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Large family? Travelling cheap? Our guide to the best cheap eats in Adelaide for under $20 will leave you satisfied, with money to spare.
The South Australian food scene is vibrant, with a wide range of restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. It can be hard to know where to start or which restaurant to visit.
To help you out, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite places that we visit regularly.
The places we have picked for our Best Cheap Eats In Adelaide For Under $20 list all offer great food, great service and at an affordable price.
Honki Tonki is one unique and funky restaurant. Should I call it a restaurant? More like a hole in the wall with seats. Blink and you’ll miss it.
Colourful splashes, mixed in with soft wood grain walls, covered in cool Anime style graphics certainly makes this place stand out from the crowd.
But don’t let the decor fool you! Honki Tonki is serving up some seriously delicious food.
Specialising in noodles and noodle soups, dumplings and egg waffles, and some truly unique beverages.
My favourite is their Coconut Laksa Soup. The Coconut Laksa Soup has a smooth coconut cream broth, which carries the flavours of the dish well, with just the right amount of heat to warm you up.
It is packed full of slender rice noodles, chicken, Asian greens, tofu and my favourite, fish cakes.
Honki Tonki also serves up some tasty dumplings. Have them fried and crunchy or steamed and slippery, the choice is yours. The dumplings are served up with different sauces, but our favourite is the soy and black vinegar caramel sauce, which has a great acidity that compliments the fresh dumplings perfectly.
Dry noodles are also on offer if noodle soups and dumplings don’t catch your fancy.
Don’t forget to check the specials board for some off the menu treats.
It’s one place not to miss for a quick lunch or dinner.
Location: 38 Hindley Street, Adelaide.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat. (Lunch: 11:30 – 15:30) (Dinner: 17:00 – 22:00)
Recommend: Coconut Laksa Soup.
Price: AUD $10 -$15 Main.
Without a doubt the best family restaurant in town! Amazing food, friendly staff, and cheap! What more could a family want?
What makes Adelaide Pho a stand out restaurant for families is the kids menu pricing. We all know kids are fussy! It’s annoying spending $12 AUD on a kid’s meal. Not knowing if your kid will actually eat it or if your throwing money into a black-hole?
Adelaide Pho has this covered by offering “baby noodle” bowls for around $3.50 AUD! That’s a price most parents can stomach to lose if the fussy child emerges.
And don’t worry about your kids breaking plates or glasses. Adelaide Pho has plastic kids cutlery, cup and bowls on request to make your meal stress free.
The menu has a wide range of tasty treats to suit everyone’s palette. From cold rolls to noodles, rice dishes to salads, you’re sure to find a dish you’ll love.
But the reason to come to Adelaide Pho is of course, the Pho!
Around $12 AUD will get you a huge bowl of steaming, delicious Pho, loaded with tasty noodles and your choice of meats.
The tables are packed with every condiment you could need. Load up your Pho with chilli for a spicy hit or a squirt of Hoisin sauce to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Location: 199 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.
Opening Times: Mon – Sun. (Lunch: 11:00 – 15:00) (Dinner: 17:00 – 21:00)
Recommend: (Entrée) Chicken Satay, Salt and pepper Squid, (Entrée) Vietnamese Salad, Beef Pho.
Price: AUD $10 – $20 Main.
Chapati House 2
Chapati House 2 is another stand out family friendly restaurant.
Located around 10 minutes drive from Adelaide’s CBD, it is well worth the effort.
Serving up authentic Northern Indian food, Chapati House 2 has a relaxed and friendly feel, and provides wonderful service with a smile.
Like it mild? Prefer it spicy? Meat? Vegetarian? Their huge range of curries should cater to all tastes. Enjoy a sweet and creamy Butter Chicken or a fiery hot Beef Vindaloo.
But Chapati House 2 isn’t just about the curries. They do a wide range of side dishes you must try. Soft and fluffy naan breads, crispy papadams and crunchy fried samosa to name but a few.
While take away is a popular option, book yourself a table instead and enjoy a night out.
The mixed platter is a must! (Not available for take away) Four tasting sized serves of different curries, served up with a giant bowl of fluffy white rice. (Meat and Vegetarian options)
The mixed platter will have you adjusting your waist belt in no time.
Location: Shop 6A, 715-727, South Road, Black Forest.
