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tmariex0 Jun 10, 2008 01:41 PM

HAD THE BEST MEAL ALONG WITH SERVICE LAST WEEK AT FIREFLY'S IN QUINCY..ST LOUIS RIBS WERE JUICY AND MEATY AND WITH 6 DIFFERENT CHOICES OF SAUCES AND 15 CHOICES OF SIDES I LIKED BEING IN CONTROL OF HOW I WANTED MY MEAL..THE CONDIMENT BAR WAS AN EXCELLENT ADDITION TO OUR MEAL..THE STAFF WAS PHENOMENAL!! HOSTESS WAS SUPER FRIENDLY AND EXPLAINED THE HOT SAUCES THE CONDIMENTS AND THE SAUCES AS IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME..THE WAITSTAFF RE EXPLAINED AND ALSO HELPED US NAVIGATE THE MENU AS IT WAS EXTENSIVE..OVERALL IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AND MY FAMILY AND I WILL BE RETURNING..LOOKING FOR A GOOD FAMILY FRIENDLY PLACE THIS IS IT WE WILL HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!

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    drbangha Jun 10, 2008 03:52 PM

    Fascintating (and loud) post tmariex0. I am curious about what other BBQ places you would recomend in town?

    1. litchick Jun 10, 2008 08:57 PM

      Glad you had a good time, but why are you shouting?
      I'd also be curious, ditto-ing drbangha's post, about what your bbq tastes tend towards re: other joints in town. At least so's we have some context.

      1. hiddenboston Jun 11, 2008 07:11 AM

        I'M GLAD YOU LIKED IT, BUT PERSONALLY, I HAD PERHAPS MY WORST MEAL OF THE PAST 2 YEARS AT FIREFLY'S IN QUINCY SEVERAL MONTHS BACK. IT WAS SO DISAPPOINTING THAT I CAN'T HELP BUT RAISE MY VOICE WHENEVER I TALK ABOUT IT.

        (Whew....now I need a nap...)

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          DotDiner Jun 11, 2008 07:18 AM

          agreed. one of my worst dining experiences ever. i think it might be a fun place to go if you have children ages 5-12. it felt sterile and the food wasn't memorable at all.

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            hargau Jun 11, 2008 07:42 AM

            I dunno, I think its just that different people like different things. Fireflys in Marlborough always has a wait for dinner and i have several friends who love the place. I have had some good meals there as well. I have never been to Quincy though. The fried chicken is a good value and decent. The sides are usually good. I have had some good ribs but have also had some dried up crappy ones. I found you have to tell them you dont want the dried up small end and you want a middle cut. Recently someone on the NE board was recommending Vinny Ts as a great place to go out. Every place has its fans

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              hiddenboston Jun 11, 2008 08:02 AM

              Heh, I went to Vinny T's last night, but don't hold it against me. ;-b (It was a group dinner gathering.)

              It could have been an off night for them when I went, but I have to say that our meals were borderline inedible. I had the pulled pork from Firefly's at the PG Food Festival, and thought it was excellent, and I've heard others rave about the Firefly's in Marlborough, so who knows....maybe I'll try it again at some point.

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                StriperGuy Jun 12, 2008 03:22 AM

                People like Olive Garden and TGI Friday's too.

                I've eaten at Firefly's a couple of times. 2X passable bbq once inedible dried out junk.

                In my experience, particularly with something like BBQ, you have to have someone in the kitchen who really CARES about the food. And that is largely anathema to what it takes to run a chain with the high staff turnover, low pay, and focus on margins. I would be shocked to find a chain, particularly in the northeast, that could serve quality cue on an ongoing basis.

                On a related note, I was relieved to see the chain bbq place on the inbound side of route 1 closed. The name eludes me.

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                  Taralli Jun 12, 2008 03:47 AM

                  Famous Dave's?

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                    hargau Jun 12, 2008 03:47 AM

                    So what defines a chain? Im still of the opinion that a place with 2-3 locations all with the same owner is not a chain. Or is it only a chain if people here dont like it, if they do like it, its just a place w/multi locations? Dont get me wrong, i have had some dried up crappy meals at fireflys too. In fact i even wrote the owner a letter once it was so bad. (he responded personally with a $50 gift cert)...

                    But is China Pearl a chain? Same # of locations. Is Sichuan Gourmet a chain w/ 2 locations? Is Blue Ribbon w/ 2 locations a chain? Everyone seems to love Kellys here with 5 locations (which i find average at best), is that a chain? I never hear anyone calling these places a chain and putting them into the same bucket as a Fridays or Olive Garden.

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                      Pegmeister Jun 12, 2008 10:09 AM

                      I don't know, I always assumed any place with 3 or more locations was considered a chain?

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                jjbourgeois Jun 13, 2008 09:18 AM

                Ugh FireFly's. That's all I can say, just Ugh.

              3. fmcoxe6188 Jun 11, 2008 10:12 AM

                Well, it appears that they got what they deserved then- a lot of bad press...

                1. Dax Jun 11, 2008 10:34 AM

                  I went to the Marlborough one once and enjoyed it enough. It wasn't spectacular by any means (ribs/pulled combo), but was not horrible either. I also liked the sauce bar. Service at the bar was great and beers were typical NE Macrobrews. No idea how the chain compares to Tennessee's.

                  Regarding the explanation of the menu/barbecue, that schtick annoys me every time, which is why I used to always somewhat cringe when Pete at Uncle Pete's would start into this story. Whatever, I didn't mind too much because I could tell he loved his 'cue. But I wouldn't want that at a chain (ie Firefly's).

