After the discussion a while back about the relative merits of Tennessee's Barbeque in Framingham, and particularly how it compared to Firefly's nearby, I'd been trying to find a good occasion to stop by at Firefly's and check it out for myself.
It wasn't particularly busy at 7pm, but I had at least fifteen minutes to browse the menu while I waited for someone to take my order. Prices seemed about average for a barbeque restaurant, but the menu branches out into a kind of generic BBQ/Cajun/Southern theme that seems more gimmicky than authentic. (The menu is posted below.) The interior screams "Chain!" at you, with their merchandise prominently displayed at the counter as you walk in. That's okay; I like gimmicky as much as the next person and I don't demand total authenticity.
After finishing an entire chapter of the book I was reading, I finally caught the eye of a passing server and ordered the pulled pork po' boy and a glass of sweet tea.
One thing they do right is their drinks; you get a huge 24oz cup of your beverage of choice, which is nice. However, the pulled pork was a disaster, doused in a sauce that came directly from a plastic bottle, untouched by human hands. There was no discernable smoke taste to the meat outside of the liquid smoke flavor of the sauce. The sandwich was mostly cold by the time it came to the table, the sauce thick, sticky, and so achingly sweet that it overwhelmed the sweet tea. (For those of you familiar with Southern sweet tea, you *know* how sweet that is.) The plate came with a side of mediocre cole slaw and some halfway decent french fries. Overall it was the type of sandwich you'd expect to get at a Chili's. Not terrible, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. And I live in the neighborhood.
I'm not totally writing the place off. The menu is interesting, and it may have been an off night. It looks like a pleasant place to bring a group of people some night when you want to get some drinks and eat some appetizers. However, in terms of barbeque, the worst meal I've eaten at Tennessee's stands head and shoulders over what I had to eat tonight.
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