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“Fantastic and worth the drive”
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Ranked #1 of 65 Restaurants in Effingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $35
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
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! Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian & All Special Diets - because we make our food to order, many of our offerings can accommodate multiple dietary considerations. Please alert your server and they will guide you to a special choice while ensuring our Chefs take extra care with your dishes.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Originally, we found this place back in 2010 through a magazine article a friend spotted. Sounded like something we'd enjoy so me, my wife, my parents, my sister and a friend of the family made the 1.5 hr trip northeast past the giant cross. We weren't dissapointed.

The dining area is pretty wide open with views into the kitchen. Make sure to check out the landscaping/garden on your way out/in. Once seated, I love reading on the menu from where my meal is sourced; it gives backing to the "in-season & local" theme. The ingredients in the menu items, particularly the specials, seem genuinely crafted to play off of one another. In other words, they aren't just throwing risotto as a side with this lobster just because they are both "eligant" dishes. Braised pork shank with brussel sprouts and whipped potatoes... while it doesn't sound necessarily extravegant, it doesn't have to be when it's extremely well executed.

Kudos for a well constructed menu and well paired dishes. We seem to be making the trip twice a year now. Originally it was used for anniversaries, graduations, engagements, etc. However, now if there isn't something to celebrate, we make up an excuse (i.e. - we haven't been in a few months) to go!!!

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NYPR22, General Manager at firefly grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Josh – We appreciate you making the long drive to come see us & for your praises about our restaurant! We love getting responses from our customers, especially when we hear such wonderful compliments. Thanks again & come back so see us anytime! Sincerely, Cara Milewski, General Manager.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Not much to say but just "GO THERE"! This place has the best food and atmosphere for many miles around. Watch the meat cook on the spit while they mix custom drinks. Plan on taking your time, not because they are slow but because it's so good, savor. Expect to pay a little bit more for your meal but also expect a very good meal.

It's obviouis that the wait staff enjoy their jobs and that managment pays attention to every detail. I've been there a number of times and always am glad I stopped by.

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NYPR22, General Manager at firefly grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Thank you for the delightful compliments regarding our food & ambiance! We are also thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the overall dining experience here at firefly grill! Please stop by & visit us anytime and we truly appreciate the recommendation! Sincerely, Cara Milewski, General Manager.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Everytime I have been to Firefly, I have never been disappointed. At Firefly you have the chance to try dishes that are not normal fare at any other resturants. I how ever LOVE their steaks! A little on the pricey side, but worth the trip!

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Thank D P
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NYPR22, General Manager at firefly grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Thank you so much for wonderful compliments about our restaurant! We are also extremely pleased to hear that we have prepared consistently good dishes for you & that you appreciate our diverse menu. We want you to know that your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Cara Milewski, General Manager.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I went here with my boss and coworkers. I loved it! The atmosphere is quiet and elegant. The food was wonderful. The service was comfortably attentive. They didn't hover, but they did take care of us. The bathrooms were clean. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Teresa B
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NYPR22, General Manager at firefly grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2012

Thank you so much for your compliments of the firefly grill! We love it when our customer's give us feedback, especially when they've had a wonderful experience. We hope you'll stop back in again soon! Sincerely, Cara Milewski, General Manager.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

We found this restaurant here on TA; and it was all that it was said to be!

The atmosphere was modern and exciting with a classic and country twist. Their menu is wide ranging, with well paired food, and well prepared.

This place is a must if you are looking for a good quality meal in the Effingham area.

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NYPR22, General Manager at firefly grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about us! We truly appreciate the kind words about our food and atmosphere! We'll be sure to pass your compliments along to our staff! Come back & visit us again anytime! Sincerely, Cara Milewski, General Manager..

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