Firefly Tapas Kitchen + Bar (Multiple Locations)
“As Spanish cuisine explodes in popularity across the valley, let’s not forget that Firefly is the O.G. of the local tapas scene, and continues to offer great food at a fair price,” notes Food and Loathing podcast host Al Mancini. He and Fukuburger founder Colin Fukunaga are among those who mentioned Chef John Simmons’ 19-year-old local institution in our survey.
Simmons began his culinary journey as a dishwasher and prep cook when he was 15 years old. After moving to Las Vegas and working in some top local eateries, he knew it was time to open his own place. Firefly was envisioned as a hip, fun, casual restaurant with good food that could cater to industry folks wanting a place to unwind. He has since opened this second location -- featuring a more intimate setting, but still offering the same menu.
Tapas options include chilled, hot, seafood, meat and poultry options. And the menu has been expanded to brunch, paella and desserts, along with vegetarian and gluten-free choices.
NOTE – For additional locations, search “Firefly”