Rosey’s Review: Jeffrey Adams on Fourth

321 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101
336.448.1714 |
Monday – Tuesday:  11 AM – 10 PM • Wednesday – Thursday:  11 AM – 11 PM • Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 12 AM • Sunday:  11 AM – 9 PM


I love the food in Winston-Salem.  We are such a foodie town, and if you’re looking for a prime example of local cuisine done right, look no further than Jeffrey Adams on Fourth. Contemporary dining meets local produce along with an urban atmosphere and menu that boasts an eclectic mix of unique dishes, Southern favorites, and comfort food.  Jeffrey Adams is in a prime location in downtown Winston-Salem. Directly across from the Stevens Center, there is ample parking available in the Cherry Marshall Deck, located just behind the restaurant.  Enjoy people-watching from either the main level or second-floor dining as you take in the ambiance of the city.

It’s always a treat to pay a visit to Jeffrey Adams on Fourth.  Our server, Gian Cortese, was both knowledgeable and attentive during our meal.  Like a welcoming host, Gian took the time to explain each dish as it arrived and made sure our beverage glasses were always full.

Our first dish of the evening was a signature appetizer, Ahi Tuna.  Lightly seared tuna – this is seafood for people who aren’t sure if they like seafood.  Served with a soy reduction and wasabi, and garnished with pickled ginger and seaweed salad, the tuna is incredibly tender.  It has the texture of beef and isn’t remotely fishy.  This is an appetizer that can be shared, but warning – you may end up fighting over the last piece.  And a word of advice – don’t forget the seaweed salad.  It was an unexpected surprise, bursting with flavor.

We sampled three entrees, including Seafood Risotto.  Let’s just say – when cheese and seafood meet, special things happen.  This perfectly cooked risotto has been mixed with sundried tomatoes and smoked gouda cheese.  They’ve added in shrimp, scallops, and lobster claws to create a decadent dish that is packed with flavor in every bite.

Our second entrée was the Land and Sea.  A four-ounce beef tenderloin is served with a butter-poached lobster and scallops for a mouthwatering entrée guaranteed to leave you full and happy.  The beef tenderloin is exceptionally tender.  We enjoyed ours at the recommended medium rare, but of course, the chef will cook to order.  Butter and lobster go together like peanut butter and jelly.  It’s a wonderful combination that seafood lovers know and appreciate.  But the sea part of the entrée continued with scallops.  Topped with a rich and flavorful béarnaise sauce, the scallops were fresh, with that signature texture for which they are known.  The side dishes for this delicious meal were asparagusand mashed potatoes.  The asparagus was firm and flavorful, while the mashed potatoes were creamy.  Since I love mashed potatoes with skins, I loved the pop of color and rich flavor.

We stayed on land for our third entrée, which was a Jeffrey Adams twist on a Southern classic – Fried Chicken.  Don’t think for a moment this is your grandmother’s fried chicken, though. While I’m sure hers was delicious, Jeffrey Adams knows a thing or two about fried chicken.  They might even be able to teach your grandma a few tricks (but please don’t tell her I said so!)  Panko-crusted, this fried chicken has been covered with a delicious wild mushroom and bacon gravy.  It adds so much flavor to this traditional favorite, you’ll wonder how you ever ate fried chicken without it.  Served with a heaping helping of mashed potatoes and one of my personal favorites, Brussels sprouts.  Lest you turn your nose up at Brussels sprouts, do yourself a favor and let Jeffrey Adams change your mind.  Seriously – they do Brussels sprouts better than anyone else I know.

Finally, we tried a few desserts.  First up, cheesecake.  Manager Nick Shea is the Jeffrey Adams expert on cheesecake.  He bakes them fresh weekly, and there’s always a new flavor to be enjoyed.  We sampled the Vanilla Cheesecake.  In a word: YUM.  My husband and I almost ended up in a fork-war over the final bites of this cheesecake, which was light – not heavy and sticky like some cheesecakes tend to be.  It was a culinary masterpiece of sweet flavors and topped with fresh strawberries.

Next, we sampled the Blackberry Chocolate Bread Pudding.  I have to laugh – this dessert puts traditional bread pudding to shame.  This sophisticated twist on an otherwise humble dessert is bursting with complementary flavors.  And by the way, did I mention the cognac part of the dessert? Excellent.  And bonus!  Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate lovers – never fear.  You’ll also want to try Jeffrey Adams’ Hot Fudge Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.  Big enough to share, it’s drizzled with hot fudge and caramel sauce and a generous helping of whipped cream.

If you’re having dessert, make sure you order a cup of coffee. Being a bit of a coffee snob, I have high standards.  And apparently, so does Jeffrey Adams.  They serve Synchronicity which is roasted in Greensboro from Guatemala Antigua beans. It’s not too acidic and is a well-balanced coffee.

Whether you’re dining with family, or meeting friends at the fully stocked bar, Jeffrey Adams has a menu designed with every diner in mind. Be sure to visit soon, and be sure to tell them that Rosey sent you!



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