Jack's Firehouse
Jack's Firehouse

Jack's Firehouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jacksfirehouse.com/
  • Phone: (215) 232-9000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jack McDavid
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Jack's Firehouse offers catering services personalized to your needs. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Jack's Firehouse has 2 private rooms. The Chief's Quarters accommodates 8 to 25 guests & the Grand Hall accommodates 20 to 80 guests. The entire Firehouse is available for 100 to 250 guests. We host great parties here - so whether its a private dinner for 40 members of your company or a brunch shower for 60 ladies celebrating the soon to be bride or 200 guests for a fun and different cocktail and dance party - CALL JACK'S FIREHOUSE for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Mick Houston 2152329000x
  • Entertainment: Call in advance to find out when Jim Smith and the Trailer Park Trio are playing their own version of fantastic 40's and 50's rock-a-billy here at the Firehouse. They always provide a shoe stomping, late night drinking and yelling, fun time for all. Shows ususally start around 10pm as the dinner crowd has made their way to the bar
  • Special Events: JACK'S IS CELEBRATING OUR 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - CALL ABOUT JOINING US ON APRIL 10, 2010 FOR A GREAT PARTY. PROCEEDS FROM THE NIGHT WILL GO TOWARD HUNGER RELIEF.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public lot is located 50 yards away, at the corner of 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue. Street parking is also available in the area.
A word from Jack's Firehouse
Jack's Firehouse offers Jack McDavid's nationally renowned cuisine serving fish, meats, seafood & vegetarian dishes, a spirited bar with one of Philadelphia's finest Bourbon collection, 60 bottle Wine List, 15 different beers, private rooms or casual elegance in the 120 Year Old Fire House setting... A perfect choice for taking out an important client, favorite relative or special someone.
Jack's Firehouse - Philadelphia's premier American Restaurant.
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Jack's Firehouse reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (15)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (11)special occasion (6)hot spot (6)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (2)Show More
  • ButterVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Nice place for brunch especially after a visit to local museums.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bland, bland, bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Five of us had brunch here last Saturday and though the menu items looked scrumptious - ALL of our dishes had no taste or were burned. The saving grace was the perfectly cooked/spiced french fries. The presentation made the food look divine - fluffy blueberry pancakes, thick french toast, portabello mushroom sandwich, burger and fried catfish. Yet, none of it had any taste and the burger was burned. What a disappointment. Didn't realize until after we left that we all felt the same about the food we had, otherwise we would have said something. Nice touch - the chef sent out a plate of biscuits, cornbread muffins and banana bread. Being from the South, the biscuits looked amazing, but again had no taste. The other breads were okay. Our coffee and hot tea were barely warm and we had to specifically ask for hot refills.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If I lived nearby, I would eat there every week!
    Jayne
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Every time I go to Jack's Firehouse, I'm amazed at how comfortable and delicious it is. They make you feel like special guests and somehow its never crowded. They have their own brew, homemade cookies, and delicious seasonal mixed drinks in addition to the standard American dishes done perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I'm usually a big fan of Jack's Firehouse. However, my most recent experience left little to be desired. I thought my crab cake sandwich was subpar. I felt like they just slapped two crab cakes on a bun, put some of the hot lava sauce on it and called it a day. I expected better quality and presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and beer
    alwayshungry
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Varied menu gives good choices for all. Not many beer choices but it covered most types
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun, late-night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Fun place for a late, informal dinner on a Monday night. Neat atmosphere, good food, and outstanding service by Michael. Pea soup was the best ever! Crab cake appetizer very good. My wife's salad and catfish were great. Large portions - had lunch the next day! Only disappointment was my pork loin which was a bit fatty and somewhat overcooked. Biscuits and complimentary cookies were great, too. It was fun sitting just inside the very large open doors looking out onto Fairmount. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    One4thebeach
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed the filet minion Benedict , although my food was only Luke warm it was delicious. I am assuming that the food was cold due to the place being wide open on a really chilly morning. The firehouse is really cute but noisy and we had a large table behind us that contributed to the noise level.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience
    crusingisbetter84
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I recently ate at Jack's Firehouse in Philadelphia, PA. I was with my husband, my brother and my sister-in-law. My husband and I each ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich and Fries off of the Brunch menu. We also ordered water as we don't drink alot of caffinated drinks. For the price of $9.95 our food portions were smaller than we anticipated. The waitress brought out 1 bottle of water and filled the 4 water glasses. She then came back, took the bottle that had the water in it and asked my brother and his wife if they would like another beer and tea. She never asked us if we wanted anymore water nor did she refill the bottle and bring it back. I will not be eating there or recommending this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We never have had anything at Jack's that was not top notch! The Philly Cheesesteak is not your typical cheesesteak, goes above and beyond. Delicious salads, soups and good beer list. Recently moved out of the city but still go back just for Jack's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dlv15
