Brooklyn-Inspired North Shore Neighborhood Bistro Builds on its Success

Wilmette, Ill. (February 11, 2016)Firefly Kitchen, the Brooklyn-inspired upscale neighborhood bistro, announced today that it will begin serving lunch, in addition to dinner and weekend brunch. Since opening last July, Firefly has made its mark on the North Shore dining and drinking scene. The new lunch menu will feature Contemporary American cuisine, Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Diners can expect the same creative culinary approach to lunch from New York native and veteran chef, Dean Salerno, who brings a “Taste of Brooklyn” to Chicago’s North Shore. The menu includes imaginative items like the Stacked Chicken Caesar, which features a trio of lettuce and two distinct preparations of freshly cut chicken, lightly drizzled with Caesar dressing and black pepper, and garnished with anchovies and three-cheese stuffed croutons.

For guests who want to go beyond the green, the ‘Bread and Bun’ portion of the menu gives diners a diverse selection of sandwich options from both land and sea. The BBQ Short Rib Sliders are a classic comfort dish, stacked high with slow cooked boneless meat and topped with slaw, for a smoky and spicy treat. The Tuna Burger showcases ‘sushi grade’ fish, topped with wasabi mayo and wakame salad.

“Our new lunch menu gives guests simple and delicious lunch options,” says Salerno. “Rather than reinvent the wheel, we’re presenting quality dishes with a twist.”

The new menu also features Firefly favorites currently found on the dinner menu, like the Chopped Salad, Salerno Burger and Housecut French Fries with Duck Fat Parmesan & Herbs. Full bar service will be available during lunch, featuring an extensive cocktail and wine list, expertly curated by James Pierce, former head of The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago.

Firefly Kitchen’s food and bar menu is also available for takeout. 2016 also marks the fourth year of operation for Firefly Events and Catering, which offers broad scope services ranging from a “Ravinia Basket” (complete with wine and beer selections) to black tie galas.

Firefly Kitchen is located at 111 Green Bay Road, on the border of Wilmette and Evanston. The restaurant is just steps away from Metra’s Central Street Station. It delivers a welcoming 60-seat, whimsically lit and modern vintage setting, and a 35-seat outdoor patio that serves as the perfect spot for a relaxing brunch or lunch, or intimate dinner.

For more information about Firefly Kitchen and to make a reservation, visit and “Like” Firefly Kitchen on Facebook at and follow the Company on Twitter and Instagram @Firefly_Kitchen

About Firefly Kitchen

Firefly Kitchen is a neighborhood and destination bistro led by NYC-native and veteran chef Dean Salerno, who aims to bring a “Taste of Brooklyn” to Chicago’s North Shore. The bistro offers upscale, comfort food in a glowing and vibrant bistro setting, along with a carefully curated cocktail and wine program led by James Pierce, former head of The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago. Firefly Kitchen brings an unpretentious approach to bistro food for every guest in a modern vintage style.

Hours of Operation

Sun; Tue – Thurs. dinner: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Wed. – Sat. lunch: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Fri., Sat. dinner, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Sun. brunch: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mon: closed

About Firefly Events and Catering

Firefly Events & Catering specializes in creating elegant, memorable, and illuminating experiences. Whether a wedding, corporate event, or any other special occasion, we are dedicated to providing impeccable service and carefully handcrafted cuisine in beautiful, timeless settings.

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