It’s not often that an innovative restaurant concept comes along that’s worthy of adulation. Firewürst, a Cary-based purveyor of flame-grilled sausages and hotdogs, is particularly impressive on several fronts.
First, a focused, imaginative menu features a variety of tantalizing
options. Consider, for example, the spiral-cut all-beef BBQ dog with Swiss
cheese, house-made barbecue sauce, applewood bacon and crispy onion tanglers,
which I thoroughly enjoyed during a recent visit. Then there is the hearty cheddar brat with
melted aged cheddar, grilled onions, red, green and yellow peppers and mustard
on a fresh hoagie roll.
Other noteworthy choices? The Chicago dog, the
Mexican-inspired tortilla dog and the sweet Italian, to name a few. Various
premium toppings are available for an additional charge, although perhaps it’s
somewhat questionable to charge 79 cents extra for chili.
Side items are also worthwhile, especially the transcendent natural-cut
fries topped with sea salt, Cajun spices or parmesan/herb. Brown sugar- and
nutmeg-infused sweet potato fries and crispy onion tanglers also vie for
consideration. The menu also lists three
intriguing made-to-order “sassy slaws,” including sweet, wasabi cucumber and
The Cary Firewürst is the first of a developing fast-casual franchise
concept. Food is delivered to the table promptly and courteously, and staff
members are cordial and eager to please. The spotless dining room atmosphere is
vibrant and upbeat, complete with witty signs from the likes of Chuck Norris
and others hanging on the walls. Here’s hoping Firewürst resonates with
Triangle diners. I know it does with Lunchboy!