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Pearl's Diner

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by Hannah (subscribe)
An opinionated foodie that loves to write. Or maybe an opinionated writer that loves to eat.
Published June 7th 2012
Some of the best things in history have come through collaboration, and Pearl's Diner is no different.

When Adelaide's ever-popular mobile burger joint, Burger Theory, joins forces with a local waffle company you know Pearl's Diner is going to be a hit.

Tucked away in the quiet residential suburb of Felixstow, it's hard to imagine foot traffic alone will keep the doors of this little gem open. But only one meal later it's evident that folks will be coming from far and wide to see what the Burger Theory gang can offer with a full kitchen at their fingertips.

Pearl's Diner
Pearl's Diner offers a real taste of the American diner experience.

As you walk through the doors the smell of hot Belgian waffles is almost enough to make you skip main course, but a quick glance over the menu is enough to put you back on track.

Drawing its influences from a neighbourhood American diner, the menu is exactly what you would expect, with simple favourites including traditional beef burgers, fried chicken and an all day breakfast menu.

Pearl's Diner - Sauces
Even the condiments at Pearl's Diner are a reminder of the American influence.

Good food often comes in the simplest forms, so it's hard to go past the traditional burger #1, with a side of hand-cut fries and chocolate shake. A #2 burger filled with blue cheese, pancetta and onion confit also hits our table by mistake – but with an offering like that, it can't be turned away. Certainly not made using Cottee's topping, the shake hosts an extra-wide straw and it soon becomes apparent that this special touch is the only chance you have of finishing the thickest of malty drinks.

Pearl's Diner - Burger #1
The traditional burger #1 - fresh beef, topped off with melted American cheese, original truck sauce and finished with a sweet bun.

It's evident a lot of love goes into what is proving to be the perfect combination of ingredients in the burgers. From the fresh beef– which the gang rightfully pride themselves on being ground daily, topped off with melted American cheese, the bite of an original truck sauce and finished with a sweet bun that balances the flavours perfectly.

On only day two of business, there are bound to be some teething issues – but they really are few and far between.

Seeking a real American diner experience, it was a little disheartening to see chocolate shakes arrive in a clear glass – a traditional stainless steel milkshake cup would have topped off the otherwise true taste of local America.

Nestled amongst houses, on-street parking is of course available – but as the word spreads, it may see hungry patrons making a brisk walk down nearby streets.

True to its neighbourhood feel, the service comes from a friendly chatty group whose Facebook postings urging patrons to call ahead and check for wait times doesn't seem to reflect poor service, rather their sincere concern for a good customer experience.

The biggest downfall? After a truly satisfying meal there was no room for La Waffles – just another excuse to return. Not that I need one.
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Why? Local place to hang out with friends - or cure a hangover.
Phone: 0419 815 660
Where: 38A Briar Rd, Felixstow, 5070
Cost: $15-$25
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I'm glad they called it a burger,! & not a hamburger as there is no ham in it, which would be false advertising. When I visited America last year, I ordered a hamburger, and actually got one made with pork mince, with Apple sauce.!!
by garry (score: 1|12) 2811 days ago
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