Gastropubs are all the rage right now and I am absolutely on board. I love the relaxed atmosphere of a pub, with a slightly upscale menu, great craft beer, and delicious cocktails. This week took me to Gideon Welles, located at 4500 Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood. We came in on a Thursday night around 6 pm and there were only a few customers. They have a large bar, a gorgeous patio, and a variety of large and small tables. We decided to sit at the bar; I love getting to chat with bartenders. The menu has a number of selections, with starters and shareables, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. The salads immediately caught my eye- everything sounded so delicious! I chose the Mediterranean: chicken, romaine hearts, french feta, mediterranean olives, chick peas, grape tomatoes, cucumber, crispy pita, and an oregano vinaigrette. This was delicious! It was packed with flavor and all of the ingredients were fresh. I loved the oregano vinaigrette, it was light and the salad wasn’t over-dressed. The feta and olives added richness and depth. I also love chickpeas in a salad- they’re like little pops of joy! My boyfriend chose the Glastonbury Burger: a house ribeye and brisket blend burger, cheddar cheese, braised pulled pork, signature bourbon bbq sauce, and a giant onion ring. This was a truly gigantic burger! If we had realized how big it was going to be, I think we would have shared it. This was gluttony at its finest. The burger blend was super rich and the pulled pork was fantastic. The barbecue sauce was great- a little smoky, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Also, who doesn’t love an onion ring? I can’t wait to come back and try more menu items here!
Gideon Welles is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 2 pm to 1 am, Thursdays from 2 am to 2 pm, Fridays from 12 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 10:30 am to 3 am, and Sundays from 10:30 to 1 am. They have Happy Hour from 4-6 pm Mondays through Fridays with $4 select drafts, $4 well drinks, and $6 appetizers. They are also available for online ordering and delivery through Grubhub. Find more information on their website.
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