For a very long time, there have been two take away stores on O’Connell Street that are favourite hangout spots amongst university students, particularly after a late night drinking session. Competition in the area has just heated up with the opening of In N Out BBQ which specialises in a range of charcoaled meats. The menu is extensive with a choice of chicken dishes, lamb chops and sausages, shaslik skewers and wraps, plates and platters, and ribs. There are even some vegetarian options for those that aren’t carnivorous. Part owner, Anise, has a background in hospitality and has a passion for cooking. Everything is made fresh and in house, and he only serves you the dishes that he would eat himself.
The first dish I had was the Number 42 which consists of two skewers of your choice, garlic dip, mixed pickles, chips and a salad of your choice. I opted for the Kafta and Chicken Skewers as well as the Tabouli salad. The Chicken Skewers were amazing. The chicken was well seasoned, tender and succulent with lovely smokey flavours. The Kafta Skewer is made from mince mixed with special herbs and spices, parsley and onion. Again, the meat was cooked to perfection with wonderful Middle Eastern flavours. When either meat was added to the soft, creamy garlic dip, it was a match made in heaven. The Tabouli was colourful and refreshing, while the pickles were tart, adding a good contrast in flavour. The chips were nice and crunchy, and rounded off the dish well.
While the nearby competitors have the AB, In N Out BBQ has the KB which is short for Kaboom. The difference is that they use freshly cooked Shaslik meat and offer the choice of their three dips, as well as the traditional sauces, to be added to the dish. The KB I had was a combination of Lamb and Chicken. Both proteins were juicy and succulent with lovely chargrilled flavours. The chips were nice and crunchy, and the use of dips as a topping was a pleasant change to what I’d normally have.
Finally, I had the American BBQ Ribs. The pork ribs were a decent size and were nice and meaty. The meat simply fell off the bone and had lovely chargrilled flavours. The ribs were swimming in a hickory flavoured BBQ sauce which had just the right amount of sweetness. A perfect way to end the meal!
In N Out BBQ is not your typical take away joint. There’s an emphasis on flavour and quality of ingredients, which is shown in all of their dishes. The fact that they charcoal their meats means they’re already ahead of all their nearby competitors. The friendly and efficient service, as well as the casual and relaxed environment, make this place ideal for lunch, dinner or a late night snack.
WHERE: 40A O’Connell St, North Adelaide