Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Restaurant Review - Jack's Firehouse

My husband and I joined my mother and father at Jack’s Firehouse for brunch for Mothers’ Day after seeing their Mother’s Day brunch availability on Having previously lived in Fairmount, Jack’s was a fond memory of a neighborhood gem and my husband and I were excited to return. Years ago, my husband fell in love with the restaurant over the “best Kobe steak he has ever had in his life”.

Not having been there in several years, I was hopeful that it lived up to my memory. Walking the wonderful neighborhood of Fairmount (and aching to move back), we rounded the corner of Fairmount Ave. to see Jack’s doors open to let in the absolutely stunning weather. My husband and I later both agreed, it seemed smaller for some reason, but still very charming. The outdoor seating couldn’t have made us a happier bunch and we were surrounded by lovely families also enjoying Mothers’ Day.

Service by our young waitress left a bit to be desired, although I think the number of tables that she was waiting multiplied to an unmanagable amount when the lovely weather allowed outside seating to be added. A complete set of water glasses did not arrive until after asking twice and tea & coffee refills were hard to come by.
The drinks were beautifully presented, although I think a bit weak.

The real highlight was the food… ah the food. I think this was the best brunch buffet I have ever had. The woman at the salad station whipped up a delicious starter. I then returned for some pastries (homemade and delicious!) and some of the hot selections. Then… I went back yet again to the carving station where they were slicing up roast beef, turkey and lamb. Under the carver’s suggestion, I sampled the lamb and was VERY glad I did. By far the best lamb I have ever had, rubbed with a delicious seasoning and cooked to tender perfection. After all of this food, I was satisfied… but could not resist going in for one more plate (oink oink) to try the toffee crunch butter cake that my mother was raving about. Heaven!

Jack’s Firehouse you did not disappoint! Another great part of this visit – walking across the street for a quick tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary. My mother, being a lover of history, was as happy as a clam.

Jack’s Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Dining al fresco at Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount, Philadelphia, PA.


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