In the Neighborhood

Adair Kitchen

Laurann Claridge  |  Photos by Photo by Kim Coffman.
November 09, 2012

Mom must be proud of her progeny. Twenty-somethings Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart, all grown up now, are recreating the food of their childhood at this Tanglewood spot — the sort of hearty comforting fare (pimento cheese sandwiches, pecan-crusted chicken, green enchiladas and turkey meatloaf) they remember mom making. Of course, dad (Skeeter’s Hamburgers founder and Los Tios owner Gary Adair) had a bit of influence on his little ones, too. The latest venture is all in the family. Casual and easy, the menus at Adair Kitchen are written on large chalkboards hung overhead. At breakfast and lunch, diners order at the counter, while dinner switches to table service, with entrées ranging from $10 to $20. The bright, airy two-story dining room provides peeks into the sea-green kitchen via glass panels. Sit under the breeze of the 12-foot ceiling fan or in a booth beneath the silhouette of an enormous pig crafted from black sheet metal. (Momma Adair apparently quite fancies pigs.)  Early-risers, take note: The salty and sweet granola parfait ($5), huevos rancheros ($7.50) and house bacon-batter waffles ($6) on the breakfast menu will rouse even the most bleary-eyed among us. 5161 San Felipe, 713.623.6100;