While attending Florida State, the Firehouse Subs was one of my go to places for a quick and tasty meal at a price that would not break my student budget. Even though I’ve graduated I still enjoy eating there. Recently I heard on the radio that they were rolling out a new menu item called the King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwich and I knew I had to give it a whirl.
Becky was in town with Miss Julia, and we decided to visit the location where we’ve have many lunches together. The Firehouse Subs on W. Tennessee Street is located in front of Momo’s Pizza and, at high noon, parking can be a challenge. Thankfully, we found a couple spaces and with a grumpy toddler in tow headed inside.
As part of the Firehouse Subs chain this location maintains the image of a firehouse themed sandwich shop. Walking in the front door I noticed a pair of fire boots near the counter. To the left was a mural that would warm any Seminole fan’s heart–Chief Osceola spit roasting a gator over an open fire. Hot sauces lined the counter, including my favorite the Captain Sorenson’s datil pepper sauce.
It was a few minutes after 12:30 p.m., and the place was packed with college kids, businessmen and local law enforcement officials. A worker walked around the restaurant clearing tables and sweeping the floor. Despite being in the middle of a lunch rush the place was immaculate. We made our way to the counter and put in an order for a couple of the King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwiches. Service was fast, friendly, and courteous. Before heading to the table we grabbed our drinks. The Coke Freestyle Machine offered up a ton of choices. Becky opted for plain old Coke, while I filled my cup with Cherry Vanilla Coca-Cola.
Moments after sitting down our sandwiches arrived in red baskets lined with Firehouse Sub themed paper. A small pink umbrella was stuck into the top of the bun. The King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw sandwich was neatly prepared and consisted of chopped hardwood smoked pork, pepper jack cheese, and Hawaiian slaw piled onto a King’s Hawaiian Sweet bun and topped with light mayo and a touch of mustard.
I pulled out a piece of pork. It had a nice smoke ring and a good smoked flavor. Plucking the pink umbrella from the top I took a bite. The smokiness of the pork with the creaminess of the slaw and the slight sweetness of the roll was a delicious combination. The bun was so full of slaw and pork that it dripped out onto the tray. I grabbed a fork and by the end not a morsel was left. Good food can be found in many places, and Firehouse Subs’ King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw sandwich is a winner. Becky agreed and so did Miss Julia who happily snacked on some smoked pork and a few tater chips.
Of course, like some many good things, the King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw sandwich is only available for a limited time. However, I hope Firehouse Subs will decide to make it an annual feature on their Summer menu.
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