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Where is Adelaide's Best Schnitzel?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published January 23rd 2012
They come served under many names: schnitzel, schnitty, parmi, or parma. Whatever they're called, they're still seen as one of the ultimate Australian pub meals. But, a schnitzel is not always a good schnitzel, sometimes they're shocking and sometimes they're great. So we've decided to enlist our readers' help, to try and find Adelaide's best schnitzel.

Help us by trawling through pubs, bars, restaurants, RSLs, and anywhere else that serves up a schnitty, and let us know which is Adelaide's Best.

Schnitzels in Australia, are a bit like pizza. In Italy pizzas are simple, with particular flavours but not too many toppings, but in Australia we like to pile them high. Likewise with schnitzels. Traditionally they are served with a slice of lemon and sometimes a simple sauce. In Australia we're happy to top them with anything from cheese, to pineapple, to avocado and sour cream.

If you prefer the traditional kind, then head to Hanhdorf where you can have a German schnitty at the Hahndorf Inn or the German Arms. If you're a bit closer to town then perhaps you like to visit the Adelaide German Club instead.

One place that does enjoy piling on the toppings is the Earl of Leicester. Their schnitzels poke fun at everyone from Kevin Rudd, to Tiger Woods and Shane Warne. They've got a range of toppings to suit most tastes; including kilpatrick, salami, avocado and cheese, and sour cream and sweet chilli. You can enjoy the schnitzels in either the bistro dining area, or the Liar's Bar. They're tasty, reasonably sized, and offer a bit of comic relief.

You'll find another fine schnitzel at another Earl. The Coopers Alehouse at the Earl serve their "famous 'gigantic' schnitzels". You can enjoy toppings like the mexicana with corn chips, tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and mozzarella, or the maui with pineapple, salami, mild jalapeño peppers, and mozzarella. Like the Earl of Leicester, they have some interesting options but they may not be for everyone.

So let us know which schnitty is your favourite. Do you stick to the traditional style, or like one with all the trimmings. Is a parmi best when it comes with a bonus jug of beer, or can you appreciate a good schnitzel by itself? We need your help to find Adelaide's best.
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Love the Wednesday night Schnitzels at Adelaide Sailing Club. The Chicken with Mushroom is my personal favourite but there is a range of toppings and people do rave about the Parmis! Get there in time to see the sunset from the balcony, definite added benefit...
by donna (score: 0|8) 3452 days ago
Earl of Leicester has the best snitties ever
by krist (score: 0|5) 3451 days ago
coopers ale house,& the bath hotel
by krist (score: 0|2) 3522 days ago
The Palmer Pub is a bit off the beaten track, but friends and grandchildren vote for their parmi. Fresh, well cooked with great chips and salad and inexpensive too. Worth travelling for.
by charl (score: 0|2) 942 days ago
Grand Junction Tavern, Rosewater. Cheapest and best schnitzel in Adelaide.
by chery (score: 0|2) 2901 days ago
Had lunch at Bridgewater Inn with me wife, angus beef parmi I had n chicken breast with garlic prawn topping me wife had. Have been far n wide to chase a great schnitzel n the Bridgewater is definiately up there with the best we have had.Highly reccomended. 10/10.
by aaron (score: 0|2) 3104 days ago
The Alma
by Polly (score: 0|2) 3427 days ago
Ask for a king size schnitzel at the "Havelock" on Hutt St. Biggest and best but comes at a price but well worth It. Highly recomended
by bmkki (score: 0|2) 3500 days ago
1st my house! 2nd coopers ale house 3rd bath hotel oh yeah the german & austrian clubs
by krist (score: 0|2) 3522 days ago
I'm a beef schnitzel connoiseur and tasted schnitzels from all around. I have between 1-3 per week all at varied places. I've been doing so for the last 7 years. I always eat them with mushroom gravy. My top picks would be:
1: Oxford (north Adelaide)
2: Havelock
3: Alma
4: Rebublic (tastes amazing, but a little bit on the small side - also I've been given the wrong gravy a few times too)
5: Duck in (really good sauce)
6: coppers (pulteney street)
7: lion
8: links hotel
9: Buckingham arms ( this is the schnitzel that started my journey)
10: 7 stars.
by willi (score: 0|2) 689 days ago

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