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                    hargau Jun 11, 2008 11:08 AM

                    I dont know if 3 locations owned by the same guy is really a "chain" in the normal sense of things. whenever i have been they ask if we have been there before, if we say yes, they dont say any "schtick" or anything..

                    Blue ribbon has 2 locations, is it a "chain"? I guess it is

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                      Dax Jun 11, 2008 12:22 PM

                      I wasn't slamming the place, I just don't like people telling me about stuff unless I ask them. I was referencing this quote:

                      HOSTESS WAS SUPER FRIENDLY AND EXPLAINED THE HOT SAUCES THE CONDIMENTS AND THE SAUCES AS IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME..THE WAITSTAFF RE EXPLAINED AND ALSO HELPED US NAVIGATE THE MENU AS IT WAS EXTENSIVE.

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                        hargau Jun 11, 2008 12:35 PM

                        I know. Im with you on that one. I was just saying, they always ask if you have been there before and skip all that if you have.

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                        LStaff Jun 11, 2008 01:27 PM

                        Heard them talking about a third "location" a while back - wonder if they have an offsite commissary type thing like Redbones? I have noticed that the smokers in the Arlington location are missing - kind of noticed that the smoke in the meat is missing too lately - doh .

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                      vegathechosen Jun 12, 2008 04:54 AM

                      ive eaten at Fireflys 3 times(framingham) the first 2 times id say the place was just ok and the 3rd was just foul. I ordered the chicken and waffles it looked good when it came out but tasted like garbage. They gave me three thighs (i hate dark meat) charged me white meat prices and the thighs had barely any meat on them and the waffle was far from satisfying.

                      id suggest going to Tennessee's BBQ in framingham or milford the place has been pretty solid the times i went go for the pulled pork burrito

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                        hiddenboston Jun 12, 2008 05:50 AM

                        I've really grown to like Tennessee's. I was skeptical at first (and did have one bad meal there), but I like their burritos a lot and think their mac and cheese is one of the best I've had in the Boston area.

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                          steve999 Jun 12, 2008 11:53 AM

                          The Tennessee's in Milford seems to have better, more consistent food. The pulled pork is definitely better. As an added bonus, Milford has a bar, plasma tv's, and waiter/waitress service.

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                            AnnieP Jun 14, 2008 04:27 PM

                            Just wondering- have you been there lately? We live in the area, and used to go fairly regularly until last year, when we had a few consecutive bad experiences (food related). They were always good about comping something, but we were really disappointed. I don't remember the details, but there was a caesar salad without croutons because they ran out and didn't mention it, but worse was that it was absolutely drowning in dressing. We used to find it a fun and convenient place to go watch a Sox game, but as I said, gave up. Maybe we should try again?

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                              steve999 Jun 16, 2008 07:26 AM

                              I was at the Milford location about 3 weeks ago and the pulled pork was very good. However, I've never had a ceasar salad there, as I usually stick to the traditional bbq sides.

                      2. kobuta Jun 12, 2008 05:46 AM

                        I had a decent meal out at Firefly's once in Quincy. Didn't experience any of the strange service or food issues mentioned here, but it wasn't anything to write home about, nor anything to shout in all caps about.

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                          justbeingpolite Jun 12, 2008 10:05 AM

                          I'd heard Firefly's was a spin-off (one of the originators) from Tennessee's, is this true? Never been to Firefly's, but have to say I'm a fan of Tennessee's. I usually get the Memphis ribs dry, and get the "brickhouse" sauce on the side. I've had very good luck with the ribs, and the sauce is one of my favorite bottled tomato based sauces. I use it at home when I smoke my own ribs to finish with. Never hear much about tennessees on this board, but I think the ribs at least can compete with Blue Ribbon and Redbones. For me at least, they're less dried out: still juicy, but with a good smoke ring and strong smokey flavor and the dry rub is good, as well.

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                            bakerboyz Jun 13, 2008 10:21 AM

                            I believe that Steve Uliss who first had a small bbq joint in the Back Bay (I forget the name) then started the Tennessee BBQ before he started the Firefly BBQ. For what it's worth, I believe that he's won numerous local and national bbq competitions.

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                              9lives Jun 13, 2008 10:30 AM

                              The small BBQ place was in the Copley Hotel (not Plaza)..sort of where Domani/Saint is. It was called Tennessee's and wasn't bad.

                              We'd get big take out orders for our office from time to time.

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                                jjbourgeois Jun 15, 2008 04:51 PM

                                Yes, Mr. Uliss has won numerous competitions. But what he cooks in competitions and what is served at Fireflys are 2 total different things.

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                            terrystu Jun 14, 2008 03:44 PM

                            Firefly's is to BBQ what Red Lobster is to seafood.

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                              jjbourgeois Jun 15, 2008 04:52 PM

                              Or what Chef Boyardee is to Italian

                            2. intheq Jun 14, 2008 07:39 PM

                              wow... this really is a glowing review. i have been there once and had a completely opposite experience. usually, i will give most any place a second chance, however, my visit to firefly's in quincy was so bad, i will never return. the waitress was obnoxious and not helpful (in fact providing me with inaccurate info on a dish). the food was either fried to dry leather or a pile of mush. one dish was so bad, our DC didn't eat more than two bites and we had it removed from the bill. i have rarely had a less satisfactory meal.

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                                Win Jun 14, 2008 10:29 PM

                                AWFUL PLACE, IMHO

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                                  gyppielou Jun 16, 2008 12:59 PM

                                  EXCELLENT FIRST POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                    justbeingpolite Jun 16, 2008 01:08 PM

                                    Welcome to Chowhound!!

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