Opening Times: Thurs – Fri. (Lunch: 11:30 – 14:30) Tues – Sun. (Dinner: 16:30 – 21:30)
Recommend: Chicken Moglai, Garlic Naan, Mixed Platter. (Meat or Veg)
Price: AUD $7 – $20 Main.
Greasy, sweet and delicious! Your arteries might not like Nordburger, but I promise your taste buds will!
Nordburger excels at making a simple, but delicious burger. They aren’t over the top and packed with too many ingredients like other burger bars tend to do.
They focus on a few ingredients and just do it well!
Juicy fresh-ground beef patties or crispy buttermilk fried chicken breasts are the stars of this burger show. Combined with a sweet burger bun, some fresh salad to add some crunch, and topped with melted cheese, they are a simple yet delightful burger.
Still feeling hungry? Add a side of crinkle cut fries or tater tots, or go for the full “Nord” experience and grab a bowl of chilli cheese fries!
Wash it all down with one of Nordburgers Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshakes.
Location: Various: Chinatown, Norwood, Hindmarsh, Frewville.
Opening Times: Varies, check opening times.
Recommend: Bacon-Double, Chicken Nuggets, Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake.
Price: AUD $8 – $11 Burger, $3.50 – $7 Fries, $3 – $8 Drinks. (Soda, Milkshakes, Beer)
Gilbert Street Hotel
Wandering around Adelaide on a Thursday night? Wondering what to eat?
The Gilbert Street Hotel is a trendy little spot on the outskirts of Adelaide’s CBD.
Live music can be enjoyed most night, but it is Thursday nights that you’ll want to visit.
Thursday night is wings night!
Leave your best shirt at home, and prepare to get sticky and messy with their delicious chicken wings.
$10 AUD will get you 1 kilo of wings of your choice. ($15 for Suicide Wings)
Enjoy the vinegar hit from the Buffalo Wings or chow into some Spicy BBQ wings.
Smokey Maple Caramel for that sweet smoky taste or Garlic Parmesan for something different?
Like things hot? Burn your tongue off with an extreme chilli hit by tackling the Suicide Wings!
Book a few days early so you don’t miss out. The wings are that good!
Location: 88 Gilbert Street, Adelaide.
Opening Times: Mon – Fri. (Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30) (Dinner from 18:00)
Recommend: Spicy BBQ Wings.
Price: AUD $10 – $20 Main.
The Edinburgh Castle Hotel (Ed Castle)
Tucking into a Schnitzel (Known locally as a Schnity) while enjoying a few drinks is a South Australian past time. And The Ed Castle does it best.
Perfectly crumbed and fried, they are crunchy on the outside but still juicy and tender on the inside.
Choose from Chicken, Beef or Eggplant, and then smother it in your gravy of choice.
Beef? Mushroom? Pepper? Dianne? Gluten Free? You decide!
Scoop up that excess gravy with some crunchy french fries on the side and a bowl of dressed salad.
While the Schnity is king, there are plenty of other option available including burgers, wedges, fish and more.
Relax, unwind and enjoy your meal in the tree-shaded beer garden over a few drinks.
Location: 233 Currie Street, Adelaide.
Opening Times: Mon – Wed. (11:00 – 24:00) Thurs – Fri. (11:00 – Late) Sat. (12:00 – Late) Sun. (17:00 – Late)
Recommend: Beef Porterhouse Schnitzel.
Price: AUD $10 – $20 Main.
Thu Nguyet Vietnamese Cafe
This unassuming cafe might not look like the much from the outside, but I’m going out on a limb here and saying “Best Spring Rolls in Adelaide!”
Thu Nguyet is a traditional cafe, serving standard cafe hot foods like chips, hot dogs and hamburgers. But skip all that and get onto their amazing Vietnamese menu and you won’t be disappointed.
Stop and grab a crunchy Bahn Mi roll, packed with succulent grilled or roast meats, heaps of salads, and topped with tasty Vietnamese mayo for an “on the run” feast.
Noodle Salad bowls are also a must try. Slippery cold vermicelli noodles, covered in a sweet and sour dressing and full of salad and grilled meats. Yum!
Oh! Those spring rolls! Crispy, crunchy, and fried to perfection. Packed with delicious fillings, I promise you’ll want more!
Location: 82 Waymouth St, Adelaide.
Opening Times: Mon – Fri. (7:00am – 4:00pm) Sat. (6:30am – 1pm)
Recommend: Combo Banh Mi Roll, Spring Rolls, Rice Noodle Salad.
Price: AUD $6 – $12 Main.
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