Starting its life as a popular Food Truck, Sneaky Pickle found a permanent home in Kings Park. This iconic truck has gathered a huge following, selling out at every event with lines as long as can be. When I first found out it wasn’t anywhere north of the city line like everybody else, I rejoiced. It’s actually located in a row of quiet shops shortly before Cross Road. The front of the shop is painted green and the windows are all blacked out. It’s all very mysterious, initially I wasn’t even sure it was open!
Once inside it’s all very Americana. Reminded me of a Texan diner with stag heads on the wall, saws (yes wood saw) and wooden booths and tables. It’s a very laid back atmosphere, they sure got the theme right. It took us a while to get there but when we did, we turned up with a couple of friends and the appetite of a gorilla.
Sneaky Pickle was known for their American style BBQ smoked meat sandwiches and being in a restaurant now, they have expanded their menu to include all the American BBQ favourites. Long story short, we ordered everything on the menu. Well, every meat on the menu and then some sides. For drinks the blackboard is your guide to beers of North America for the complete experience.
It was a hands only, finger licking good, messy hands kind of night. The Southern American food scene has grown so much in Adelaide so most people know what to expect by now. It takes a lot of time, skill and effort to become a pitmaster. Even if you can tame the BBQ there’s the sauces, marinades, rubs and spices.
My top picks? The Wings were absolutely delicious with different layers of flavour, the smokeyness, the amazing sauce and the way the meat falls off but retains bite. The Pulled Pork Sandwich was out of this world. It was simply smoked pulled pork, house BBQ sauce and slaw but it was so flavoursome, subtly smokey and super juicy.
The Pork Ribs also took my fancy because I’m a pork kinda girl and it was gooooood. Very tasty glaze, the meat came off the bone nicely when I bit into it. Tender but not overcooked mushy. It was very enjoyable.
We did however find the brisket and chicken thighs dry and lacking a bit in flavour but the Brisket Sandwich was good with coleslaw adding some moisture to each bite.
The owner was amazed we could finish our food and was in two minds about offering us pie of the day. We laughed it off and went, yea two slices of pie please! After all, when he told us it was traditional American style Apple Berry Pie the boys couldn’t resist. It was good pie so remember to check the board for dessert specials.
The night we went the restaurant was full. It’s great to see a Food Truck transition successfully into a restaurant. It’s always different serving sandwiches for quick lunches versus having a larger menu, maintaining the venue and providing service. Sneaky Pickle Restaurant retains the fun element, it’s unique and has great character. We will most certainly miss you at Food Truck events but at least we can get something whenever we have a craving now.
Sneaky Pickle Restaurant
267 Goodwood Road
Kings Park SA