Category: Dining & Cuisine

Firefly Restaurant Unveils New Sushi Bar – Yum!

New Addition Inviting for Sushi Beginners and Aficionados Alike!

Firefly Restaurant, located in the Shoppes at Edgewater and managed by The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, is thrilled to announce the newest addition to the restaurant. To further expand on their award-winning culinary offerings, Firefly will open a brand-new sushi bar in March of 2013.

“We’re excited to bring something different to the Firefly family,” says Dave Trepanier, owner of Firefly. “Sushi continues to grow in popularity, and we see more and more of our guests heading down the healthier path and choosing this alternative. This new sushi bar will not only offer a different dining experience to our guests, but a hip scene where people will want to gather after the main dining room is closed.”

Firefly’s acclaimed sushi has always been prepared in the kitchen, but Trepanier says that “true sushi aficionados want to see the artistry of the sushi chef and interact with him.” Guests will be able to dine at the sushi bar, which will seat ten, and be a part of the action with their sushi chef.

“I’m challenging my sushi chefs – and our guests, for that matter – to come up with new and innovative rolls or ideas,” says Trepanier. “I want guests to see the dining experience as both enjoyable and educational. Some sushi beginners have a fear of raw fish; I once had that same fear. Now, I consider sushi a delicacy. Once you get over the fear of eating something raw, it truly opens you up to another culinary world. I plan on bringing in many more exotic fish to experiment with.”

As well as the seating at the sushi bar, the new addition will offer four booths and six high top tables for a total capacity of 70 people. Four new private rooms will also be added to accommodate groups of eight to 30 with full HD A/V capabilities – perfect for meetings or parties. With so much additional space at Firefly, Trepanier plans to offer more wine dinners, cocktail parties and cooking classes.

The new sushi bar will offer a different vibe to the Firefly atmosphere. “The music in the sushi bar will be a little more current and youthful,” Trepanier says. “Everything from country favorites – Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Zac Brown – to classic and hard rock acts like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Van Halen. We’ll also have this staying open later than the main dining room during the spring and summer so people can have a cool place to gather and hang out.”

The Firefly sushi bar is anticipated to open in March. To reserve a table at Firefly or receive more information, please call 850-249-3359 (FFLY) or visit

Firefly Restaurant Featured in VIE Magazine

Firefly Restaurant in Panama City Beach has been featured in the new issue of VIE – People + Places magazine, with owner Dave Trepanier sharing all of the restaurant’s history and his views on success in life and work.

The article can be found in the magazine’s online version as well as print. Visit and find Firefly on page 88.

A Panama City Beach Tradition

Since 1967 Captain Anderson’s Restaurant has been serving Panama City Beach with a warm family feel. Today the restaurant can hold over 650 people and consistently serves out the best food on the Gulf. This claim is backed by Southern Living, who named Captain Anderson’s as the “Best Seafood Restaurant” in their Top 50 Restaurants of the South.

photos courtesy of Captain Anderson’s

If you arrive for an early dinner you can see the fishing boats bringing in their catch!

photos courtesy of Captian Anderson’s

 Captain Anderson’s is the definitive restaurant if you want to experience Gulf Coast dining at it’s best. There are daily seafood specials and an extensive wine list that complement the award-winning menu. If you have not eaten here, you haven’t been to PCB!

Firefly Restaurant Honored as One of America’s Most Popular Eateries

 Panama City Beach’s Firefly Restaurant is honored to be placed on Urbanspoon’s list of “America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants.” With only 250 restaurants chosen out of 600,000, Firefly joins other world-famous restaurants as one of America’s favorites.


“With only 25 Florida restaurants making the Urbanspoon list overall, we are thrilled to be one of the most popular dining establishments among food critics and the general din-ing public alike!” said Firefly owner Dave Trepanier.

According to Urbanspoon, the website reviewed American dining behavior by studying over 600,000 restaurants, millions of reviews, and the equivalent of a billion page views of user activity. The resulting list, which includes Firefly, comprises those restaurants that had received the most positive comments and attention across the Urbanspoon web-site and through smartphone apps.


“We pride ourselves on being known for our creative culinary excellence and dedication to our Gulf roots,” said Trepanier. “The chef and our staff are the best people to execute this vision, and people appreciate that when they come to our beautiful seaside home looking for the best dining options.”

The restaurant is known for its freshly caught fish, imported exotic seafood, local pro-duce, succulent beef and fowl, artisan pizzas, handmade pasta, and excellent sushi, but the overall ambience of Firefly is an experience in itself. A sprawling oak tree “grows” from the center of the dining room and twinkle lights glitter above, creating the atmos-phere of a Mediterranean garden piazza—unexpected for a restaurant in the center of Panama City Beach. And its library lounge is a great place to relax with friends before dinner while enjoying a glass of wine or a martini from the Firefly bar—restaurant guests feel as though they are in Ernest Hemingway’s library.


“Getting a Friday-night table will require some advance planning, but the sheer popular-ity of these destinations ensures you’ll be treated to a memorable gastronomical event,” Urbanspoon states.


With such recognition and popularity, it comes to no surprise that the family-friendly yet casual chic Firefly played host to President Obama and the First Family during their visit to the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast the summer of 2010. The restaurant has also re-ceived Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award two years in a row and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for five years running.

To reserve a table at Firefly or to receive more information, please call 850.249.FFLY (3359) or visit

The Perfect Beach Drink

Looking for the perfect beach drink? The drink must be cold, refreshing and of course, fruity! Here is one of our many beach drink finds! Everyone can enjoy this beach treat!

The Watermelon-Lime Frosty (or Margarita!)

3 cups watermelon, cubed and frozen

1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen

2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup

Zest from 2 limes

Juice from 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)

1/2 cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water as needed to keep the mixture moving. For margaritas: add 3-4 shots of silver tequila


Recipe from: My Life In Food