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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St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped on our way home and it was a wonderful surprise. We look forward to more meals there as we drive past Effingham!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, Patricia! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we can't wait to see you very soon - Safe travels !

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AH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Heard about Firefly Grill via a billboard on the highway.
Great food. The portions were very large. We over ordered.
The Thai curry soup was thicker than I expected more like a hummus consistency.
The tuna poke was a shaved tuna versus sliced ahi tuna.
We were told the braised short ribs would be served on parapadella noodles. It was served with spaghetti noodles.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 10, 2020

Hi Ann! Thank you so much for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your food, but super appreciate you letting us know about some inconsistencies in the dishes ordered. I have sent this review to our Executive Chef to start the additional training process and to get them up to par. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you on your travels through Effingham again very soon.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Reservation was for 8:15. Was seated at 8:30 after reminding them we were still waiting and 2 other couples were seated before us. Excuse was that it has hard to get tables opened up when 3 were vacant. Food was not done and was sent back!

MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We did not know ahead of time that there was a limited menu for New Year’s Eve.
I had already decided on a ribeye steak only to find out it was not available because they were using a limited menu. Very disappointing.
That said- what we did order was very tasty. Sea bass and the filet.
Server Jordan was great.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Mike! We hate to hear you weren't aware of our limited menu. Our staff should have let you know about our annual tradition when making your reservation. We are glad your server, Jordyn, could turn your experience around, and that you did enjoy what you ordered. Please know, we will also be offering a similar style menu on Valentine's Day and other major holidays. It just allows us to serve you better! However, we hope to see you for a ribeye very soon - Cheers!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time for NYE!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review... We are so glad you enjoyed your experience!

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed menu and wine pairing for New Year's Eve is a great event. My husband and I try to go every year.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Teanna... and the continued visits! We are so glad you enjoy our NYE Tasting, and we hope to see you for another round soon!

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B
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the tasting menu with the wine pairings. My husband and I enjoyed the whole evening with great service.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Bernie! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent!
We had the wine pairing on New Years Eve. The servers got mixed up bringing out the courses. Our main server seemed to have preferences on tables that got better service.
The wine pairing was a great experience.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Mike! Thank you so much for the great feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your tasting with wine pairings, but hate to hear there was a mix-up and you didn't feel your server paid much attention. We aren't sure what happened, but will be researching this matter to improve your experience in the future. We are so grateful you enjoyed your night, and can't wait to see you for another great meal!

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ER
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding menu and wines for the pairings. Cop-ordination of delivery of wine and food together much better than in the past. Great Job

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Ernest! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us on NYE, and thought we had made improvements from past experiences. We hope to see you again very soon for another great meal!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 2nd New Years Eve tasting menu we attended and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious as always and the service was topnotch. We hope to attend the next one also.

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you for our next tasting which is on Valentine's Day - Cheers!

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was fantastic! We had family coming to Mattoon for the New Year and my first & only choice was Firefly. I am always confident that we will have a great meal!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review, KimberlyL.! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and had a great NYE! We appreciate you thinking of us first, and we hope to see you again very soon. Cheers!

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SG
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our server appeared to be a bit put out. I thought it was tacky that she was reaching over the cook side of our booth to grab our plates. For the cost she should’ve come around to the appropriate side to remove our dirty dishes rather than reaching over. Our friends ordered shrimp. It literally came with four and the buster tried taking two of them away without even asking if we were finished(btw: we weren’t!). It was my least favorite experience here

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for your review. We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your most recent experience with us. Please know we take these reviews seriously, and will be working with both your service and service staff to ensure they know the proper protocol here. Again, your feedback is much appreciated as it allows us to make your experience better in the future. Thank you again, and we hope to see you again very soon - Cheers!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

First time here. Great quality. Good service. Will be back soon.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 31, 2019

Hi Jellyfish - Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you found us and enjoyed your first dining experience with us. We can't wait to see you again soon for another great visit. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

It was average - nothing special and crazy overpriced

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 30, 2019

OH NO! We hate to hear you didn't enjoy your most recent experience with us. We would love to hear more about your experience. Please reach out to us via our website so we can improve upcoming trips. Thank you!

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B
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Firefly many, many times. This was not our most favored visit. We were there for the Christmas Eve brunch. We had specified on our reservation that we had a Vegan diner with us, but staff was totally unprepared to fix anything vegan. It took our server three trips to the chefs for them to decide they could fix a vegan stir fry. Which our guest said was very good. Everything else was up to our expectations except: Two diners ordered the hamburgers and were told it would come with French fries. (Firefly has excellent French fries). Both of their orders came with hash browns, which were very good, but not French fries.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi Bing! Thank you so much for the 4-star review, and most importantly, your feedback. We hate to hear there were so many questions about a vegan dish as well as the sides with your hamburgers. The special menu must have thrown your server for a loop which means we should have done a bit more training. It sounds like we also need to step up our vegan knowledge a bit! we are glad you enjoyed your visit, but we will be sure to make your next one much better. Thank you again for your review.

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We stop here on our way from Chicago to my in laws. The food and staff are great. It was disappointing this time. We went on a Monday and they were out of a few of their signature dishes. They said that it was a busy weekend, but they should have planned for that especially for signature dishes. I guess we'll have to try and get them when we come back in 6 months.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Momier! Thanks for the review, and the feedback. We experienced one of the biggest weekends we have ever seen. Though it's not an excuse for being sold out of some of our items, we do appreciate your understanding. We will take these statistics into consideration for upcoming holidays. We can't wait to see you again in 6 months. Wishing you all the best!

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TI
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Filet Mignon! Make sure you eat lots of the pretzel rolls they are amazing!!! Best mashed potatoes on the planet!

Firefly Grill
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review, Tim! We are so glad you enjoyed your filet, pretzel rolls, and whipped potatoes - YUM! We can't wait to see you again soon... Thanks for your support!

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j
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food and atmosphere were great. The service was not, we waited around 20 minutes to be waited on and we were in a front booth.

PW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at one of the best central IL has to offer!

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 23, 2019

WOW! Thanks for the amazing review, Paul... and your continued visits. We appreciate you!

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NA
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I were passing through several years ago and we stopped at the Firefly Grill. The food was so amazing, we timed return trip to stop again. This time we planned our trip both ways to stop again. The food and service did not disappoint! The chicken & waffles was fabulous as was the scallop risotto. On our return trip, we ordered two pizzas, so we could bring the leftovers home!

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 23, 2019

WOW! Thank you so much for the amazing review... We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We love that you plan your travels around coming to see us, and appreciate it so much! We love fireflies like you. We can't wait to see you again very soon - Cheers to you!

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DP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
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.

Firefly Grill
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hi Diane! Thanks for the great review. With it being our busy season, we appreciate your flexibility on placement in the restaurant. However, please let us know in the future your preferred section, and we will be happy to accommodate if available! We appreciate your visit, and hope to see you again soon - Cheers!

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LM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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 on December 13, 2019

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 on December 9, 2019

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
3 reviews
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
4 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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