Firefly Grill

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firefly grill is modern farm & table roadhouse. Our approach to food is simple—source the best ingredients possible and stay out of their way. We like to know our food intimately—where and how it is grown, raised, foraged, fished or harvested. The fewer fingerprints and carbon footprints the better. That’s why we have our very own on-site farm and buy locally whenever we can.

Our menu is a showcase of our philosophy with an ever-changing selection of creations from Chef Niall. firefly offers indoor/outdoor seating on the water, lounge seating by the fire, dog friendly seating in the warmer months, several private event spaces, fish feeding, a mindful children's menu and other activities for the kids to enjoy.
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DP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 of us had no complaints with our meals. Delicious! Service was great too. We were seated in the back which was a little cool. I will ask for the front dining room next time we come.

LM
Indiana
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went as a kind of Christmas present to ourselves (trying to give more experiences than objects) before a show at the EPC.

App: We tried the Poutine. The french fries were fresh cut and the cheese curds & gravy were very tasty! We also split a Simple Salad with the vinaigrette.

My meal: I decided to try the Risotto which meant it was my 1st time trying Risotto -) that my scallops & Risotto were perfectly cooked. I have been craving it since.

Husbands meal: He decided to go for the bone-in Ribeye. It was a perfect medium-rare. The steak quality was top notch & super tender. The whipped potatoes were some of the best I've ever had. Our only complaint on the steak is that it came with an herb butter on top which covered up the deliciousness of the meat itself. So if we go again we'd ask for just salt & pepper on the steak, that's just a personal preference thing though.

Our server, Brock, was very professional and made sure we were well taken care of. We were seated in the "sunroom" area and had a nice water view.

Firefly Grill
Responded 2 days ago

This is AWESOME! Thank you so much for the epic review, LaciM! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us before your show at the EPC. We love that you took us on your journey with you especially since we also can't get enough of our scallop risotto - YUM! We are so glad you had such a great dinner and will be sure to share your kind words and appreciation with Brock. Thanks so much for coming to see us, and we hope to see you again very soon. CHEERS!

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating here this year, food and service was excellent both times. Will be visiting again.

Firefly Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the great review, Melinda... And your visits! We can't wait to see you again for another great experience. Cheers to you!

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed some of the less expensive items on the menu on this visit. By enjoyed I mean we found the hamburger, wedge salad, crab pockets and green fried tomatoes delicious.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed our wedge, burger, crab purses, and fried green tomatoes - Yum! We appreciate your continued visits, and hope we can see you again very soon - Cheers!

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L
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would prefer more vegetarian selections. The ones offered were great.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Leopold... And the suggestion! We are currently working with our kitchen on how to offer more dishes for our vegetarian & vegan folk. We hope to see you again soon so you have an opportunity to try something different. Cheers!

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B
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

If they offer you Oysters Rockefellers, turn them down. Evidently the chef is just guessing what one looks or tastes like. The rest of the smalls were very good. The calamari was perfectly prepared and the crab purses were excellent. I had a small New York strip stake and while expensive, it was prepared perfectly. Overall, for a restaurant that we happened upon in our travels, it was a pleasant experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks for the review! We hate to hear you didn't enjoy our Oysters Rockefeller. I am currently working with our chefs to see what happened on your visit and how we can make this dish better in the future. We appreciate your feedback immensely and hope you visit us again in the future to try our other dishes. Cheers!

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TM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is a nice alternative to Cracker Barrel! The food was pretty good. The topping on the fish taco was delicious but the fish was like a fish stick! Service was excellent and we will go back for sure!

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks for the review Theresa! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.. But what to hear you didn't care for the fish tacos. We will be working with our chefs to see what happened and how we can improve the dish in the future. Thank you for stopping in, and we hope to see you again in the future!

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the crab purses, the stroganoff and the risotto. The service was genial.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you got to try so many of our favorite dishes. We hope to see you again very soon for another visit with great service - Cheers!

