The Firehouse Grille is in a building in Blue Ash that has been a lot of things I liked: Watson Brothers Brewery was always good for after-work activities, and I even liked Apsara for the brief moment they were there. The Firehouse Grill is more of a “neighborhood” restaurant– and I put that in quotes because it’s more neighborhood in the Friday’s or Applebee’s sense: Standard American fare, kitschy decor.
I’ve visited Firehouse Grille twice, and the first time I was unimpressed. I had an appetizer and drinks with a friend, and though the peel ‘n’ eat shrimp weren’t bad (they were, however, ice cold), the rest of the menu just didn’t speak to me (thank goodness the company was much better). When another friend suggested it for lunch (after discovering a nearby sushi restaurant was closed on Mondays) I figured I’d give it a try.
I was pleased to notice that Firehouse had salads that seemed both substantial and healthy, and both of us ordered one. I picked the Southwest salad (dressing on the side) with chicken. It was spicy (but not too spicy), and topped with tomatoes, black beans, roasted corn and roasted peppers, and the chicken was moist and tender. It was a good, standard lunchtime salad.
The nice thing was that service was quick– we were in and out in under an hour– important at lunchtime. It’s not a bad choice if you’re in the area, but not a destination.