This just in from Deeahna Arrieta, owner of the new Adama restaurant at 428 Chapala St:

Adama, vegan comfort cuisine, opened softly, not completely ready but just taking the plunge, on Thursday.  Its an enormous learning curve as we learn the POS system and the challenges of serving and seating in this very unique edifice.  Marsha and I have been so blessed by all of the encouragement and well-wishes that have come our way in these months, and are loving finally meeting the many of you that have been cheering us on as we hauled, painted, scrubbed, replaced, laughed and cried through the makeover.  Our new motto: give us a dolly, a staple gun, and a few pipes for leverage, and there is nothing we can’t do! 

The still evolving menu is completely vegan with an emphasis on organic ingredients.  We have several gluten-free items in the bakery and are working on adding a few more to the menu as well.  Also coming soon are more dishes that are soy-free.  But our main focus is on animal-free.  Come break bread with us and join us in the adventure!  With the tiniest bit of prompting, the whole story of the way our lives and paths have been woven together comes pouring out!  Breakfast, lunch, baked goods, espresso/coffee/juice bar Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 6:30 AM.

– Deeahna

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4 Responses to ADAMA UPDATE

  1. OD says:

    We just had lunch there and…WOW! The place is beautiful, the staff is a delight, and the food, oh the food. It’s really pretty much as good as it can get. I had a gardein sandwich on focaccia with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and cashew cheese. It was totally scrumptious, and the side salad with sesame vinaigrette was very nice too. My sweetie had the Aglio e Olio, pasta with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, and butternut squash (and plenty of moist, chewy bread to soak up the juices). for dessert, a chocolate cupcake dripping with moistness and covered in luscious frosting. And an apple streusel tart for the lady. The restaurant is broken up into little rooms, each a little different and all cozy and wonderfully furnished. The staff is attentive and friendly and very good looking to boot. I know this sounds like an ad, but I really couldn’t wait to get home and share our delight with others. This is an out-of-the-way location, so their success will come via word of mouth. I’m doing my part. I urge everyone, vegan or not, to give Adama a try. I think you’ll seriously love it. And no, I don’t have a stake in the place. It’s just that I’m thrilled with what they’re doing and want them to succeed and be around for a very long time.

  2. Paul says:

    I would love to see corporate press releases take on this same style.

  3. Adrienne Kligman says:

    THE BEST!!!! Wow!!!!!! Been vegan for 37 years. THE BEST vegan restaurant I have ever been to in the U.S. or Europe! Superior food, service, and atmosphere. Great prices and extra large helpings. Food is homemade, authentic, gorgeous, and DELICIOUS!!! Will be back again and again!!

  4. Vivvy says:

    The baked goods at Adama are off the hook!! The salads look good (I haven’t tried them yet) but I have tried the sandwiches, and they sound amazing but the execution is lacking. I am thrilled that there are vegan joints opening in SB, but I want to constructively critique this place. I highly recommend that the owner(s) take a field trip to Mary’s Secret Garden in Ventura and try the sandwiches on and off the menu – she has a BBQ sandwich that she’ll make upon request that is amazing. Please keep on improving – I want to support local, and especially vegan eateries.

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