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Review of Firefly's BBQ

Firefly's BBQ
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Ranked #1 of 152 Restaurants in Marlborough
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $25
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: After Winning More Than 20 National Bar-B-Que Awards Owner Steve Uliss won the Massachusetts State BBQ Championships and represented the Commonwealth in the Jack Daniels World Invitational Barbecue Competition. "It took me about nine years to perfect my rib recipe... Now you can sink your choppers into some of the best bar-b-que on the planet, right here at Firefly's... And the awards keep piling up to prove it!" Walk into one of our restaurants and, in addition to receiving a warm welcome with Southern-style hospitality, you'll be greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of authentic American bar-b-que. We smoke our meats for up to 12 hours, blending apple, cherry and hickory woods to create the signature red smoke ring that identifies the genuine low-fire, slow-cooking process of true bar-b-que. We offer four different styles of ribs and mop sauces from around the South including North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. In addition to bar-b-cue, you'll find many other Southern specialties on our menu including Cracklin' Bread, Fried Chicken, Red Beans 'n Rice, Sweet Potato Pecan Puddin' and more! We're also New England's largest BBQ Caterer catering parties for 20 to 20,000! Be sure to check out our Catering Menu if you're even thinkin' about having a party. Kick back, relax, and enjoy Firefly's award-winning bar-b-que and Southern fare at our restaurant, take a feast home, or let us cater your next big party or get together.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great BBQ”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a close to home restaurant and I'm glad! The BBq pulled chicken is my go to with the cucumber salad. My husband LOVES their burgers too. Something for everyone here and not bad on the prices

  • Visited January 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“FireFly’s is BACK! (food-wise but not entertainment-wise)”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Loved this restaurant after it first opened, however, after a couple years in they seemed to have lost their way (often a sign of over-expansion when the owners attention is focused somewhere else), after several blazingly mediocre meals we had crossed it off our restaurant go-to list.

Got invited there by a friend a couple months ago and I was pleasantly surprised at the ribs, back to meaty, moist and very tasty. Since then I have been back three times and have been impressed with the food each time. If you are a BBQ fan – good news - FireFly’s is back!

St. Louis ribs with the Memphis sweet sauce are my family’s favorites, for sides sweet potato pudding and their fries are a treat. They have a new menu with expanded choices so non-BBQ people can have more choices – can’t speak to them (never tasted a one) but the shrimp poor-boy sandwich looks good.

Entertainment wise they have Dante’s back room, which has a variety of bands in for a reasonable cover – be very careful though as they have some ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL tables, and it takes an act of congress to change once you go in, even for a non-sold out show.

If you get table number 604(?) (it is a foot square piece of wood attached to the wall accompanied by two very wobbly backless stools), don’t even sit down – immediately demand a table change or your money back. Not only is it tiny and hyper-uncomfortable, acoustically it is in a ‘prime’ location, in back of the speakers, so you can hear only reverb. I did ask the manager about a table change, but apparently they were saving the empty four-tops for customers who never actually appeared vs. customers who were there spending money and then left mid-show when their backs gave out.

So, Firefly’s food deserves a 5 star rating and their entertainment policies a 1 star, I did however give them 4 stars overall as it is primarily a restaurant.

  • Visited March 2014
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Clinton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very Good 'Que”
Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

I have been to FireFly's many times since it opened several years ago. May not be the absolute best barbecue I've ever had, it comes close. Very good job on the basics; ribs, pulled pork, chicken and brisket. Most sides are average. Cucummber salad is very good. Portions are generous. Combo platters are a great way to mix and match. Menu is packed with several good alternatives for anyone not a fan of barbecue. Good job with adding specials and seasonal items.

Keep an eye on entertainment list of Danny's. Some very good shows at reasonable prices make for great dinner and show night out.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Best ribs around”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great barbecue and side dishes. A nice variety of different barbecue sauces. Wide variety of sides. Great for takeout as well. Also has a branch in Framingham, MA. Both are great for casual dining.

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Huge Drinks & Great BBQ!”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were staying overnight in Marlborough and Firefly's caught my eye on the list from Trip Advisor so we decided to try it. It was really good! They greeted us as soon as we walked in the door and the waitstaff were very friendly and helpful showing us the "ropes". The drinks, including mixed drinks and soft drinks were absolutely HUGE ~ that was very impressive! The four of us tried different dishes and all were excellent including all the many side dishes to choose from. The sauce selection was outstanding and we really got a kick out of all the different kinds of hot sauces! We would have liked to stay for the entertainment, but we weren't able to. Wish we had a place like this where we live. It was a fun place!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Wendy R
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