Stop. Drop. And Roll on in to Fire Station

. July 2, 2020.
Fire Station Bar and Grill
Fire Station Bar and Grill

Maumee’s HOT new spot is family friendly

By Karen L. Zickes

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FIRE STATION BAR AND GRILL (6040 Knights Inn Place, Maumee, OH 43537)

We always choose a locally-owned restaurant with great food over a national chain, any day of the week. One of the area’s newest unique restaurants, Fire Station Bar and Grill, opened in October, and it’s already a “hot” place to be.

A tribute to firefighters and a feast for the senses

You can’t miss the three retired fire trucks parked in front of the new Bar and Grill, visible along Airport Highway near Holland-Sylvania. The trucks provide a hint of what you will find on the interior of the restaurant, with an atmosphere and unique décor that will be a delight to children and adults alike. Your senses will be on overload. I took the virtual tour, that reviews the memorabilia collection, online after our visit and I couldn’t believe how many things I had missed when I was there. The restaurant is decorated with fire trucks, photos, murals and other types of firefighter memorabilia. Owner Jamie Wietrzyrkowski, who did an amazing job with the décor of his two Mail Pouch Saloon restaurants (one in Swanton and one in Haskins, Ohio), excelled once again with Fire Station.

The restaurant boasts three full bars, a seasonal patio, and a second floor that overlooks the main dining area. There is even a fire truck with fully operating lights and sirens in the center of the second floor. All table tops have pictures from local fire stations. The murals and over 500 pictures are of current and historical engine companies and historical fires in NW Ohio. Adding to the atmosphere, they offer live music weekly as well.

Mouthwatering menu and generous portions

The large menu consists of flatbreads, chicken chunks served several ways, whole smoked wings, pasta skillets, tacos, and an array of burgers, sandwiches and entrees. As “ordinary” as those items may sound, their menu items are anything but ordinary. Every item has a unique twist or flavor combination, or perhaps a special sauce. For instance, the Nut Wagon burger has pepper jack cheese and peanut butter, and the chicken tenders can be ordered hand-breaded in Cap’n Crunch cereal!

For rookie firefighters (10 and under), they have a place mat menu (Little Dalmatians Kids Meals). If the little ones can stop “oohing” and “ahhing” while ogling the decor long enough, they can color the themed menu while they wait. They offer seven kid-approved choices on the menu, and each is served with the choice of a side and a drink for about $5.99. The menu also teaches fire safety tips for the kids.

We had the deep-fried asparagus for our “fire starter.” Always hesitant to order asparagus, I thought it might be thick and woody, but it was delicious. The Fire Ax Skillet, with bourbon-soaked bacon and macaroni noodles tossed in beer cheese, was very good. Although, on my next visit I may get what my youngest ordered: Fire House Chunks. The chicken tenderloins are cut fresh daily and either grilled or hand-breaded and fried. The white mac and cheese was topped with the chicken chunks, coleslaw, onion straws and brisket, then drizzled with their homemade BBQ sauce. Oh my…that was incredibly tasty. My daughter, a vegetarian, has tried a plethora of restaurant veggie burgers and she gave Fire Station’s a thumbs up.

Bottom Line: One of the area’s newest restaurants honors our past and present firefighters, first responders and police officers. Fire Station takes the theme to another level and, I assure you that, neither you nor your kids have ever been to a place quite like this. Enjoy a mouth-watering menu, maybe some live music and a feast for the senses.

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FIRE STATION BAR AND GRILL (6040 Knights Inn Place, Maumee, OH 43537)

419-491-9911

Sun-Thur: 11AM-11PM

(kitchen closes at 9PM)

Fri-Sat: 11AM-12AM

(kitchen closes at 11PM)

www.firestationbarandgrill.com