After a successful venture into a food truck business, Justin and Andrea Wilson decided to open Pea Farm Bistro in Cabot. Since 2017, they have served up locally sourced sandwiches, soups and salads.
“We wanted a good local sandwich shop,” Andrea says. “We work to have the freshest, homemade options by working closely with local farmers and vendors.”
The warm, inviting restaurant interior is the perfect gathering place to enjoy a nice meal with friends. The menu board wall features classic and unique sandwich, salad and soup options.
The creative couple, married for 18 years, have a daughter, Madeline. “We both grew up cooking and love to cook,” Justin says. “We worked at many restaurants and took what we learned and adapted it with our own touches for our food.”
Pea Farm Bistro uses locally raised, 100% grass-fed beef from Massey Ranch Gourmet Meats and ham, bacon and turkey from Petit Jean Meats. The Wilsons have developed a network of regional sources for many fruits and vegetables.
A group of employees from First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville accompanied me on the visit to the Pea Farm Bistro, as the establishment is a favorite of many of the cooperative’s staff.
One employee claimed the Roasted Pork Sandwich — featuring fork-tender, roasted pork loin, apple bacon
jam, cheddar cheese and homemade Southern slaw on an Italian sub roll — was the best sandwich ever. She was right! The apple bacon jam was a nice touch, adding a cool sweetness to the other fresh ingredients.
The Harvest Chicken Salad is the Pea Farm Bistro’s signature offering. The restaurant’s take on this Southern staple is made with roasted chicken breast, cranberries, pecans, mayonnaise, onions and celery. The wonderful salad is served on a fresh French roll. If you love it like I did, you can buy some to take home and enjoy with your friends.
I love homemade pimento cheese, and thanks to the Pea Farm Bistro, I found another way to love it even more!
They offer a grilled version of their Homemade Pimento Cheese Sandwich. Wow. This is a definite must-try for fellow pimento cheese aficionados. The made-fresh-daily pimento cheese features melty sharp cheeses and spices, served on a delicious, fresh roll. The crispness of the roll and the melted spread are heavenly. Try it! Or, if you are a true traditionalist, Pea Farm Bistro offers a cold version. You can add fresh meats or vegetables if you like.
Soups vary from day-to-day based on the season. I tried the Homemade Chili. This Southwestern favorite had a bold flavor and just the right kick.
The homemade desserts range from cakes to cobblers to fresh fruit to cookies. I was treated to Pea Farm’s light
and chewy peanut butter cookies. Justin told me one of his secrets is using peanut butter powder, as it makes a lighter cookie.
On future visits, I plan to try other sandwiches like the Club, the Pastrami, the Italian Grinder, the Homestyle Pot Roast or the Cuban. In a nod to the Wilsons’ successful food truck, which served unique hot dog creations, the Pea Farm Bistro offers the all-beef Mudslinger, a one-of-a-kind chili dog.