Firehouse Subs, a national sandwich chain started by a pair of firefighting brothers from Jacksonville, Fla., has opened its first Arizona restaurant on the southwest corner of Loop 101 and Ray Road in Chandler.
The restaurant is decorated primarily in red, employees wear firefighter-style blue T-shirts, and sandwiches sport monikers like the Hook & Ladder or the Engine Company Sub.
Subs, available in 8- and 12-inch sizes, feature top-quality meats and cheeses that are steamed — which, unlike microwaving, adds moisture — and toasted buns.
I stopped by last week and tried the 8-inch Hook & Ladder sub (with turkey, ham and Monterey Jack cheese) and meatball sub (with large meatballs smothered in well-seasoned marinara), each $5.49.
They were delicious — so much so that I can’t see myself ever going to a Subway, Blimpie or Quiznos if there’s a Firehouse nearby.
And there soon might be. The fast-growing chain, which launched in 2004 and already has nearly 300 locations, is aggressively expanding into the western U.S.
Info: 3245 W. Ray Road, Chandler, (480) 726-8200, www.firehousesubs.com.
CANAL OPENS IN SCOTTSDALE
Canal, a fashion-centric eatery featuring an S-shaped runway flanked by large projection screens, opened Tuesday at Scottsdale’s SouthBridge, just southwest of Camelback and Scottsdale roads.
Chef Justin Beckett’s light-fare menu, which includes a much-hyped $30 lobster tail sandwich, features such entrees as anchiote-citrus mahi tacos ($21), macadamia-crusted ocean prawns ($27) and Muscovy duck breast ($25).
Canal is the second of seven restaurants to open at SouthBridge, a five-acre boutique shopping complex on the south bank of the Arizona Canal. The first, The Foodbar, opened last summer.
Info: 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, (480) 949-9000, www.scottsdalesouthbridge.com.
KING’S FISH HOUSE IN TEMPE
King’s Fish House, a sit-down restaurant featuring seafood from around the world, is scheduled to open Saturday at Tempe Marketplace.
The Costa Mesa, Calif., chain, whose East Valley location will be its 12th, offers a wide-ranging menu that includes Southern-fried catfish, Hawaiian mahi mahi, Idaho trout and Chilean salmon, as well as sushi and sashimi.
Info: 35 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, (480) 966-9121, www.kingsfishhouse.com.