Firehouse Hero Not So Heroic

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@FirehouseSubs has an amazing sandwich called the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket.

Unfortunately, this is not that sandwich.

This is the amazingly beautiful and seductive Firehouse Hero.  A heroic combination of roast beef, smoked turkey, Virginia honey ham and melted provolone.  For a small upcharge they even added bacon!  Sounds amazing, right?  I thought so.  So did Bob and Mike as we all three got the same thing.

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The @Arbys Meat Mountain


You’ve heard the rumors.

You’ve heard the legend.

I assure you, it is true.

The Arby’s Meat Mountain is real.

It has every meat Arby’s carries, along with 3 cheeses, all on a sesame seed bun.  With some Arby Sauce and Horsey Sauce it is quite a tasty sandwich.  Of course if it was on the onion bun of the Beef & Cheddar, along with the cheese sauce and red sauce, it could be divine!


I fully expected to be met with blank stares when I asked for a “Meat Mountain” as it is not on the menu.  Instead she turned and called back “another Meat Mountain”, and the slicing began.

Were I to have it again I think I would remove the chicken tenders to eat separately and beg for some of the red sauce they use on the Beef & Cheddar.

Read Nick Chipman’s review at


So Good It Should Be Outlawed!


And I’m sure Panini’s had that in mind when they crafted “The Outlaw”.

Smothered in our Mesquite BBQ sauce & topped with melted cheddar, Applewood bacon, onion ring, shredded lettuce & tomato.

Now I skipped the lettuce (imagine that) and got it on a pretzel roll just to be different.  Got onion rings on the side instead of the standard chips as well.  As you may have noticed from the fancy plate, I had it delivered. Can’t say either their chips nor their fries make the trip very well.  The onion rings, on the other hand, travel just fine.


Though not an oversize beast, I considered it a perfect dinner sized burger.  The type that when eaten at lunch leaves you fighting off a food coma all afternoon, yet makes a good dinner leaving no need for a midnight snack.  Messy to eat, as are most things I enjoy, it was a nice combination of flavors.  I’m a fan of their Mesquite BBQ sauce so it really couldn’t fail.  Flavorful cheddar cheese and

For some reason the pretzel roll, which I typically really like, just didn’t seem to add to this combination.  Almost too much.  Maybe off set the Mesquite BBQ?  Can’t put a finger on it so I feel obligated to order it again on a different bun to compare and contrast.  In fact, I feel I need to try it on every bun option available to be completely fair about it.


Putting the App in @Applebees with #MozzieSticks


Sometimes you desire an appetizer with your meal, and Applebee’s is ready for you when you do.  While the Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip looked delicious, I went with my old favorite.  Mozzarella Sticks, affectionately called #MozzieSticks by ARI of the @AppleBees Twitter Account.  I now find myself refering to them as Mozzie Sticks as well.

Now though delicious, Mozzarella Sticks are by no means unique.  Most places offer some version of deep fried cheesy goodness on their menu.  What makes Applebee’s stand out is that they cook them right!  Check this out, no cheese leakage.  Anyone who loves deep fried cheese products is familiar with the disappointed which accompanies an epic fail such as this Fried Provolone Wedge from Panini’s.

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Over cooked to the point that the cheese explodes from it’s breaded enclosure, leaving you with nothing more than burnt breading.  So when you can go to Applebee’s and get reliably cooked Mozzie Sticks, it is something to take  note of.

Oh look, Chicken Quesadilla Grande?  Be right back…….


Turkey, Bacon, Swiss @DiBellasSubs


For a limited time, enjoy a Turkey, Bacon, Swiss sub at Dibella’s.  You won’t regret it.  I got mine with mayo, pickles and banana peppers and it was delicious.  This sandwich is packed with meat and bacon.  Nothing like the crap you get at Subway, yet not much more in price!

Any self respecting sandwich lover who has never been to DiBella’s is missing out.  Click HERE to find a location near you.

Be forewarned, their medium is enough to feed most mortals.  The large is a freaking monster!  If you don’t believe me, I suggest you check my post aptly called “DiBella’s Did Me In”.


#Bacon , #BuyLocal and @TheRailBurger


The Rail is a restaurant that takes “buy local” to a whole new level.  Not only do they use locally sourced beef, but even much of their bar is stocked with locally sourced beverages.  From local brewers like Fat Head’s to Buckeye Vodka which is also brewed in Ohio  Having been recommended by a couple of friends, I had to try it out.  Not because of the local focus, but because I was told they had good burgers!

Of their many options I chose the “Local Yokel”, and not just out of respect for the witty play on words.  Boasting Ohio thic-cut bacon, fried local egg and Swiss cheese I honestly didn’t even read any further down the menu.

It was a good burger on a fresh bun with a healthy helping of excellent bacon.  The egg was over easy as requested and the burger is served with a stick through it which prevents embarrassing yoke explosions on the first bite.  This last point may not be intentional, but it’s still the little things that count.

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The Sweet Side of @RedRobinBurgers



Everyone knows that Red Robin has bottomless Steak Fries with their burgers. What you may not know is that for a slight upcharge you can sub some of the best Sweet Potatoes Fries you have ever had. Not only that, but they are also BOTTOMLESS! That’s right, they just keep coming.



Seriously worth the upcharge and a perfect match for any burger.

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