“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf
The Firefly Grill was a short walk from the Hampton Inn where we spent the night. What a great find so close to our hotel. The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. The Firefly is a bit more costly than we are used to paying on the road, but you get what you pay for in this case. We enjoyed the freshest tasting salads we have ever been served. The appetizer, main courses, and dessert all magnificent. TripAdvisor, June 2014
“We were dropping off someone in Effingham and found Firefly Grill, now I think it is our new destination restaurant for special occasions. Everything about this place was perfect; from the moment we stepped out of our car and were offered a your of the herb and veg table garden to checking out all staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The menu is large and unique from homemade specialty soda to mouth watering squash blossom appetizers. The atmosphere is comfortable with both abundant indoor and outdoor seating, complete with a large pond filled with giant koi. All 4 in my party loved everything they ate, we will definitely drive the 90 miles to return to Firefly Grill.” TripAdvisor, July 2014
“A Bucket List Must. I have wanted to get to the Firefly Grill since I first saw it featured in a magazine. The visual treat of the lighted windows on a summer night was like a siren’s song especially when I read about the owner’s commitment to locally sourced products as much as possible. My husband and I planned a trip to Effingham (a three hour drive) for the express purpose of dining at the Firefly Grill. So often the anticipation of an event does not meet the reality but this was a wonderful exception. Our experience exceeded expectation and we will return. Comfortable atmosphere and casual fine dining done to perfection.” Yelp Reviewer, September 2014
They certainly don’t need another glowing 5-star review but imma give one, anyway: GO HERE. Go out of your way to do it! Firefly Grill is a totally unexpected gem and we had a legendary meal. First of all, the place is gorgeous. The grounds, the interior, even the kitchen. I don’t really understand what it is doing there behind budget hotels and freeway fast food but there it sits. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier even though we looked pretty shabby.
We ordered a caprese salad (heirloom tomatoes from their garden – divine!) and a green salad to start. The heirloom tomatoes were heavenly. Even the simple green salad was packed with flavorful greens- so crisp, so fresh, so delicious. I’ve paid $5 for so much less it makes me sad. The grilled bread they serve is fantastic and the honey butter is just perfect with it.
I was too tired for a real meal so I ordered the pork bun appetizer (buns $3 each). They were excellent, however, my husband ordered the filet and I barely have the words for it: Tender, rich, flavorful, cooked to perfection…we could barely believe it. Luckily, he shared some with me. I cut mine with a fork, it was that tender. With a fork! I was so tired I almost thought I was dreaming. The mashed potatoes it came with were also some of the best I’ve tried and the sauce was perfect. A mouthful of the three together was heavenly. The whole meal was perfection and the service was stellar. Our only regret was that we didn’t have room for a dessert.