Just to reiterate, this review is only for the happy hour menu of Firefly Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Where to begin? I sought out Firefly because it was one of the few bars that supposedly offered something special to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival and because it has a nice outdoor patio seating. I met up with a friend for happy hour drinks.
She lucked out and snagged a table for us despite a packed house. Little did I know, that single event would be the highlight of our evening.
Rave: truffle fries
In addition to getting the table, the order of truffle fries was the best food or drink we had at Firefly that night. Unfortunately, it lost a bit of its fervor because of the length of time it took to make it to our table. Nevertheless, I’d still give it a rave because they were crispy and had the right amount of flavor. They were cut thinner than a shoestring and had sprinkles of parmesan that made it a delight to munch on. You can definitely taste and smell the scent of white truffles too. The fries were served in a mini fryer basket and came with two dipping sauces.
I’m generally more tolerant about slow service, particularly during a busy period, however there comes a time when slow service enters the realm of poor service. When you have to wait for over half an hour to get your bar snacks consisting of a few pieces of chicken and fries, I’d say that’s poor. It took another 15 minutes after the waitress followed up on the order before we finally got them. To compensate, she did buy us another drink, which we then appreciated.
Rant: Smokey Glazed Boneless Chicken Legs
You can imagine my disappointment after we finally received our order of chicken legs. The appearance was less than stellar and there was no hint of smokiness to it. The only “flavor” is salt and a hint of tang (courtesy of the glaze) that tasted just like sprinkled vinegar. It reminded me of those bottled “barbecue sauce” I tried in Europe. It wasn’t good.
I have to say that it will take a REALLY good deal for me to visit the place again. The truffle fries were good, but surely there are plenty more places around that do them just as good.
Firefly, West End