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9 Places to Eat Before the Footy in Adelaide

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published September 8th 2014
Where to Eat Before the Game

This year the AFL made the move from AAMI Stadium to Adelaide Oval. While there have been a few issues concerning the new location, there's no doubt that it's a far more convenient location for loads of local and interstate footy fans wanting to catch the game. You've already got your tickets and planned your route into town, but an important question still stands: where can you grab a bite to eat before or after the game?

Sure, Jamie's Italian has just opened on North Terrace, but unless you want to spend the half of the game lining up waiting for a table we recommend you give it a miss and check out a few of these recommendations.

O'Connell Street

1. Burgastronomy
19 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide

Burgastronomy sits on the Southern end of O'Connell Street (just a short walk to Adelaide Oval) and they're open on the weekend from 12pm till 10:30pm on a Saturday and 12pm till 9:30am on a Sunday. The menu features 7 main burgers with two chicken and one vegetarian option. If you're one to complain about the small sizes served at burger bars try the Trucker with a beef patty, lettuce, bacon, egg, cheese, caramelised onion, tomato ketchup and mayo. If you like a bit of heat make sure you grab a jalapeño popper as well.

2. The Curious Squire
10 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide

Just across the road from Burgastronomy is the Curious Squire. Earlier this year Drew Akin took over as head chef and pitmaster, mixing up their already American themed menu and giving it a more authentic barbecue flavour. They have James Squire beers on tap and pizza, pulled pork, burgers, chicken wings, and a whole lot more.

the curious squire

3. Bakery on O'Connell
44 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide

They're a bit further up the road, but if it's a classic pie with sauce you're after before or after the game then head to Bakery on O'Connell. Open 24 hours a day, they serve every sweet and savoury thing you'd expect from an Australian bakery; they even do a pie floater. If you're after a big meal you might want to check out somewhere else, but they couldn't be left off the list.

Around Hindley Street

4. Downtown HDCB
99 Hindley Street

Burgers are all the rage around Adelaide, but hotdogs have a much quieter presence. Downtown HDCB (Opened by the same guys who own Jack Ruby--another potential spot for dinner) do hotdogs a little different, with toppings like pulled pork, mac & cheese and barbecue sauce on the Snoop Dawg or pinto beans, jalapeño salsa, avocado and corn chips on the Salma Hayek. Dogs can come with sides of chips, pork scratchings and onion rings, and they're also licensed so you can grab a beer with your meal. They're not open on Sundays, so keep this as an option for Friday or Saturday games.

5. Mamak Corner
8 Bank Street

A little different from burgers, pies and hot dogs, Mamak Corner serves tasty Malaysian Street food. Their specialty is roti, a crisp Malaysian flatbread that can come in a range of styles like the sweet and savoury roti planta or buttery roti canai. If you want a bigger meal get a curry meal deal or the nasi goreng. You can easily get by spending less than $15, and the roti (which comes with a small amount of dipping curry) are all under $10.

6. Kaffana Bar & Charcoal Grill
25 Peel Street

If you want to sink your teeth into something a little meatier, try Kaffana on Peel Street. They're a Serbian barbecue restaurant serving steaks, rips, cevapcici as well as share platters and tapas dishes. The atmosphere is a little more upmarket, but its still nice and relaxed. There are a couple of other great restaurants on Peel Street (think Peel Street Restaurant and Bread & Bone) but Kaffana's wholesome meaty goodness makes it ideal pre or post game.

Other Spots

7. The Kings Head
357 King William Road

Sure it's a bit further away, but if you're catching the tram to Rundle Mall or the Railway Station you may as well make a pitt stop at the Kings Head on the corner of King William Road and Sturt Street. Show your South Aussie pride by checking out the fully South Australian menu and enjoy pub favourites like a schnitty, fish and chips, salt and pepper squid, or a burger. There's a pie floater on the menu and a couple of special dishes too, it's a bit like a regular pub just a little bit fancier and a little bit more local too. If you're after more of a standard pub closer to Adelaide Oval you can check out the Dog & Duck, the Little Pub on Hindley, the Strathmore Hotel, or the London Tavern.

8. The Atrium Lounge at the Intercontinental
North Terrace

For one of the closest meals check out the Atrium Lounge at Adelaide. The Intercontinental looks out over the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval, and you'll only have a quick walk over the footbridge to get to the game. The Atrium Lounge is a bit more laid back than the Riverside or Shiki Restaurants also at the hotel, so there's no problem turning up in your guernsey and team colours. The menu features simple sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as some share plates, pasta and pizza.

9. The Swinging Bowl of Satay
18 Stephens Place

Yes, it's another Malaysian restaurant, but why not add more than one when it's cheap and tasty food. If you're a Port fan and you're joining in on the March from the Mall, Swinging Bowl is a great place to eat before you join in the march. Choose from dishes like beef rendang, satay, and plenty of other curries.

This is by no means a definitive list. The city is filled with great places to grab a bite to eat. There might be a handful of restaurants that close their doors over the weekend, but there's no need to go hungry. If your favourite place to grab a bite to eat before or after the game isn't listed, why not fill us in.
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Why? Skip the kiosk food and try something different before the game
When: Before or after the AFL
Where: Around Adelaide city and North Adelaide
Cost: Prices vary
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The Strathmore on North Terrace? Closet CBD pub to the bridge and oval.
by Meri26 (score: 0|2) 2688 days ago
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