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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


Firehouse Grille at 47 Broad Street in Auburn, Maine is a fairly new restaurant we decided to try.  It is owned and run by a couple of former fire fighters.


Some of the walls are fire engine red, and the decor includes axes and hoses and other firefighter paraphernalia.  I borrowed the above photo from their website, because the day we were there, the place was full of customers, and I don't like making people uncomfortable by taking their photos.


We started our meal off with an order of beer-battered onion rings, which were crisp and delicious!


Our table was close to the bar, which was semi-circular and quite attractive in light-colored wood (possibly birch) with seating for a dozen or so patrons.


Mr. Eva chose to have the Philly cheese steak sandwich with fries and baked beans.  He said the sandwich was one of the best he's had!


I ordered the pastrami and Swiss on rye toast with baked beans and fries.  My sandwich was also delicious, although it need more mustard to suit me.  After I added some from the bottle on the table, it was perfect.  We both loved the baked beans.  I felt they were similar to those my mother used to  bake.  I didn't eat more than a couple of the fries; I thought they were disappointing.  (Of course, it could have been because we had devoured those onion rings first--notice the empty platter!)  When we return, I think I would try their coleslaw instead of fries.  Sweet  potato fries are also an option.


We enjoyed our meal enough to want to return at a future date, when the snow is all gone and there is more parking available.  Click here to visit their website and check out other items on the menu!

Note:  I was not compensated for this review; we paid for our dinners and the opinions expressed are my own and Mr. Eva's.

EVA

24 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

THe onion rings would have me coming back to this restaurant SOON. They look fantastic.

Thanks for the review. I sure hope I get to try some of the eateries in your area someday. You have such a nice variety.

Have a great week, Eva. xo jj

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

What a cool theme - have to say, I've never seen that one but I bet it'd be a hit anywhere. Very clever! And those onion rings & Philly cheese steak have my name all over them!

River said...

I've never understood the allure of onion rings. I've tried them and I would prefer just plain fried onions. But that's me. Many people I know love them.
I think it would be very handy to have ex-firefighters around a kitchen, just in case a pan caught fire or something, they'd know exactly where the extinguishers are and how to use them.
It looks like a great restaurant.

Brian Miller said...

what a very cool store front...and those onion rings look delicious...you had me at philly cheese too...mmm......

Gail said...

I like the fact they decorated with the a history of their career...a tribute to evey fireman.

Keetha Broyles said...

Loving this place!!! That block trim around the firehouse door is spectacular.

Heather said...

Yum!

Molly said...

Looks like a nice restaurant. I showed my husband, an American from Philiy, your cheese steak and he wasn't impressed... he said it just wasn't quite right but then he is extremely fussy when it comes to cheese steak :)

Mollyxxx

Vidya Sury said...

Slurrrpish! I made onion rings yesterday! Always a favorite! Yummy, Eva!

Facing50.Blog said...

i half expected to scroll down to a photo of a pole with two guys sliding down....disappointed? No. The onion rings made up for it.
xxx

Terri Sonoda said...

OMG those onion rings! And the philly cheese steak. Looks like heaven! I'm hungry....Thanks a lot Eva. LOL

Debbie said...

Well Eva! I am just about 25 minutes from this place so I probably ought to check it out! Looks like a fun place with lots of good old fashioned comfort food to me! Thanks for the tip.:)

Unknown Mami said...

I would go just for the onion rings and to hang out with you.

Kristina P. said...

What a fun place! My husband would love it, seeing he's a certified firefighter. He plans to paint his bathroom fire engine red.

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: It's worth the trip!

Terri: The onion rings are heavenly!

Facing50: No pole on the premises, but you're right--the onion rings make up for it.

Molly: My husband said the sandwich didn't have as much cheese as an authentic Philly!

Heather: That about sums it up!

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: It's worth the trip!

Terri: The onion rings are heavenly!

Facing50: No pole on the premises, but you're right--the onion rings make up for it.

Molly: My husband said the sandwich didn't have as much cheese as an authentic Philly!

Heather: That about sums it up!

Reeni said...

What a cool idea for a restaurant! Love the way the front looks. At first I thought you were going to a pancake dinner or something, tee-hee. Everything looks delicious!

Kristy said...

How cool! Those onion rings look SO GOOD!

Pat said...

As soon as you said this restaurant was owned by a couple of firefighters, I thought, "This had GOT to be good!" Everyone knows that firefighters are great cooks! Those onion rings looked so good! My mouth is watering! And that Philly steak? To die for! Yum!

Laurie Kolp said...

Such atmosphere... I love it... and those onion rings look divine.

Helene said...

Those onion rings look delicious!!! Not many restaurants around here serve baked beans as a side dish...what a great idea!

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

Yummy! Looks like some exceptionally fine food. That is really neat that the former firefighters opened a place. I hear they cook a lot....so that makes sense. ;-)

The Frisky Virgin said...

What an awesome atmosphere! The onion rings look immense! I bet they were delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: They were huge and delicious!