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food and service was great. The filet was cooked to perfection, it just melted in your mouth. We ate inside but they have an outdoor eating area,which looked fabulous. Definitely going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lobster101VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    WE had a delicious dinner which consisted of the apple salad (which we split) and it was wonderful. They also served scones with delicious butter and cherries....I had grilled shrimp and my husband had a chicken salad sandwich with fries...oh yes, with your check you get fabulous warn chocolate chunk cookies....yummy dinner within 2 blocks from our home. Thanks Jack's Firehouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SGoldVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I tried the smoked chicken salad sandwich. I'm not sure if it was the smoking or the mayo, but it had a taste that was not very appealing to me. My wife had the mussels for an appetizer and a salad with chicken. She enjoyed the mussels very much. We've eaten at Jack's for lunch as well as dinner so this was not our first visit. We have always found the staff to be accommodating and helpful and the food has always been good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our drinks arrived fairly quickly, but it took about 45 minutes for the first course at burnch (a salad) to arrive. The BLT Caesar tasted like it had been prepared the day before. The crab cake had more bread than crab in the mix. The French Fries were good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Tried JF for the first time in a long while. The space is great, and the service was friendly. Unfortunately the food was so-so at best. I had the crab cake sandwich with hot lava. The sandwich was on a plain bun that (size-wise) way-outmatched the incredibly thin crab cake. The hot lava was anything but hot - just a forgettable bland sauce. My wife asked specifically about the calamari - not wanting something heavily battered and fried. The waitress explained that it was just lightly flash-fried and not battered. Then the calamari came and it was heavily fried in batter. Huge disappointment. Toward the end of the meal we each wanted another drink; but it took so long to have the server come to the table, we just scratched it.
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  • enjoyable brunch
    Henry
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My son and I had brunch sitting in one of the outside tables with aview of the prison which looks great with the newly grown greenery. weather was pleasant and overall experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 574 reviews are from the Jack's Firehouse reviews archive.
  • Steak night out
    FranksfoodfeedbackVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My family and I wanted a good steak dinner after a long day looking at colleges, museums and walking around the city...Jack's was very friendly and enjoyed the recommendations from our waiter, Todd! Not only for the food but his college life at Penn! Great Experience!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    In my opinion, an onsite manager is needed to oversee performance of staff. 1. Bartender flinging the “f” word around as normal speech. 2. A fly was in a drink that the bartender didn’t catch. It happens, but not to immediately buy a round of drinks is inexcusable. In an attempt to redeem the situation, shots were brought over? 3. Biscuits tasted of freezer burn. 4. Boxed mash potatoes…seriously?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our second time at Jack's and it wasn't as good as our first visit. Their BBQ dishes are GREAT!! It's the other stuff that's lacking. The catfish sandwich had way too much bread with a very thin piece of fish. The filet mignon benedict-which I fell in love with the first time- had tough filet and the poached eggs were rock hard. The next time, I'll make sure to stick with the BBQ.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunny
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was great as always but when the sun started to encroach on our table nobody could hep us. We tried tilting the umbrella and that didn't work. Then they asked if we wanted to move our seats inside. We said yes but then nothing happened. Also my mother ordered a salad and an entree and only received the salad. The entree was removed from the final bill. The food is still good and and we would return again because we have always had a good experience in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last minute
    ImaPhilly
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It was a late dinner, 10pm. The food, service, and atmosphere were good. We ate outside. No bugs! I would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive dining
    Dining4luv
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I really didn't know what to expect but it was actually a nice experience with my husband. I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JerzeesalVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We first went to this restaurant 20 years ago when Jack actually owned it. My husband raved about the meal he had there for years, so for his 60th birthday we brought him here again with our family of 10. The service was really great. I love the looks of this place. Most of our party had the steaks, all done to perfection. My daughter had ribs, but thought them a bit on the smoky side for her taste. I had pork loin, and did not care for it.. It was over cooked, the sauce accompanying it was overpowering, and the sweet potatoes were like soup. Still, I would give it another chance based on the reactions of the rest of the family. Regardless, we had a fabulous time there!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mbg
    Museumgoer
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I love Jack's. Pulled pork nachos are terrific, as are homemade can muffins and biscuits. Ribs were a bit overlooked, but tasty. Great venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family gathering
    Barbinburbs
