Social media is such a critical part of what I do, both from my end in terms of helping promote the things I do, but also to keep track of what is going on in the food community in Central Arkansas and beyond. With that said, I have been eyeing the Firefly Facebook page for several months, just waiting for the right opportunity to pounce on one of their delicious looking burgers. Well, after last week, I can now say that they not only look great but taste even better.
But why did it take me so long to pay a visit? Well, for one, the truck resides in a gas station parking lot off Maumelle Boulevard, so it is not exactly right around the corner from my house. Couple that with the fact that Firefly also has very limited hours – as in Wednesday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – and you can see why it took me a few weeks to line up my schedule to coincide with those limited hours.
Glad I finally did, though. The burger, specifically The Firefly, is worth the drive from Little Rock (not that that is a far drive). Firefly has several burger options, like The Mac Attack, Lobster Mac Attack, Swiss Mushroom, The Hangover, and The Greek, but being a first timer, I felt it was prudent to try out their most traditional offering, which came with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, and mustard. For $8.99, the burger includes a side, and while the fries are a nice option, you would be a fool not to get those glorious golden fried tater tots. I am a bit of a self-professed tots connoisseur and these are some of the very best I’ve come across.
Back to the burger. It is impressive in taste and bigger in person than the online pictures would indicate. The beef patty is fairly thick, super juicy, and marries well with the accompanying ingredients as any respectable burger should. I enjoyed the beef’s fat content but also appreciated how this was not your typical greasy burger. A few minor changes, like a grilled bun and a thinner slice of raw white onion, would probably land The Firefly on my Top 25 list.
The food truck also does a Philly cheesesteak that certainly looked the part (my friend ordered it and raved about the sandwich), along with two “Loaded Fries” options, including Bacon & Cheese and Philly Cheesesteak. They accept cash and credit cards, and you can even call your order in ahead of time. There is a lot to like about the Firefly Food Truck, and while I have no idea if they have visions of opening a brick-and-mortar one day, if they do, this burger is certainly good enough to think about a more committed venture.
Here’s hoping the North Little Rock/Maumelle community continues to embrace Firefly, and more folks, like me, are willing to cross the river for the food.