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For restaurant week, a group of coworkers and I journeyed to Firefly for a price fixed menu at a fancy DC spot. The setting was very cool as there's a tree trunk standing right in the middle of the restaurant. Although the place is dimly lit, the lights on the tables are placed in mason jars giving off a firefly glow -- a look that makes the space feel both outdoorsy and smart.
We all ordered our dishes off the price fixed menu of $35 for an appetizer, entree and dessert. Although our fabulous waitress (she was so friendly!) would honor most of the other plates off the regular menu, the six of us chose dishes that were special for this week. For my starter I ordered a creamy gazpacho soup, which I thought was nothing special despite nearly licking my bowl, while the other girls had beet salads with goat cheese (amazing, although small), a blue cheese wedge salad and the matzo ball soup (random, I know).
For my entree I had the lamb shoulder over pappardelle pasta, which was far too rich for my taste, and the other girls ordered the crispy soft shell crab, pan roasted halibut and the gourmet hamburger with a fried pickle.
What I really liked most about this place was the atmosphere and the great drinks – their cocktails of sparkling cranberry juice and mason jars of mint-juleps were pricey, but definitely the best part. Unfortunately, I thought the food was fairly average and that the appetizers were slightly too small. But if I were to recommend one thing on the menu for visitors not to miss, it would be the French fries fried in truffle oil. I couldn’t keep my hands off those things, and they were on someone else’s plate. They were delicious and I would recommend them to anyone who might want to stop in for a drink or two.