When I think back to the time I was a kid, there wasn’t really a sub sandwich option where I grew up. You had Burger King, Wendy’s, McDonalds, Arby’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Then I remember when Subway started to really hit the scene. Everyone loved how it was a “healthier” option to french fries and burgers. And who didn’t love watching their sandwich being made the way they wanted it. Subway was the harbinger that spawned a quick service sub sandwich movement throughout the 90′s. I saw Quizno’s with their little toaster oven, Blimpies, and finally Jimmy John’s come to Utah. Each one of those places tried carving out a piece of the sandwich market. This was what founders Chris and Robin Sorensen discovered when they first considered opening up a sub sandwich franchise. After their first meeting with an un-named sandwhich company in Jacksonville, Florida, they walked out and looked at each other and decided that they could do much better. From that beginning they started Firehouse Subs, and now more than 500 stores later, in my opinion they are at the top of the industry in both service, quality, and mission.
Firehouse Subs has a machine that contains 120 different flavors. Once you try one of these machines, then going back to an old 8 head fountain feels like going back to the stone ages. Where else can you get a Peach Sprite Zero, or a Strawberry Coke Zero? These machines are the future of soda service, and have been the largest capital investment ever done by the Coca Cola Company. You may be imaging a room in the back with tons of boxes filled with soda bibs, and hoses going everywhere, but that is not the case. All the flavors are stored in the machine itself inside cartridges in the bottom of the machine. Pretty epic machine. Make sure you try the Cherry Limeade, and put some limes inside to complete the drink. It is a Firehouse Subs original.
You probably guessed from my first picture that there are tons of hot sauce flavors you can choose from at Firehouse Subs, but I would strongly recommend going with the Captain Sorensen’s Datil pepper hot sauce. Datil peppers are naturally very hot, but Firehouse put out the flames on this bad boy and made a delicious hot sauce that goes with pretty much any sandwich. Each bottle has a heat index sticker on it, so you know what you are getting yourself into before you try.
What makes the Firehouse Sub so tasty? Firehouse has a process where they steam the meat and cheese together, and then place it on a toasted bun with fresh veggies. The end result is the perfect sandwich. I tried a few different varieties and the Hook and Ladder was one of my favorites. When you get your sandwich, it is “Fully Involved” which is a fireman term when a fire has has really taken over a building. Basically you get your sandwich perfect and ready to eat.
If you stop to think of how many sub shops sell brisket subs, you probably won’t be able to think of many. That is because to deliver a quality brisket isn’t cheap. Firehouse Subs does it though. Did you know that the brisket is to a cow, as the bacon is to the pig? Brisket has always been one of my favorite cuts, and Firehouse doesn’t cheat you on the portions either. This sandwich is a winner!
Finally one of the best-selling Firehouse Subs is the NY Steamer. It has steamed corned beef brisket, pastrami, melted provolone, mustard, mayo, and Italian dressing. I just don’t know how you can choose between so many great sandwiches.
Finally if you want to get a combo meal, you can order your sub with a drink and chips. But all the Firehouse Subs locations I have been to have let me substitute my chips out for a cookie or brownie. Amazing Deal! These cookies are delicious too! I like going to Jimmy Johns, but one think I hate about them is the quality of their cookies. They are kinda disgusting. Firehouse Subs cookies and brownies are a million times better.
Last but not least, Firehouse Subs has a great foundation known as the Public Safety Foundation. They donate life saving equipment to police and fire stations, along with public schools. In Utah alone last year they donated over $60,000. Recently they donated a police dog to the Salt Lake Police Department and named him “Meatball”. Awesome!
If you have ever been to a Firehouse Subs, you know that every time you walk in the door, you are greeted with a “Welcome to Firehouse”. For me it never gets old, and never feels disingenuine. I really like the way I’m treated at Firehouse, and I love the quality of the food I get. I don’t want to just stand there while the sandwich is made for me like some places. I want to go create my drink from over 120 flavors, and then sit down and enjoy it. And then I want a great tasting sandwich delivered to me at my table. My site up to this point has been 95% local joints, but I gladly make the exception for Firehouse Subs. I feel it is important to know where you can find some of the best sub sandwiches in the state of Utah. Try them out today!