If you are looking for a home-cooked breakfast or lunch with the freshest of ingredients in the friendliest atmosphere, then Gilbert House needs to be at the top of your list. Stepping in to Susan Wright’s family establishment felt like going back to my childhood home for a meal. The restaurant is set in a beautifully rustic house with all of the touches of home. Fresh flowers in tin vases and greenery surrounding the patio make it seem like we have stepped out of the Arizona desert and on to a farm for some real classic American cuisine.
From the minute you enter, you smell freshly-baked goods (that we very highly recommend you try) and the proprietor Susan is right there to greet you and take you to your adorable table. It’s informal in the best way and makes you feel as comfortably as you would when heading to a family lunch with your loved ones. Every little touch made us feel relaxed and wanting to slow down our day in order not to miss a beat.
Being part of the early afternoon crowd, we started with mimosas and bloody marys before we dove in to our classic meals. Although, it’s not as if you need an excuse to start early of course. Brunch beverages are the best beverages, after all. Large mimosas served in glass mason jars were the perfect way to start. Eyeing the special chalk board behind us, we ordered the Buffalo Scramble with Sour Dough Toast and the Southwest Chicken Sandwich. The Buffalo Scramble is two eggs scrambled with lean range-fed ground buffalo steak, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and jack cheese. Susan uses all natural buffalo meat straight from her sister’s ranch in South Dakota; the Cheyenne River Ranch – keeping all of it in the family! Turns out buffalo is leaner and lower in calories in order to make the enjoyment more guilt-free. I’ll take it! She also uses the buffalo in her delicious Buffalo Burger, with the option to add cheese, green chilies, mushrooms, and grilled onions. This is definitely one we will be back for very soon. Especially since we always take the option to add green chilies to our dishes. On that note, there is another menu item that we can’t wait to try – the Gree Chili Omelet with seared green chilies, cream cheese, jack cheese, smothered with green chili sauce and topped with avocado, sour cream, and pico de gallo; served with hash browns and a tortilla. Hand me the hot sauce and let’s get this party started!
The Southwest Chicken Sandwich was, hands down, one of the most tender and flavorful chicken breast sandwiches I’ve had to date! It’s amazing how something done so simply can truly surprise your taste buds. Perfectly cooked with accompanying pepper jack cheese and an incredible basil mayonnaise and served on a potato bun, I was transported to a backyard family picnic; where the food is delicious and the company is just as good. We made sure to grab some baked goods to go (since our bellies were quite as happy ad full as they could comfortably be). We had to try these daily home baked goods we kept smelling coming from the kitchen! Today the specialties were the rhubarb muffins and the carrot cake. We took out fresh goods and headed out back to take a peek at the chapel and adjacent barn-style venue, where we could see that a wedding was about to take place. Learning that Susan and the Gilbert House were catering the wedding was just the icing on the cake for us (insert wedding cake joke here). I can only imagine how delicious the menu was going to be. And if it was half as good as the heavenly frosting from the carrot cake, I hope I get an invite to the next wedding!
Classic American Cuisine can be overlooked sometimes for more complicated cuisines, so it is incredibly comforting and refreshing to know that places like Susan’s Gilbert House are here to make us feel like we are friends, family, and we can relax and enjoy the simplicity of perfectly cooked American breakfast and lunch dishes any day of the week in a place that feels like home.
Cheers and Bon Appétit, Food Lovers!