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PW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an upscale lunch or a celebratory dinner. I believe Firefly is the best restaurant in the area.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks so much for the amazing review... and great recommendation! We super appreciate your visit, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was outstanding! We had one of the best waitresses I have ever had, and I mean that sincerely. She made our time there awesome!

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review!! We are so glad our staff made you feel right at home. We hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth time visiting Firefly Grill. This time I ordered the 10 oz Filet, whipped potatoes, baked mac-n-cheese, French onion soup, crab purses, apple cobbler, peach soda, and a glass of Elmer T Lee Bourbon 100th Birthday. I would recommend this to anyone. There are many dishes of all price ranges. The ingredients are the freshest and finest around. The service was fantastic. If you are on the ledge, take the chance, splurge on a nice cut of meat, and enjoy!

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 26, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the great review... We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the full firefly experience! You got to enjoy so many of our favorite dishes, and we are so thankful for the recommendation. We can't wait to see you again soon for another great piece of meat - Cheers!

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PS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the Firefly. I look for excuses to indulge in the Filet

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad to hear you enjoy our filet - YUM! We can't wait to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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RL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and ambiance in any city in the world and far exceeded my expectations for Effingham Illinois. I would highly recommend it to anyone who plans to be in the area. The staff was friendly, helpful and very committed to making our experience exceptional

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, Ray! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and can't wait to see you again soon!

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L
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only complaint is I live so far away and can only come here every few months. The food is always sooo delicious and everyone who works here is sooo great.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, Levi! We also wish you could live a bit closer, but are so happy you visit us on your travels to Effingham. Can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!

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DP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre gig dinner - outstanding service, food. Had the crab 'purses', fall salad, salmon, and crab cakes. While the crab cakes could have been a bit hotter, they were still delicious. Great wine list and fun cocktails.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, DebP! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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g
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely place! Great atmosphere, service and food

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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LS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the fall harvest tasting so the menu was set for four courses with options only for the entree course. We've been to many of Firefly's tastings and this one was as good as the rest. The first course included some of the best roasted red and gold beets; a real treat. The second course was roasted cauliflower and it was a show stopper! I've never had anything like it before or tasted anything quite like it. For our entrees, I had duck and my husband had pork shank and we were both very pleased with them. Dessert was a pumpkin and goat cheese creation with homemade graham crackers. I would recommend Firefly any time; tasting menu or regular menu!

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 20, 2019

WOW!!! Thanks for the great review, Lisa! We appreciate you joining us for our Fall Harvest tasting Dinner, and are so glad you have rave reviews. It is truly Chef Niall's passion to create menus like this so our guests have the best experience and we are so glad to hear it impressed you. We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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M
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Firefly Grill and go down to Effingham whenever possibly. It is well worth the drive.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Mark - We are so glad to hear you enjoy our spot. We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lifelong residents of central Illinois (Decatur) and had Firefly on our routine dinner date list with close friends that lived in the Sullivan area. It is by far our favorite place downstate and can compete with any foodie venue, even in the Chicago/STL markets. We can't say enough good about this place. We now live in Nashville and anytime we are back 'home', we make a stop at Firefly as we make out way back to our new surroundings.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 12, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the amazing review, PaulW... And for the kind words! We appreciate your continued visits, and love that you have so many memories at our restaurant. You are officially a 'firefly' and we hope to see you again soon on your next visit to Firefly. Cheers!

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JJ
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon walking in I was greeted by a friendly lady at the front desk and I asked to wait at the bar while the rest of my party showed up. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave me some recommendations. Besides our server, the support staff seemed very engaged in our experience, which made us feel at home. Thank you! The ambiance and decor of the restaurant are top notch and I loved the open kitchen. If I could go there twice a week, I would, but unfortunalty live out of town.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 12, 2019

RIGHT ON! Thanks so much for the amazing review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and will be sure to share your kind words with our staff. Especially those that you have called out in your review. Your kind words are super appreciated, and we hope to see you twice a week... Every week! Or maybe just as frequently as you can. Thanks!

