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Locally sourced restaurant in Wilmette featuring seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday/Friday/Saturday. All of our dishes our prepared fresh everyday. We have many options for gluten free diners. Weekly specials are displayed on website. We are also available for private events from 20-50 people.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast/Brunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm.
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Lake/east of greenbay
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Amazing parking, right next to metra train station....best parking in Wilmette
Wilmette metra 50 step away
Private Party Facilities:
Rent the whole space for a special dinner we customize a menu for your event.
Private Party Contact:
Tim Lenon: (847) 251-3835
Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
Fuel Ratings and Reviews
I think Fuel breakfast is unsurpassed so I decided to try it for dinner. I was disappointed! We had pumpkin ravioli which was SWIMMING in oil. It really wasn't good. The salad was good, I thought, but my friend said the dressing had little taste. We had a wedge of lettuce with a few cranberries and nuts on top (very few).
Fuel (food you eat locally (I think)), is a small and somewhat upscale neighborhood restaurant with a limited but fresh menu of seasonally available ingredients. We ate outside on a lovely late summer evening. Service was attentive. Food was delicious and nicely presented.
Finally tried Fuel. The food was amazing and the owner was so nice as he kept coming by to make sure we were happy. We will definitely be back, this time bringing our friends. Just wish they could spruce up the inside a little, but honestly the food makes up for it.
Very disappointing as a dinner venue. The space was so warm it was uncomfortable. Table service was chaotic. VERY limited drink options. They're great for breakfast and lunch but not great for dinner. Farm to table is a great concept but the food was average in flavor.
When we got there and the place was empty. My husband got the short rib risotto and it was ok. I had the halibut. It would have been great if it wasnt so salty. The sons pasta dish was delicious but that was a kids plate. On a positive side you can tell the freshness is there.
Food was great, staff very accommodating, nice outdoor seating if you like that. Inside decor a bit sparse, but clean and well kept. It seems they do a nice seasonal menu because some of the specials were going to be moved to the seasonal menu so I guess they were trying them out. The salmon was delicious. Super selection of salads. We had the blue cheese and it eas plenty to share. We will be back.
Well, we knew it was a little odd when we walked into an "upscale" restaurant at 6:30 on a Friday night, and we were the only ones there. That's right, there were 2 servers, 2 cooks and the 2 of us... that was it!
The decor felt as if we were in an IKEA showroom. It was trendy looking, but very cheap feeling. Not bad, but not what we were looking for in an upscale establishment. The menu was a onexpage affair, on oversized paper. Again, very cool look for a trendy place, but the menus were all crumpled up and had food and drink stains on them. There was a pretty small wine selection and ONE beer choice (which they were out of).
The servers (who were both new, one was on her first day there) were excellent. Very attentive, friendly and polite. But again, we were the ONLY customers. They were out of one of the specials, and one of the appetizers. We only stuck around for appetizers, cause it was getting a little awkward being the only ones there, and we didn't want to see what else they were out of. The food was ok, but a little sub par for a trendy place.
We might go back in the future, but will wait a bit so they can restock, update (and replace) the menu, bring in a couple beer options, and actually have them at the restaurant.
I would recommend this restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Very small space...not very cozy or warm. All the food is locally sourced and for the most part it was good. My husband's pork chop was way over cooked and my girlfriend and I ordered Opa (a fish) and they too were over cooked. The restaurant replaced my husband's pork chop no questions asked and it was perfect. The price of our meal was high for the taste and ambience of the place.
While it is a bit difficult to find (attached to a carwash) and looks unassuming from the outside, once there the food is unexpectedly excellent. We had two large appetizers (salad and pasta) and two entrees, which was one dish too many. It is a small restaurant with a modest sized regular menu, but don't overlook the daily specials on the blackboard. The restaurant was only half filled for dinner, but we understand that brunch there is very popular.
The ambiance isn't great if you want a sophisticated dining experience but the food was terrific. Hard plastic chairs and bright white/stark storefront setting makes it feel like a sandwhich/pizza joint as you first enter. Of course once inside you see the plastic feel is contrasted with the linen table linen along with the formal place settings. It's a bit confusing in terms of what they are trying to say to their customers as they walk in for the first time. 4 tops make up the bulk of the seating.
The food was terrific. Pumpkin ravioli and crab cake appetizers had 5 star plating and were delicious. The Salmon was recommend and also didn't disappoint. A strong endorsement on the food. Would came back in an instant given the right occasion.
I would say if you are looking for a casual dining experience and aren't interested in a romantic or sophisticated ambiance this is a great neighborhood gem.
This is a hidden gem, and I mean hidden. I live less than 2 miles away and didn't know its been open for 7 years. Had a great meal. Very fresh. Very good dervice. Decor is rather sparse but food and service definately make up for lack high end furnishings. They should consider BYOB with less than a $20 corkage fee.
We like Fuel's convenient access (my wife is in a wheelchair), but it really shines when you enter the door. The staff is very accommodating and anticipates your needs before having to ask. The decor is simple, bordering on boring, but that lets one focus more on the delicious menu and the well prepared dishes. The food is excellent, locally sourced and impeccably prepared. I recommend Fuel to friends without reservations ( no pun intended)!
Fuel primarily does breakfast/lunch business but the stay open for dinner Thursday - Saturday. Everything is fresh and natural, farm to table, and delicious. They don't seem to do a very big dinner business, but people don't know what they are missing. It's a small menu, but there is something for everyone - beef, chicken, fish, veggie - and it's all supurb.
This was our first visit to Fuel. We arrived at 6PM and were the first diners seated inside; service was prompt and efficient. Our food was very tasty, including one everyday menu item (salmon) and one special (pork chop), and a nice salad with young greens, candied pears, and blue cheese. We both found the vegetables/sides and the locally-baked bread most enjoyable. We will add Fuel to our regular restaurant rotation.
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