Seafaring Fools is in Glenelg South, in a spot owner Alistair Corston missed out on once before. The former boat captain has a soft spot for the area; he grew up around the corner on Ramsgate Street. The 61-seater cafe has an art-deco frontage and north-facing bay windows. Art is beamed onto the wall by a projector. Compared with its seatless, now-closed predecessor on Grenfell Street sibling, it’s a mansion.

The usual menu staples are complemented by a few standouts, such as salt-and-pepper broccoli tacos with kim chi, and a Reuben sandwich. South Australian produce takes centre stage: Adelaide Hills Kanmantoo bacon, Fleurieu Peninsula free-range eggs and more. DeGroot Coffee Roasters provides the stimulants. Take note of what the coffee is served in, too: striking HK Living ceramics, a gift from Corston’s mates at Home Supply.

In 2022 the team added a hole-in-the-wall burger joint – Fools Burger – to the site. From the street-facing takeaway window, order American-style smash and fried chicken burgers sandwiched between seared brioche buns. Plus, all the extras. Think fries, tater tots and buffalo wings like they do them stateside.

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Updated: March 28th, 2024

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