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We met with 7 family members at Jack's on a Sunday afternoon. The wait staff was very attentive but waited until we had all made up our minds on what to order. They were also very accomodating with seating as well, giving us a choice of indoor or outdoor. Everything we ordered was delicious- the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches were outstanding and we loved the spicy French fries with jalepenos. We also devoured the huge plates of biscuits and corn muffins with sour cherries. Would go back there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our server Stephan was one of the best ever. He delivered tasty and interesting food and was attentive without being intrusive. Servings were ample.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's Firehouse - Philly Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Located across the street from Eastern States Penitentiary (now closed as a prison but open as a fascinating tourist site), Jack's is located in a former firehouse (the pole is still in the ceiling) and has a charm that is unique and distinctive. Two sculls with oars attached hang from the ceiling, the front doors open completely in nice weather and a bar highlights the front area. But the food and service is what you come for. Ample portions, well prepared and served by an enthusiastic and efficient staff. This is our third visit (this time after a visit to the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art) and the crusted salmon and lip-smacking ribs were wonderful. So too, the black-eyed peas and bacon soup. Just a real treat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Muffins and sandwiches very good. Disappointed in the cheesesteak omelet, only half full. Fruit was fresh and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The service at our brunch for 7 was superior. Server was personable, helpful, non-intrusive but on top of things. Food was excellent for 5 of us, french toast was dry and without taste for the remaining 2 but the accompaniments were very good. Bringing fresh biscuits to the table and cookies with the bill was a very nice touch. All around we agreed we would definitely return. Also, plenty of elbow room, good acoustics and nice layout.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phantastic Philly!
    Worthinked
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Jacks has amazing food at reasonable prices. The service was personal, prompt & very accomodating for allergies & diet requests! The menu is small but has delicious options for meat lovers, small appetites & vegetarians. It was a perfect & delicious blend. The homade biscuits were a special treat! Later at night the bar scene picked up and ended the night perfectly. Its also across from the old gothic stone penitentiary which is an incredible view day or night. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, good, and gooder:-)
    PJD52
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a great time. A bunch of us who had not seen each other for years and Jack's turned out to be the perfect place to gather. Oh, did I mention that the food was great, the service was equal to the dining fare, and the atmosphere was fantastic? We are already planning to gather at Jack's again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Ribs
    ChemFoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I am not a big fan of ribs, but after trying out this place I changed my mind. Their ribs are DELICIOUS!!!!! The service was excellent, the food was great and the drinks were strong and good. Great place to eat and have fun with your significant other or a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    mapoatsy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    My husband and I ate at Jack's Firehouse for the first time after hearing several great reviews from our friends. We were not disappointed. The service was terrific - and the food even better. My husband ordered the ribs and by far were the best ribs we've ever tasted. They literally fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. I had the pork loin and sweet potato mash - and it, too was very tasty. The chop was cooked just a notch more well done than I prefer, but it didn't take away from the overall experience. The dinner was finished with a complimentary cookie for each - a very nice touch. I'd definitely come back again - and probably will.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Was entertaining out of town relatives this weekend and they were impressed with Jack's great historic interior. The food and service were great as usual. Although we were a little disappointed at the lack of specials on a Friday night. No loss however, with a wonderful dinner complete with fresh biscuits and chocolate chip cookies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Museum Friendly
    MSBNW6
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We made a reservation at this restaurant because of its location close to the Parkway museums. After a stimulating visit to the Barnes Museum we enjoyed a great meal at Jack's Firehouse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day Dinner
    Neighborhood4
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Jack's for Mothers Day dinner. The food and the service were excellent. I would highly recommend it. It is an interesting theme as it is an old firehouse.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Jami
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Jack's on mother's day with a group of 6. Everything from the food to the service was on point. It was a great brunch. The calamari was especially delicious. No one had anything but great things to say about their meal and the whole experience. I would highly recommend Jack's for any meal, especially brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family meeting
    bbqfan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We choose Jack's for our families to meet and it was perfect. Great food, service dealt with us always being 5 minutes slower than we should because we all were chatting and setting was just right. The owner was even floating around and very welcoming and easy to talk to which is always a plus to see them involved.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed easy dining
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    A fine place for a leisurely lunch, awesome mushroom soup! Service is polite, attentive and out of the way. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jack's Is A Classic!
    scamozz
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    After years of waiting to hit the Firehouse, we finally did and it was awesome! Amazing food and amazing service!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Dinner
    wilson
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Went for our daughter's birthday. Sat outside and the cute little patio. The server was enthusiastic, friendly and very attentive. He did a great job throughout the entire evening. The food was yummy, especially the biscuits and the goey butter cake!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.