Raise the alarm! Restaurants are popping up inside firehouses. Don’t worry; you won’t need to go down a fireman’s pole to get into them. Here are six to check out and their dish that’s most fit for a firefighter.
The Fire Station Cheltenham, Cheltenham, England
Housed in a century-old Edwardian firehouse, the hotshot crew plays up the sizzling space by cooking extensively over a wood-powered robata grill.
Fit for a firefighter: Pork and chorizo burger topped with bacon and pickled fennel, and served with rosemary salted fries.
Make a reservation at the Fire Station Cheltenham.
The Columbia Firehouse, Alexandria, Virginia
Occupying a firehouse built in 1883, the brasserie and bar offers stick-to-your-ribs fare perfect for powering a rescue company.
Fit for a firefighter: Smoked pork ribs accompanied by barbeque baked beans and cornbread slathered with honey butter.
Make a reservation at the Columbia Firehouse.
Sixth Engine, Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1855, the oldest firehouse in the city was originally home to Metropolitan Hook & Ladder 1, and in 2012, it became a restaurant with a penchant for refined comfort food.
Fit for a firefighter: Smoked paprika carbonara accented with Cajun-style tasso ham and basil.
Make a reservation at Sixth Engine.
The Apparatus Room, Detroit, Michigan
Originally, the fire department headquarters housed fire engines but is now the home to a bustling brasserie with an open kitchen and sprawling bar.
Fit for a firefighter: Smoked Michigan ribeye with celeriac, vegetable Parmentier, and rich black trumpet jus.
Make a reservation at the Apparatus Room.
Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles, California
Housed in an artfully restored 1912 firehouse, the eatery specializes in firehouse classics from across the country.
Fit for a firefighter: The cold meatloaf sandwich with Thousand Island dressing and housemade pickles.
Make a reservation at Engine Co. No. 28.
The Firehouse, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Making its home in Harrisburg’s oldest firehouse (and the second oldest in the entire state of Pennsylvania), which was built in 1871, there’s something for everyone on this sprawling menu.
Fit for a firefighter: Blackened chicken cheesesteak with peppers, onions, and melted cheddar shoehorned into a toasted baguette.
Make a reservation at The Firehouse.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: All images courtesy of the featured restaurants; Scott Suchman (Columbia Firehouse).