Chef Marc Wegman and his wife Ruth Carr Wegman decided to take a leap of faith in 2011. The baby boomer couple, like many others, found their lives turned upside down by the current recession, and decided that falling back on their restaurant and business expertise, respectively, would be the path to their future. After months of researching the restaurant landscape in Roswell, Georgia, shopping for the perfect storefront, obtaining licensing, and making trips to Louisiana to decide on the menu selection, Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience restaurant debuted.
Chef Wegman had come of age in the heyday of New Orleans, a town defined by food, coffee, dessert and drinks. Under the tutelage of renowned Bourbon Street chefs, he learned to delight visitors and residents alike with an uncanny ability to stir up cuisine bursting with the unique flavors for which New Orleans is famous.
Just inside the entrance of Adele’s, the aromas of chicory coffee, sausage, seafood gumbo and jambalaya fill your nostrils, beckoning with the promise of the meal to come. The place is intimate yet bright. As you’re seated by a staff of enthusiastic servers, you notice platters of po-boys, red beans and rice, catfish, and spinach salads gliding by. Chef Wegman is greeting customers, going from table to table.
“We stay true to our mission of preparing great home-cooking with cajun products and seasonings. Our ingredients are delivered fresh from New Orleans and its surroundings,” he explains. Case in point, a large basket on the end of the long wooden bar contains dozens of hot sauces, all with a Louisiana flair. One in particular features a charicature of an alligator jumping straight up in the air, his hind quarters on fire.
Frank Mack, food reviewer for The Roswell Current, described Adele’s as “the best cajun food in Atlanta, period” in a recent column. He explains how Chef Wegman and his wife Ruth have created success. “If a chef loves his place, loves customers, loves cooking, and loves to make people happy, he’s got a great shot at being the best,” Mack says. “Top it off with mastery of the region, and fresh ingredients trucked in, flown in, or crawling in from cajun country, that’s Adele’s.”
Adele’s offers customers the thrill of haute cuisine in a casual family atmosphere, such as the tableside bananas foster preparation featured on Valentine’s Day. Sophisticated couples will find an extensive wine selection to go with soft shell crabs, shrimp creole and oysters on the half shell. Children and teens have a varied selection including hamburger po-boys, “Mardi Gras” cole slaw, sweet potato tots and homemade cajun chips. Freshly made beignets and bread pudding give dessert lovers favorites from the French Quarter. Dinner menu items are priced from $7.95 to $15.95. Lunch pricing averages $6.95 to $10.95.
Mack believes the freshness of the breads and produce at Adele’s are explained by the Wegman’s discriminating eye. “This chef has to have a great palate himself. He’s inventive and able to interpret, taste and mix ingredients. It’s food worth driving for.”
Adele’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, as the ambiance is extremely cozy and personalized. Their North Atlanta location on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell is a short drive from the 400 freeway.