A new BBQ restaurant opened over the weekend just outside of the gates of McGuire Air Force Base called Adam's Rib (http://www.adamsribnj.com/), and I had to give it a try today. In NJ, it is hard to find good BBQ, so I was really hopeful that Adam's would be awesome.
We arrived a few minutes after high noon, and there were 3 or 4 other tables in the joint. As soon as I walked through the door, the strong smoke and BBQ smell hit me, and I was in absolute heaven. The décor is in true BBQ style, with the red and white checked table clothes, and southwestern décor around the restaurant. If you are looking for ambiance, this isn't the place.
You order at the counter before taking your seat, and I opted for the brisket sandwich. It was a tough choice between that and the pulled pork, but I figured I would give the brisket a go first, along with the hand cut fries on the side. My co-worker Holly opted for the brisket sandwich as well, and her husband Austyn (the birthday boy today) opted for the beef brisket platter sandwich with fries and slaw.
After we ordered, we sat, and it couldn't be much more than 5 minutes before our number was called and we went to the counter to pick up the food. The first thing I noticed was the size of Austyn's platter. This was a lot of brisket, and it looked delicious. The brisket sandwiches didn't have nearly as much meat, but I expected this.
The first bite I had was great. The brisket was tender and flavorful, served on a nice soft bun. The flavors from the smoke were very nice, and I added some of their what I assume is their homemade BBQ sauce, but I cannot confirm that it was homemade. Regardless, it had nice flavors, and added a great element to the sandwich. The hand cut fries were good, but nothing to write home about. Austyn's platter had some nice large pieces of meat, with minimal fat, and it just looked delicious. It was a lot of meat, and he didn't finish it all.
All in all, it is a pure joy to have this place right outside the gate, and nice to see a new restaurant open up. I think it is just a matter of time before people figure out that Adam's has opened, and it is going to be hard to get into at lunch time because it is going to be packed as the place isn't that large. Maybe tomorrow I'll try the pulled pork sandwich! At $5.79 for either the brisket or pulled pork sandwiches, it is a great value! A nice breath of fresh air in a stale foodie wasteland, and I hope that they have much success as this is a great resource for lunch! Cheers! -F. Scott.
19 Wrightstown Cookstown Road
New Hanover Township, NJ 08511
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