firehouse subs / sports arena – san diego, ca
I was invited recently to go and check out Firehouse Subs, a sandwich shop that’s apart of a larger nationwide chain. The cool thing about Firehouse Subs is how much they give back to the community and their support of local firehouses.
For instance, you can purchase one of these used pickle buckets for $2. All proceeds benefit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety, whose goal is to provide funding, life-saving equipment, disaster assistance and educational opportunities for first responders and public safety organizations.
All Firehouse Subs are located right near local firehouses. This particular location also had local photography of San Diego firehouses and fireman, giving that personal touch to the restaurant. It’s great to see a new place open up committed to not only serving great food, but to also valuing the service of giving back to our local community.
[smokehouse beef & cheddar brisket – beef brisket smoked over hickory for 16+ hours, then smothered in melted cheddar and special sauces]
This was S.’s choice for lunch that day. And I gotta admit, it was pretty darn good. It has smoked brisket covered with melted cheese and a nice bbq sauce all over the top on toasted white bread. It was a big hit with S, as you can see:
He pretty much just stuffed this sandwich into his face and ate it quickly as possible. We always know he likes something because he’ll eat it fast and he’ll eat all of it. If he doesn’t like something, he’ll say he’s “full” so he doesn’t have to eat anymore of it. Sneaky.
[firehouse meatball – italian meatballs, melted provolone, zesty marinara, and italian seasonings]
For me, I tried out their Meatball Sub. It has some pretty big meatballs on it that were seasoned nicely. I can’t say these were like, the absolute best meatballs I’ve ever had in my life, but I can certainly say they were better than a certain other sub chain shop. The meatballs had good flavor and texture. The bread got a little too soggy for my liking from the marinara sauce, but it was still a good sandwich.
Here I am taking a “selfie” with my meatball sandwich. Because why not.
[steak & cheese on wheat]
Jake got a steak & cheese on wheat bread. I don’t remember trying his sandwich, but he thought it was decent. He liked S.’s sandwich much better, I know that much. He thought S. “won” lunch that day by ordering the best item!
We also sampled a bit of their chili, with cheese and onions on top. I think the cheese and onions really make it extra special in my eyes. I like the crunch of the raw onions and the flavor of the cheese, though I wish the cheese had gotten a little more melted. This is a runnier version that I’ve seen at other places and it had beans and meat mixed in. Jake thought it was just okay, I actually liked it a bit more than he did. He thought it needed a bit more spice – but the beauty of that is that they have this:
A hot sauce bar! The hot sauces on display here are all medium to medium hot sauces (up to level 9). Behind the counter in the back they have “level 10” hot sauces.
Jake tried a few of the level nine’s and didn’t think they were very spicy, so he asked to try the level ten’s. These are the three that they have.
Jake decided to have a tiny bit of each one, starting from the owner’s suggestion of the “least” hot level ten to the highest.
And I decided to document it! Here’s Jake, all smiles before he started.
After the first one, the smile is waning a little but it’s still there. So far so good.
After number two… he’s not feeling so great but it’s still tolerable.
After the hottest of the three, Jake is starting to think this wasn’t such a great idea.
After going to the bathroom to wash his hands, he definitely looks like he regretted his decision to try all of the level ten’s! Yes, those are tears. Tears of “ohmygodtoospicy” haha. I was giggling during this whole time, too. Does that make me a bad girlfriend? heehee
At Firehouse Subs they have one of those crazy soda machines, they ones that have like every flavor in the world. I decided I’d try their cherry lime-aid, as instructed by this sign. You put the cherry stuff into your cup and then squeeze in your own limes. I used like twice as many limes as suggested since I thought the cherry was way too sweet. But the additional limes helped cut that and made it a pretty tasty drink!
They also have freshly baked desserts here – including brownies and cookies. They have two kinds of cookies – chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin – as well as two kinds of brownies (regular chocolate and s’mores).
Here’s a peek at the s’more brownie. I preferred the regular chocolate brownie, but that’s only because marshmallows weird me out with their weird-o texture. The brownies and cookies are decent and not a bad way to end a meal if you’ve got a hankering for a little something sweet.
Here’s more of that fireman’s gear on the wall!
Which, if you’re a kid, you can try on. That’s pretty damn cool if you ask me.
Firehouse Subs is a great addition to the local community. They serve up some tasty food and give back to the community in many ways. I wouldn’t hesitate about coming back here to try out some more sandwiches.
3625 Midway Dr.
San Diego, CA 92110
Disclaimer: Our meal was complimentary on behalf of Firehouse Subs. I was not paid for this review and all opinions listed here are my own.