Weekends on Hindley Street are a wholly different world to Adelaide's sunlit city bustle, and it is to the nighttime beat of party music that Snag In a Bag opens its doors. Its clientele includes an assortment of hungry party-goers and late-night snack hunters, all turning up after dark in order to get their share of burgers, hot dogs or yiros. That's right - this takeaway food joint is only ever open on late Friday and Saturday nights.
It's the aroma of warm, freshly cooked meat that lures customers to its doors.
Their opening hours are a bit unreliable though - my advice is to turn up after 10 pm. and hope for the best, even though they sometimes open at 9.30 pm. If they're closed but you can see a light on and people inside, just be patient and hang around a bit, and the gentleman in the chef's attire and apron will come round and take your order. I like the service here; the workers are brisk but friendly, and they always refer to the customers as either 'lady' or 'gentleman'.
I've tried quite a large chunk of the menu, but the beef burger was my very first taste of Snag in a Bag. I was very satisfied with it, having waited way past my usual dinner hours in order to prepare my tummy for the late night meal. The ground beef patty is delicious and juicy, and it left me fairly full. It's got all your usual ingredients; lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion and sauce, but it's the patty that makes this burger what it is.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the chargrilled chicken shashliks - they even have their own Facebook page! I've had the shashliks three times now.
I have to admit that the very first time I had it was the best. Maybe the other two times just didn't live up to the expectation I had of them after that initial mouthwatering taster. They're still pretty good though. The marinated chicken pieces are tasty, and the combination of hot sauce and garlic sauce slathered over the meat leaves a delightful, tingly heat in your mouth. They have lamb shashliks as well, though I've never actually tasted it before.
I'm not a big fan of hot dogs, but I guess when you've bought so many other things from a place called Snag in a Bag, it's a given that you should try a snag as well. I went with the classic snag, a combination of beef sausage, cheese, onion, mustard and sauce in a bun. It was way longer than I expected it to be. I was very satisfied with it, and there's really something about how the cheese is melted into the bread that made me even happier with my meal.
The only other burger I've tasted is the gourmet chicken. The meat reminds me very much of the chargrilled pieces that come with the shashliks, and I won't be surprised if they had the same marinade. It was kind of like eating a shashlik in burger form, though with different sauces and lettuce.
There's always an option to make a meal combo of all the burgers, snags and wraps on the menu, so you'll have chips and a drink to go with the meal. I've tried the chips, and they're not quite to my taste - I'm not fond of salty chips, and the cheesy chips are just alright with me. They also have chicken nuggets and yiros. For vegetarians, there's even a vegie burger. One thing I like is that the chicken, lamb and beef served here is halal, though they do serve bacon.
Snag in a Bag isn't the only place on Hindley that sells this kind of food, but it's got this kind of allure that makes it popular when the weekend nights arrive. Maybe it's the fact that they're only ever open on those two nights, making it special. Whatever it is, the tasty food definitely helps.