It seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve done an actual restaurant review. We’ve been eating at home most of the time, and haven’t really tried any place new. Since this is the penultimate Friday off for my summer schedule, I decided I’d scout out new eateries. I decided on Adams Bistro, which is fairly close to home.
Adams opened about five months ago in its current location on Pelham Road between Haywood and East North. Previously the space had been occupied by Barbaritos, a burrito place akin to Moe’s or Salsarita’s. We hated it when Barbaritos closed shop, but were glad to see another eatery take its place. I overheard one of the owners tell a customer that they had been doing a substantial catering business prior to opening the restaurant.
Adams has a surprisingly nice view of the skyline of downtown Greenville. The interior is a combination of aquas and grays with a mottled texture, accented with dark wood tones. Tasteful modern abstract art adorns two of the walls. The kitchen and wait staff counter are visible along one wall. There are several high tables along the front window, but mostly square tables that seat four fill the small place. Nice, but casual and not too stuffy.
The lunch crowd I encountered was a mixed group. Most were professionals on their lunch break, but there were also a few construction workers, a couple of families, and some retirees. At first glance it looked like it had a wide appeal just based on the customers.
When I walked in I was hit with some incredible savory aromas. I took a seat at one of the high tables next to the windows.
The menu features a few appetizers, a nice selection of soups and salads, and a wide variety of sandwiches, including a few burgers. Salads and sandwiches range from around $5 to $10. However, when one gets right down to it, Adams Bistro is a meat-n-three place. There are the usual suspects – fried chicken, hamburger steak with brown gravy and mushrooms – but there are also clam strips and popcorn shrimp, in addition to three other varieties of chicken. The vegetables are standard fare for a meat-n-three. Prices are $6.50, $7.25, and $8.25 for meat-n 1, 2, and 3, respectively. There is quite the variety.
If that weren’t enough, my waiter informed me that there was a chicken parmesan on the menu today, and that the soup was clam chowder. He also rattled off about a half-dozen different types of fish and just about an equal number of ways that they could be prepared.
Several of the sandwiches looked enticing, but I opted for the meat-n-three. I went with the specials – chicken parmesan, a cup of clam chowder, jasmine rice, and mixed steamed vegetables.
Sometimes having too many choices leaves open the possibility of poor choices, or, more specifically, unfortunate combinations. The clam chowder was great, but it came out with the meal itself, since it was counted as one of my three vegetables. While I enjoyed the chowder the rest of my meal cooled. The chicken parmesan was tasty, but didn’t quite go well with the jasmine rice, which was bland in comparison. I think the rice would have been excellent with an asian combination, or with a heavier gravy, but not with this. The vegetables were good, but I needed to touch them up with a bit of pepper.
Don’t get me wrong. The food was great. It’s just that my nose have gotten a whiff of some incredible odors when I first arrived, and I didn’t find that same savory sensory experience in the food I ordered. I guess it just got my hopes too high.
Service was friendly, quick, and efficient. Ramon knew his stuff, and never made me wait for drink refills.
Adams is very reasonably priced, and looks like it has lots to offer. I’m glad to see this new dining option so close to home. I think I’ll try one of the sandwiches next time I come.