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Hot and Cold at Firefly...

susancisnf | Oct 15, 200501:34 AM

In May, I posted about a disappointing meal at Firefly. Since then, all the posts I've read about it have been uniformly positive. and.... they do have my favorite Navarro dry Gewurtz by the glass, it is convenient to home, very casual dress is just fine (anything more than jeans and a t-shirt and you risk being more dressed up than the servers), and I like the idea of going out but eating somewhere low key on a Friday night....

I did stop in there to meet a friend a few months ago, and was pleasantly surprised by a tasty vegan tangine (they always have at least two vegetarian mains on the menu, one of which is vegan, so that can be a plus) and also thought the potstickers were particularly tasty...

So, based in part on that experience, and the fact that we had some shopping to do in Noe, hubby and I decided to try it again. Anyway, once again, I was back to being underwhelmed.

First of all, service, which has never been a high point, was unpleasant: our server literally never smiled or made eye contact, and barely said a word. I can not remember *ever* having a server at any restaurant who looked so disengaged. It was actually rather creepy, and certainly not welcoming.

As for the food: hubby did enjoy his mahimahi,which was in a squash based sauce with greens and chanterrelles. His lentil soup was ok, but I didn't hear him wildly endorsing it.

I stuck with several apps: the potstickers weren't as good as previously (the shrimp and scallops inside were fairly tasteless so the potstickers tasted mostly of salt), the squash latkes were two small (no more than 3 inches in diameter), very thin, fairly tasteless pancakes, burned at the edges but soft in the middle, served with about a tablespoon of ordinary applesauce and a tablespoon or less of sourcream. They were too thin to determine if there were onions, or even shredded squash for that matter: I could taste a bit of sweet, burnt something and oil. For $7.75 I expected more. Indeed, I debated sending them back, due to those burnt edges, but we had places to go, and I decided not to do so.

My third dish was what was described as 'Marinated Red and Gold Beets with Butter Lettuce, Croutons and Goat Cheese Vinaigrette'. I figured that meant more beets than lettuce, but I shouldn't have made that assumption: six or so quarters of small beets. The lettuce was romaine. So, again for $7.75 I basically got a small romaine salad with a few beets. The croutons were small, no flavor; the cheese in the dressing was barely ascertainable.

We skipped dessert. I did enjoy the Navarro, which went nicely with the potstickers.

All this, including four glasses of wine and two coffees, was over $100 with tax and tip.

Sigh. I'm back to being one of the few naysayers on Firefly.

One final comment: I overheard several other couples mention that they were celebrating birthdays and special occaisons, and Firefly does get mentioned as a birthday/celebration spot. Now, even when I was running hotter on Firefly, this I really don't get. The food can be good, sometimes, but I've never had good service, the space is small and cozy but not exciting. And it isn't cheap. For my money for a celebration there are lots of other better places nearby.

Speaking of other places, we walked by Fresca on our way to do our shopping. Checked out the menu, remembered nja's recent positive post, and wished we had gone there instead. Next time...

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