Platypus & Gnome is gaining traction in the Historic Downtown food scene as we head into our third year. You are cordially invited to come in and relax for lunch or dinner in the downstairs dining room by the grand picture windows where the bustle of Downtown is an enjoyable backdrop to your meal. If you’re feeling a bit more cozy, grab a table or sofa in the mezzanine. Our staff is always happy to entertain you and your four-legged friends outside on the patio. The building may feel familiar, as it has been home to Front Street News and Café Phoenix, but owners Matt and Mary Danylec have perfectly blended their world travels with local history. The name is quirky and the experience is unlike any other in Wilmington. With the help of kitchen manager Adam Anderson, Matt has created a menu with something for everyone—fabulous salads, specialty burgers, and unique entrees. Though one of the biggest draws is exotic meat, the pair have included vegetarian, vegan, and allergy friendly options as well!
With seasonal menu rotation and weekend entrée specials, Platypus & Gnome can explore mixing southern comfort and modern cuisine infused with international flavors. Specials are based on whatever tasty exotic meat, wild game, or fish seems most inspiring. Recent weekend specials have included panko crusted Wahoo over cauliflower couscous, local Cajun Mahi with roasted tomato & black bean chowchow, Southern Fried Game Hen stuffed with gluten free bacon mac-n-cheese, and Kangaroo in cherry peppercorn demiglace. If you’re not feeling quite so adventurous, P&G has plenty of staples so good they’ve never come off the menu—house smoked scallops with black rice and bacon wrapped asparagus, BBQ Wild Boar leg with sweet potato mash and green beans, candied bacon appetizer, black bean chili, and (of course) the Elk Burger!
Platypus & Gnome isn’t just great food, but also an excellent bar! We are serving up classic and specialty cocktails, rolling out an extensive and expertly curated wine list, and pouring plenty of local craft beer. Stop in for daily food and drink specials and live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 7-10pm all year long. Oh, and don’t forget Sunday Brunch!