Through the past couple of years, diners have seen FoxFire Restaurant in Geneva as more than just a place to eat. When other restaurants were temporarily shuttered, FoxFire remained a destination for all.
“We have regulars come in here once a month or even twice a week, and I think they’re coming in here for a mini vacation,” says K.C. Gulbro, chef and co-owner with his father, Curt. “They’re trying to get away from the world.”
What still makes FoxFire unique is its ever-changing menu, along with rotating wine and beer lists that include 50 wines served by the glass.
Longtime staples are always available, like the Napa Valley Chicken, which comes with chicken breasts, white wine cream sauce, green grapes and garlic potatoes. The FoxFire Tuna consists of Cajun-crusted sashimi ahi tuna, wasabi yogurt and a teriyaki glaze. The Pittsburgh Style Ribeye is also a classic.
While meat is certainly the star of the menu, there’s a growing offering of dishes for those who prefer a more vegetarian palate. Diners can find vegetarian-inspired dishes, including a vegan cauliflower steak, which comes with grilled asparagus, sautéed spinach, herb gremolata and chimichurri sauce.
The pandemic has been hard on restaurants but Gulbro says he’s doing everything he can to keep diners feeling comfortable. Among other measures, he’s installed air purifiers capable of scrubbing out 99.9% of air particles.
“The reason we’re staying open is not just for us,” Gulbro says. “We’re open for our staff and their families, and we’re open for businesses that find FoxFire essential. A lot of other people depend on us to keep their people working. ”
Foxfire is open for lunch Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. It’s closed Sundays. Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone or online at foxfiregeneva.com.
FoxFire Restaurant is located at 17 W. State St., Geneva, (630) 232-1369.