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If you haven’t eaten at a Firehouse Subs yet, then run — don’t walk — to the nearest location!
I know what you’re thinking: “Not another sub shop.”
But this is no ordinary, run of the mill sub shop. This is Firehouse Subs.
What Makes Firehouse Subs Unique?
In addition to its interesting history and remarkable community service efforts (mentioned below), the first thing that makes Firehouse Subs so unique is the ambiance. It speaks of patriotism and heroism.
Each Firehouse Subs restaurant is decked out in firefighting memorabilia and history. It’s neat just to go around and read everything.
Let’s face it, a restaurant can have amazing ambiance, but have disgusting food. That’s definitely not the case here.
Simply put, they serve the BEST hot subs I have ever had and I am a picky sub eater!
What Are Firehouse Subs Like?
My husband had actually been enjoying Firehouse Subs for over a year before I even ventured to try one. I was never a big “hot sub” fan, but then again when I thought of hot subs I always envisioned meatball subs or Cuban sandwiches. Finally, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a hot sub at Firehouse Subs. Now, whenever I have the choice between a cold or hot sub I always choose hot and I always choose Firehouse Subs.
The first sub I ever gobbled up at Firehouse Subs was the Hook & Ladder (one of their best sellers). It has smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, & Monterey Jack cheese. (You choose the toppings i.e. lettuce, tomato, onion, etc).
Firehouse Subs steams their meats and cheeses “releasing a rush of flavors” before placing it on your “private recipe” sub roll. (There are different varieties to choose from: Italian, wheat etc.).
When I really went out on a limb and tried the New York Steamer, my mouth fell in love! I never knew a sub could taste so good. This sub has steamed corned beef brisket, pastrami, melted provolone, Italian dressing, and your choice of toppings — all on a delicious sub roll of your choice. I never thought in a million years that my favorite sub would be a corned beef sub but — wow — it just melts in your mouth!
They have an awesome kids menu. My 2 boys eat off this menu every time we visit. Their favorite is the hot ham & provolone cheese sub. Also, kids get a free plastic fire hat when they visit!
The only cold subs they serve are: tuna salad and chicken salad. They also have a Chief’s Salad.
There are so many other delicious subs served at Firehouse Subs. Their website is a great resource for learning about each sub (as well as allergen & nutrition information). Use it to decide for yourself which sub to choose for your first Firehouse Sub.
Firehouse Subs History
Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994, in Jacksonville, Florida by 2 brothers: Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen.
They are former firefighters themselves, but also grew up with over 200 years of firefighting heritage. They had an itch for the American Dream, and boy did they find it. Today they have more than 440 restaurants in over 26 states.
What’s even better about Firehouse Subs (I know, what can be better than taste?) is their community service.
The founders created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation which provides $10,000 – $20,000 grants to emergency service entities. The money goes toward improving life-saving services & capabilities. They do this by:
- Providing facilities (law enforcement and EMS) with new life-saving equipment
- Educating the public about fire prevention and the importance of fire safety & natural disaster preparedness
- Providing scholarships for individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector, as well as continuing education
- Providing ground assistance after natural disasters by feeding victims and first responders
This video shows how Firehouse Subs saved one man’s life thanks to a pickle bucket:
You’re Making A Difference!
By eating at Firehouse Subs, you’re supporting a great cause by helping to make more life-saving dreams become a reality.
Want to do more than just eat a sub there?
Here are a few more ways to support Firehouse Subs‘ causes:
- Buy a pickle bucket (a 5-gallon bucket) for $2. You can then use that bucket for whatever you want.
- Contribute via in-store donation canisters.
- Purchase a “Fire Safety” medallion during Fire Safety Month (October).
- Donate online.
Nashville Firehouse Subs Locations
This is the one I went to:
708 Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37204
This is the downtown Nashville location:
6606 Charlotte Pike, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37205
There are several more Firehouse Subs locations nearby — including Cool Springs, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin, Brentwood, Murfreesboro, Hermitage, Goodlettsville, and Smyrna.
Good To Know Before You Go
It is super busy at lunch time, so if you want to avoid the lunch rush go at 11:30 AM or opt for a later lunch (after 2 PM).
Take time to read your drink cup at Firehouse Subs. It features Hometown Heroes and is worth the read. You can also nominate a hometown hero via the website!
Visit Firehouse Subs on your birthday and get a FREE medium sub. (If you sign up online, you’ll get a reminder about your free birthday sub.)
Keep an eye on Firehouse Subs’ social media pages for other coupons and specials:
When you’re eating at Firehouse Subs, you’re also supporting all the causes they participate in. For me, personally, that makes it even yummier!
I'm a happily married mom to 3 wonderful children: Taylor (13), Gavin (10) and Garrett (8). We recently relocated to the Nashville area from Florida and we're enjoying exploring Middle Tennessee and all it has to offer. My hobbies are: writing, photography, digital scrapbooking, cooking, and all things parenting.