For the most part, I have been pretty good about blogging on local restaurants in Memphis. I have ventured around looking for hot and spicy dishes the great city has to offer and, although a popular chain, one place could not go unnoticed. Firehouse Subs is a family business founded by two brothers in Florida. It is inspired by over 200 years of firefighting heritage in the family and has built a ton of franchises in 29 states. I frequent the Bartlett location and would like to share one of my experiences with you.
I made a trip to Firehouse a few weeks ago to satisfy a sub crave I had going and their toasted subs always hit the spot. I also had a heat craving that day, which isn't uncommon. Both were satisified upon this visit. I got a large Hero, which has roast beef, smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, and melted provolone cheese on it. I had jalapenos and banana peppers added to it. This, of course, is not the reason why the subs are hot here and no pepper within their selection of toppings is post-worthy. What seperates Firehouse Subs from the rest of the pack is the collection of hot sauces available to all at the top of the sandwich counter. Most of the sauces this evening were scattered throughout the restaurant, which gives me proof that I am not the only one who comes here for a mouth burning. I found a bunch of various Dave's Insanity sauces and after a few encounters in the past, I knew which one I wanted: The ghost pepper sauce. After my sandwich was quickly prepared, I put a healthy portion on my sub and took the short venture back to the house.
After flipping on a baseball game, I went to town on my sub. Each bite brought excellent flavor and tons of heat. The combination of the two is what I love about Firehouse Subs. After the first half went down, I was burning and sweating pretty good. The second half burned my mouth and took a little longer to eat. After finishing, I tried to cool off my mouth with the pickle. This did little so I grabbed a cup of ice to put out the fire. Once again, I was satisfied and both craves were truly taken care of. I already look forward to my next trip to a Firehouse Subs and I suggest that you go check out one close to you in the near future. Just be careful with the kind and amount of sauce you decide to put on your sub!