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Published April 8th 2013
Sodas and Snacks at Two-Bit Villains
I don't know any other place that is a soda bar, diner, kustom kulture and rockabilly store all rolled into one other than Two-Bit Villains. I don't know any other place that has the same charm as this eclectic soda bar. It's located on the upper levels of the beautiful Adelaide Arcade and I couldn't think of a better place for such a quirky venuee. I was extremely eager to try out Two-Bit Villains because I've been hearing such great things about it.
The charming bar area leads to the rest of the diner. A long wooden table is set in the centre of the whole store and around it are a couple of smaller tables and chairs. There isn't a lot of room for a lot of diners in here, unfortunately. Two-Bit Villains is also a kustum kulture and rockabilly store so there are racks of clothings and accessories inspired by those themes at the sides of the diner.
Two-Bit Villains have different menus that cater to different people; they have a gluten-free menu, a vegetarian menu, a vegan menu and a standard menu. I don't think I've ever seen a diner this thoughtful before and I really appreciate their consideration.
It would be almost a crime to come to Two-Bit Villains without trying one of their homemade sodas. It is after all, a soda bar as well. I decided to try a Chai soda float while my friend opted for a Dirty Root soda float. The sodas themselves are at $5 and you get a float if you pay $1 more.
Chai Soda Float (left) and Dirty Root Soda Float (right)
The sodas were delicious! I've never seen or heard of a Chai Soda before and as I absolutely love Chai tea, it was a perfect match for me. The soda wasn't overpoweringly sweet as most commercial sodas are. The Chai taste was subtle and complemented the taste of soda very well. I almost regretted getting a float as the vanilla ice cream made it a bit harder to taste the Chai. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her Dirty Root as well; it is Two-Bit Villains' version of a root beer and it is refreshingly good.
I've heard some very good comments about Two-Bit Villains' onion rings so I was determined to try some. They're so good that the diner actually has an onion ring burger. At $10, you get a soft warm bun encasing lettuce, tomato, cheese and a generous serve of crispy onion rings swirled with ketchup and mustard in the middle. All the tales about the onion rings were true; these were possibly the best ever onion rings I had ever tasted. I was tempted to order another side of onion rings but the burger was surprisingly filling and I just couldn't stuff myself any more.
My friend ordered the Sloppy Joe with a side of onion rings because I raved to her about how good they were. The Sloppy Joe goes for $11.50 and just like the other burgers, has lettuce, tomato, cheese. Sloppy Joes here are stuffed with tender, spiced mince mix that's made of soy and coated with a sweet and savoury succulent sauce. The sauce and the spiced mince mix go together very well but you can still make out a hint of soy from the mix. To add on fries or onion rings to your meal is an extra $2 or $3
I really enjoyed my experience at Two-Bit Villains and I will definitely show up again for more onion rings and to try the different homemade sodas. They've got quite a variety of sodas and I would really love to try each of them out. Two-Bit Villains also does takeaway and they'll even seal their sodas for you so you can carry the bottles around. This is an eclectic little gem hidden away on the upper level of the Adelaide Arcade.