Firefly Cafe & Bakery
of 7 reviews
3035 Valley Ave, Winchester, VA - Map
On Sunday, August 13, 2017, my daughter and I had lunch at the recently enlarged Firefly Café & Bakery, 3035 Valley Avenue, Suite 101, in Winchester, Virginia. This is in the Creekside Station Business Center; the building fronts on Valley Avenue and is distinguished by a clock tower.
For parking, turn off Valley Avenue one block north of the traffic light for Creekside. There is handicapped parking. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM, with Sunday Brunch from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The telephone number is (540) 450-8544.
The Web page is fireflycafebakery.com, and shows the menu. Carryout is available. The space used to enlarge the Firefly was a tobacconist’s shop to the right of the restaurant. The Firefly’s original entrance is now closed and the new entrance is at the far right of the addition.
I saw no TV screens, and heard no music. The floor is a light tan and the ceiling is white, with windows along the front and sides making for a light and airy ambiance.
Lighting is by hanging old-fashioned bulbs along the side walls and bulbs recessed in the ceiling elsewhere. The walls are decorated with plaques here and there. The noise level was low.
Seating includes two high-rise tables along the side window in the entry area, three booths along the front window, and tables around the floor. Tablecloths are oilcloth; some are green and some are orange.
A private room further along the front wall has four tables that could be grouped as a single large table seating ten. Three sidewalk tables for two offer covered outside dining at the entrance. Additional outside seating is available at a patio accessible from the dining room, and has four umbrella tables and two smaller tables.
The entry area has a refrigerated case offering bottled beverages, a display case of bakery goods, and a counter with a checkout station for placing your order. When you’ve paid, you are given a numbered sign to place on the table of your choice.
Four blackboards on the wall display menus, and there are also paper menus for Take-Out, and for Sunday Brunch. Categories include Breakfast, Entree Salads, Deli Sides & Side Salads, Full Sandwiches, Half-Sandwich Combos, Lunch Combos, Soups, Beverages, and Bakery Items.
We ordered from the Sunday Brunch menu. My daughter decided on coffee and Fruit Topped French Toast with Blueberries and Whipped Cream. I had orange juice and a Western Omelet with Salsa and Hashed Browns. The food was brought to us on rectangular white ceramic platters, and was good.
The Firefly provides an inexpensive alternative to the more upscale restaurants elsewhere in Creekside. I rate it as adequate for a light meal, and worth revisiting. It first opened on March 23, 2015, and is operated by NW Works, a local organization founded to provide vocational training and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.
This location was previously occupied by Xilonen Cocina Mexicana, and before that by Poblano’s Southwest Grill, which had succeeded The Daily Grind. The recent expansion was completed this summer.
It doubled the size of the kitchen, added 1,100 square feet and now has 4,500 square feet of floor space. It provided about forty more seats, and can now hold 120 people. Changes also included adding Sunday hours.
Fantastic - the food is delicious as the baked goods divine - I give it the highest rating and urge anyone reading to go eat there!