Adelaide really is a melting pot for all things delicious as they have so many beautiful regions at their door step, all within a short drive of the city- the Fleurieu Peninsula, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, just to name a few. In those regions you’ll find some of the best food and wine the state has to offer. There are eateries with a strong emphasis of sourcing local produce, pizza and wine bars in old churches (this is the city of churches, right?!) and some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.
It was hard to narrow down, but here are some favourite foodie experiences within an hours drive of the city.
Pork buns, seasonal fare, locally sourced produce and an underground cellar. Have we got your attention yet? The Salopian Inn is a favourite with locals and tourists, and has some of the best food around. The head chef, Karena Armstrong, places a strong emphasis on using regional produce and supporting local businesses. Go to items on their menu include their duck fat potatoes, coffee ice cream sandwich and the pork buns. If you’re a fan of gin then make sure you have a designated driver handy as they have over 230 locally made and imported gins on their list.
This restaurant has got to be, hands down, a favourite place to eat at. The service is impeccable, the food is as delicious as it is beautiful and the venue is breathtaking. The Currant Shed has a strong focus on seasonal produce and Fleurieu fare, and doesn’t shy away from different flavor combinations. Their dishes constantly change, but when you visit try their three course menu. Amazing! You will be left feeling very satisfied and full- maybe just wear some stretchy pants.
If you’re a fan of Maggie Beer and her delicious South Australian made products, then you need to visit this gem, just over an hour’s drive in Nuriootpa. The farm shop is chock a block with all things Maggie - her icecream, caramel sauces, verijuice - you name it, it’s there. When the sun is shining, order a Pheasant Farm Pate Picnic Pack and head to the deck or lawn around the lake and soak in the views. You’ll never want to leave.
Wine and pizza - it’s pretty much the best combination ever, right? Lost In a Forest aces the combo, as it’s a wine bar that dishes out some of the best woodfire pizzas in the Adelaide Hills. Tucked away in the old St Stevens Anglican Church in Uraidla, this hideaway makes you feel cosy and right at home. They offer a short but sweet menu, with pizzas and other dishes regularly changing as the seasons pass. The Banh Mi is a favourite with the crowds, as is their wine, sourced locally from Basket Range and surrounding areas. Best to book in with this joint as seats go very quickly.
Attention coffee enthusiasts. You will fall head-over-heels with Dawn Patrol. This little joint is located off a dirt road in Kangarilla - a blink and you’ll miss it kind of place. It’s a decked out shed, filled with plywood, sofas and a roasting machine- they even have a resident alpaca and coffee dogs on site. Owners Nick and Dom work behind the bench, offering tastings of their filter and espresso blends, teaching you everything you need to know about the brews. If you’ve time up your sleeve then stay in for a cup of joe, eat a cruffin and listen to some tunes on record player.
Love beer and hot wings? Then jump on the freeway and head up to Lobethal Bierhaus. Nestled in the little town of Lobethal, the beirhaus is a heaven for all things beer and delicious food. The best way to start your visit? Head up to the bar and dabble in a few brews before settling down either inside or under an umbrella in the beer garden for a long lunch filled with seriously good grub - from porcini filled mac and cheese to Adelaide Hills pig on a plank. We recommend you booking a table, especially over the warmer months as it can book up quick!
This cellar door and winery offers an incredible dining experience. Located in an 1840’s homestead in Seppeltsfield, this award winning cellar door offers more than just a good drop (you know it’s good when they took out James Halliday’s 2015 Winery of the year). The dining experience is that good that it’s known to be booked up long in advance so please plan and book ahead! They offer two set menu options, which all have a strong focus on seasonal produce and are made to match the wines. If you’re willing to part with a bit of coin, this is definitely the restaurant and cellar door to spend it at!
Wondering how a bakery could possibly take out one of the top 10? Head to this one and you’ll see why. This place is famous for their pies, giant sausage rolls and freshly baked bread. But they are also famous for their donuts. Their sprinkle and chocolate varieties are darn good, but their donuts of the month are next level. Think donuts filled with chocolate ganache and topped with M&Ms, a golden gaytime variety, triple chocolate Tim Tam and even one with Ferraro Rocher chocolates. Stock up on a carload of baked goods and head just down the road for a spot of whale watching and that’s your afternoon. Satiated.
Panoramic views of the vineyards, fabulous white wines and darn good lunch menu - you’ve got Pike and Joyce. Perched on top of a hill in Lenswood, Pike and Joyce is a cellar door and restaurant, offering wine and platters during the weekdays, and big, beautiful lunches on the weekends. Their platters cater for all tastes - their vegetarian platter has got to be one of our top picks. The weekend lunches are super popular and worth taking the afternoon off for - with options like Paroo Farms kangaroo fillet and crispy skin duck breast, you’ll never want to leave.
If you’re a pizza lover, then you need to get acquainted with Pizzateca. Located in the Mclaren Vale wine region, Pizzateca is an Italian food lovers heaven - think authentic woodfire pizza, antipasti and the BEST homemade tiramisu ever tasted (made by their nonna, you can’t get more authentic then that). Along with the food there is a variety of wines and beers on hand, most from V.Mitolo & Son. Their Tempranillo is a winner. Please make sure you give yourself a few hours here to lap up the whole experience.