It’s been quite a year for Adelaide’s food scene. We saw an explosion of pizza joints, the Adelaide Hills enjoyed a wining and dining renaissance and a new coffee shop seemed to open weekly. Happily, Broadsheet’s writers and photographers were there for all of it. As 2016 wraps up, we look back on the most memorable dishes and drinks we had from our newest venues. The only rule: they had to have opened this year.

CAFES

Flying Fig Deli, North Adelaide
Daniela Frangos, editor
Like all good visitors to New York I came home desperate to find a sandwich that stacked up against those at Katz’s Deli. Enter North Adelaide’s Flying Fig Deli. The menu is packed with Jewish deli items like lox, latkes (potato pankakes) and zhug (Yemeni hot sauce) (it even provides a glossary to help the unacquainted). But I can’t overlook the Reuben: corned beef; house-made cabbage, kohlrabi and caraway sauerkraut; and Swiss cheese on rye with a pickle on the side to enhance the flavours of the sandwich. Pass me some matzo-ball soup and I’ll be complete.

Karma and Crow, Richmond
Tomas Telegramma, writer
Richmond Road doesn’t scream “food hub”, but taking a risk on the industrial strip has paid off for Janie Kammer and Alanna Crowe of Karma and Crow. And it’s one of the few places you can get pulled pork for breakfast. Stacked up with poached eggs, chilli kale and a fresh hit of apple and radish, this reinvention of the run-of-the-mill eggs Benedict is drizzled with a bright-pink beetroot hollandaise. Enjoy with a citrus-infused coffee.

Third Time Lucky, Lockleys
Josie Withers, photographer
My friends know I never order a sweet breakfast, but there's something about Quang Nguyen's doughnuts that just get me. Particularly the raspberry and coconut – sweet but not too sweet, paired with a black coffee.

The Lost Loaf, Plant 4, Bowden
Bonnie McBride, writer
The Lost Loaf’s sourdough is so good I bought $12, hand-cured butter just so I could pair it with something worthy. Baked by Magill Estate's former pastry chef Emma Shearer, this bread tastes like it's been baked in a French provincial town from a recipe passed down from Joan of Arc – it's a truly religious experience.

Drummer Boy Cafe, Port Adelaide
Laura Turner, writer
What I love about this cafe is the super-chilled vibe and the short-but-sweet brunch menu, which is packed with creativity and a keen sense of flavour. The roast pumpkin and maple pie is on-point, served in a crunchy almond crust to offset all that caramelised sweetness. And don’t even get me started on their 5 Senses coffee.

Hermanos Cubanos, Henley Beach
Meaghan Coles, photographer
The Original Cubanos is worth travelling across town for. The pressed sandwich comes with mojo pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. It’s best paired with the Cuban coffee (for drinkers of strong coffee only).

Elementary, CBD
Tim Watts, writer
I'm not a long-black drinker, but the Kenyan "Kanake" Brad Nixon sourced, roasted and serves at Elementary was hands-down my best brew of the year. Even stone cold (we got chatting), it was delicious.

RESTAURANTS

Lost in a Forest, Uraidla
Daniela Frangos, editor
I was going to choose the truffle and mushroom pizza from Pizzateca but, since they already get a mention, I have to go with the sprout and speck pizza at Lost in a Forest (look, I like pizza). Wood-fired crust, salty speck, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan are balanced with some very tasty Brussels sprouts – it’s a happy union. The Uraidla restaurant is part owned by Ochota Barrels’ Taras Ochota, so you’re guaranteed a damn good list of natural wines (Gentle Folk, Lucy Margaux and Jauma make an appearance). Oh, and it’s in a 130-year-old church. Just get there.

Superfish, CBD
James Rudd, writer
One of my favourite things about Superfish is its clean-cut summer style and the cartoon seafood plastered everywhere. My other favourite thing is the asparagus kerabu. Going out for dinner as the only vegetarian in the group can be rough, but I was totally delighted by this simple bowl of asparagus, onions, runny egg, avocado, sesame seeds and coconut sambal. It’s a delicately balanced meal that’s a lot more substantial than it seems.

Croydon Social, Croydon
Tomas Telegramma, writer
Don’t get me wrong; Croydon Social’s two-day dough makes for one of the best pizzas in town. But the tasting plate – a selection of their “small plates” – is incredible pre-pizza grazing. It features charred cauliflower with ajo blanco, house-made pastrami with pickled vegetables and a spin on Brussels sprouts that’ll convert almost any cynic. They don’t take bookings, but it’s worth the wait.

Pizzateca, McLaren Vale
Josie Withers, photographer
Aperol spritz to start, followed by the quattro formaggi pizza with chilli, accompanied by a bottle or two of V. Mitolo & Sons Grenache. It’s my type of heaven in one of my favourite locations.

Pizzateca, McLaren Vale
Camellia Aebischer, writer
The chewy, blistered crust of a Pomodoro pizza with roasted baby Romas, olive oil, garlic, sugo and fior di latte. I could live here.

BARS

The Summertown Aristologist, Summertown
Daniela Frangos, editor
I’m cheating a little putting this in the bar category. It’s part cellar door and part restaurant, but oh boy do they have a fine wine list. The small selection is all natural and mostly local, including drops from co-owners and Basket Range producers Jasper Button (Commune of Buttons) and Anton von Klopper (Lucy Margaux, Domaine Lucci).

The minimal menu – saucisson, comte and seasonal produce from local farms – is perfect for sharing. And the sourdough baked by chef Thomas Edwards is quite honestly some of the best bread I’ve had – I took a loaf home.

BKRLYN, CBD
Camellia Aebsicher, writer
Need energy but also Campari? Get yourself a drink that can do both. The cold-drip Negroni at BRKLYN is a perfect mix of bitter and citrus. The caffeine adds an extra level of freshness.

West End Wine Store, CBD
Josie Withers, photographer
Here you can pop in and grab a bottle to drink there or take home, which is handy for me given I live down the street. Owner Jono Hersey has such a great selection of local and French wines (both my favourites) so I'm here pretty often. I'll always start with a bottle of Chablis because I find their selection the best in town.

55ml, CBD
Nathan King, writer
Situated in an old warehouse off Gouger Street, this little bar lets its brews do the talking. There’s a well-selected range of local and imported craft beers and some very appealing desserts. But a spiced-rum dry and lime made from any of their rums is the pick of the bunch. It may be a simple drink but simplicity is key here and anything more would spoil it.