Sunday, December 19, 2010

Firefly on Paradise, Las Vegas

Back to our regularly scheduled bars and restaurants….

There is no shortage of bars or restaurants in Las Vegas, they are everywhere.  There is, however, a dire shortage of convenient, yet out of the way,  hang out, have some snacks or a meal, and maybe have a drink or a few kind of places.  Not too far out of the way, just far enough to avoid.. whoever you are trying to avoid.

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Firefly has three locations, one on Paradise, one downtown, and a new Westside location.  We wandered into the one on Paradise after a trip out to Red Rock Canyon with friends. 

The Paradise location is a few blocks east of the strip, between Sands Ave and E Flamingo (think Caesar’s/Mirage part of the Strip). 

Firefly is known for their tapas, and for pitchers of sangria (red or white) and mojitos.  We arrived during happy hour (M-F 4-6, I believe) and sampled tapas, drank sangria, ate more tapas, etc.

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They have a good selection of tapas, but our undisputed favorite is their stuffed dates.  “Stuffed dates” doesn’t sound that impressive?  How about hot, bacon-wrapped, almond-stuffed dates, drizzled with a red wine reduction and topped with crumbled blue cheese?  Almost worth the trip from the East coast just for those, but there are plenty more tasty items on the menu.  The red sangria is my favorite here, the white was OK, and mojitos were fair (the only  place in LV for mojitos is Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace).

If you go during happy hour you can get a lot of food and drink without spending a ton of money- but be aware that even though the various tapas aren’t very expensive it is easy to order a lot of them (and put away several pitchers of tasty sangria with friends) and end up spending more than you expected.

It is also worth mentioning that the little plaza on Paradise where Firefly is located is also home to:

A Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Marrakech Moroccan restaurant

Mushashi Japanese Steakhouse

Yolies Brazilian Steakhouse

Havana cigar shop

and more.

Something there should interest almost anyone.  Enjoy.

 

Jack

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