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Recently, I was invited to visit the Firehouse Subs at Pyramid Place to try a new sandwich and learn more about the place! We all know that I love food, cooking it and eating it – so this was a perfect fit! I had never been to one of the locations before, so I was pumped to learn more about the restaurant and how they give back to their local communities. As the quote on their catering menu says, “Our story’s got some serious meat to it.” It definitely does!
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS
This fast-casual restaurant was started by two firefighter brothers, Chris and Robin Sorensen, in Jacksonville, FL.Since 1994, the company has grown to over 1,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. From the chain’s beginnings, the decor and interior design of every restaurant has been inspired by real firehouses. Look at the colors, dalmatian printed tabletops, and firefighter memorabilia on the walls. Since Firehouse Subs is big on giving back to the communities where their restaurants are (more on that below), there were plenty of pictures from nearby donations and events. They even had little fireman hats for the kids.
Obviously, as you might guess from the name of the restaurant, they focus on sandwiches. That said, they also offer a few salad options that I would try as well. Their menu of sandwiches has something for just about everyone – high-quality meats, plenty of topping choices, and freshly baked bread. I got to explore the line where they make sandwiches and see how they steam the meats and cheeses for their sandwiches and then pile them on their sub rolls! I even learned about what ordering a sandwich “fully involved” means. Order your sandwich “fully involved” with mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a dill spear on the side! Talk about a GENEROUS hunk of a sandwich! They also have Kids’ Combos if that’s what you’re looking for, plus sides and desserts.
Let’s also discuss the Coke Freestyle machines. I love them and I love adding vanilla to my Diet Coke. Did you know that Firehouse Subs had the very first Coke Freestyle machine? Yeah, I didn’t either. Firehouse Subs crafted their own signature beverage with Coke – the exclusive Cherry Lime-Aid, regular or sparkling! Who knew!?!
More specifically, I was invited to try out their limited edition Firehouse Pub Steak sandwich. I’m not normally a steak or red meat person, but I was intrigued by the combination of steak and the other toppings – beer cheese and crispy onions. This sandwich was insane – messy, juicy, hearty, crunchy, and full of flavor. These sandwiches are obviously A LOT of meat and toppings for the price you’re paying! Let’s just say that this Firehouse Subs first-timer was impressed!
As I mentioned above, Firehouse Subs is big on giving back to their communities. This is where the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation comes in! Started in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, the foundation seeks to support and “to impact the life‐saving capabilities, and the lives, of local heroes and their communities.” The foundation often donates life-saving equipment to first responders, funds public safety education and scholarships, contributes to disaster relief efforts, and assists members of all branches of the military. We’re talking about AEDs, the Jaws of Life, waterproof radios – all tools that help first responders do their jobs in an emergency. Look around the restaurant and it’s easy to see how the foundation is giving back to the surrounding community.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced sandwich from a company that cares about the communities they feed, Firehouse Subs is a great option! Hearty servings, salads, soups, and a great cause – what more do you need?
NOTE: This post created in collaboration with Firehouse Subs. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.