This weekend my wife and I spent all day Saturday doing chores. Laundry, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, gardening, etc. -- if it's a household chore, we did it. So, while running around we took a quick break and made our first visit to Firehouse Subs on Gilead.
To be honest, I didn't want to go here. It was a hot day, and who wants a hot sandwich on a hot day?? Not me!
Well, that was until I tasted this sandwich. It was REALLY good!
My wife and I walked into the store, and took a look at the menu. As you may have noticed in past posts, I tend to freeze up when looking at a large menu while the cashier looks at me like, "Make a decision already! You've been reading the menu for 20 minutes!" (No the cashier didn't look at me like that, and she was actually quite nice and helpful. However, that's the way I feel when I look at a new menu.)
I eventually picked the first sandwich I saw, the Hook & Ladder. The menu describes it as a sandwich with, "Smoked Turkey Breast and Virginia Honey Ham smothered with Monterey Jack." I also chose the "Fully Involved" option, which means that the sandwich comes with all the fixings (e.g. mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, etc."
As my wife and I sat down I got to look around. This new restaurant is exceptionally clean. Not surprisingly, it is decked out in firefighter garb. From a firefighter's jacket and gas mask, to a large mural across the wall, this place is a little boy's dream. Heck, while I was sitting there, I was beginning to feel as if I was a little boy again. (I'm sure my wife would argue that I still have the mentality of a little boy!) I knew I had fully regressed when I saw the plastic fire helmets that they hand out to kids. Suddenly I wanted one REALLY bad. No I didn't get one -- my wife wouldn't let me! :)
The sandwiches were delivered to our table and I took a bite. WOW. It was great! The melted cheese, the warm bread, the smell of the baked meats were fantastic. In addition, the veggies were fresh and crisp. Just the way I like it. Really, this is one great sandwich that I'll definitely order again. Also, it should be noted that my wife LOVED her meatball sub.
As I said earlier, I usually don't like toasted subs (bad Quizno's experience). However, this meal has me re-thinking my preference. If you want a warm cheesy sandwich, and you like fire engines. This is the place for you.
Service: 4/5 (Friendly staff that even cleared our table.)
Kid Friendly: Yes. Along with a kids menu, they offer kid-friendly pricing two days of the week. I think it's Wednesday and Sunday. Call ahead to make sure.
Conclusion: Good price, tasty sandwiches, and friendly service made this an unexpectedly great meal. And my inner child loved the fire engines. Your child (inner or not) will probably like this place too.
9826 Gilead Rd.