Chef Luis Bruno has done it again; a unique and great eatery in Jackson, Mississippi. Adobo, located in the Standard Life Building at 127 South Roach Street, has made healthy and delicious go hand-in-hand.
Chef Luis Bruno has the street cred for dining. Formerly the Executive Chef at the Governor’s Mansion and proprietor of the amazing restaurant Bruno’s Eclectic Cuisine, has reinvented dining in Jackson. Perhaps reinvented is a little overboard, but his food is great.
Adobo is a “green” restaurant, but you do not have to hug a tree to eat there. The menu is built around healthy fare, but in a familiar, tasty form.
The Salmon Burger.
Described as a wild caught salmon patty it came dressed with a caper-dill mayo, arugula, avocado, and tomato. It was served on a toasted 9-grain, sprouted bun and came with a side of chips. The sandwich was amazingly good. The salmon was moist and not fishy. The dill mayo made me think that Bruno was the “capered-crusader,” the capers added a great burst of lemon, the avocado added creaminess and richness and the bun was toasted on the outside and soft in the middle adding some crunch and texture. It was a truly great sandwich.
We also tried the Cuban sandwich. A pressed sandwich with ham, pork, Manchego cheese, mustard, pickles and drizzled with Cilantro-roasted garlic mojo. I am not real sure what that is, but it’s good. The sandwich came toasted and pressed and if you like mustard you will love this Cuban.
I could do a separate article on the chips. Each sandwich comes with a choice of chips, side salad or black bean soup. I had been forewarned the chips were addicting so I made sure to get them. And they were. They came out looking like Doritos—similar color, size and shape. But these are not Doritos! They are baked and super crisp, with flaky layers and packed with flavor. I know you are thinking it’s a chip, big whoop, but they are really that good. I bet you a lunch that Bruno is packaging them and selling them, a la Stacy’s Pita Chips.
The service was probably a little below average and not lightning fast. I am not convinced the wait staff wanted to be there on this day. The lunch crowd was good sized, especially for the location which is kind of the opposite direction most folks go for lunch, it being towards the west end of downtown off of Pearl Street. The restaurant has a big feel due to tall ceilings and bright colors. It has a few tables out front for fresh air dining and a deli cooler with salads and sandwiches to go. You had a choice of soft drinks or tea. The tea was good.
FOOD: Healthy has never been so good. Try the salmon burger or the Cuban. I would get both again. I also heard raves about the burger and hummus. Don’t forget the Chips!
SERVICE: Service was okay. There is room for improvement here. A smile goes a long way.
ATMOSPHERE: Clean, fresh and inviting.