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B
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, pleasant atmosphere.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the Fire fly! Our dinner consisted of several apple cider martinis (scrumptious), to die for clam chowder, 6oz filet, 50 day aged NY strip. You cannot go wrong dining here. Pricey yes but well worth the meal quality, splendid service & amazing views from the windows. Keep it local & support this establishment ❤️

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review, JessicaK! We appreciate your kind words and are so glad to hear you had such a great experience. Especially those Apple Cider Martinis - YUM! We can't wait to see you again soon for another great visit!

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with friends and it was first time visit for them....they loved it! Rave reviews for the French onion soup. Drinks delicious and our choices for supper...very fresh, delectable!

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review KennaS! We are thrilled to hear you showcased firefly to your friends, and even happier to hear you had a great experience. We can't wait to serve you again very soon - Cheers!

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F
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so pleasurable to have a dinner meal at Firefly. The food is amazing, their team is so conscientious and efficient and the atmosphere is so enjoyable.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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D
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always, the food selection and quality were excellent. The service was lacking this time however. Our server was very nice and friendly but she rushed us to order and then rushed the entire dinner experience. The salads came out while we were still enjoying our drinks and appetizers. Then the entrees were delivered while we were still eating our salads.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 4, 2019

Hi Dean... Thank you so much for your honest review! We love that you enjoyed your food, but hate to hear you felt rushed. That is definitely not our way of dining as we love our diners to enjoy each course in the perfect amount of time. Please know, we take these very seriously and will be working with our staff on the sequence of service, and making everyones experience top notch. We appreciate the feedback, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Out of town guests

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautifully finished restaurant, nice staff., good food. I got chef special of mussels, we did joke so they were the smallest mussels ever seen but the sauce was amazing. Would be very nice in warmer weather as well as they have a deck and outside seating.

Firefly Grill
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We love that you enjoyed your experience, and hope we see you on our outside porch or dock when the weather is a bit nicer. Cheers!

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YR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh, delicious, and plated beautifully! The service staff are incredible!! I love taking guests and sharing the wonderful experience with them.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thanks for the great review, YellowRose! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, and hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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EM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoy the Firefly grill for very special occasions. I will say this last time it did seem a bit overpriced for the quality of the food. It was all very good. But I can not say that it was $300 for 6 people good. Like I said it is a very special occasion place. None of us had spectacular entrees. They just didn't hit it out of the park this time for us. We will try again sometime, but this time it was just a little disappointing.

PE
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful server, excellent food!

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thanks for the amazing review!

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B
Jacksonville
36 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 and all enjoyed our wine & dinner tremendously!

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 31, 2019

Great review! Thanks so much, Birdie... We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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KV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend who had never been to Firefly. The food, service, and wine were excellent

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Kathleen! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was not as good as previously remembered. The fillet was somewhat bland. I felt the price was not commensurate with the experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thanks for the review, LesterM! We are glad you enjoyed your experience, but hate that you didn't enjoy your filet. We pride ourselves in the best cuts of meat, but it sounds like we missed the mark. We hope you an give us another try soon for a chance to really WOW you with our signature steak. Cheers!

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GI
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a group of six adults and a 1 year old for Sunday brunch at 1 p.m. We were put in a side room with a window wall that had a view of the lake. No other tables were filled in that section so the 1 year old was entertained and could walk around until the food arrived. Everyone enjoyed their food very much. The fried green tomato BLT was excellent. The only minor disappointment was the gluten free dish. When asked if the Shrimp and Grits was a gluten free dish, we were told it was. When the dish arrived it was just the shrimp because the grits are actually fried in a fryer that is not solely gluten free. The waiter made up for it by offering a different side, and the mashed potatoes that were chosen were very tasty. The one year old loved feeding the fish in the lake after we got done eating. There was a nice fall display in the front yard where we were able to get a family photo. Always enjoy the Firefly Grill for its unique and fresh menu!

