Bon Appetit: Adega is a New Favorite

We have so many confessions to make.

For starters, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I stopped eating meat at the beginning of the year. I didn’t eat much meat to begin with, so not a whole lot has changed. That said, I’m excited to continue this journey as a vegetarian (#represent), but am prepared to break the new diet when dining at specialty restaurants. ahem: Urban Butcher.

Confession #2: Up until about six months ago, neither of us realized that Adega was actually a restaurant. We thought it was a fancy wine shop, and never bothered to go in. Remember that whole uncultured-swine-from-Nebraska thing? Yeah… Us and fancy don’t get along.

I first ate at Adega with friends Pete and Boosaba and was pleasantly surprised by their menu (and their fish tacos!), so it was especially fun to introduce Cliff to a restaurant we never knew existed. We both loved the casual-yet-charming atmosphere and will definitely keep Adega on our list of fun places to take out-of-town guests. The restaurant is a gem, and Silver Spring is lucky to have such a unique hangout.

I was encouraged by the staff to get a flatbread, but a burger topped with guacamole caught my attention. I chose the veggie burger and Cliff had the Napa Valley Cabernet Burger. We both died over the chipotle mayo. It was so good! The best part, though, was the wine. How could it not be? My glass of Kiona Riesling really hit the spot.

What we ordered:

  • Tomato Soup: $4
  • Veggie Burger: $8
  • Napa Valley Cabernet Burger: $9
  • Kiona Riesling: $7.50

Total: $28.50

P.S. If you are ever feeling super lazy and desperate for that delicious Adega Turkey Rueben, Adega does deliver through Food Taxi… Checkout their website for details.


Adega is located at:

8519 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Be sure to tell them we sent you on your next visit and come back and share your own experience and thoughts.


Jonna Huseman
I have a degree in journalism and have worked in non-profit communications for the last six years. I am also owner/operator of Jonna Michelle Photography based here in Silver Spring. I am passionate about art, travel, animals, supporting the rights of working people and supporting small, local businesses in my community. On a personal level, I would like to get to know Silver Spring better both as a neighborhood and as a community. I want to better know the people who live here and who make Silver Spring such a fabulous place. I would also like to see a better relationship between pedestrians and drivers, and an official opening to a transit center that is both functional and safe.

  • Jonathan Bernstein

    Jonna thanks so much for the review. Adega was going to be mostly a wine shop but a funny thing happened, the food was too good!

    Also I try to coach the folks who work there that Adega had sweet potato fries before it was cool. And on your next visit try the newest great thing, their eggplant fries.

  • Mike D.

    Eggplant fries? That’s just wrong.

  • Lindemann

    I ate lunch at Adega almost every Saturday, for a few years after it opened. To my mind, the quality of food has gone down tremendously in the past couple years. Portions are smaller, sandwiches are not cooked and assembled with as much care, upcharges for additions have increased. It used to be one of my favorite parts of the downtown Silver Spring assemblage, a non-chain venue that could compete on taste and price with the chains and beat them soundly. Now I rarely visit.

  • Bob

    Adega badly needs to expand into the vacant Metamorphosis space and update their now-drab interior. There’s very limited seating so it’s always full w/people standing around hovering. It’s no longer a comfortable environment. The fact they now charge $5 to let you drink their beer with your food order is absurd. I understood it when they had the upcharge for people who didn’t also order food, but now they rip you off with the $5 charge no matter what. I’m buying your food; I’m buying your beer…yet I have to pay an upcharge because I want to consume both at the same time? Wtf is that? What an absurdly agitating concept.

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