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“Relaxed drink spot on Mt. Vernon Ave”
Review of Fire Flies

Fire Flies
Ranked #511 of 769 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: American, Pizza
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed December 5, 2011

What separates Fireflies from places further north on Mt. Vernon Street is that its night crowds are almost always modest. They do their most business during weekend brunch and then early evenings, serving a high proportion of families with young children. Kids get their mac and cheese meals, while Mom and Dad get to "go out" with their kids in a safe environment to gather with friends for craft beer and live music.

For those without child, later at night offers the same food and drink (and free popcorn) in a setting that's mellow enough to actually hear the friends at your table. How rare these days to be at a bar that isn't blaring loud music. A drawback of though is that this is not their most profitable time period. They say they close at midnight on weekends but in my experience they are 'closing up' much sooner. I know Del Ray is not a late night area, nor should it be, but it would be nice if a place or two stayed open just a little later on weekends.

The beer selection is impressive. Unfortunately, it is also expensive for a casual pub unless you order PBR, and even that is $3.50 if I remember correctly.

The food is better than typical bar food. The burgers and pizzas are tasty, creative and well sized for one hungry person. If you do not want red meat and fries, they have veggie burgers and vegetable substitutes as sides.

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Reviewed September 14, 2009

Outstanding service and food and drink at a great price. Well worth the trip to Fire Flies.

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Reviewed May 24, 2009

Fireflies is a great little neighborhood restaurant. A good place for lunch or dinner but fantastic for brunch if you like live bluegrass music. A few negatives, though - it's a smallish place so you'll have to wait a while during Sunday brunch, and the brunch menu is small (but good!) and a bit overpriced.

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Reviewed September 16, 2008

I went after their "Grand Reopening" The place is terrible now. the entire indoor dining room is smoky and the kitchen exhaust seems to go straight into the north end of the room. I ordered the sun dried tomato pesto pasta and it was almost inedible (and over $15 for veggie pasta). It tasted like a can of tomato paste. Our waitress was very slow and not friendly. I will never eat here again because it is overpriced, low choices, and the food was not tasty!

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Reviewed August 14, 2008

love their pizza

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