I went to Firefly for Sunday brunch, and had an excellent experience. The waiter was knowledgeable of gluten and it’s effects, and made sure the chef knew that I was ordering gluten free. The menu is quite varied and rich, and aside from the obvious things like pancakes, most dishes are safe. They even had gluten free toast, a real plus with brunch.
Went there for brunch. They have a separate gluten free menu if you ask for it. Lots of good options. The waiter asked if I had Celiac disease. I said yes, and he told me he’d make a note of it and the kitchen took that very seriously. The food was great, and they were very accommodating. Will definitely go back.
Loved this place so much for quality and safety in 2015! But they've changed chefs a few times, and now the quality shifts a lot--my favorite, the mini-pot roast, has turned super fatty and gross. Really sad, but perhaps they'll get a new chef soon. (as of 1/2018)
Had a great experience here. Manager and staff were super helpful and understood cross-contamination very well. Manager put in my GF order herself directly with the chef and then brought it out personally. Good sized GF menu over all but celiacs be cautious, not everything on the GF menu is celiac safe (e.g. Shared fryer for fries). The manager talked through the GF menu with me to help me pick a celiac safe choice. Got the shrimp n' grits. It was delicious! Will definitely be back.
Had a great experience here in NYE- although I did reserve a table and told them prior to our arrival that I needed a GF menu, I was not presented a GF menu, until I told our very helpful and attentive wait staff. GF Menu was expansive, have GF beer, and a wide selection of drinks. Would definitely return here again
My wife who has celiac and I dined at Firefly for a fancy meal out. We ordered the cheese plate with a bleu, a brie and some serrano jamon. To make the plate gluten free they just don't give you and crackers or bread. The cheese was bland and too small for the price. We both ordered the steak entree. We asked for our NY strips rare. Our steaks came out between medium and medium well. The potatoes that came with it were undercooked and under salted. To sum it up our food just wasn't good. It was by far the most dissapointing ~$100 meal I've we have ever had.
In Washington DC, there is all but a shortage of quality restaurants, but when you fi nd a restaurant that can warm your heart, soul, and gluten-free appetite, look no further than Firefly Restaurant. The gluten-free menu offered at Firefly is impressive to say the least.
Firefly has become one of my "go to" restaurants. The GF menu is the regular menu with gluten items "greyed" out, so it's easy to see what can be modified. I find this helpful when dinning with non GF friends so when they ask: "can you split the deviled eggs?" I can see if I can of can't. (You can, by the way). I love their dinner menu, everything is delicious. Staff has been knowledgable and very responsive. I'm celiac and I have never had an issue with CC. But I always tell the staff that I am, just to avoid confusion. I admit the brunch is a bit disappointing, but I'm not really a brunch person.
Finally got the chance to trek downtown to try out Firefly with some out-of-town friends last Saturday for brunch about 11 am. Ambience is very friendly and charming but wait area is lacking in the winter. Hostess was attentive and efficient in seating us. On a 2nd visit, would ask for a larger table though as dishes for 4 were a problem on our small window-side table. I had seen online that the place received a couple "Best Gluten-Free Brunch" awards but am really stumped as to why. Normally, I would have scoured the menu online to prepare, but this time ventured out excitedly due to the good reviews I had seen (outside of FMGF.com). Deep disappointment set in within 30 seconds of reading the "GF Menu" that was handed to me. It was actually like reading a 'redacted document' ... you are expecting to learn juicy information and find that all the good stuff has been blocked out, or in this case, grayed-out. You would think that "Best GF Brunch" awards would mean there were several GF alternatives to traditional brunch ... but the menu was missing such alternatives or GF versions of Firefly's acclaimed brunch items such as Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, or any GF Brunch/Breakfast items. Even an Egg BLT on GF Toast or GF Muffin for the Eggs Benedict would have been a reasonable accommodation; but no such luck. I decided to try the Shrimp & Grits which were authentically Southern and not bland. The dish would benefit greatly from more Rosemary since it is in the description but I couldn't taste it in the dish. Another reviewer on Yelp suggested some meat alternatives as well like a Turkey Sausage option to Chorizo and other pork staples on the menu; wholeheartedly agree with that assessment as well. Firefly has the potential to be a great breakfast/brunch haunt, but some tweaks are definitely needed to garnish more 4-5 stars from an ever increasingly discerning Gluten-Free clientele. We know that the ingredients are just too easily accessible now and the chefs who go just that little bit of the extra mile are very appreciated. C'mon guys, even smaller hole-in-wall diners are producing amazing GF pancake, waffle, and bread options. Firefly should be a couple steps above a diner. At least they understand that real Maple syrup is the only way to go. All in all, Firefly can be Celiac Friendly if you're not expecting any bread options. According to other reviewers here, it's probably a good idea to reiterate caution in preparation if you have a severe allergy. I really hope their offerings will mature as the number of GF customers increases.
Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about the ingredients in their dishes. They do have a dedicated gluten-free menu that is basically a modified version of their regular menu. They were able to easily accommodate my gluten-free and milk-free needs. The food was incredibly fresh and very tasty.
Features fresh, local & seasonal seafoods, meats & ingredients with a menu titled Urban Picnic which nods to both the basic ingredients but edgy play on tastes. I enjoyed carmelized brussel sprouts and deviled eggs with caper powder and garlic. I shared blue bay mussels steamed withyukon potatoes, celery root, leek, apple wood bacon - ahhh, heaven. Great top shelf inventive cocktails.