If you are looking for good soul food, you should make your Alta West Adams reservations now. Black eye pea fritters, deviled eggs, sweet cornbread, and that’s just to start. The best part of dinner was the drinks. The drinks are fire, I mean literally, the drinks are on fire at Alta Adams! Here’s what you should order when you go!
Cocktail | Billy Bones | Jamaican Rum, Overproof Rum, Omaro, Rootbeer Reduction, Rosemary, Orange Reduction. This is what I call a real “fireside chat!”
When I get a text from my good friend Deborah K. I know that it’s about to go down!
Deborah knows where all the good food and drinks are! Did I mention she’s also a mixologist aside from being an amazing digital marketing guru. We will get to that in a later post. We hope to get her top 10 recipes for you.
I was excited to try Alta Adams, Deborah dined here during the opening and had excellent menu recommendations. Here’s what we ordered.
Black eye pea fritters with spicy green sauce
“Soul food for me is food created with love and with the intent to nourish, sustain and feed the soul.” – Keith Corbett, Chef, Alta West Adams
I definitely know my way around the kitchen. I’m an excellent cook and would have never thought to use black eye peas as a base for fritters! The black eye pea fritters were light and fluffy, the perfect mix of crunch and soul-soothing.
The Vieux Dieux Queen (by way of Peru)
Rye, pisco, sweet vermouth, benedictine, bitters, cherries and, mini voodoo doll.
The bartender explained this Peruvian drink was created based on a ‘worry doll’ that you put under your pillow at night. Deborah equated it to a “dammit doll” that you shake when you have troubles.
Cornbread with honey butter
If you know anything about cornbread and macaroni, the corners of the pans are the real prize. Deborah, saved the last corner for me (lol) a true friend. The cornbread had a nice texture, moist on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside. I love sweet cornbread and this was a great version of it. The honey butter was slathered on the edge of the plate and I so appreciated it!
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California gumbo, early summer veg, okra stew, rice.
If you are looking for an excellent vegan option this is it! I, of course, was not looking to do anything vegan on this night (lol). I added shrimp, chicken, and sausage.
Oxtails & rice
The portion sizes are large, the oxtails were tender and plated beautifully. Opted for brown rice on the side (not pictured).
What’s Up Doc?
Gin, carrot, tumeric, lime, soda.
“A gin drink that tastes like salad”Deborah K.
Gin, meyer lemon, thyme, cucumber, bergamot, eucalyptus, sparkling wine.
I was expecting a different type of cobbler, more of a traditional cobbler. This is what I would call a poor man’s version of a cobbler. Although that might sound a little harsh, it’s perfectly acceptable to reference recipes this way. My God sister’s grandmother Susie Jefferson taught us an amazing poor man’s cobbler recipe growing up. Three ingredients, yellow cake mix, can of peaches and butter. It’s delicious!
Our conversation, food, and drinks shut the restaurant down. We were the last to leave.
If you’re an outdoor person, definitely ask for outdoor seating. The outdoor patio wins!
5359 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016