Seven words never before published here:
Grand Prairie is a lot of fun.
It’s open. And it’s better than anyone expected.
Frankly, FireHouse Gastro Park beats anything neighbor Arlington has going.
Under one roof at 321 W. Main St., it combines:
▪ A sunny dining room in the old firetruck bays, serving a contemporary menu of hot chicken, smoked brisket and more.
▪ A cozy morning coffee bar
▪ A nighttime bar called “Mama’s Medicine” with cocktails, patterned after a Los Angeles counterpart also owned in part by Jason Alan Smith.
▪ And a large play yard for kids.
FireHouse is only in its first weeks, so the menu and restaurant are still in the development stage.
But a visit last weekend produced a near-perfect hot chicken sandwich and a platter of “Dirtybird” fries, covered in hot chicken and Cajun spice.
The menu is short. Grilled or fried chicken sandwiches ($10) come California-style, Nashville- or Buffalo-. A sample of the smoked brisket off the “Spartacus” food truck ($10) proved Texas-worthy, and there’s also a pulled pork sandwich or an order of loaded brisket nachos ($8) wuth pico de gallo and queso fresco.
Beer is $5, wine $6, cocktails $9 — simple. Or there’s all-natural sodas and juices.
Smith and Carlee Ewers combined their Texas knowledge with California decor to design a firehouse dining room and play yard with plenty of sunlight, comfortable spaces, a patio atmosphere and family excitement.