Food & Drink

By The Truck-load: South Australia’s Must-Try Food Trucks

Words: Jackson Polley & Ellen Morgan

There’s something about the novelty of eating something out of a cardboard boat, especially when it’s served from a food truck. We’re so spoilt for choice in Adelaide… so get trucking.

Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle

Does the smell of brisket make you want to don your cowboy hat and click your heels into the desert sunset? Hot sauce, American fried chicken and all things smoky barbecue are Sneaky Pickle’s specialty. Their barbecue brisket sandwich with cheese, fried onions and house-sauce is the stuff of American dreams. Transport yourself to smoky, saucy heaven when they pop up at Fork on the Road.

These guys also have a shopfront so you can satisfy your barbecue cravings whenever you fancy. Keep an eye on facebook for truck stop-spots.

Mullygrub

Mullygrub

With their own café in McLaren Vale, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the colourful Mullygrub truck– it’s out a little less often and in high demand. Their coconut-crusted chicken burger is a crowd favourite but with house-smoked Reubens,and hot salmon and veggies, you’ll be hard pressed to make a quick decision. Owner Sean is restaurant trained and it shows. Servings are dished up as if on silver platters– all part of the charm of this little Fleurieu truck.

Find them at Fridays After Five Aldinga and Fork on the Road. See their facebook for more details. 

Delectaballs

Delectaballs

This food establishment has balls on the brain. Delectaballs is the only meatball-focussed food truck in South Australia , recognisable by their Monty Python-esque van (named Mr Darcy). Their meatball sliders are so good they should be made a national dish. Now you’re in the know, the ball is in your court. Find them and give ‘em a try.

Find Mr Darcy at Fork on the Road and other popup locations. Check Facebook for details

TacoCat

TacoCat

The ultimate street food, Mexican fare (done well) is a food truck no-brainer. TacoCat’s team nail their tacos, but even more impressive than their little parcels of pork, veggies and chorizo is the ridiculously moorish chilli con carne served in a simple styrofoam cup. Poured steaming off the stove, a good dollop tops off a base of crispy corn chips. Don’t forget to grab a serviette – things will get messy.

Find them at Victoria Square, Hindmarsh Square & The Wheatsheaf Hotel amongst other locations. Check Facebook for more.

Daisy Burger

Daisy Burger

You can spy the Daisy Burger van from a distance. Like the Batman beacon, it’s recognisable by its sleek, all-black exterior and white logo, but it’s that mouth-watering whiff of sizzling patties that’ll have you hooked. It’s always a joy to see this baby parked out the front of the Wheaty (and much to the annoyance of everyone in earshot, it’s hard to resist saying “Daisy me rollin’ – they hating”). Come to think of it, we don’t think we’ve ever had a Daisy Burger without having a few pints first. Sober or not, these burgers are good. Our go-to is the 10-hour slow cooked pulled beef burger – it’s all in the name.

Find them at The Wheatsheaf, Hindmarsh Square, Fork in the Road and other locations about the city. Check Facebook for weekly locations.

Veggie Velo

Veggie Velo

Veggie Velo was one of the first food trucks (or should we say bikes) to show up in South Australia. They’re still kicking about and for good reason – they’re delicious. The mushroom burger is phenomenal and the servings are so huge you won’t have mushroom for anything else. If you do have room, make sure to grab a juice from their sister truck, Juice Lovers. 

Find them at Plant4 Bowden, The Market Shed on Holland and various other locations via their Facebook page.  

Cargo Catering

Cargo Catering

Cargo is run by three sisters with a love-affair for all things tasty. From falafels to tacos and burgers to brownies, if it’s yummy, they make it. Naturally we like them a lot. While they’re in demand for weddings and events, you’ll see their van pop up about the city, too.,

They’re popping up at seasonal events the likes of Coriole’s Spring Affair as well as Fork on the Road and various other locations. Check facebook and their website for details.

Sunshine Ice Blocks

Sunshine Ice Blocks

Coming into summer, we’re firm believers in ice-cream at any time of day, and with Sunshine Ice Blocks you can get stick lickin’ without the sugary guilt. Their all-natural iceblocks, ice-creams and gelati’s are crafted by hand by their beautiful little Fleurieu family. Using locally-sourced fruits and dairy products, they create gourmet paddlepops the likes of peaches and cream (real peaches, real cream) and lavender lemonade (lemon juice, lavender petals). They also offer shaved ice from their vintage shaver and scoops of their silky smooth gelati. Who needs a second stomach when it’s this good?

Not strictly a food truck, we think these guys are well worth the mention. Find them in their vintage Jayco van adorned with bunting at various festivals about town, the Willunga Farmer’s Market, Friday’s After Five Aldinga and a whole lot more (these guys get around)…visit Facebook for more.

Caro Club

Caro Club

Adelaide My Kitchen Rules duo Tim Attiwell and Kyle McLean started Caro Club upon returning to Adelaide after their reality show cooking debut. Specialising in dude food, the pair create mighty, meaty dishes along with friend and chef Kain Slotegraaf (of Bread and Bone fame). Think burgers, pig-loaded fries and hot wings – all saucy, salty and finger lickin’ good.

A relatively new kid on the block, find them at special events, moonlight markets coming up and a number of wineries. Check Facebook for details.

Photos: Sourced

With so many terrific trucks out there, we know we’ve missed some favourites. What’s yours?

Smiley Fritz

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