March 3, 2011

Adams Street Cafe

By Eric Shangraw

March 3, 2011 Updated Mar 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM CDT

Downtown Peoria has seen its share of corporate workers leave their big office buildings for a more suburban view.

Despite the white collar migration, one locally owned restaurant keeps thriving.

Eric Shangraw explains the magic ingredients for the formula at the Adam's Street Café and Catering.

The Adams Street Café is a downtown Peoria institution. In business since 1983, the atmosphere is tantamount to mounting moms couch with a "snuggy" for your midday snack.

"I'm just coming in here to get a coffee to kind of warm up from the weather," said customer Hugh Billingsley.

"Well, it is just convenient when we have any errands to run downtown," said customer Matt Gilinsky.

"It is a nice and quiet atmosphere and good food for a good price," said customer Nicole Gilinsky.

The fair price point, fresh cooked meals, and service with a smile are the tenants to owner Joe Slyman's philosophy for success.

"And if you keep those three ingredients in your business plan, I can't see failing," said Slyman.

Even the cook with 17 years of experience over a grill knows what draws customers.

"I always like to show the ingredients on top to make it more appealing," she said.

Photographer Dave Janssen and I ordered the Breakfast Skillet Special. Your choice of meat. I had sausage. DJ ham. It includes two eggs (anyway you want them) with onion, pepper, tomato, topped with gravy and cheddar cheese with your choice of toast.

This is a top-notch morning meal.

With drinks, our bill; $17.96.

The Adams Street café is much more than just a reliable River City eatery.

The Adams Street café is open Monday through Friday seven am to two in the afternoon.

They're open for special events in downtown Peoria on Saturdays.

Adams Street Cafe & Catering
107 SW Adams St.