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Firefly Bistro

1009 El Centro Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030


  • Sun, Sat 10am-2:30pm, Tue-Wed 5:30pm-9:30pm, Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
The Firefly is a comfortable restaurant, the kind of neighborhood place you drop into a couple of times a month because you like the idea of cornmeal-fried anchovies in your caesar salad, or of a seasonal paella that tastes more like an uptown version of jambalaya. Asian touches pop up now and again, and a few Mexican things, and quite a few folky flavors from Spain. (The tapas served to coincide with the Thursday-evening farmers market right outside the bistro's doors have become a South Pasadena tradition.) But the specialty here is probably the food of the African-American diaspora, and the best dishes on the menu run toward things like seasonal crawfish jambalaya, and the pecan-crusted catfish fillets stacked up like poker chips.

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