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Discovering ADAiRE: S. Forsyth’s lunch gem

by S. Lee Guy

August 19, 2013

Chef Lynda Phillips and Chef Matthew Phillips at their lunchtime restaurant ADAiRE.Aldo Nahed.
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Just a turn off McFarland Parkway lives a quiet little lunch joint that flies below everyone's radar.

Unless you happen to work in this office park, you'd probably never know this little gem was buried here, waiting to be discovered.

Let's change that.

ADAiRE is a professional chef and catering service run by husband-and-wife duo Matthew and Lynda Phillips.

Matthew is a Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef with a résumé that includes gigs at Rays on the River and the Ritz Carlton.

Their Shiloh Road office park location houses the catering kitchen, 6535 Shiloh Road, Suite 700.

In the front of the store is a beautiful demonstration kitchen and four cozy tables — two outdoor seating tables, too.

The couple, who have been in the catering and private-chef business for six-and-a-half years, transformed this demonstration area into a lunchtime bistro at ADAiRE back in September. They're only open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week.

It's tough to review a place like this.

It would be easy to write about the jerk chicken I had this week.

The jerk seasoning was generously applied, yet its heat tempered with a terrific chipotle honey sauce. But their menu changes each week, so unless you happen to go there today, you're outta luck.

So what can you expect here?

They'll feature two entrees and two hot side dishes each week.

Entrees are often things like braised boneless short ribs or chicken.

One week, I had coq au vin with a side of ratatouille — amazing.

Did I just eat French food near McFarland Parkway? Someone pinch me.

The entrees are simple, but well executed.

Roasted chicken may not sound exciting, but when paired with a white wine, lemon and artichoke pan sauce, it's outstanding.

It's the kind of simple yet delicious cooking that a trained chef can do in their sleep.

But somehow, food like this never seems to find its way into ordinary restaurants.

Expect to pay a tiny bit more than a meat and veggie joint.

An entree with one hot side item will set you back a ten spot.

Iced tea or lemonade is included.

Add the second veggie for two bucks more.

The menu also includes sandwiches, soups, salads and often a quiche.

A ham and cheddar sandwich might look boring on the menu – that is until Lynda wields a blowtorch to brown the cheese just before serving.

A smoked beef sandwich makes menu often. It comes with pickled onions, horseradish cream and a Guinness jelly — my goodness.

Soups range from the ordinary, tomato basil or gumbo, to the unusual.

How about a Spanish-style posole? It's on the menu this week.

Share your email address with them and you'll get the menu delivered at the start of each week.

They also post it on their Facebook page.

If something looks interesting, then add the Bistro to your week's lunch rotation.

But you're not going to go wrong just showing up blind.

And you thought McFarland Parkway was a culinary wasteland. Tisk tisk. You might get lost trying to find The Bistro at ADAiRE, but it's worth it.

And let's keep this little secret lunch spot just between us, okay?