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Where is Adelaide's Best AB?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published April 9th 2012
It's the question that has divided university and college students for years, who does the best AB? Before you can go ahead and answer the question you may need a little background first.

The AB is one of Adelaide's great urban legends. The name supposedly stands for 'Abortion', but other variants are 'After Birth', 'Absolutely Beautiful' or 'Atomic Bomb'; we figure the later two are just trying to be polite. The story goes that a group of drunk university students wandered into an O'Connell Street yiros store one night, unable to choose between a yiros or chips. Instead they ended up with chips topped with yiros meat, slathering the dish with tomato, barbecue, and garlic sauce.

Who knows if the story is true, and there are others floating around, but it does make sense. When the mess of chips, meat, and sauce is sitting in front of you it seems only a drunken mind could have conceived such a dish.

So who is contending for the top spot? The Blue and White Cafe and the North Adelaide Burger Bar (Also known as the Red and White) both claim to have created the AB, and most AB fans will have a loyalty to one of these stores. They're actually both on O'Connell Street, only about three stores apart. They're open late at night, which is perfect for drawing in the drunken crowds, especially when there is a pub crawl roaming around.

A group will gather round a table, the AB sits in the centre, and floppy plastic forks controlled by drunken hands start to dig in.

Phevvy's Steak and Yiros in the Mile End Homemaker Centre is rumoured to also have a variation of the AB on their menu, and you may find something similar on other menus across the city, but none come close to the fame of the two North Adelaide joints.

So let us know where your allegiances lie, and tell us which is Adelaide's best AB. It may be hard to distinguish between the two at 3am when you're covered in beer and the smell of stale cigarettes, but we're sure you've got a favourite anyway.

If you've ever had an AB, even under another name, anywhere else in Adelaide make sure you tell us where. We'd love to know if the AB craze extends further than North Adelaide and it's thriving college student population.
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Mawson Lakes Chicken Shop far out does the Blue and white or the Red and White.
by odroc (score: 0|5) 4069 days ago
Halas down on Grange Road at Findon is now doing one. I have yet to have one but if it is up to their usual high standard then it should be an absolute delight. Their burgers are brilliant so I am sure theit AB will follow suit
by bilby (score: 1|26) 3838 days ago
In Canada there are a few similar dishes. For instance, in Quebec, chips topped with fresh cheese curd (which I have found at the Farmers Market in Wayville) and a special gravy is called Poutine and served almost everywhere. Also, in Newfoundland, chips topped with dressing (turkey stuffing), green peas and gravy is a very popular dish.
by Paula Benson (score: 1|19) 3983 days ago
Loving all the responses about AB spots aside of the usual two. Keep 'em coming!
by Natasha Stewart (score: 4|10437) 4067 days ago
I believe AB should mean Artery Blocker
by Georg (score: 0|2) 2571 days ago
I love how you talk about poutine like no one knows what it is haha
Poutine is a godsend and the entire world knows it.
by Redin (score: 0|2) 2937 days ago
Hooked on Chicken on Brighton Road.
Once you have had their AB 99% of other ABs just dont stand a chance. They set the bar pretty high.
by bloun (score: 0|2) 1140 days ago
The AB was invented by Thomas Stoddard, (apologies for the spelling Tom) circa 1990 in the Blue and White cafe of North Adelaide. AB does stand for Abortion, which was later shortened to AB to not offend other patrons of the Blue and White. Thomas was staying at Lincoln College in North Adelaide at the time and he later briefly worked at the Blue and White. The original AB came in one size, wrapped in paper with "all the sauces". Which meant BBQ, chilli, tomato and garlic though we varied the sauces depending on what we felt like on the night.

The reason that the meat was combined with the chips was to keep the meat hot as our yiros' got cold by the time we staggered back to college. Thomas was not drunk at the time but he may have had a little slivovitz earlier in the night while we were playing pen and paper RPGs.

Hard to say who has the best AB, it may take a while to sample them all.
by steve (score: 0|2) 2977 days ago
Fat Chicken on burbridge rd, west beach. Very good. Massive serve. We do it as a challenge. Try and eat the whole large one in 20mins and keep it down.
by felic (score: 0|2) 3188 days ago
YANNIS YIROS at norwood i heard make a pretty mean AB, i am a teacher at Pembroke and my students have told me alot of eastern suburb school kids go in to try one of their ABs,so that must mean something...
by theo_ (score: 0|2) 3286 days ago
Panned Pizza here in Melbourne (189 Bourke St CBD) do a version of the AB, looks like it's spreading!!
by buzzm (score: 0|2) 3322 days ago
Niks Barbeque (across the lake) makes the very best AB! The difference between theirs and other is that they make the best chips in the world! Do yourself a favour and give them a go!
by dutoi (score: 0|2) 3349 days ago
Hey dejia, this is because one of the guys at Souvlaki Bros used to be the main AB maker at the North Adelaide Burger Bar (Red & White). I actually don't think they've been 'quite' as good since he left there...
by anton (score: 0|2) 3384 days ago
while definitely not the first mawson lakes chicken shop and yiros place(actually next to each other) are both better than either north adelaide place, makes quite a competition. Also definitely after birth, it can't stand for one word.
by ghj (score: 0|2) 3496 days ago
There is a fish and chips shop at blakeview that makes an AB also
by Benja (score: 0|2) 3524 days ago
Doras yiros do awesome ABs on findon rd woodville west!
Great valiue for money too !
by Sue.k (score: 0|4) 3596 days ago
Dora's Yiros findon road Woodville west
by Jimha (score: 0|2) 3613 days ago
Atomic Burger on Marion Road in Plympton does an awesome atomic bomb. They got this special American chilli sauce which is different to the others...cheaper than the North Adelaide ones too
by ilite (score: 0|2) 3797 days ago
There is another one...they call it 'Yiros mania' and it's in the main st of McLaren Vale at the Chicken Inn
by dover (score: 0|2) 3853 days ago
Somewhere else you can get an AB is at the Chicken shop in Morphett Vale, 146 Main South Road in the Woolworths shopping area. I can't think of the name of the shop at the moment but they sell them under the name of Stack pack (or something similar) with a choice of sauces and yiros meat served with hot chips.
by kymro (score: 1|19) 4068 days ago
Although not on the standard menu Souvlaki Bros at Glenelg will also do AB if asked and they r to die for as is all their food!
by dejia (score: 0|2) 4068 days ago
They are the most expensive. And nothing to write home about. Most AB packs are $13-15. Yannis are $22.
by raemo (score: 0|2) 653 days ago

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