Oh, my God! Last week I found myself at the most adorable little place with most delicious food! It was just supposed to be a spot for me to meet and catch up with a sweet friend. “How about we meet at Ada’s in Riverside”, she asked. “Sure! Why not!”, I replied. While I was more interested in catching up with her, the foodie in me couldn’t resist a chance to try a new place. Oh, boy! It didn’t take long for that visit to turn into a mini-obsession.
Ada’s Kitchen & Coffee. What a precious little eatery this is! Housed in a building dating back to the 1800’s. For over 60 years this used to be Ada’s Candy Store…. a neighborhood place frequently visited by kids craving a sweet treat on their way back from school. The owners have restored the building back to its original glory.. but with a modern and tasteful flair. And a husband & wife team of Mike & Krista Pietrafeso have established the cutest take-out restaurant inside. Mike is a graduate of French Culinary Institute and has worked in multiple well-known kitchens around the area. I love that as an homage to the candy store that used to be, Ada’s has a shelf filled with candy and other sweet treats. 🙂
Ada’s Kitchen & Coffee offers breakfast, lunch and dinner-to-go items. The food is either freshly made or sourced with fresh ingredients from local vendors. I am addicted to the Ada’s English Muffin sandwich. The irresistibly runny farm egg, crispy bacon, Grafton cheddar, arugula and bernaise sauce – all sandwiched between fresh and homemade English muffin is a treat sure to put a smile on my face each morning. But Ada’s BEC with chipotle mayo may be my next order because that chipotle mayo sounds truly intriguing. For those of you looking for healthier alternatives, try the the egg white omelette. With ingredients like caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and fire roasted tomatoes – it promises not to be a compromise on taste.
I have to admit that after my first visit there, I was somewhat obsessed and quite curious to try other menu offerings. Next time (practically two days later), after telling my colleagues non-stop about my new find, I generously offered to pick up lunch for all my team mates at work. Our group ordered an assortment of sandwiches and salad bowls. I wanted to see the same smile of satisfaction on their lovely faces! Yes. Everyone loved their food. There were healthful salad options for those who wanted to eat light. And the rest ordered an assortment of sandwiches and soup of the day. I personally enjoyed the panko crusted chicken sandwich with the very unusual addition of refried beans. The beans make the sandwich so luxurious (I can’t believe I am using this word to describe a sandwich… but it describes how the it tasted to me) and the whole thing is super filling and super satisfying.
Ada’s Kitchen & Coffee is a small place with no seating. But they do have a couple of chairs and benches outside in case you would like to enjoy your food as soon as you get it in your hands. For the Ada’s English muffin sandwich, I recommend you eat asap…. the runny egg is just so amazing fresh off the cooktop. There is ample parking in front and on the side of the building, which makes it a very easy and quick spot of food pick-up.
Try it and tell me if you developed your own mini-obsession with Ada’s, like me.