If I could make just one restaurant recommendation for the entire Outer Banks, it would be the FireFly. I'll admit upfront, it's a bit quirky. The decor tries to make you feel like your in the back woods, which is tough with the building originally designed as a stately southern mansion.
But what really matters here is the food. The FireFly's take on Southern Comfort food is amazing. Have you ever gone to a restaurant just for a side dish? You know, like green beans, or creamed corn. Well, we would go to the FireFly just for their side of Cheesy Grits! The Fried Green Beans are nice, with a bit of a spicey heat built in. The Crab Dip has a bit of spice as well, from a bit of horseradish. Then there's the Lobster Mac and Cheese. My goodness! It is incredible - and it comes with 1 side (cheesy grits!).
For entrees, they have so much to offer. If you're real hungry their entrees are large helpings with two sides (I get double cheesy grits!), then they have a section for small plates (this is where we order from when having drinks at their beautiful bar upstairs), there is a sandwich section and a salad section, and finally a kids meal section. All of these different menu sections come priced accordingly, so any budget can find happiness here.
Then finally, the desert menu. My wife and I shared the Cheese Pie. Wow. So rich that night that it became a breakfast snack the next morning!
As far as the adult drinks, they have a special martini drink menu that is nice. And they have close to 10 different Scotch whiskies to choose from, if that's your thing (it is mine).
The FireFly is by far the best place in the OBX. It is great for families as well as a two-some (I'd recommend the upstairs for the couple). The service is great - we got to speak with one of the owners of the place for a bit, she was a lot of fun. Choose the FireFly over the same old, same old. You'll be glad you did!
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