When it comes to some of the most expensive stuff in the world, South Australia loves holding the torch (we’re looking at you, electricity prices and the new RAH). But what you can rely on is getting some great food that doesn’t blow the budget. We here at Fritz love good food and love a good bargain, so we’ve compiled a list of the best cheap eats around the state.
$4 Pasta/Risotto/Meatballs/Lasagne, Pasta Chef
Pasta Chef has been the mecca for South Australian take-home pasta and lasagne since 1991. The reason they’ve been knocking around for so long is they are super cheap and super tasty – just like having your own personal Nonna. You can even bring in your own lasagne dish, fooling your mates into thinking you’ve been slaving away for hours. But the best deal is getting the three take home dishes for $12 – working out at a ludicrously low $4 a serve. You can mix and match your choice of pasta and sauce, as well as a selection of non-pasta meals. You’ll be pasta-farian in no time. Not convinced? You cannoli go and try for yourself.
$10 Mantu, Afghan Cuisine and Charcoal Kebab House
South Australia, there is dumpling you should know about…when it comes to Afghani street food, the mantu is king. This royally good dish consists of (beef or lamb) stuffed dumplings, which are steamed, covered in tomato and lentil sauce and finished off with a yogurt garnish. And you can get the best and cheapest ones from a quaint little restaurant in Kilburn. For only $10, these little parcels of love will make you question your very existence – and have you filling oh-so good.
$10 Combination Vermicelli Noodle Bowl, Anh’s Snack Bar and Cafe
On Findon Road, there lives a small shopping complex. It’s the home of many fine eateries like Benny’s American Grill and Mucho’s Pizzeria, but best of all is the unassuming snack bar called Anh’s. Run by a lovely couple, their signature offering is the omnipresent Bahn Mi, but what we want to highlight is their Combination Vermicelli Noodle Bowl. The bowl is a multi-layered flavour hit, served with lashings of fresh herbs, pickled veggies, vermicelli noodles, and complimented by nước chấm dressing. Best of all, you get a mound of crunchy pork, chicken, and Vietnamese spring roll slices – and it’s absolutely Viet-nom.
$10 Burgers/Ruben Sandwich/Vego Burrito Bowl, The Ed Castle
When it comes to South Australian wonders that we hold close to our heart, this pub is definitely Eds above the rest. The hotel is the owner of the oldest SA pub license, puts on quality gigs and best of all, they have a $10 burger. And you can bet your buns it can hold a candle to any fancy burger joint you care to name. In three different varieties. With chips. And dipping sauce. Yeah. Heaps good. If burgers aren’t your bag, you may sample the finest Ruben sandwich this side of Brooklyn, as well as the tastiest burrito bowl this side of San Antonio. All of that glory inside one of the most historical and straight up gorgeous pubs in Adelaide. You’d have to be an Ed case not to take advantage.
$10 Pho Tai Nam, Pho Hong Tam
Are you on the hunt for good, traditional Vietnamese food like, twenty-pho-seven? Well, you need not look any further than Pho Hong Tam. This is a not an Asian-fusion, westernised, toned-down affair – this is the real deal, reinforced by the mostly Vietnamese customers which frequent the small eatery. There are many variations of the comforting noodle soup on offer here, but our go-to is the Pho Tai Nam (noodles with slices of raw round steak and lean brisket). For ten dollarydoos, you’ll have a soul-soothing soup which will make you pho-get the rest.
$9.50 Fish’n’Chips, Daniel’s Deli
With fishing being one of SA’s favourite pastimes, getting fish’n’chips from your local is nothing to be koi about. Everyone has their favourites, but when the chips go down, you can’t go past Daniel’s Deli. Quite unnoticeable, it has resided next to the (non-defunct) Windsor Theatre in Lockleys for ages and it really is the plaice to be. Daniel’s whole menu is quite reasonably-priced, but it’s their fish’n’chips that warm the cockles of our heart. And oh my cod, it’s only nine-fiddy and comes with a can of drink. No need to mullet over, visit them now, they’re open until 7pm every night (but closed on Saturdays).