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We apologize for the gluten-free situation. Our brunch menu is rather new, so it's sounds like we need to do a bit more coaching especially for allergy awareness of our dishes. However, we are so happy to hear the guest was offered a different side. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again very soon for another opportunity for farm fresh fare, and to feed our fish! Cheers!

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AQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a memorable meal in a cool and casual environment. We enjoyed drinks, appetizer, entree and dessert, and everything was perfect. The service staff was beyond friendly, answering all of our questions and making us feel welcome. We look forward to dining there again!

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Ann! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and that your server was able to answer your questions. It's experiences like this that make us smile. Cheers to you!

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. My wife and I had never been to such a nice place. The techno music was great!

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Shane! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit... and the music!

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, albeit a little pricey. Wine list is about 30-50% greater than it should be. Typical restaurant wine lists run at roughly twice retail price for the wine, theirs was closer to three times. Meals were similarly priced high. No complaints about the food, just think they are a little too proud of it. Service was excellent. We were in early on a Friday and it was noisy, but tolerable. High ceilings and a lot of echo, I suspect that with a full house it might be quite loud. Enjoyed it, but don't feel driven to go back.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Rich! Thank you so much for your feedback. Please know, we take reviews seriously, and though you enjoyed your experience, we will be taking a deep dive into our wine list pricing. It is something we always struggle with, but are working on getting more in line. We hope you give us another try, as we would love to opportunity to really "wow" you. Thanks again for your review!

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GD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch in our first (of many more) experiences at the Firefly on our way to St Louis. We both had excellent meals as well as great service, which makes this eatery so special.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thanks for the great review... We are so glad you found us on your travels through Effingham! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and can't wait to see you again soon - Cheers!

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, the view, our drinks and our server. We looked forward to coming again when we are in Effingham.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thanks for the great review! We can't wait to see you for another great experience very soon.

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1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third or fourth visit to the Firefly Grill from St. Louis -- almost two hours away. The food and service have been consistently excellent and well worth the trip. This restaurant delivers a total experience -- not the least of which is a unique sense of place. The restaurant is located conveniently off Interstate 70, but you would never know that once you settle into this scenic out-of-way spot that is pure prairie in its look and feel. The visual interest of the restaurant, inside and out, makes it a worthy destination restaurant. Its vegetable and herb gardens, its seasonal decorations, its inventory of firewood stacked neatly in bins against the exterior wall all suggest the folks who stand behind this have been thoughtful and deliberative in its creation and cultivation. All of which applies to the food and drink, as well. I tilted toward seafood this time and was not disappointed. I had mussels in a light red sauce and then an Eggs Benedict innovation with a crab cake perched on top. My wife had the crispy crab purses which were rich (hoisin cream cheese) and tangy (chile dipping sauce) and fun (served in little dumpling wrappers or "purses"). The filet and mashed potatoes suggest the midwestern meat and potato thing is appreciated here as well. The staff and servers have a relaxed attentiveness, offering advice and suggestions in a breezy way: "Want a shrimp with that Bloody Mary?" or "Maybe a scallop or two with that filet?" -- we said "yes" to both). Locals and visitors converge compatibly at this spot. It's a total experience that both relaxes and delights. The offerings here, which are really quite diverse, have the capacity to either excite or reassure, depending upon you particular preference or mood. This wonderful dining experience is made all the more enjoyable by that special ingredient: authentic hospitality.

Firefly Grill
Responded on October 8, 2019

WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you so, so much for this great review. We are so glad you got to enjoy a full firefly experience, and an outstanding one at that. We appreciate you continuing to make the trip to see us, and hope we can serve you more seafood and firefly favorites very soon. Cheers!

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