During the 1920’s, prohibition banned the sale of any and all alcoholic products in the United States, sending people scurrying into hiding to get their hands on the hooch. Secret spots tucked away into back alleys called speakeasys poured booze for those who knew a guy who knew a guy. Of course, not being able to have something makes you want it more, and the not so ubiquitous liquid had people slinking around to find it. But these sneaky boozey hideouts were missing one thing, bomb ass food.
Adeline’s in cumberland is a speakeasy style bar and eatery, nestled into Mendon Rd. Just like in the 20’s, the atmosphere is sultry like a sexy velvet dress your crush wears on a Friday night out. The bar is dimly lit with glints of light passing through the crystal chandeliers, just minus the flapper girls and add the tasty goods.
Right out the gate, I am going to start with my favorite dish here, and maybe one of my all time favorite sandwiches, the Adeline’s Revenge. Juicy, tender medallions of fillet tips are wrapped up with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion and cheddar cheese, then swathed in a tangy ranch sauce. The real kicker here? The wrap. No whimpy tortilla would be able to hold all of these succulent flavors. So a grilled flatbread (yes, like a flatbread pizza) is the blanket holding all of these yummy ingredients together. Damn, I don’t know who Adeline is getting revenge on, but if they’re missing out on her cooking like this, I am sad for them indeed.
Our sandwich came with massive batter fried onion rings. You know, the kind that crunch when you bite into the juicy onion in the center. The only ring I need on our finger!
Next we had some classic calamari, because as we know, it’s the official state appetizer. Don’t you dare eat dinner in Rhode Island without starting with some fried squid rings! The Bugsy Siegel Calamari was lightly fried crispy golden brown and tossed with chorizo, olives, garlic butter and of course marinara sauce on the side.
Of course we couldn’t eat at Adeline’s without getting two hands on a burger, and it seemed fitting to bite into the Cumberland Hill. Half a pound of ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, bread and butter pickles (ugh, the best kind on a burger!) and, dun dun dun…...forbidden sauce. What’s in this sauce, no one but Adeline knows. All of this piled onto a a buttery, freshly baked bun.
Served with crispy fries, duh. It is a crime in Cumberland to serve a burger without fries, and you don't want the long arm of the food law to smack the taste out of you. So eat the damn fries!
Being winter, we really wanted some hearty, warm comfort food to cozy up with. And nothing says cozy comfort food like fresh hot chicken thigh pie. Peas and carrots simmered in a thick, rich and creamy broth with tenderlicious shreds of chicken thigh. All of this topped off with a fluffy and crispy layer of puff pastry. One bite and you will forget that it’s negative three degrees outside and transport you to a den with a smoking chair and blazing fire place. If thats not ideal coziness, I don't know what is.
This speakeasy has all the tasty food, and the prohibition style beverages. Our favorite is the Adeline’s Gin and Tonic (Adeline knows her stuff when it comes to the eats, so we trust her with the wet stuff), Bombay Sapphire Gin and Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic with lime. Not your average G&T. Each cocktail is handcrafted and poured like it is 1925. So cozy up on a barstool, and don’t sip lightly.
We would like to thank Phil at Adeline’s Speakeasy, for cooking us such divine and luscious food. To this day, you are truly one of our favorite chefs and will forever get our praise! We love you!
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