The Spanish appetizers called tapas are getting a lot of attention these days, and in Las Vegas a locally-owned and operated tapas restaurant just opened its third location. Taking over the building formerly occupied by ZTexas, Firefly is now serving its delicious bite-sized foods in the west Las Vegas neighborhood of Summerlin.
On the day I visited Firefly in Summerlin, we asked the server for his recommendations since no one at my table had ever eaten at a tapas restaurant. He recommended the stuffed dates: bacon-wrapped dates, stuffed with blue cheese and almond, in a merlot reduction. We all paused for a minute and pondered the flavor combination he had just described. We decided to be adventurous and trust that the server knew his business. The moment we tasted the stuffed dates, we ordered more–the unusual combination of flavors was just the right balance between sweet and salty. The shrimp-filet-sausage skewers (Terra y Mare skewers) and artichoke toasts were also delicious–so much so that it was a challenge to get a picture of the food before my tablemates devoured it.
Tapas is all about small plates of food, appetizer-sized, but with a culinary pizzazz that goes beyond “appetizer.” The server told us that most people order two or three dishes per person–usually shared around the table–although we went with fewer orders to leave room for desert, which was a perfectly textured flan. We agreed that the smaller portions left us feeling full, but not stuffed. Firefly’s menu offers a lengthy and interesting list of appetizers, small plates, and five entrees.
Firefly has two other locations in Las Vegas: near the Strip, at 3900 Paradise, and at the Plaza Hotel Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Their Plaza location is closed temporarily during the renovations currently underway at the hotel and will re-open when remodeling is complete.
Photos courtesy of Terrisa Meeks.
Photo info, top to bottom: interior of Firefly Summerlin; stuffed dates; flan.