Y’all can’t deny that American food has wriggled its soul and belly filling way into our Kiwi lives. From low ‘n slow hunks of meat to fine slices of pie and fried chicken, the influx of American restaurants and food trucks in Auckland is something that we can’t get enough of.
To help you get on the US of A buzz, we’ve uncovered eight of the best American joints in town.
BBQ, barbeque, barbecue—however you spell it, we all know it’s down right delicious. And food truck, Dixie Barbecue dishes out some of the best American barbecue fare in town. These meat-lovin’ lads covered 12,000km of USA barbecue territory before bringing back their knowledge to the Motherland. Sink your teeth into a pulled pork, lamb or brisket sandwich, or get down and dirty with a tray. These bad boys are piled with made-from-scratch slaw, pickles and plenty of meaty goodness. You’ll find Dixie Barbecue parked up at 12 O’Connell Street this April.
Brothers Juke Joint BBQ
Beer and barbecue are the best of friends. Mt Eden’s Brothers Juke Joint BBQ lets you customise your very own barbecue tray to demolish with a pale ale. Opt for pork rib, beef brisket, pulled pork or pastrami with a couple of sauces (the espresso BBQ rocks our socks) and sides. Tater tots and burnt end beans are compulsory. Chuck it all in a dinner roll and prepare to get messy.
Let this Britomart restaurant take you on a flavour trip to the Deep South. Inspired by the energy and charm of New Orleans, Orleans’ menu is packed with soulful Southern fare—humble gumbo, po’boys, fried green toms and the dish everyone goes crazy for—fried chicken waffle with chipotle maple glaze. Wash it all down with a classic Sazerac or colourful Hurricane and end on a sweet note of key lime pie or pecan pie. These N’awlins folk know their food.
One-stop pit boss spot, Miss Moonshine’s will introduce you to the world of smoky, slow cooked meat. You’ll find 8-hour beef short rib and brisket, pulled pork with moonshine sauce and beer can chicken—chowed down alongside pig tail fries, claw and butter lettuce. Before you tackle that, begin with corn bread and burnt butter or mac’n’cheese balls with truffle mayo. ‘Merica!
Bottomless cups of Joe, Reuben sandwiches, ‘tato salad and cheesecake—The Fed is pretty much everything you could ever want from an old school NYC Jewish Delicatessen in Auckland. This Federal Street food joint is open from 7am ‘til late so you can waltz on in whenever you’re in need of some belly filling.
Finger lickin’ American food is what Miss Clawdy’s all about. While they’re Auckland famous for their Southern fried jerk chicken, there’s so much more you need to try. From jambalaya and market fish ceviche to po’boys and tacos, Miss Clawdy has got it going on. Her classic cocktails include spiked punch, old fashioned cherry lemonade, green tea mojito and a thirst-quenching blueberry and lavender Collins—sure to have you embracing the fun lovin’ Miss Clawdy attitude in no time.
The low'n'slow barbecue movement seems to be having a moment in Auckland and, with the arrival of Morepork BBQ, it's definitely here to stay. The Head Chef hails from Boston so you know you're going to get a seriously good barbecue feed. There's smoked meat plates, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches (pulled pork is our pick) and delish sides. Don't forget to finish your Moremore BBQ experience with a slice of bourbon pecan pie.
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