Last night my husband gave me my Christmas present from last Christmas. Now, this isn't as bad as it sounds. My present was to pick a dinner from Firefly in Effingham, Illinois. Firefly is a wonderful restaurant serving upscale farm fresh and local foods. They have a garden where much of their produce is gathered during this time of year. I knew that every year Firefly has a lobster bake, so I waited until it came around to claim my gift. It was a fantastic present. The food and atmosphere, as always, were great.
The view from our table on the patio
My view from the patio
The menu. We had the wine pairings
First course: Clams with cooking water on the left to wash off the grit and butter on the right.
2nd course: Oyster stew. This was amazing. I wanted a vat. It had raw oysters in it that must have been placed in right before serving.
The main course, lobster. I tore this thing apart in record time. I think my husband was both horrified and impressed.
Dessert: Strawberry and rhubarb pie with homemade ice cream. I was so full by this point, but I managed to eat all but the crust (which my husband ate)
Me after all the food. I was covered in butter and lobster juices by this point; no wonder I'm so happy.
The Firefly. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by. You can find their website here