you might consider getting your food to go.
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