Over this past weekend we were driving home from Dallas down 281 and our tummy's were rumbling so we began our search for a non chain restaurant. Half way though our drive we drove through a tiny town called Lampasas and found a tiny little bbq restaurant on the corner of the road, Hart's Firehouse BBQ, so we decided to give it a chance and we were happy that we did. Thankfully we arrived when the line was not out the door because shortly after it got really busy.
As you walk in you see a huge chalkboard menu with a variety of options and as you order it is prepared for you; so the ordering and paying process is quick. I wanted to get a picture of that cute little chalkboard but as I was trying to sneak a picture, my husband looked and me and said, 'Really?'. SN- I must get over this photo embarrassment.
The restaurant is small, a bit cramped when it is crowded but I do believe they are expanding the seating area and there is also seating outside. The ceiling is painted as a Texas flag and there is a cute little condiment bar that has bbq fixins' such as bread, pickles and onions.
Wanting to order something semi healthy I ordered the chicken and my husband ordered ribs. I just noticed that we ordered the same sides, mac and cheese and pinto beans. My oldest daughter ate off of my plate and my two younger girls ate an order of french fries; which were absolutely amazing. The sides were great and so were the ribs. I will have to admit my chicken was a bit dry but it was the last piece so that might have had something to do with the dryness.
Having kids we visited the restroom at least 3 times during our visit The restroom was located outside in a cute little building; one stall for women and one stall men.
On this day, it was gorgeous, the sun was out and the skies were clear. As we traveled down 281 we passed a lot of bikers. I am not sure if this is a hot spot for bikers or if it was a convenient spot, but whichever, after we had ordered customers that included a lot of bikers started to line up. It was actually really cool because they all seemed to know one another.
As Hart's Firehouse BBQ's website says they are 'Just a stone throw from Ft Hood and Killeen- and a lazy Sunday drive from Temple and Austin'. If you are ever in or near the area you should take a beautiful drive, enjoy the scenery, take a tour of the small towns in the area and eat some really good BBQ.
Written by: Aimee Fauci