The firehouse BBQ is awesome. I have been back over and over; and every time I was welcomed by the frendly staff. The brisket and the pork are tender and tasteful. The sauces are all delightful, however the meat is just as good with or without the sauce. I agree with the latest indy review that claims the Firehouse has the best ribs and the best sides of any BBQ in town; they have a wonderful smoked flavor that is always on point. I recomend the Firehouse to anyone who knows BBQ. You will not be disapointed!!!!
I've only had the ribs here. I've had 4 slabs there thus far and all of them have been frick'n awesome. Meat is juicy and falls off the bone. I like their sweet bbq sauce and my wife prefers their spicy bbq sauce. Baked beans were great but the potato salad wasn't so great for my taste...but I'm hard to please when it comes to potato salad. I give Bird Dog BBQ 4.25 out of 5 stars :)
I recently paid a visit to the Firehouse annex out in Black Forest. Located in the back room of a little grocery store, it has exactly 3 tables and a limited menu consisting of the basics. I ordered a plate of brisket and pulled pork. It was wonderful. Juicy, served without any sauce. You pick up a squeeze bottle of your choosing and can put on as much or little as you want. Sides were good too. There is no table service, just go to the counter and order your food. Got get your own damn drink and sit down and eat some very good BBQ.
A few years ago, Halla San was a lively restaurant that served authentic Korean cuisine (I know, I lived in Korea). My favorite WAS the bulgogi. The proprietor, Jeannie, was always friendly and attentive. I am so sad to say that this is no longer case... We were the only patrons there and the food and service were sub-standard at best. In fact it had an eerie feel, perhaps succombing to the decrepitness of the surroundings. Unfortunately, I highly recommend you do not go here.
Im old school and grew up in South Texas & Louisiana where BBQ is made with pride. I enjoyed the flavor of the Brisket but it was a bit dry. However; the sauce is excellent and moistened it right up. Sides arent great but will do for Colorado. Chicken is a lil above average. I will return for more.
Gumbo lacks substance. Cuisine is fair but lacks authentic flavor.
I purposely save my limited dining dollars for local businesses. I had been to the North location and enjoyed it so went today 'cause I'd been craving oysters (which they touted on their chalk-board entry menu). I arrived at the ordering counter and waited ten minutes with no person in site. I then saw someome arrive through the front door right into the "employee's only" door. I waited minutes more (craving, you know). Still nobody comes to the front of the house (there is no back of the house); ulimately I leave a handwritten note explaining I had drive to eat there and waited to do so, I left my phone #'s and name but no contact. I had been a fan and patron of the North location, but no more . . . what a let down.
Pepper and spice does not equal Cajun food. Their food lacked the richness of authentic Cajun food. They're crawfish was chewy and the service was lacking. I will not be going there again.
Barely adequate bbq. The ribs were tough and had little flavor. The brisket had very little smoke on it and the smoke ring (which you could see when it was sliced) barely existed. The sauce is ok but a bbq joint should not be rated by the sauce but rather the tenderness and flavor of the meat which was severely lacking.
We love this place from the PO'Boys to the mother of all hamburgers. We just wish the plates came with more of those SUPER FRESH and GREAT SEASONED french fries.
Yeah I think some of these reviews are written by owners of the place. I'm not with the Indy by any means but I do know BBQ and this place is just so so. Food was lukewarm and they don't give you a whole lot at least when I was there. WOuldn't mind so much cuz I love bbq so much I love even mediocre bbq but they charge too much on top of it. Just not all that good, sorry folks.
Tru Okie, are you one of the owners? I've eaten there twice and was dissapointed with everything but the pie -- and frankly, the wait time isn't worth the pie. So who is it that's giving you rave reviews?
I gave it a SECOND try and it was worse then the first experience. Lousy service, cold crappy food, YUCK all the way around... Save your money , go elsewhere!
