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Published March 25th 2016
Take the subway to the south for American style goodness
Sneaky Pickle is a hugely popular food truck business which has made the jump to bricks and mortar in a new restaurant at Kings Park. Following in the footsteps of Burger Theory and Low and Slow American BBQ, this is a positive things for the Adelaide food scene.
The Sneaky Pickle restaurant is owned by chefs Jeff and Amanda Griffiths who have a passion for the flavours of authentic American food. They clearly picked a winner, because the Sneaky Pickle food truck has grown to be one of the most popular in Adelaide.
Sneaky Pickle Food Truck at Fork on the Road in 2012
Since 2012 the colourful Sneaky Pickle food truck has been a regular feature of the Fork on the Road food truck festival, both in Adelaide and out in the 'burbs. With a frequently changing menu of American style smoked meat sandwiches served with salads and the signature pickles, their food has been embraced wholeheartedly by foodies in Adelaide.
Amanda and Jeff always wanted to open a restaurant, and their experience with the food truck has demonstrated there's a definite market. The Sneaky Pickle restaurant will effectively replace the food truck for the foreseeable future, so now the challenge is to change the expectations of their large customer base. It's all about managing the paradigm shift (I've been waiting to use that word!) of casual outdoor dining in a park at lunch time, towards an informal dining setting indoors at night.
But the cuisine style is the same. The quirky menu and casual customer interactions are still there. Even the prices aren't wildly different. The new restaurant aims to preserve that laid back atmosphere, with the front door being a mysterious portal that leads customers into another world. (Just a bit like former premises occupant The Love Shack did).
The lighting is low but adequate in the restaurant. Decorations abound on the walls, and the seating is a mix of wooden booths and tables. Out the back the washroom is a surprise - painted witha splash of colourful US themed street art reminiscent of their food truck origins.
Sneaky Pickle Menu - American Style Sandwiches and Sides
The Sneaky Pickle restaurant menu won't come as a surprise to regular customers. A range of sandwiches (including a vegetarian option) are served in a burger bun, although going naked is optional. Appetisers range from corn on the cob to cherry smoked chicken wings, and of course pretty much everything comes with a small side of pickles. Jeff feels that pickles aren't taken seriously enough in Australia, and praises their role as a palate cleanser.
As you might expect with an American style food restaurant, Sneaky Pickle sells only beers from the United States. Budweiser, Coors, and Sierra Nevada are a few on the list, but it will change. The wines are from Patritti Wines, a local winemaker in Dover Gardens - one of very few urban wineries in Adelaide. It's great to see local businesses support one another like this. The Unley Council haven't permitted the sale of take-away food yet, but Jeff is hoping that will happen soon.
I ordered a southern fried chicken sandwich, which comes with salad, chipotle mayo, and of course pickles. It's a while since I last tasted the Sneaky Pickle's food but this was right on target. The chicken was tender but with a crispy batter, and importantly - not too much salt. I loved the mayo, and am now completely convinced about the benefits of a tangy pickle or two to add contrast to the flavours.
If you come by in daytime parking is in short supply because the businesses just north of the restaurant are always busy. But in the evening there's plenty of parking there, and also parking to the rear of the pet shop.
The Sneaky Pickle restaurant hours at the moment are from Wednesday to Saturday, 5.30 – 9.30pm. Keep an eye on the Sneaky Pickle Facebook page as they settle in, because no doubt their will be a few tweaks over time.
The new Sneaky Pickle restaurant location is at 267 Goodwood Rd, Kings Park. If you're coming from the city, you will need to be alert to catch the turn as you exit the subway.
Like their friends at Low and Slow American BBQ who also took the plunge to brick and mortar, the Sneaky Pickle food truck will be badly missed at future Fork on the Road events. But hey, there's no reason to be sad when you can enjoy the same food most nights of the week now.