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Address : 2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Jack opened his first restaurant, the Down Home Diner, in March of 1987, at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.  He wowed patrons with inexpensive, inventive dishes like cornbread pizza with Tennessee ham and chicken-fried buffalo steak with red-eye gravy.  In November 1989, he opened Jack's Firehouse in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia featuring "haute country" cuisine.Jack's resolutely American regional style is clearly defined by his commitment to using products that are locally grown and raised.  Saving the farm one Southern dish at a time inside a Firehouse built in 1871. Open daily for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Proudly showcasing new Executive Chef Johnathan Vargo's take on comfort food with influences from former Executive Chef Jack McDavid's nationally renowned haute-country cuisine.

Jack's Firehouse has always been committed to using the finest and freshest ingredients. This is why the restaurant has chosen to increase their support of local farmers and purveyors through a partnership with the PA Preferred Program. Owner Mick Houston has continued founder, Jack McDavid's tradition of sourcing local products and realizes the importance of maintaining relationships with the local community. Jack's chefs prepare their meals with love and professional pride that any guest can appreciate. Jack's Firehouse is sure that the ingredients in these meals have also been cultivated with the utmost care. From the farm to the fork, from the plant to the plate, it is the attention to quality and devotion to sustainability that makes Jack's Firehouse and PA Preferred your source to eat locally and eat happily. Whether you are planning an elaborate dinner party or happy hour cocktails with friends Jack’s Firehouse can provide you with the perfect setting for your event. We have many other large group menus - buffets, off premise BBQ's, you name it we can do it - We work with any budget and we will do what it takes to make your party at Jack's really special. Choose from main dining room, private grand hall or courtyard.

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Yelp Rating: 3.5 - 505 Votes
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Google Rating: 4.1
4 years ago
Just a quick note to relate some feedback on our “Bite&Fright” experience on Saturday night, 10/26. Our reservations were for 7:30 and we arrived on time ... we were promptly seated and our server came out immediately and began to explain some questions we had regarding the available entrees. He was not aware at this point we were there for the F&B. When we explained to him that we had purchased the package, it was quite evident that his entire attitude and demeanor changed. We couldn’t understand why , now, he was extremely “unavailable” and was attending to his other tables while we sat and waited ever longer and longer for our meal. We noticed that the tables around us. Being much larger parties, had been seated after us, and received their food before we did. (And not just by a couple minutes). Eventually our food was brought out. The ribs I ordered were very good, however my wife’s and my sons steak was not acceptable . Although they were given a steak knife (we were only provided a butter knife initially) cutting the steak was more akin to sawing through shoe leather. Both steaks we put aside in their entirety and when our server asked us at the end of our entree if everything was “ok”. I took the tome to explain our concerns. Our server stated “I’m very sorry” and walked away. Not to be seen again. We received our chocolate cake from one of the runners, and finally at 9:30 (2 hrs later) I went and stood by the swing doors to the kitchen so that I could tell our server that we needed our bill. Another 10 minutes and our bill was brought to our table by a young girl (not our server) and she was quick to explain that a 20% gratuity had already been added That ..... in itself explains to me why our server no long felt he needed to “work” for his tip. I cannot believe for one minute that our complaint of the quality of the steaks was NEVER addressed and ..... your restaurant so flippantly added a 20% gratuity (18 is considered a good tip) to a party of “3” when the server did not care one bit about the service he provided to us. We had a HORRIBLE first experience at your restaurant and I hope to hear from someone before I take this to social media.
4 years ago
Fun place and looks like good food (didn't get to try it) and great bar tenders. Good selection of whiskeys and bourbon and enough drafts to keep me happy. Right across from the historic eastern penitentiary great location not to far from lots in Philadelphia so with the little walk to check out this reformed old firehouse.
4 years ago
The hot and alcoholic cider was a hit, lobster mac and cheese was very good, pulled pork sandwich was not good. We stopped to go before doing eastern state penitentiary's terror behind the walls, so the food came out quick, but it definitely could have been better. Going here for drinks and light food is your best bet. If you want a real dining meal, I would suggest somewhere else.
4 years ago
Jack's firehouse "fright and bite experience" gave us a three course meal for $55 per person. This also included a quick pass ticket to eastern state penitentiary! The food was fantastic and we were served quickly. We sat outside and had an awesome eexperience.
4 years ago
Cool environment, good food (had the Lobster Mac and would recommend it). Great atmosphere for a date-night. Little pricey on the menu side of things and not too many sharing options for finger food.
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Jack's Firehouse is a restaurant showcasing BBQ and Southern Food in a converted 19th century firehouse.


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Jack's Firehouse hours of operation below. Please check Jack's Firehouse website for accurate hours, especially around holidays.

  •  1 availability Monday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  •  2 availability Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  •  3 availability Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  •  4 availability Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  •  5 availability Friday: 11:30 AM - 02:00 AM
  •  6 availability Saturday: 11:00 AM - 02:00 AM
  •  7 availability Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Jack's Firehouse does not allow BYOF for private parties

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Jack's Firehouse does not allow BYOB for private parties

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