My husband and I go out for dinner every year for our anniversary. I like to go to locally owned, nice restaurants, and have visited Fire and Ice on Toby Creek twice before. Located at 111 South Main St. in Trucksville, PA, Fire and Ice on Toby Creek is co-owned and managed by Chef Gary Edwards, his wife Lisa, Joe Fasula, and Sandy Fasula and features fine dining in a casual atmosphere with an emphasis on local products.
I have to apologize for two things. The first is this review is a long time coming. You see, our anniversary was May 20th, and we visited the restaurant on May 17th. The second thing is the terrible quality of the photos I took that night. Not thinking of photography when we were seated, we sat in the location of a red heat lamp, in a dimly lit restaurant, in the evening. I was using my phone, and all of the pictures came out grainy. If you can ignore the photos, however, I think my description of the service and, more importantly, the food, will tell you why Fire and Ice is one of my favorite places to dine!
Reservations are not necessary, although they do accept them (call 570-696-3580), and we had a hard time deciding where to go that night, so we didn’t make them. When we pulled in to the parking lot, it was packed. Turns out I’m a moron and didn’t realize there were several college graduations that day! My husband sighed (he hates waiting but knew I wanted to go there), and we went in to see just how long it was going to be. The host asked if we had a reservation, I said no, and he simply said “Let me see if I have a table open”. There were tables full of college graduates and their families. We were seated within two minutes.
The menu at Fire and Ice on Toby Creek varies by the season, and they have daily specials to choose from. Late May meant the beginning of the Summer Menu.
I let my husband choose the wine, and we ordered the Creamy Crab and Herb Dipper as an appetizer. Get ready for the first horrible photo…
We have ordered this before, and it is really good! Lump crab, in a creamy herb sauce served with Chesapeake seasoned flatbread, this appetizer is recommended for a least two people. Each time we order it, we devour it!
For our entrees. my husband and I appeared to switch personalities. After hearing the specials I decided that the 12 ounce Cajun New York Strip with crab meat blue cheese glacage over Yukon gold mashed potatoes with caramelized leek, vidalia onion, and sundried tomatoes sounded too good to pass up.
I chose the Artichoke-Bacon-Roasted Tomato Salad as the accompaniment, paying a dollar extra, but worth it! Again, I’ve ordered this salad every time we have been there.
My husband chose the swordfish special, which is what I mean about switching personalities. I’m normally the one to order seafood while he orders the steak, so of course we sampled a little of each others. I didn’t get any pictures of my husband’s entree.
The service was excellent, regardless of how busy they were. I wish I could remember the waitresses name, but I have forgotten. She was very helpful in her description of the specials, had everything completely memorized even though it was a long list of specials, was quick with our drinks, and returned several times to ask if we needed anything.
The next time we go I want to try the hearth baked pizza, or maybe the chicken pot pie, or the hearth baked lobster macaroni and cheese, or…you get the idea. They do have a children’s menu, so next time we go I think our daughter will be coming.