Firefly Bistro

Last week Eric and I met some of our wonderful friends from the Bay area for dinner. We wanted to go to a restaurant participating in DineLA, and we chose Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. Or, more accurately, I saw the spicy butternut squash doughnuts and pecan-encrusted catfish on their menu, and sort of begged everyone to go with Firefly. Not only did they agree, they drove all the way out here, through much traffic, of course, from LA. Such sweet friends!

We got there a little early and had a chance to take in the scene. Firefly is such a sweet and romantic little place–it felt homey and yet exciting at the same time. We had plenty of time to look over their seriously interesting menu, and I was impressed. And happy. This is the kind of food I want to eat all the time!

I, of course, got the doughnuts, and I really liked them. They sort of exploded in my mouth (always a good thing!), and the oregano honey was delicious. Eric found the batter on them a little too thick, but I thought it was perfectly chewy!

For my entree I went with the catfish, and I was not disappointed. It was cooked to perfection, and almost melted in my mouth. I couldn’t exactly taste the pecans, but the bed of collard greens and sweet potato hash it rested on was insanely delicious. I hadn’t even realized there was Andouille sausage in the hash, but it was the perfect spicy accompaniment! One of our friends got the orecchiette with peas and mushrooms, and that seemed to be a hit as well.

Eric and I both got the chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert, but it wasn’t quite our cup of tea. The chocolate was a little bitter to our taste, but we heard the Cajeta flan was amazing. All in all, we had a lovely time, and I would like to go back and try their shrimp and grits! It warms a Southern girl’s heart to see things like that on the menu 🙂

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