Review: Firehouse SubsAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
3516 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Firehouse Subs is a chain started in the mid 1990s by a bunch of firemen, as I’m sure you’ll note by the name and when you go inside and see the design motif. Playing up on that name and design motif, Firehouse has a countertop full of a bottles of at least fifty hot sauces that you can sprinkle onto your sandwich if you like.
For their food options, Firehouse focuses primarily on a variety of sub sandwich options either hot, cold or steamed. I had a friend recommend this one to me a while back and since I no longer work in this part of town, I hadn’t had a chance to get over there to test it out until recently.
What I Got: Italian Sub (steamed) regular combo, $8.38. Served with chips and a drink (the drink was HUGE).
When I first walked up to the counter, I mentioned to the very friendly gentleman working the register (everyone in the restaurant was extremely customer friendly; big points there) that it was my first visit, he mentioned that this was one of their two most popular subs. Since I’m a dope for Italian subs, I figured this was worth a shot, so I got it served hot and in the regular eight inch variety. Ordinarily, I’m not a big fan of hot subs, but since this is their main business, I figured I would give it a shot.
The Italian Sub is topped with Genoa Salami, Ham, Pepperoni, Provolone Cheese, Italian Dressing and sprinkled with Italian seasonings. Unless you ask other wise, every sub is served “Fully Involved” which means that it is topped with Mayonnaise (I had it removed), Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and comes with a Dill Pickle Spear on the side.
As far as taste was concerned, this was pretty darn good. Since the sandwich was served hot/steamed, the bun was a little soggy for my liking, but it wasn’t enough to take away from the sandwich. The toppings were also fresh, plentiful and for an eight inch sub, this was a lot of food!
Would I Buy It Again? Definitely. I really liked this (good recommendation by my friend) and I wish there was one of these closer to me because this was a good sandwich. $8.30 for a combo is a tad high for what I like to pay for a sub sandwich, but I’d be willing to put those reservations aside on occasion for a sub like this one.
If you are ever in the neighborhood of this location or in their Avon location, give them a shot. You won’t regret it.