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“A must-stop if you're nearby” 5 of 5 stars
Review of firefly grill

firefly grill
1810 Avenue Of Mid America, Effingham, IL 62401-4576
217-342-2002
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Ranked #1 of 56 Restaurants in Effingham
Price range: $6 - $35
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Keller Drive
Description: Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of Kristie Lake. Chef Niall Campbell and his wife Kristie own and operate this oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest. Firefly's menu changes daily and boasts fresh seafood, oak fired steaks and brick oven pizzas. Firefly uses local ingredients whenever possible and fresh herbs and vegetables straight from their very own garden!
Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A must-stop if you're nearby”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2009

You wouldn't necessarily expect to find a high-end dining experience in sleepy Effingham, IL ... but here it is. Try the Firefly Garden mixed green salad and the elk ribeye with blueberry compote - so very tasty. You'll be amazed at the portion sizes and leave very, very happy.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Salem, New Hampshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fresh Foods, Creative Menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

When we make long road trips, we try to find places to eat that are not the typical chain restaurants. It's not always easy, because they advertise on billboards and highway signs, you get off the highway and these copycat restaurants are "right there." But today, we got very lucky and found a locally owned restaurant that focues on seasonal, sustainable, and locally grown foods. They make all their own breads, sauces, soups, chips, ice creams and desserts. Hubby ordered a cup of the beef and barley soup and a grilled flank steak sandwich and I requested the "steak of the day" special that came with a salad and a mushroom demi glaze. I resisted the temptation to order the Firefly Souffle Chocolate Lava Cake with house-made coffee ice cream. I almost regret not caving....

The soup arrived and we knew we were in for a treat - it was delicious, full of beef and al dente barley with an extremely well-seasoned broth. By this time, I figured out that all the breads were homemade, so I asked for some bread for the table. Our waiter, Jordan, delivered a half loaf of crusty, delicious French bread. We shared it, although I wanted to stick hubby with a knife when he grabbed a big hunk...LOL

It took a few extra minutes for our main courses to arrive - I'm assuming that cooking fresh foods just takes a bit longer. My steak came as two small sirloin medallions cooked to perfection, surrounded by the demi glaze, and accompanied by a small salad tossed with a very light homemade blue cheese dressing. Hubby's sandwich came on a homemade baguette with homemade potato chips. Both steaks had a hint of smokiness from being cooked on oak. Actually, we got a whiff of what was to come when we got out of the car and walked to the front door of the restaurant. That smoky greeting was a clue to what lie inside for us.

The service was good, the iced tea tasted like a high quality fresh brew, and the atmosphere inside was light and airy, with holiday music adding to the pleasantries. Prices were reasonable - lunch items ranging from a $6 soup, salad and bread combo to $12.95 for the steak lunch that I thoroughly enjoyed. They change the menu every day and have daily specials posted on a board. The dinner menu reflects the chef's heritage - he is from Maine - and there are several yummy-sounding seafood entrees such as fresh Maine Lobster with English Pea Risotto and Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Cranberry Chutne over Brown Rice.

We will be back, and I will cave. Next time I'm ordering dessert!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

Our old navy unit met here last night for dinner. We were very impressed with the meal and service. Oh and the drinks were great too! We have plans to meet here again it - loved it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2009

Great menu selection; friendly service. Lovely Outdoor seating. Great location, in town, but away from the main drag. A really pleasant surprise.

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Midwest USA
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“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

Stopped here for lunch driving through town. Fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere.

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