From Bon Appétit to The Riverfront Times the press is all abuzz with rave reviews about the firefly!

Firefly Grill has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

TripAdvisor® - July 2013


The Firefly Grill in Effingham, Ill., is among the nominees for the "8th Wonder of the World" contest. Website is asking the planet to vote for the "8th wonder of the world" in its online contest. Voting runs today through Sept. 30 at the site.

Chicago Sun-Times - June 2013


"They serve everything from seafood to steaks. But, out on the road, we found out, the Firefly Grill is a lot more than a place to eat. WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield tells us how a dream became a journey for the couple who owns it."

WCIA-3 – June 2012

Heidi from KSDK visits the Firefly Grill and sits down for an interview with Chef Niall. – February 2012

Bon Appetit Magazine ranks them number two in the country when it comes to being ecofriendly. Joe Barlow from CiLiving interviews Niall & Kristie.

Green Technology at Work at the Firefly Grill – December 2011

Niall & Kristie were recently interviewed in an episode of Central Illinois Business with Alex Ruggieri. The entire video is available for viewing at the link below!

Central Illinois Business with Alex Ruggieri – November 2011

The Firefly Grill's Niall & Kristie were recently interviewed in an episode of One on One with Alex Ruggieri. The entire video is available for viewing at the link below!

One on One with Alex Ruggieri – October 2011

On the other end of the spectrum for the real romantics, for those who want to make a sterling first impression, and for those who need to make up for the past year of weekends lost in a haze of football, golf and other “hobbies”, there is Effingham’s finest dining and drinking establishment in the Firefly Grill, just off Keller on the Avenue of MidAmerica. – February 2011

“The towering crucifix near the intersection of interstates 57 and 70 catches the eye of countless motorists. But now, something else is attracting attention in this central Illinois village: the AAA Two Diamond rated Firefly Grill”

AAA Living – October 2010

“With his restaurant becoming a trendy destination for those in the know when it comes to food, Campbell may need to plant a bigger garden next year.”

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier – September 2010

“You know you're somewhere special even before your server asks if you'd like your water to be spring, sparkling or tap.”

Herald & Review – March 2010

“The Firefly Grill was recently recognized at the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Chicago for not only its going green efforts, but also for the unique experience it offers its diners.” . . . “This follows the Firefly being named the #1 American Cuisine restaurant in Chicago by the voters of Open Table.”

Firefly Press Release – April 2009

“The menu is solidly contemporary Midwestern, though there’s a fair amount of seafood from the West Coast, thanks to the Campbells’ California connections from Niall’s days cooking at the Lark Creek Inn near San Francisco.”

Chicago Tribune – June 2009

This gorgeous, eco-friendly spot grows much of its own produce in a garden next to the restaurant and serves up everything from fancy foie gras to wood-grilled pizzas.”

Riverfront Times – May 2009

“The Firefly Grill in Effingham is gaining attention from Midwestern restaurant critics, as well as national magazines such as Bon Appetit and The Week, for its exquisite meals and eco-friendly efforts.”

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier – January 2009

“When you consider its location and its competition this sophisticated American roadhouse is all the more impressive.”

Bon Appetit – February 2008

"The food is so good and the space so lovely that it's easy to lose sight of what drew the attention of Bon Appétit: the restaurant's green cred."

Riverfront Times - September 2008

“With an eco-friendly design and a unique blend of global-inspired menu items, the firefly promises a unique dining experience.”

Firefly Press Release – February 2006