Firefly Tapas and Salsa

Latin music, Restaurants | | February 2, 2007 at 16:05

If you are looking for that kind of lively, Latin atmosphere to sip Mojitas and Sangria while nibbling at an array of tantalizing tapas, then Firefly on Paradise is “el lugar” to see and been seen. With the vast variety of tapas on the menu, I would suggest a group of friends so you can have a tasting event. The music is pulsating and you are elbow to elbow on a good night. Also open for lunch. Thursday nights feature a D.J. playing hot salsa rhythms from about 10:30 pm to 2:00 am – true Latin hours.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with tapas, they are a Spanish invention of small servings of savory goodies which range from cold hams, cheeses, anchovies and gaspacho to hot dishes of tortilla a la espanola (omelette-like), meat and shrimp skewers, fried calamari, albondigas (meatballs) and empanadas (pastry stuffed with roast pork). My personal favorite is Stuffed Dates (bacon-wrapped, smoked almond, red wine reduction, blue cheese) for $4. There are 62 tapas on the menu, so there is something for every taste and desire. 3900 Paradise Rd, Ste A (across from Howard Hughes Center, just down from Flamingo). It’s on the corner of the strip mall that includes several ethnic restaurants as well as Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Firefly has an outdoor patio visible from the street. 702-734-4118 www.fireflylv.com