Before I tried the firehouse, I checked on line for all the reviews (as I usualy do for a new restaurant). It is funny to me that the only negative ones I found are from Indy readers. Could that be because the Indy. has trashed them from even before they opened. So, haveing eaten there now, let me be the first to tell the Indy readers and the Indy staff, "YOUR WRONG". For those who are confussed as to what "endless sides mean", please let me clearify it for you. Endless means there is no end. The Firehouse is the only BBQ resaurant, that I know of, in Colorado Springs, Co. that uses and actual outside smoker for true genuine smoked meat. Not like the other guys, that use pressure smokers and steam smokers. Thier meat is truely of the utmost quality and tenderness. They obviously know what "slow and low" means. Thier ribs are to die for. If you know how to do ribs RIGHT, you need no seasoning on them. It is by far the only BBQ in the Springs that you can eat WITHOUT sauce. This place opened in October I believe and they have far out grown thier location. I look for them to expand. The food was well worth the wait and it is obvious, they have a LARGE fan club. I talked to a few people that were there and they said that they loved the place and eat there often. And to the food writers for the Indy, I think you should do another review. This time send someone who knows true BBQ.
Very good BBQ and I'm not even "into" BBQ. Good portions, interesting recipes for sides, fantastic pies. Four stars only because its location is an old house, which provides ambiance I guess, but also makes it a tad crowded and cramped. But really, the food is very good and service is good also.
I ordered shredded brisket with 2 sides and corn bread. It was disappointing as soon as the plate arrived, due to the skimpy servings and considering the price (as in overpriced), it didn't look all that appetizing either. The not overly generous serving of brisket was barely warm as if it had been sitting awhile; didn't taste great, but ok. The sides I ordered came in really tiny bowls and were nothing more than ordinary. The cornbread came on a separate plate and was such a small serving, it looked lost. Overall, I felt ripped off by the price of the small portions and the food itself. There are far better bbq places to be found.
Sunday may 17th 2009
Today my family and I went to the Fire House Grill and it SUCKED ! First of all we were seated then it took awhile for them to take our order, secondly it took forever for us to recieve our meal approximately 45 mins and one of the orders was served to the wrong person. My children had not recieved their meal at all. The order my wife and I had was cold the fries were soggy and not at all freshly hot. I then asked for the manager and said I refuse to dine and pay for the partial order and uneaten food. They could of had shown some courtesy to inform us of a long wait. We had a long day and it seemed like a nice place to have some BBQ style food.
Too bad they pre-chop the brisket and leave it sitting in a bowl so it's easier for them to plate, instead of slicking and chopping it fresh off the brisket per order. They say it's to make sure the customer gets consistent quality; the best part of the brisket. Yet if you order sliced instead of chopped, you get raised eyebrows and they are forced to slice it fresh off the brisket. Sauce is great.
I went to Culpeppers today, We had the seafood platter, and a quartet of Crawfish Etouffee, Red beans and Rice, Maque Choux, and chicken and sausage gumbo. The only thing authentic Cajun about Culpeppers was the music!!! I grew up in New Orleans, that was some of the poorest attemts at reproducing cajun food I have seen in YEARS!!!! Not only was the food terrible, the male owner who took care of our order and "service" he was also smoking in the restaurants office. He left the door open, needless to say the smell was not of the poorly made half-a$$ed food. When the gentleman asked how the food was, I responded kindly by nodding no, he then grumbled about peoples opinions, and different Ideas of cajun, blah blah blah. He seemed very bitter, and had no passion or thanks for even having customers. There was another table that was occupied by coffee drinkers, go figure... Needless to say I Wasted 30+ dollars on food I could have made from a box at home. In my opinion they should have stayed closed!!! I think Cajun food should stay in the south, because nobody here can seem to reproduce it!!! I Will add them to my list of places never to recommend or to return to. I hope this saves someone else their hard earned money, I wish someone would have warned me!! Thanks
Best BBQ in town — Just wish they'd open up a shop downtown! And no joke about the cobbler — the peach is my fav, but the apple's good too.
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