G and I were in DC a few weeks as I had a conference and we met up with some friends for dinner at Firefly in the Dupont Circle area. It is a very cozy space with a tree trunk (artificial) lit with lanterns right at the center of the restaurant at the hostess station.
The menu is simple and seasonal with about ten choices for entrées, few appetizers, soups, salads, and small plates which can be shared (what they call the “urban picnic”). At the bottom of the menu they list all of the local farms and purveyors from which they get their ingredients. It is nice to know that the products are of high quality and locally acquired! We started with the little bacon meatballs and the jonah crab dip for the table. The meatballs actually had bacon in them which came through wonderfully. It added a nice smoky, salty flavor to the meatballs. The crab dip was creamy and rich with crab! For dinner G and I shared the braised lamb & fresh pappardelle pasta. It was delicious! The lamb was tender and soft and the pappardelle was perfectly al dente. It was a perfectly comforting dish on a brisk, cold night. For dessert we shared the firefly sundae which is a chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream. We were a bit skeptical of the peanut butter ice cream but it was lovely and full of peanut butter flavor! I am glad that we had asked for it on the side as it was a large amount which would have overwhelmed the brownie. The brownie itself was quite nice and fudgy but I wish it had been served warm.
We often find these types of places to be quite loud but we were able to converse comfortably. Overall, we had a lovely, cozy meal with nice conversation.
1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036