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Monday, August 29, 2011

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews the Fire Barn Sports Bar & Grill

Fire Barn's Waterloo location
Fire!!! Fire!!! Nope it is not a fire just the Fire Barn Sports Bar & Grill in Waterloo, NE. Scott picked this spot because of Waterloo Days and he'd ate there a lot since it was down the street from where he had worked. Also, coming up on the 10th anniversary of September 11 the population-we™ Dinner Club ventured out to this local restaurant that pays tribute to firefighters. The Fire Barn is located in a small Waterloo strip mall at 2601 River Road Drive.

This establishment when you enter is like most sports bars or is it? It is very open with several booths along the walls and tables scattered elsewhere. Obviously the décor is like a firehouse with various pictures, helmets, gear and fire hose on the walls. There is even an authentic firehouse pole between a couple booths. The far wall has a long bar with a lot of glass behind it; a mirror, several glass cooler doors and televisions hanging above. Not to mention there are many more flat screens around the rest of the establishment.

Authentic firehouse gear & pole
The menu is mainly bar food except a few entrees such as the fried chicken, which takes about 25-30 minutes to prepare, but it is good and well worth the wait. They also serve pizza and ribs. We also like their jalapeno poppers and wings, which have five signature Fire Barn sauces.

The night we went we had eight people, most of which ordered the fried chicken. I ordered the Fire Barn Philly, which I thought was very good. It had the usual philly ingredients -- but then they add their hot sauce -- which they use on the their hot wings. It was spicy but not too over powering. As a side, you can get chips (which they make on site); however, fire chips, wedges or fries are extra.

You can check out their complete menu at Here you can check out lunch and dinner specials as well picture of both their locations: Papillion and Waterloo. All in all, their Waterloo location hands down accomplishes their motto “Fire Barn: Here to Serve You!”

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Fire Barn: 3.7 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 3.67

Cleanliness – 3.67

Wait Staff – 4

Menu – 4

Food Presentation – 3.33

Food Portions – 4

Food Taste – 4

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 4

Noise Level – 2.67

Overall Experience – 3.67

Fellow population-we™ readers, if you've been to the Fire Barn leave us a comment and tell us what you thought?

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1 comment:

  1. Brian: I agree when you say the Fire Barn Fried Chicken is “well worth the wait.” Since moving to Elkhorn we’ve eaten there on numerous occasions and I still can’t help but order it. In a way it reminds me of my Grandma’s pan fried chicken we used to eat on the farm. Not too greasy but very moist and crunchy. I do always order the white pieces, which are very good portion sizes. Depending on my mood I often substitute out the chips for the potato wedges. Tip to our readers who dine there: it tastes great the next day too. So, get the 4-piece and you’ll have enough for lunch the day after.