Dayton firehouse nostalgia meets bar comfort food, all on the corner of Watervliet Drive, near the Smithville intersection. Welcome to this week’s Food Adventure feature.
Located at the edge of a neighborhood, in an old 2-story home, Angie’s Firehouse is yet another Belmont sports bar and dinner option. Parking is kind of unusual, being on the side street curb, or a small back parking lot. As you enter the side entrance, you can usually find a handful of regulars on the patio sipping brews outside. They greet all who enter, in between their conversation and laughs. The other entrance is the front door facing Watervliet, and is a far less dramatic entrance.
HUNGRY? THIRSTY? You came to the right extinguisher. Let your Food Adventure begin.
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON ANGIE’S FIREHOUSE:
—The tavern is owned by a former local firefighter Captain named Pat Reed. His daughter also helps run day-to-day operations.
—Before it was Angie’s Firehouse, it was a Greek family owned restaurant called “Angi’s.” Pat saved money on the sign by keeping the name the same when he bought it. The old sign is now on display in the dining room.
—The inside of the restaurant consists of 2 areas, roughly cut in half. One side is the bar area, with dart boards and high tops that accompany an inviting watering hole. The atmosphere is casual, and firehouse knickknacks adorn the walls. From fireman helmets to pictures of Dayton firefighters from 1910, there are antiques in every nook and cranny.
—Angie’s Firehouse Tavern is located at 702 Watervliet Ave, Dayton, OH 45420, with hours of 11am-2:30am everyday
The menu is a wide variety of tavern fare and comfort food. They have a few specialties that stick out, and after numerous visits to Angie’s Firehouse Tavern, we have scoured the menu and come up with their “Must Eats.”
MUST EATS at ANGIE’s FIREHOUSE TAVERN:
—THE HADDOCK FISH DINNER:
Only offered on Fridays, this dinner is absolutely delicious. It is a great way to satisfy your craving for a fish fry. The thick haddock is hand breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown. There is also a Grouper fish dinner available Fridays, but we think the Haddock dinner is heads and shoulders above the rest. Try the Haddock, seriously… with mashed potatoes and gravy.
—HOMEMADE CABBAGE ROLLS:
Family recipe, and they are the hit of the menu at Angie’s. Served piping hot from the oven with options of mashed potatoes, this plate is a taste of home goodness. It’s like being at Grandma’s house. This is the dish that brings people in from all over town.
—GRANDPA REED’S CHIP DIP and MIKESELL’S GROOVY CHIPS:
Grandpa Reed’s old secret family recipe, passed down from evenings at home with the family. This classic french onion and dill type dip goes perfect with you hometown Mikesells chips. Addicting and sharable we bet you order a
2nd basket, because they go fast in a group.
—“SPICY BBQ” FLAVORED CHICKEN WINGS:
Ok, so this item was HOT. We mean spicy. But we couldn’t stop eating the wings. Tossed in a Sweet BBQ sauce, the wings are then rolled in hot crushed red pepper. We were sweating, and using up napkins like crazy. Definitely the hottest BBQ wings we have ever eaten, and some of the most delicious. NOT for the faint of heart.
—“THE BAD LIEUTENANT” CHEESEBURGER:
A half pound, hand smashed burger with cheese and onion straws on top. Of course all the other toppings such as ketchup, mustard, mayo, onion, pickle, lettuce and tomato are available. We loaded it all up. Good, messy and worth every bite.
—BELMONT CATERING POTATO SALAD as a side item:
We do not know of too many places in Dayton that have the worlds greatest potato salad on their menu, from Belmont Catering. Angie’s does! Take full advantage of this side item and taste the shredded potato salad that people buy across the street to the tune of over 1000lbs per week. Served cold, it will put you in a dream world. Whatever the meal, get this as one of your side options.
—DEEP FRIED PICKLE CHIPS:
Sliced thin, breaded and deep-fried to perfection, these have that sour and slaty taste you crave. Get some ranch for dipping and you are off to a great Food Adventure at Angie’s Firehouse Tavern. Again, another addicting appetizer. You will not be able to keep your hands out of the basket and will slap yourself.
*Keep in mind they have a full service bar, and many drink specials are in play. Your server can let you know what deals are running, so you can wet your whistle.
So there you have it – next time you pull the alarm on your hunger, head to Angie’s Firehouse Tavern to hose yourself down with good eats. Family owned, and already deep in tradition, it is a unique spot, with some good things to offer. We pointed you in the right direction on menu selection, the rest is up to you.
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Check out our gallery below, from our multiple visits to Angie’s Firehouse Tavern