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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Firehouse Subs ~ Blogger Dinner

We were invited to a blogger dinner at Firehouse Subs to celebrate the launch of their new under 500 calorie menu. I was thrilled because Firehouse is my favorite sub place in town, so I was excited to try out their new items. The night started with Robin Sorensen telling us a little bit about the new items and how they came about. Let me tell you, he is very charismatic!

 

We started the tasting with the Italian with Grilled Chicken Salad. Now, anyone that has read my blog knows that I am not a salad girl….but this salad was sooo good! It had copious amounts of salami and grilled chicken and the dressing was delicious. I really like that they mix the salad for you. To me, that is very important. I like to have that even coverage!


Our first sub of the night was the Hook & Ladder Light (450 calories). This is their best-selling sub, and can tell why. The combination of turkey and ham is always a winner, but Firehouse somehow manages to make it taste even better!

The next sub we tried was the Sriracha Beef. I was very eager to try this one. I love Sriaracha anything, so this was right up my alley…I absolutely loved it! The beef was thinly sliced and the Sriaracha gave it a big ol’ kick. It had my mouth numb for a little while, but it was worth it!
 

Next up was the Capt. Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Grilled Chicken. Robin told us that they have a machine that cuts each piece of chicken to exact dimensions, which is pretty awesome! This was actually my least favorite of the night though. It wasn’t bad, but there were a few things that I would have changed. For starters, I’m not a huge fan of chicken breast sandwiches. I don’t like biting into a big hunk of chicken. I think this sandwich would have been a lot better if it was sliced chicken instead. The whole piece kept sliding off of the bun because of the sauce. Taste wise, it was still really good.


The next sub was the big winner of the night according to an informal poll at the end, the Turkey & Cranberry. Robin told us about how hard it was to find something to make the actual cranberry with, which is funny because that’s not something you really think about while you are eating it, but it makes sense. I bet it’s difficult when you are trying to come up with a new menu item. There must be a lot of trial and error! I am not a huge fan of sweet foods (unless it’s dessert), but I really liked this one. Firehouse’s turkey is my favorite to begin with, and the addition of the cranberry was genius. While it was sweet, it wasn’t overpowering. I can see this one becoming a top seller with the ladies.


Next in line was the Turkey Salsa Verde. Again I was excited to try this because it was turkey, and it was everything I imagined it to be.  I really liked how the salsa complimented the turkey. It gave the sandwich a south of the border type of feel and I really liked it!


The last sandwich of the night was Momma’s Homemade Chicken Salad. I don’t typically eat chicken salad on a daily basis. No specific reason, just never got into it. However, if you are a chicken salad fan, you will like this. It has everything a traditional chicken salad has, but with lower calorie values. It had big chunks of chicken, pecans, swiss, tomato, and was covered with light mayo. Delicious!
Verdict: Loved it!
I was a little nervous when I heard that it was on a light wheat roll. My favorite thing about Firehouse is their bread, so I was skeptical. Well I am pleased to report that the bread tastes just as good as their regular white sub roll, so you can rest easy! Plus, the size of the sandwich is bigger than a typical low calorie one you will find elsewhere. You can eat these subs and not feel like you are missing anything!
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