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Power to win and the power of food choice
It's football season again, and Port Adelaide Power have a prime draw for their games at Adelaide Oval this season with numerous games that lend themselves to a big day out. And what better way to start the big day out than to grab a bite to eat at one of Adelaide's best eateries before heading down to the game. With such a wide range of options, the choice is difficult - hence the need for the Power Guide to Season 2015.
In what has the potential to become a regular blockbuster on the AFL calendar, the Power host the first major football game to be held on Anzac Day outside of Melbourne. However while this is will be a blockbuster at Adelaide Oval, it is unlikely to be a blockbuster in terms of café and restaurant selections, with many of them likely to be closed. My recommendations for best venues for a pre-game bite to eat are the pubs around Adelaide, with personal favourites like the Queens Head and the Duke of York topping the list in terms of value for money.
West Coast (10/5), Richmond (24/5), Crows (19/7) - Sunday twilight
Mothers Day is on Sunday 10th May, and what can be better than to take Mum out to lunch and then head to the football together. You only have one Mum, and a special lunch is in order, so why not take her to Sean's Kitchen, Jamie's Italian, Daniel's Restaurant or maybe The Playford Restaurant and spoil her rotten. And if you are up for it, there are another two Sunday twilight games where you can bring Mum in to town again and spoil her, or perhaps just head to these eateries yourself for something special.
Friday night in the City will be party night in mid-June with a big game of football hopefully followed by a celebratory start to the weekend. Pre-game drinks and food along the Riverbank are in order for this Friday night with the River Deck at the Festival Theatre or Regatta's Bistro at the Convention Centre looking like the spot. With the ability to view Adelaide Oval from these spots, it should be relatively easy to time your departure to arrive at the Adelaide Oval gates before or after the big rush.
A Thursday night magpie challenge has the potential of becoming a "TV Game" due to the lack of city life on a Thursday night. But there is always North Adelaide, and with two streets of great pubs and eateries, there is plenty of choice for everyone both before and after the game. Traditional favourites like the British Hotel and the Lion Hotel are standouts for this Thursday night, and are bound too be far for any wayward Collingwood fan to find.
And if all else fails, the 24 hour Bakery on O'Connell Street does serve up some mean pies and a very tasty pie floater.
St Kilda (2/8) - Sunday lunch
Get yourself in to the City early on this Sunday and head down to the Market Shed on Holland for some pre-game delights. With some great fruit juices, breakfast pizzas, or alternatively a large serve of bacon and eggs, this is sure to be a tonic that will overcome the previous night's excesses and set oneself up for this lunch time game of football.
A Saturday twilight game lends itself to either a Saturday lunch in the City perhaps in or around the Mall prior to the march to the Oval. The Pancake Kitchen has some generous servings, while the vendors in Southern Cross and City Cross have a multitude of options for those looking for a faster bite to eat. Alternatively, if wanting to sit down and experience some different culture at the same time, why not drop in to AGF W or the Aroma Café as part of the State Library on North Terrace.
March to the Oval
The Power play their final home game of the year against Fremantle on 5th September at a time yet to be determined. In addition, with their strong playing list, the Power are optimistic about making the finals again in 2015, and thus providing at least a couple more opportunities to experience some of Adelaide's best eateries.