The Pie Floater is Adelaide's late night favourite. It has survived the onslaught of hamburgers and kebabs, and now finds itself drifting on to sleek city menus.
Pie Floaters have been served on the streets of Adelaide since the 1860s. Some say it actually started in Port Pirie when a pie was accidentally dropped in soup, while others trace it back to a dish in Yorkshire England - the pea and pie supper. It was named a heritage Icon in 2003.
Now, you may be aware that Sydney has had a famous "Harry's Café de Wheel" as a tourist icon and that it has in fact turned into a chain of 'pie cart' (the inverted commas around cart because they are buildings shaped like a 1950s style cart, they don't have wheels). Also, the Sydney pie floaters consist of an almost empty pie in pea soup, sometimes with mashed potato. They don't turn the pie upside down - now that's just wrong.
If you're pleasantly inebriated and stumbling gracefully down the Hindley Streets at 1am, the tenderness of the meat, the silkiness of the pea soup and balance of tomato and vinegar matter less. However, Adelaide restaurants and bakeries are having a go at turning it into real cuisine.
Here is where you can experience the floater;
Pie Cart at the GPO, Franklin St - This is the original, post party tummy filler.
The Green Porridge Café - This is almost healthy with a big serving of pea soup.
Kings Head Hotel, William St ($20) - This one has meat you taste. Great pub tucker.