This national chain has grown to more than 600 franchises in 35 states in less than two decades, thanks in part to its hot, fresh sandwiches and its tribute to fire fighters. Started by a former fireman, Firehouse brings food from the station house to the people.
Hot sandwiches are the main attraction and regulars often debate the merits of which sub is the best. The most popular picks are the Hook & Ladder with hot ham, turkey and melted Monterey Jack; the New York Steamer with hot pastrami, beef brisket, melted Mozzarella, mustard, mayo and Italian dressing; and the Engineer with smoked turkey, Swiss and sautéed mushrooms. Firehouse also offers cold subs like the Chicken Salad Sub, salads like the monstrous Chef’s Salad, and sides such as the famous Firehouse Chili. Kid’s combos include PB&J and Oreo cookies, and it comes with a plastic fireman’s hat. But the best find at Firehouse may be their wide selection of hot sauces from around the world, conveniently numbers 1-10 on the spicy scale so you can bring the proper heat. Beat the lines by ordering carryout by phone or online.
The décor is fire-engine red and features memorabilia from actual firehouses from around the nation. Fireman’s coats hang on hooks and pictures of police and fire departments line the walls. The lunch counter-style service makes it a bit noisy and hectic but it’s all part of the Firehouse experience.