Firefly Grill: 8th Wonder of the World

written by Enjoy Illinois on August 16, 2013 in Food & Drink with one Comment

Whether you’re a serious foodie or someone on an adventure looking for a delicious meal along the way, the Firefly Grill in Effingham is a must-see destination. Located in the Land of Lincoln region of Illinois, Firefly Grill is ranked as the second most eco-friendly restaurant in the nation by Bon Appétit.

The restaurant has its own on-site, three-acre garden from which many of the produce and herbs used at the restaurant are derived. The rest of the food is purchased locally when possible from a very select list of approved vendors, trappers, foragers, farmers and fishermen that hold the same beliefs about food quality as the owners of Firefly Grill, Chef Niall Campbell and his wife Kristie.

The Firefly Grill Staff

The Firefly Grill Staff

Named for Kristie’s childhood memories of chasing fireflies in Effingham, Firefly Grill is truly a site to behold. The Roadhouse style building is constructed from reclaimed barn wood and has a warm, inviting atmosphere, inside and out. Each person who gets the chance to pass through the doors of Firefly walks away with the same thought: truly incredible.

The roadhouse style Firefly Grill

The roadhouse style Firefly Grill

Chef Niall is constantly changing the menu in accordance with what is in season, creating the freshest farm-to-table dishes. Choose from a selection of modern American dishes, such as perfectly prepared steaks, oak fired pizzas, hearty soups, salads and more. Reading through the numerous rave reviews Firefly has received, it’s no wonder the restaurant has been nominated as a candidate for the 8th Wonder of the World by VirtualTourist.com. Click here to vote for Firefly Grill! The contest runs through September 30.

A fresh summer salad

A fresh summer salad

Speaking of honors and awards, Niall and Kristie are the cover stars of the 2013 Illinois Travel Guide! Come to Firefly hungry, and leave feeling full of delicious food that embodies the definition of local and the warm hospitality that Chef Niall and Kristie offer to all their guests.

— The Illinois Office of Tourism