My family has had its fill of Mexican restaurants lately, so we decided to try something different and opted for the new location of Adriatic Cafe. The original location in Jersey Village is in an austere strip center along Highway 290. We make the trip for their garlic knots, basic pasta dishes, and pizza. Their happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, offers $3 house wines and half-price appetizers. Unlike many restaurant happy hours, Adriatic offers theirs in the dining room as well as the bar, which makes it a good deal for families as well as bar patrons.
Recently, we headed to the new location which opened along Highway 249 this past April. Set back from the freeway, it’s difficult to see. The parking lot was packed and my husband started to groan, but I wanted to give the new location a try. I gave my name and was told it would be a 15-minute wait. As young teens went by with mums and ties, I realized that not only was it Veteran’s Day, but
We waited outside on the benches, admiring the newly built structure of Texas limestone. It gives a definite Mediterranean feel. Much more appealing than the Jersey Village strip center location.
After 20 minutes, we noticed that folks who had been
The tables were fairly close together and each one was filled. Personally, I like the vibe of a busy restaurant. My husband could only think about how long it would take to get our food.
A smiling young woman came to our table and we ordered a bottle of Chianti. She soon returned to tell us they were out of that particular wine and suggested ‘Dreaming Tree’ Cabernet, a wine produced by musician Dave Matthews. I’m easy, so we said that was fine, though I should have considered the alcohol content and sweetness. It was a pleasantly smooth wine, but a little jammy for Italian food. It was served at a slightly cool room temperature, something you don’t always find with red wine served in casual Houston restaurants.
A bread basket containing several braids of buttery garlic bread was dropped on our table. We are carbo-
Our server, Kimberly, was attentive despite being slammed with a number of tables. I watched as she made her way around the room, stopping at each table, giving her full attention to the customer she was talking with, never giving any indication that she was in a rush. The manager was also going from table to table and we complimented our server to him.
The brick interior is inviting and warm. Heeding comments from customers, the owners recently put in acoustic ceiling clouds in the dining room to help with the noise. The blue forms are actually quite stylish.
My husband and son ordered a pizza with half mushrooms and half hamburger, while I ordered a Greek salad and a calzone. I cook a lot of pasta at home, so we weren’t in the mood for more. I have tried several pasta dishes at the Jersey Village location and they have always been pretty good, with tasty, homemade sauces, but often over-cheesed. I should have remembered that.
I received my Greek salad quickly and as usual, the small order( $4.50) was still very generous. I don’t care what an authentic Greek salad is supposed to be comprised of, I love Adriatic’s version. How often do you see shredded
My husband was relaxed now, wine in one hand, bread in the other. I finally removed the bread basket away from my hollow-legged son and reminded him that he was about to eat even more carbs for his meal.
The pizza and calzone came out quickly considering the packed restaurant. The crust on the pizza had a nice chew and a good balance of sauce. This isn’t artisanal pizza and there was altogether too much mozzarella, but they aren’t stingy with the toppings either.
My calzone was a shiny golden color. I am used to most calzones having a floury exterior, but this one had been brushed with olive oil and the crust had a smattering of herbs in it. I really liked the flavor of the crust, but I was disappointed in the cheesy interior. There was plenty of
The marinara served on the side was a little sweet, but it was also lighter than some tomato sauces served in Italian-American style restaurants.
With the heaviness of the cheese and the pre-dinner bread, we had plenty leftovers to take home, enough for a cheesy, carb-loaded lunch the next day.
Our server delivered the bill. My husband, by now happily content, turned into Daddy Warbucks. Great service and good food make the wait worthwhile.
Adriatic Cafe, 19004 Windsor Pointe, Tomball
Lunch specials: $6.99-$7.99
Dinner: $9.99- $18.99
Kids meals: $5.99