Catch a Buzz at Firefly in Dupont Circle

Brunch at Firefly

Delicious duo: Eggs Benedict, Firefly style. Brunch is served until 2 p.m. on the weekends. (tedeytan via Flickr)

Though it may not glow from incandescence within, if the positive marks it has received on OpenTable, Urbanspoon and in the press are any indication, it seems that Firefly in Dupont Circle is shining bright indeed.

This “quintessential urban neighborhood restaurant” is led by Executive Chef and General Manager Daniel Bortnick, and the “menus feature American comfort food reborn as contemporary takes on classics.”

Bortnick also supports local farmers and purveyors, nabbing local meats and selecting seafood that “is compliant with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list.” Not just that, but the good chef also links patrons to “friends, farmers, resources and suppliers” themselves. Talk about transparency.

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Let’s take a quick gander at this sustainable menu, why don’t we? The first thing you notice when clicking on the link is the variety of menus. It might take you quite awhile just to read through them and figure out what you want to eat. Foodies could like this though.

The dinner menu sports five soups and salads, 13 urban picnic selections (can it already, and close out the Huffington Post and put down your latte before you do), then we get to the mains. These are not cheap offerings, but this is not a cheap establishment.


View Larger Map Firefly
1310 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

There are 10 mains, every one of them but the fancy-schmancy half-pound beef hamburger priced in the $20s, with two selections going for $29. Well, that and the market fish (braised fennel, green onion quinoa, salsa fresca), which is, aptly, market priced.

At $17, said hamburger better be good, and I’ll guess it is. After all, you get truffle fries with it. To round out the food, there is a list of nine sides, too. And this is just the dinner menu.

The alcohol offerings are similarly pricy and extremely extensive, extensive enough to warrant a PDF. Cheers.

These kind, health-conscious people even have a gluten-free menu, which again, they felt the need to place in a PDF. The lunch menu is a bit cheaper, and of course, all you ladies out there who go to Tysons Galleria shopping for $595 blouses, yes, they serve brunch. (“Let’s have brunch! Let’s have brunch!”)

OK, you can shop at thrift stores and still enjoy a good eggs benedict. And you have to admit, many people who shop at Neiman Marcus also shop at thrift stores … of course, they’re the same kind of people who’d shop at Wal-Mart if VH1 told them to. (Just ignore me. I don’t know what’s with me today. Exercising my First Amendment rights a tad too liberally.)

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And for what it’s worth, yes, there’s even a gluten-free brunch, as well as gluten-free lunch and dessert menus. However, there doesn’t appear to be a gluten-free kid’s menu.

The restaurant is located a leisurely stroll away from the Dupont Circle Metro stop on the Red Line for those who don’t already rent an apartment in one of the primo neighborhoods in the city.

Firefly serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and yes, yes, yes, brunch (on both Saturdays and Sundays. How ya like that? Check the site for exact times). They also host a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

So to whomever I haven’t offended yet (and to those I may have), come out and catch some heat at Firefly.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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