Locally sourced cuisine is fresh, knows all the cool things to do in town, and won't cause indigestion by driving on the wrong side of your stomach. Get a meal from close to home with today's Groupon to Gilson's in Wilmette. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get dinner for two, including two entrees (up to a $27.95 value each) and two glasses of wine (up to a $12 value each; up to a $79.90 total value).
- For $78, you get dinner for four, including four entrees (up to a $27.95 value each) and four glasses of wine (up to a $12 value each; up to a $159.80 total value).
Gilson's lavishes palates with an eclectic menu of gourmet cuisine forged from local, organic ingredients and balanced by a slate of acclaimed wines. Chefs fetch fresh fare over the shortest distance possible, often sourcing organic produce from farmer's markets, fresh meat and seafood from local butchers and fishmongers, and cups of sugar borrowed from their next-door neighbors. The center-cut bistro tenderloin filet stands a succulent two inches thick beneath a tart and spicy horseradish and lemon compound, and mushroom risotto sits in creamy complement. An assortment of fresh seafood is also available, including salmon, sea bass, and Canadian walleye singing patriotic folk tunes. The carefully selected wine list showcases varietals from around the globe, including Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and the Napa Valley's Artesa cabernet sauvignon, which garnered a positive review from Wine Spectator.
Sunlight streams in through ample windows in Gilson's cozy dining room, which is decked with plentiful rich wood seating. Colorful paintings adorn an accent wall of exposed brick, which conjures images of a European chateau or medieval comedy club. Outside, diners can enjoy edibles in the open air upon a bustling front patio.
There is a huge gap between what parents want to eat and what their kids do. Between picky eating habits and the lure of shiny plastic toys, it can seem impossible to get kids to eat out without having to scarf chicken nuggets yourself. Two Wilmette fathers grew tired of this cycle and the poor quality of food their kids were craving, so they decided to create a restaurant where they, their wives, and their kids could all get an enjoyable meal.
The result was Gilson’s, an American bistro that uses sustainably caught and locally grown ingredients that adults value, and couches it in a friendly atmosphere complete with a children’s menu that accommodates picky eaters without plying them with processed junk food. The bistro reflects its two identities with an outdoor patio and exposed-brick dining room, with a more upscale wine bar that caters to guests wanting to sip international vintages in a more intimate space.
For the adults, chefs specialize in seafood. They accent shrimp and ahi tuna with layers of mango salsa and wasabi mayo to create complex flavor profiles without boiling up a rubik's-cube reduction. House specialties such as the fish tacos and Wyoming bison burgers get pared down to create smaller lunch portions, alongside a selection of organic sandwiches and salads.
1126 Central Ave.
Wilmette, Illinois 60091Get Directions