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Las Vegas: Firefly* Tapas Kitchen and Lounge

I am a huge fan of tapas...I love the small portions of bite-sized finger foods, so you can sample many different things. I had done a bit of research before leaving for Vegas and  read about Firefly* Tapas Kitchen and Lounge. It had received a lot of excellent reviews, and it is apparently hugely popular with the locals, so I knew that we had to try this place .At the time I didn't realize that there are actually two locations, the one we went to is a couple of miles off the strip,  the other is  at the end of Fremont Street, where we had been a couple of times during our stay. Had we known that, we could have saved  ourselves  about $ 20 in cab fare.

I would have to say the over-all experience was mostly very good,  We shared a pitcher of white Sangria ( only $13, as we were there for happy hour) There was a large variety of tapas on the menu, everything really sounded delicious. We had the ham and cheese croquettes,  the pork empanada, the shrimp tempura, and the filet mignon sliders. We were also served a complimentary side of bread, with honey almond butter and a few green olives. This was a nice touch, the honey- almond butter was delicious, but the bread was pretty stale.

I would have to say that the shrimp tempura was my favorite of the dishes. Five large shrimp in a tempura batter, along with a tangle of tempura vegetables served with a ponzu dipping sauce. The ham and cheese croquettes were also very good. The pork empanada had a bit of a weird taste to me, I am not sure what it was. My least favorite was the filet mignon sliders. They weren't at all what I was expecting. The meat seemed really dry and overcooked.

I will go back to this restaurant the next time we are in Vegas, but I will try the other location. The prices are very reasonable, the happy hour is awesome! Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Some of the dishes were very good and some- not so much. There are a lot of other things on the menu that I wished we could have tried. The bacon wrapped dates are " The Bomb"  according to one review I read. I wish we had tried them. Maybe next time.....

Firefly* Tapas Kitchen and Lounge
3900 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada

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