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Firefly American Bistro, Manasquan NJ

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Firefly American Bistro, Manasquan NJ

Njchicaa | Jan 19, 2013 02:50 PM

I had never heard of or visited this place before until this afternoon for my cousin's bridal shower. I always dread attending showers at restaurants because the food is always so bad. I am pleased to report that that was not the case today.

The full name of the place is Firefly: An American Bistro. There was a temporary sign on the sidewalk saying that they were now serving dinner so I got the impression that they do mostly catering and private events. I could be wrong but the shower took up half of the room today and there were no other people at the rest of the tables between 12 and 3 when I was there.

To start there was the Firefly Salad which was arugula, shallots, goat cheese, poached pears, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, and a balsamic dressing drizzle. I'm not a fan of arugula (or pears or grape tomatoes or candied walnuts for that matter) but I ate every last bit of of the salad except the grape tomatoes because I reeeeeeeeeeally don't like them. Everyone at the table ate all or almost all of the salad.

For the main course we had a choice of champagne chicken, vegetarian tower, penne pomodoro, or wild salmon. Several of us chose the salmon while a couple had the chicken and one selected the vegetarian option.

I was back and forth between the salmon and penne but I ultimately chose salmon because my husband hates it so I never make it at home. I was afraid that I was going to get a dried hockey puck of salmon and I was soooo wrong. The salmon was seasoned with just salt and pepper and seared... it was so moist and juicy. I don't think I've ever called any kind of fish "juicy" before. It was served over risotto with slivers of steamed asparagus. I ate every last bit of food on the plate. It was outstanding.

The champagne chicken was served over potato puree with an artichoke heart and a sauce drizzled over top. Those who chose it said the chicken was moist and juicy as well and really enjoyed their meals. The vegetarian meal had red and white quinoa, squash, asparagus, and some other things that I couldn't see because the plate was at the other end of the table. I would have been happy to have received that plate of food and I'm a total meat-lover. It looked that good.

We finished with the cake which was made in-house. One of the servers said that the pastry chef is going to be on an upcoming episode of Chopped. The cake decoration was gorgeous. The flavor was great as well. We had yellow cake with a cannoli cream filling. I'm not a big dessert person but I ate more than half of my slice of cake so that's saying something.

Hands down the best food I've ever had at a shower or event. If it wasn't such a drive from where I live, I would definitely be returning there for dinner very soon. We are about 30 minutes away and I'm thinking we may very well be going there for dinner anyway. I was totally impressed!

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