Friday, April 22, 2011

Food Friday: Light My Fire(stone)

Firestone Grill 1001 Higuera Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Should I be upset that in the four years that I have been driving up and down the 101 to get to and from LA, I NEVER once stopped in SLO and treated myself to the best sandwich spot ever created? Or shall I take the glass half full approach and be delighted that I was introduced to this gem early enough in my life to enjoy it whenever I make future journeys down the coast? San Luis Obispo is usually my halfway point between SF and LA, in which I stop, fill up both my baby Honda and my tummy. I never like to stop for too long, because I'm always so antsy to get to one city or the other. So, I always end up just picking something up at the gas station (ranch flavored corn nuts, anyone?). I am now kicking myself silly and wondering why NO one, and I mean NO ONE, ever told me about this place. I mean, I get it -- sometimes I like to keep my food spots hidden, in fear that the masses will come and take over. But, in the end, I always share the food love.

Photos by: Chandamheer

The gist: Filled the meter up to 30 minutes and foolishly thought this would be enough time to pick up a sandwich and take a few bites. Word to the wise - 30 minutes is not enough to allow your taste buds to completely savor the juicy and flavor-filled sandwiches that Firestone has to offer. Had I not been afraid that the meter maid would find me feeding my meter, I would have popped in a few more quarters and ordered a few more sandwiches. This is not a lie. I really wanted a second...and maybe third sandwich (for the road, guys!). What I hated: Hate is a strong word to use with Firestone. I would say if anything, I probably would have passed on the basket of fries, as the seasoning they used was too salty for my liking. I also ordered the Ranch Beans. I was expected a sweet, but smoky barbecue flavor. I'm not sure what it was that I tasted, but it wasn't that. To be fair, I was so focused on my sandwich, I didn't have too much time to really care about the beans. What I liked: Like is too weak of a word to associate with Firestone's sandwiches. I ordered the BBQ Tri Tip Sandwich, and thank the Lord I did. Let's start with the bread. I am a bread lover. I can devour a loaf of bread on my own in no time. In fact, I actually did such a thing during my trip (I recently discovered the miracle spread that is Nutella...and yes, I know how late to the game I am with that).  Firestone lathers their sandwich buns in butter. Bad for the cholesterol, amazing for the mouth. Now, imagine biting into a warm, buttered bun and then sinking your teeth into thick, juicy pieces of delicious barbecue tri tip. You can try to imagine this, but your imagination will not come anywhere close to just how mouth-watering this sandwich really is (unless, of course, you have tried it). I don't even want to know how I must have looked when I was biting into that sandwich. Maybe it was one part Meg Ryan as she acts out her classic sandwich orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally (watch here) and one part stone age caveman, who obviously lacks some much needed table etiquette (can you just picture all the barbecue sauce I had all over my face and fingers?). Long story short: I just need more.

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  1. mmmm I love Firestone! Their beer is so yummy :) these pics made me so hungry!


  2. It's 9am in England and I now want fries and a burger for breakfast!

    That looks too delicious.

  3. driving from san francisco to la is AMAZING! i love that drive - and now i miss it!!! eating all the junk food made me feel so bad ;) hahaha! but the food is so yummy and hard to resist! but you are still soo thin, lucky you! ..xox..

  4. holy moly that sandwich is HUGE! the fries look v yummy :) have a great weekend! xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

  5. ♥ Love your blog so much.)) ♥

  6. Chandamheer! We definitely went to UCLA together! But, I think I was barely a member of FAST when you were in it, lol but now I'm more involved with it. I think it's amazing that you, me and Dylana all went to UCLA! Our school has a good fashion sense after all :)

    I wish we could have talked and gotten to know each other at the MANGO and Marie Claire event. But, there is always next time! I'm totally following your blog, and THANKS for following mine!


  7. yumm!

  8. Chanda, I don't know why I always read your blog when I'm hungry, but here I am. After seeing your photos, I really wish I had an excuse to drive up there just to try that sandwich. It looks sooooo good!

  9. Oh my gosh, those sandwiches look YUMM! Lovely blog! Thanks for your comment and as for my hair, I use the 1 1/4" barrel hot shot tools tourmaline curling iron. I keep the clamp open and wrap the hair going away from the face. I hope that helps! And let me know how it turns out! :)


  10. I haven't been visiting your blog lately, so I don't know how new this layout is, but I love it! And I need to be warned about your food posts. I just had a leftover quesadilla, and it wasn't satisfying at all. SO these photos are driving me over the edge. And I can't believe you JUST discovered Nutella - welcome to heaven, girl ;)

    xo Sherrie
    Closet Hound

  11. the fries look amazing! can't believe you didn't care for them...

  12. sounds like a great place! i'm vegetarian, but my brother loves little places like this - i bet he would die over it!

  13. That sandwich looks beyond amazing! I'm still trying to get my husband to take a trip out there just for the food! We are big eaters. I'm jealous.

  14. omg i LOVEE LOOVE FOOD! so you doing food posts, def always love them !! and haha aw no worries girl on the nutella, but at least you know now and can go grab a big jar! ;) ps. i know of one huuge jar in westfield off powell's that crepe place downstairs where all the other food places are. lol
    happy easter weekend girl! :)

    <3, Kathleen.

  15. Yummy yummy yummy. Reminds me of Schwartz in Montreal. Would love to take a drive through California just for the food and restaurants alone.

  16. mmmm that all looks so delicious and mouth-watering! =)

  17. Yum! This place is sooo good. I've been there a couple times in SLO.

    You have a great blog, definitely following now, I really like your sytle.

    I have a fashion blog here in SF

  18. Stumbled upon this blog and I absolutely LOVE it! That looks delish, even though it completely contradicts my health promotion… Oh well, a little cheating here and there won't hurt…

    Love the name of this blog too! Excellent!

    Tamara, X
    Please check out my blog:

  19. mmm... the food.. I want.. looks so good! not the good time looking at food.

  20. Thanks for sharing the food love! I've never made the trip up the 101 (not yet, anyway) but when I finally get around to it, I'll be sure to add this to my list. The images, alone, are enough to make me hungry.

    BTW- I FINALLY had umami. The verdict? FANTASTIC! Literally as I was leaving the restaurant, full as can be, I wanted to turn around, go back in, and eat all over again. I have a feeling this may become dangerous.


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