With today’s Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of any snack, smoothie, dessert, or drink on the menu at Firehouse Coffee Company and Cafe. One of the more cool and unusual places to chill in B-More, the café resides in a revamped Canton firehouse, constructed just off O’Donnell Square during the heyday of ghost-busting.
The first thing everyone notices, of course, is Firehouse's five-alarm décor. The Blues Brothers sit at a table out on the square, keeping an eternal watch out for Illinois Neo-Nazis, country-western bands, and irritable nuns. Inside, the checkerboard walls are adorned with murals of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 as painted by local artist Uri Victorov. There's even a firepole, which a dummy in authentic "turn-out" gear rides down every now and then. An 11-foot projection screen outfitted with the same speaker system as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dominates the back wall and booms with movies and live concert DVDs on event nights. Don't let the enormous craggy head of Bob Dylan intimidate you, though. The abundance of fresh-baked scones ($2.95), loungetastic couches, and free Wi-Fi will let you know you're still in a coffee shop (besides, he's not there, he's gone).
But no matter how fanciful its venue, a java joint is nothing without quality coffee, which is why the flying coffee-zeppelin was such a disappointment last year (its awesome implosion notwithstanding). Luckily, Firehouse's coffees are all primo beans from South America's Orinoco Valley. The Firehouse House Blend of Colombian Supremo, Kenya, and Sumatra Mandheling is a lusciously rich standout, as is the buttery-smooth hazelnut. Chocoholics, on the other hand, will want to try hot drinks such as the rich, creamy Firehouse Mocha (made with Ghirardelli chocolate) ($4.50 for a large) or the Caramochanut Latte ($4.95 for a large). Firehouse is also famously finicky about offering the best gourmet desserts this side of Highlandtown, so don't leave without trying some mile-high cream pie from NYC's Carnegie Deli ($6.95) or Junior's Famous Devil's Food Cheesecake ($6.95).
- Exactly what a coffee house should be!... Decor is amazing! – jamiebraman, Google Maps
Who Ya Gonna Call? (Not Us)
Firehouse Coffee Company is the perfect place to hold the first meeting of your proposed volunteer firefighter unit. There are many obstacles ahead of you, such as your total lack of training, and the municipal government’s insistence that you "drop this fantasy." But with the right leadership, this rag-tag bunch might just be crazy enough to work. Here's a list of questions you might get from eager volunteers at your first meeting:
- Do we need to bring our own Dalmatian?
- How many Backdrafts are in a Towering Inferno?
- If we see Ghost Rider, should we spray him with water or is he there to help?
- What if our only experience is as a sexy fireman?
- Is "friendly fire" what it sounds like?
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