Today is one of my glorious every-other-Fridays off, and I spent it with my mom and Grandma at Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie today. The very first thing we saw when we parked was Wilde & Greene, a three-week-old natural market and restaurant.
We went in to look at the market and ended up eating immediately at the restaurant becasue the ambience was awesome. There are stations galore: omelettes, salads, meats, sandwiches, stirfrys, seafood, suhi, crepes/waffles, gelato and a bar. In other words, sort of how I picture Heaven.
The place seems huge and has great decor–unique tables, nice lighting, good music, and a really cool tin water station that you can see behind my grandma in this picture.
We asked one of the employees what store Wilde & Greene replaced, and it turns out that it used to be the food court. This place is DEFINITELY an improvement over standard food court fare.
Between my mom, grandma and me, we ordered a vegetarian stirfry, a chicken stirfry, a caprese salad and lamb. My grandma loved the lamb and my mom really enjoyed the caprese salad. The stirfrys, on the other hand, were very bland. I was almost positive they’d forgotten to add sauce (one piece of broccoli tasted like teryaki, though, so apparently it had been included), so I went and got more on the side. Even with the extra, there was almost no taste to the dish (then again, it was also probably 1,000% healthier than the stiryfrys I’m used to–I’m not sure I saw them do any actual frying; it was more like steaming, I think).
Despite the unstellar dish, I would absolutely go back. On my list to try: a turkey and brie sandwich (I’m going to request apple slices on it as well….mmmm….) or maybe a panini. I’m also going to get some of the delicious-looking gelato.
And I’d love to go after 5 p.m., so I can enjoy the rooftop bar on a cool fall night.
If you’re in the area, I’d definitely recommend trying this place. Just avoid the stirfry–or ask them to go heavy on the sauce.
Old Orchard is the only location where Wilde & Greene can be found, and it’s open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
I don’t typically do reviews since many of them are location-specific, but I was excited about this place today. I’m of no illusion that it’s perfectly healthy–you can see the creamy (fattening, fabulous) gelato above, after all. But there were some great options and most were made with organic, fresh ingredients. I’d love to see more places like this!
What’s your favorite place for a healthy(ish) meal?