Chuck Wagon is most definitely our go-to when we’re feeling a cheat day (or three). The American-style burger shack, known for its quirky, kitsch fitout and drool-worthy food offerings, is an Adelaide favourite with two locations in North Adelaide and Norwood. We journeyed over to the vibing suburb of Norwood on Monday to help celebrate the launch of Chuck Wagon’s latest menu and, thankfully, to sample some of the goods.
Another reason we love Chuck Wagon is that it’s licensed, meaning we could help ourselves to a fancy cocktail on arrival. We sipped on the Heaven in a Cup, offering a fruity, lolly-like flavour profile. Our dining experience began with bite-sized servings of Rib Bites, Pickle Chips and Zucchini Chips. While we were too busy taking snaps of the food and missed out on the fries, we got the chance to sample the rib bites which were certainly indulgent. The ribs came wrapped in bacon and served with Chuck Wagon’s own Smokey Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce. Meat wrapped with meat and smothered in BBQ sauce is always a hungry carnivore’s dream, right?
Moving onto the burger side of things, we were served a selection of five aptly named and delicious new burgers: Double the Love, Two of Everything Please, Whiskey Blue Cheese Burger, Mexicorn and Aloha Baby. The Double the Love burger came with 140 gram succulent chuck steak, two pieces of streaky bacon, cheddar cheese sauce, tangy ketchup, American mustard, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and thinly sliced pickles on a soft toasted brioche bun. Burgers as indulgent as these ones are always a pain to physically pick up and eat; you can expect things to get a little messy. However, after that first, heavenly bite consumed, it all becomes worth it as you revel in the juicy textures and rich flavours.
The Mexicorn burger was a highlight, exuding distinctly Mexican flavours due to the combination of salsa, corn and jalapenos. Alongside these ingredients, the Mexicorn offered a delightful filling of 140 gram beef patty with melted american cheese, smashed avocado, creamy house mayo, grilled onion, fresh tomato and lettuce, again on toasted brioche.
We loved the sounds of the Whiskey Blue Cheese Burger upon reading the menu, but the flavours were a lot more subtle than initially anticipated. We expected bursts of smoky whiskey and the rich, creaminess of a blue cheese sauce, however it was more just hints of each.
To find out more about Chuck Wagon, follow the link to their website here.