Firefly Restaurant Awarded Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Third Year in a Row

December 17, 2012

For the third year in a row, Panama City Beach’s Firefly Restaurant has received Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious Golden Spoon Award. The acclaimed restaurant, which is located in the Shoppes at Edgewater, a property managed by The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, was given the award in recognition of their exquisite cuisine, culinary expertise, service and atmosphere.

“Receiving this award has always meant a lot for us, and as third-time recipients, we couldn’t be more excited,” said owner Dave Trepanier. “It thrills me for Firefly to be recognized for the excellence and creativity that we all strive for, and it is an honor to be chosen again.”

The restaurant, known for freshly caught fish, local produce, succulent beef and fowl, artisan pizzas, and excellent sushi, is the perfect place for an intimate dining experience or a large family dinner. Most recently, Firefly’s executive chef Paul Stellato served Team USA’s athletes, their families and dignitaries across the pond at the 2012 Summer Olympics through the BP-sponsored “Spirit of the Gulf” program. The restaurant has received a number of awards and honors in the past and is proud to obtain another Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend.

To further expand on their award-winning culinary offerings, Firefly has started construction on a brand-new sushi bar.

“Sushi continues to grow in popularity, and we see more and more of our guests heading down the healthier path,” Trepanier says. Firefly’s 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.”

“There is a special relationship between a trusted sushi chef and his loyal customers. They are more willing to try to experiment with new fish and get out of their sushi comfort zone. When that confidence is built, it is fun to see.”  Trepanier said.

The restaurant expansion will also include the addition of four private dining rooms. “The new private dining rooms will give us much more versatility to hold our own special events like wine tastings, wine dinners and cooking classes,” Trepanier said.

The new sushi bar is anticipated to open in February. To reserve a table at Firefly or receive more information, please call 850.249.3359 (FFLY) or visit