Stopping by Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo for a meal has become somewhat of a tradition for me anytime I find myself driving along Highway 101. This past week was no different. After a long day driving down the beautiful California coast through Big Sur from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I had one thing in mind, stopping at Firestone Grill for a burger and a beer.
Even on a late Monday night, Firestone Grill was packed with everyone from couples, to families, to those having a drink at the bar watching a game on television.
The square footage of the place was massive and that’s not including the large outdoor patio. The interior was made up of a large open dining room, a rectangular bar, and smaller open dining room to the left of the entrance. The place felt even larger thanks to the tall ceilings.
Though it was night time, it felt dark inside. During the day, I just don’t see there being much natural lighting. Once past the entrance, the place felt more like a big barn with no windows.
Adorning the walls were flat screen televisions, jerseys and sports photos, and other random items including surfboards, guitars, and even a basketball hoop with a golf bag in it.
At its core, Firestone Grill is just a big sports bar that caters to everyone. Casual, loud, and energetic. If you want to watch a game while enjoying cheap yet delicious food and a cold beer, then this is your spot. This is the main reason why I keep returning.
Firestone Grill Menu
The menu at Firestone Grill was simple. Burgers, bar-b-que, salads, a few specials, and sides. Firestone Grill is probably best known for their Tri-Tip Steak Sandwich with BBQ Sauce on French Roll. If it’s your first time visiting, I would probably recommend you try that first. Since I have had it in the past many times before, I changed it up this time and went for a burger.
When you are ready to order, you can place your order with the cashier. After paying, all you have to do is wait for your number to be called over the loudspeakers and pick up your food at the counter opposite the cashier. Since you don’t have to deal with waiters, prices are kept a lot lower than you would expect.
Halopeño? No, you are reading the name of this burger correctly. It’s the Halopeño Burger ($7.29).
Named after the General Manger of Firestone Grill, this burger was made with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayonnaise, Sriracha ranch, jack cheese, bacon, and jalepeños.
The first thing that caught my attention was how massive this burger was. Layer after delicious layer of tasty ingredients was stacked inside the bun. It took two hands to lift this sizable burger up.
The patty was thin and cooked all the way through. I’m usually not a fan of this as I enjoy burgers to be cooked medium rare, but the patty was seasoned well and seared over an open flame. The crispy crust had a great charbroiled and smoky flavor. Perfectly melted across the patty was a thick layer of gooey jack cheese.
The two slices of crisscrossing bacon was actually a surprise for me. I ordered the burger solely because I saw it had jalepeños, so the bacon was plus. The thin, salty, and crunchy bacon perfectly complemented the richness of the Sriracha ranch and spicy pickled jalepeños.
I was pleased with the generous amount of jalepeños packed inside this burger. Most places these days skimp out on jalepeños, but not the case with Firestone Grill. Each and every bite of the burger was filled with salty and spicy pickled jalepeños that added just the right amount of heat.
Mixed in with the jalepeños was a bright orange Sriracha ranch sauce. The sauce was rich, spicy (if you consider Sriracha spicy), and creamy. Make sure to have a few napkins on hand as the sauce can make the burger a little messy.
Finishing off the burger was a thick piece of crunchy iceberg lettuce, a slice of tomato, thinly sliced onions, and mayonnaise.
Every ingredient of the Halopeño Burger was delicious and complemented each other. It was all there: salty, smoky, spicy, and rich flavors. The burger felt thoughtfully designed while staying simple. It was nothing fancy and by far not the best burger I have ever had but when I’m in the mood for a burger and a beer, this is the burger I want.
Basket of Fries
Yes, I am going to try to review a basket of fries ($4.29).
Not much to say about these fries except they were thin, crispy, and seasoned well with what I believe was simply Lawry’s seasoned salt. I couldn’t order a burger without ordering fries, right?
They tasted previously frozen, but I didn’t care. I couldn’t stop eating them as I was hungry and they hit the spot after a long day of driving. No complaints from me as I was happy to have a beer, burger, and fries in front of me.
The basket of fries was large enough to share between two people or one hungry person. Just note that if you are expecting something gourmet or fancy, you will be disappointed.
All the workers at Firehouse Grill seemed friendly but my interaction with them was limited.
But this was a good thing.
Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with waiters, especially when you are in a hurry.
All food orders were placed with the cashier near the front of the restaurant. After only a few minutes, my number was called and ready to be picked up from the counter across from the cashier.
Quick, easy, and best of all, the prices were reasonable.
Firestone Grill will always be my go to spot when traveling through San Luis Obispo on Highway 101 in California.
With great food, reasonable prices, cold beer, flat screen televisions, and an outdoor patio, you really have no reason not to check out Firestone Grill.
- Reasonable prices
- Casual environment
- Outdoor patio
- Burgers packed with tons of flavor
- Dark interior
- Limited menu