I met up with a friend of mine who was game to try something new. Me and the Guitar Man met up at the location near 86th and Michigan Road. Neither of are actually really huge sub enthusiasts. I tend to prefer the reuben at Penn Station, and generally like Quizno's the best in this breed of fast food.
Anyhow, Firehouse Subs definitely plays off the firehouse theme. Subs come "fully involved" when they have the works, and I guess that is fireman lingo that I'm unaware of. I tried the New York Steamer, which was pastrami and corned beef. It was on a pleasant if uneventful white bread roll, not hard, yet not Wonder either. It had acceptable pastrami and corned beef, but was truly designed for the masses and was not especially flavorful. The Guitar Man looked to have a better sandwich in the Firehouse Steak & Cheese. Overall - acceptable. They tout their cherry lime aid, and it seemed like pure syrup from the tap. Maybe you're supposed to add some soda water or sprite. I don't know. But, it seemed like it would have been a really poor decision to try that. If you're hankering for a cherry lime-aid, find a Sonic.
One thing going for Firehouse Subs is that they offer a lot of hot sauces, ordered by "heat" in a simple numbering system. That's good, a little hot sauce always helps.
Still, we both know that the road is long.... someday, we'll find the sub of a lifetime.....
The verdict: 2 belly rubs (out of 5). Acceptable (run of the mill?).