$10 Toasties, Proof
When it comes to setting the bar high for inner-city speakeasy’s, Proof has them all licked. Tucked away just off of Waymouth Street, Proof was one of the pioneers of the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ type bars that set the trend in South Australia. Decked out in a Manhattan style, home to some seriously great cocktails (Sour House being their flagship), and spread out over three levels – the proof is really in the pudding. The best proof of purchase, however, is their $10 toasties. With fancy-sounding combos (tuna, kewpie, dill, scorched corn and chili bean, jalapeño) these beauties are the perfect accompaniment for your stiff drink. So next time you take the bar, you won’t need any further proof to visit.
$10.50 Lox Bagel, The Flying Fig Cafe
Jewish there was a New York style bagel place to eat at in SA? Wish no more, The Flying Fig Cafe is here. This Jewish bakery will have you saying ‘mazel tov’ to the chefs once you try their savoury morsels on offer. Our pick of the menu is the Lox Bagel, which at $10.50, is nothing to ‘oy vey’ about. This delicious bad-boy bagel contains Neufchatel, house lox (salmon), pickled onions and capers – and it fig-ing rocks!
$10 Bolani, Kutchi Deli Parwana
Since opening its doors in 2009, Parwana has become a South Australian Institution, serving up truly wonderful Afghani food to hoards of people. Their city sister restaurant, Kutchi Deli Parwana, holds all the wonder of its sit-down flagship eatery but serves it up in a swift, takeaway style. And you will really ‘wana try it. The whole menu is a delight, but our pick is the $10 Bolani – a lamb mince flatbread, served with herb chutney. How does it taste? Bloody bolana’s mate. They serve their cheap and tasty bites every day from 11:30 am till 3:30 pm.
$4.50 Bánh mì, Hang Bakery
Are you hanging for a good Vietnamese bite? It’s not much to look at but staff at Hang Bakery make a mean traditional Vietnamese meat roll. Choose your protein: pork (roasted, grilled, or barbecue), chicken, combination, meatball or tofu and let the good lunchtime(s) roll. At $4.50 it’s a steal. A noodle salad bowl will set you back $6.50 but you’ll still have change from a tenner for sweets. Go for the marshmallow ice-cream cone…because adulthood doesn’t necessarily mean maturity. Find it adjacent to Foodland. Cash only. The Beatles were wrong when they said you can’t Bahn Mi love – because you totally can.
$10 Pea Burger, Modinetti
Looking for your inner peas? Look no further than Modinetti! This little beauty is the leader of the pack when it comes to getting silver service at iron prices. Although they excel at Italian dishes such as Fagioli and Penne Ragu, it is their pea burger that you’ll be wanting a peas of. This delicious veggie delight consists of a patty made with pea, potato, caramelised onion, and mozzarella – finished off with three-cabbage coleslaw, aioli and served on a soft bun. And you won’t pea-lieve how good it tastes.
$2.50 Chicken Dumplings, Vegas Poultry
When it comes to finding good chicken joints, you shouldn’t wing it. Have you seen that skit from Portlandia where the hipster couple visit an organic poultry farm? That’s how we imagine the chickens at Vegas Poultry are raised: surrounded by free range, peaceful, loving vibes. This South Australian business specialises in chooks. In addition to their selection of sausages, breasts, and thighs, they also serve steamed dumplings to go. They’re good. Really good. And huge. King size to be exact. At $2.50 they’re a bargain and the quality of the ingredients is reflected in the flavour. Sauces are free. And in this case, what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas.
$10-$12 Create Your Own Meal, Subaru Sushi and Noodles
Are you craving Japanese and can’t find a cheap source? Don’t lose your tempura, for when it comes to finding cheap noodles in the Hills, Subaru Noodles will impreza you much. They serve sushi which is the rolls-rice of Japanese cuisine in SA, but our focus is the 1,2,3 create-a-meal and it is so cheap, udon even know. Our favourite is choosing chicken with satay, served as a noodle soup – you’ll be ramen it in your gob in no time.
Got any heaps good Adelaide cheap eats up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments, below.