On The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground we live in paradise 365 days a year. But the “9 to 5” part of paradise sometimes requires a happy injection of good, hearty stick-to-your-ribs food. Because lets face it, sometimes its just A-OKAY to eat your way to happiness. Especially on a Friday! So, whats on the menu? Firehouse BBQ in Soldotna, AK!
You might have heard of this awesome place before, they did win both the People’s Choice “Best Entree” award and the People’s Choice “Best Overall Vendor” award at this years Taste of the Kenai. That’s right, BOTH awards. Like we said, this place is pretty awesome. And the owners? Talk about some of the funniest and most kind-hearted people that you will ever come by.
Last summer, Firehouse BBQ started as food truck just down the road from the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council in Soldotna.
We were thrilled when Firehouse BBQ opened up a permanent location off of K-Beach Road in Soldotna. After lots of hard work and a total remodel, this place looks sharp!
We love the patriotism shown throughout this cozy picnic-style dining atmosphere. The owners and employees truly care for the hardworking men and women serving and protecting our great community.
And to show their respect for local law enforcement and firefighters, they offer them a discount on all menu items. (Note: If this applies to you, be sure to mention this blog the next time you stop in to receive your discount.)
Another cool decorative element to Firehouse BBQ is all of these groovy shirts on the ceiling with different Fire Departments from across Alaska and the “lower 48.” Many communities coming together in one building over excellent BBQ and desserts. Our kind of place for sure!
And for those long summer days with warm weather and nearly 24 hours of daylight, ample outdoor seating is always appreciated! The deck bar-style seating area was just finished and there are also several picnic tables on the lawn out front (so you never have to worry about not having a place to sit when the parking lot is full).
Now onto the (really) good stuff; the menu. Read, drool, be mesmerized.
We started with a couple beverages. First up was a soda. To our surprise it was served in a mini-pitcher. How great! We never thought that a beverage could taste better being served out of a particular shape of cup, but in this case… somehow it did! Oh the little things. 🙂
And out of pure joy over the mini-pitchers, we decided to order a sweet tea as well. What were we thinking? Sweet tea goes PERFECT with good southern BBQ. And this particular tea tasted absolutely incredible!
First up was pulled pork, pulled chicken, potato salad and coleslaw. Ah-maz-ing. No words. Just the sound of “mmmmm” 😉 Coleslaw is always questionable from one restaurant to the next. But this coleslaw is SO good. Perfectly creamy, moistened and seasoned.
Next up was pulled chicken, brisket, and ribs with baked beans and potato salad. Again, no words. Just so incredibly good. Minimal conversation was being had at the table.
For the road we just had to try one of the BBQ Stuffed Potato’s listed on the menu under “Our Best Seller.” Comes loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, bbq sauce and lots of chopped brisket. We didn’t get a picture because we were in a bit of a food coma, but it looks a little something this this… (Note: average weight it 2lbs).
We were way too stuffed to indulge in dessert but word on the street is that Firehouse BBQ has some of the most mouthwatering homemade desserts around. Like this “world famous” banana bread pudding.
Or this Coca Cola cake. Holy chocolate lovers paradise. YUM!
And tons of fresh homemade cobblers and homemade vanilla ice cream rotated daily.
Attention Fisherman/Women & Early Risers: All summer long they will be open from 4am-10pm! PLUS they will be serving huge, homemade, delicious breakfast burritos. Stop in and grab a hot and fresh burrito before hitting the river in the morning, you know you wont regret it! 😉
That’s it for now! Remember, if you’re looking for an excellent place to stop and grab a hearty and delicious bite to eat where quality and consistency are always guaranteed, you’d be silly not to put Firehouse BBQ in Soldotna, AK on your foodie bucket-list. If you ever have trouble finding the place off K-Beach Road, just look for this super-sweet old fire engine out front. Happy eating, friends! 🙂