April 30, 2010
at Adobe Blues
I am full. Full of Enchiladas that is. I actually can't even think straight. Tonight we ate at a staple in New Brighton--Adobe Blues. For those of you who are not familiar with it (and there may still be a few of you out there) Adobe Blues is located past the ferry and just a little before Snug Harbor off of Richmond Terrace at 63 Lafayette Avenue. It serves southwestern food and boasts a humungous beer list--which is what appealed to us some years back when a hangover wasn't something we worried about. Now that 10 o'clock is sounding a little late, a hangover is actually making us just say no-at least a little. It is the homey atmosphere and welcoming attitude Adode Blues has that keeps us coming back.
It is one of my husband's favorite places on the Island. My son Teddy and I picked him up from the ferry on the evening of his birthday and after hemming and hawing about where to go--which usually lasts about 20 minutes and ends up with two out of the three of us sulking in our warm soda and overpriced yet soggy sushi--I suggested Adobe Blues. Teddy was excited about the prospect of guacamole and chips and I knew Pete was already thinking about which beer he would have--I think it was Newcastle this time. We got there around 6:30 and it was relatively empty. A couple of patrons were at the bar and a few tables were already occupied. I didn't intend to write about this, but after we were settled at our table and were enjoying the chips and the ambient lighting (to put it romantically) a group of 5 parents wielding 3 infant car carriers walked in. I thought to myself--Yikes, they may have a problem sitting down. I've been there, not with three of course, but it is mildly uncomfortable walking into a restaurant with one child, thinking "I hope we can be accommodated without much fuss". The hostess didn't bat an eye--They were seated right away in a comfortable table in the back where the band usually plays. The place does have a rather interesting acoustic issue. It is hard to hear anything there that is outside your immediate area, so that totally worked in their favor. Then I started noticing more couples with children coming in and it was getting crowded. There were at least 4 tables with children under 3 and some with children from 7-15. It was nice. A place where mommy and daddy had way too good a time working their way through the beer list has renovated itself into a family establishment. Maybe it always was, but like I said--they have great beer!
While they do not have a dedicated children's menu, my son was more than happy with his heaping (yes, I used the word heaping) side dish of Red Beans and Rice, sour cream, chips and guacamole. His milk did come in a covered kids cup with a 'fat' straw. The menu hasn't changed that much over the years. They usually have a few unique specials and not-your-everyday southwestern plates, as well as the standard Mexican/southwestern dishes such as the aforementioned enchiladas (the green chili sauce that accompanied them was amazing.) Overall the food has remained consistent--honestly, I can't say I have ever had a bad meal there. Now I can enjoy it with my family and know that family friendly doesn't have to mean sacrificing taste and atmosphere. They do provide a changing table in the ladies room which was a plus, since the bathroom is a bit rural looking. Also, just to make a note of it if you are thinking of going, we were there on a Tuesday night around 6:30, it started getting full at about 7:00 and the waiting area is in the bar--which can definitely get crowded as well. Also, Wednesday night is "Open Mic" night where many a singer and guitar hero come to play. They also usually have a band or two on the weekend. It can get pretty loud, so maybe call before going. (718) 720-2583.....http://adobe-blues.com/
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