THE FLEURIEU'S FAST-FOODIE FAVOURITES (AND WHERE TO EAT THEM theM)
There’s nothing like devouring some gourmet takeaway with a picturesque view, and the Fleurieu’s got both in spades.
We’ve rounded up our top takeaway picks and paired them with a local scenic spot for a combo that’s worthy of any food blogger’s Instagram feed. Don’t let your dinner get cold!
FAB FISH & CHIPS AT JIMMY'S PORT NOARLUNGA
It’s known for dishing up some of Adelaide’s best fish and chips. So even city folks make the drive to appreciate Jimmy’s Fish and Chips in Port Noarlunga. Choose your fish – go for garfish or whiting – then your coating (beer batter or crumbs). They don’t grill fish at Jimmy’s, so leave the diet at home. Tip: Ask for extra crispy chips – trust us!
Where to eat it: It’s a two-minute stroll down to the soft sands of Port Noarlunga beach (pack a picnic rug), or jump back in the car and head ‘round the corner to Southport where you can sit on the cliffs and soak up the sweeping views of the Onkaparinga River mouth.
Beverage match: Swing by Victor’s Place in Old Noarlunga beforehand (just five minutes from Jimmy’s) and pick up a bottle of wine. Winemaker Alan Varney’s grenache rosé or verdelho are the perfect match for fish and chips.
Left: Fish and chips at Jimmy's Port Noarlunga. Right: Port Noarlunga Beach - photographer Karen Smith.
Delicious donuts at Port Elliot Bakery
Are you even from Adelaide if you’ve never been to Port Elliot Bakery? With a queue often out the door, this institution on Port Elliot’s main street is an essential pit-stop. Famous for their monthly pie and donut creations, the team here is notoriously inventive – spiced chai latte donut, anyone?
Where to eat it: Port Elliot is a charming town with pretty views, but we’re particularly fond of Commodore Reserve at the east end of Horseshoe Bay. With lush green lawns and ocean views, it’s the ideal spot to savour your baked goods followed by a game of cricket or a stroll on the beach.
Beverage match: De Groot Coffee Co. is just up the road, and its small-batch, fair trade organic coffee is a firm favourite. Tip: Phone your order through in advance and then pick it up en route to your picnic spot so it stays piping hot.
Left: Port Elliot Bakery treats (clockwise from left, Chai latte donut with choc vanilla chai wafer, Red wine, garlic, mushroom & steak pie, S’mores donut with crushed malt biscuits, toasted marshmallows and choc ganache, Pine lime splice donut. Right: Commodore Reserve, Port Elliot - photographer Graham Scheer.
Bangin’ burritos from Loco Mexican, Victor Harbor
This fiery little Mexican joint may just be Victor Harbor’s best-kept secret. With glowing reviews and a Facebook page that’ll have you drooling, Loco Mexican offers an epic array of burritos, tacos, enchiladas and other Mexican morsels. Try the crispy pork belly tacos with a side of dirty fries.
Where to eat it: There are lots of lovely picnic spots along Victor Harbor’s Esplanade and Flinders Parade, but Warland Reserve is right in the thick of the action and is only two minutes’ walk from Loco Mexican.
Beverage match: A bright, fruit-driven red wine pairs nicely with spicy food, so grab a bottle from a local wine shop. Keep it local by looking for labels from the Southern Fleurieu – Mt Jagged, Currency Creek, Finniss River and Mosquito Hill are the nearby wine-producing hotspots.
Left: Loco Mexican dishes - photos courtesy of Loco Mexican. Right: Whale sculpture fountain at Warland Reserve - photographer Michael Haines.
Perfect pizza at Mare Bello, Normanville
Normanville may be a sleepy holiday hamlet but there’s nothing snooze-worthy about the pizza from Mare Bello. These guys nail the classics plus offer gourmet creations like Mediterranean lamb, as well as the legendary ‘Mistake’ pizza topped with prawns, pineapple and salami. Their gluten-free options are tops, too.
Where to eat it: Grab a blanket, open up the back of the car and take in the views from Carrickalinga Lookout on Forktree Road. This spot faces west so fingers crossed for a stellar sunset!
Beverage match: Beer and pizza is the ultimate combo, and luckily Forktree Brewing is a stone’s throw from the lookout. Try the Sunset Ale: a toasty American red that’ll warm your bones (if the pizza hasn’t already!)
Left: Mare Bello pizza - photo courtesy of Mare Bello. Right: Carrickalinga Beach, a few minutes drive from Carrickalinga lookout - photographer Graham Scheer.
Guest blogger: Victoria Johnson.
Header images: Left - Port Elliot Bakery donut, photographer @dressedincopper (Instagram). Right - Commodore Reserve, photographer Graham Scheer.