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FireWorks Restaurant

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FireWorks RestaurantFireWorks Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5750 S 86th Dr
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68526-6053
United States

(402) 434-5644 | map

*Update*: As of early 2007, FireWorks moved from downtown Lincoln to its current location.

Per Lincoln City Ordinance this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

Affiliated with Empyrean Brewing Co., there is no brewing on premises. All the Empyrean beer is shipped in from the downtown Lincoln brewery.

Only open for dinner.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Wow, what a blast my initial visit to this place turned out to be! It began as a small-scale BA meet-up, followed by the monthly Empyrean Brewing Company’s famous monthly tour and Beer School. My unending thanks go out to Swid and his roommate for having me over for a few days and to BDitty187 for clarifying things for me. I had written my notes for this place as though it were Empyrean B.C., which was right next door. In my defense, I had just come in on the train from DEN that morning and was still a little disoriented.

The entry was through a doorway on the corner, with an extensive outdoor patio just beyond the entryway. The bar was off at a left oblique and was topped with a striped light and dark marble counter. Another left oblique from the bar and down a short set of steps put me in a snug with leather couches and chairs. The area surrounding the bar was mostly high tables and chairs. As I continued aft, there was a short flight of steps that led to the restaurant area. The washrooms were off to the far right, with the kitchen to the immediate right. Over on this side was a separate, revolving door entryway. As an aside to BlitheringIdiot, the open wood-fired cooking made it a real rival for Church Brew Works in terms of pleasant smells. Beyond the restaurant, headed aft, was Empyrean BC’s brewery, on display behind glass.

Since the house beers were Empyrean’s beers, I feel justified in remarking on them here. Their beers were fine for their market: not challenging, but not dumb, either. I had the coastal “argument” with their brewer, agreeing that he needs to brew beer that will keep him in business and not try to keep up with what the hopheads on the coasts are continually attempting. My pick was the Phoenix IPA. Beer School in July 2006 was on the subject of filtration and we learned about what I have since dubbed “The Nebraska Test” for clarity. If a beer is not as clear and as bright as any of the BMC offerings, it will probably not sell well in NE because the big boys have so trained the consumer that theirs is what a beer should look like that any time a cask-conditioned beer is offered, the staff is directed to explain it first, before it gets sent back as “bad”. I applied this test on the remainder of my journey as well as ever since.

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Photo of swid
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

FireWorks, along with Lazlo's, is a sister entity of Empyrean; FireWorks, Lazlo's, and Empyrean are all adjacent to each other (one can walk directly from one restaurant to the other). Opened in spring 2003.

The interior has a very clean, modern look, well-lighted, with earth tones and wide, expansive walking areas. The bar takes up nearly half of the restaurant; among other seating options, one can sit on couches and next to a fireplace in the bar area. Not surprisingly, the tap selection is limited to Empyrean products (6 permanent/2 seasonals); if you must, B/M/C is available in bottles. There is also an excellent selection of hard liquors, particularly single-malt Scotches.

As with Lazlo's, the staff is knowledgeable about the beer selection and how their beers pair with the menu items. FireWorks' theme is wood-fired cooking; many of the items are BBQ-esque without actually being so. Prices are reasonable and are in line with what one would expect at a chain restaurant. The food is excellent and in all the times I've been there, has been prepared correctly; most items are at least mildly spicy. In particular, FireWorks does appetizers very well. I highly recommend the quesadillas and the flat bread.

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Lincoln.

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FireWorks Restaurant in Lincoln, NE
Place rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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