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Curious Squire - 10 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

With the rise in popularity of American style food, it's no wonder that the Curious Squire is the place to go for a beer and BBQ meat to satisfy any carnivore's craving. Come for the low and slow meat, stay for the funky atmosphere and tasty desserts. Tonight's event, organised by Girl About Town, was all about trying the new menu designed by Curious Squire's new Head Chef (who previously worked at the now closed Auge). And what a feast of food and matching James Squire's beers we were served!  All food and beverages were provided on behalf of the Curious Squire.

Monterey Jack Cheese Sticks with BBQ Sauce $9.50
Our night kicked off with delicious Monterey Jack Cheese sticks, hot and oozingly cheesy, these were some of the best cheese sticks we've had in a while. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, and cheesy on the inside, we could easily have eaten a whole bowl full.  This starter was paired with James Squire '150 lashes' pale ale.

Mushroom Arancini
Then came the mushroom arancini, these were well crumbed and fried, with a crunchy exterior and a soft creamy interior with lots of mushroom flavour and hints of truffle oil throughout.

James Squire 'Nine Tales' Amber Ale
The little arancini morsels were paired with James Squire 'nine tales' amber ale.

Orchard Crush Pear Cider Sorbets
To cleanse our palates between dishes, we were given several sorbets which were of an interesting variety. My (Sofia) favourites were the Orchard Crush Pear Cider and the Orchard Crush Apple Cider.  While the beer drinking fans may favour the Swindler Summer Ale sorbet and the Chancer Golden Ale sorbet.  All were successful in their job of refreshing and neutralising our palates for the following course.

Crabby Patty $24
Having cleansed our palates, we looked forward to the next dish which was the juicy looking Crabby Patty; a deep fried crab atop crunchy slaw inside a black bun. This was a tasty burger which had great crunch from the well seasoned crab, nice creaminess from the slaw, avocado and aioli and looked great in the black seeded bun, which was nice and soft. This burger was paired with the James Squire 'orchard crush' apple cider which helped to lighten up the dish and add a refresher between each bite.

Sloppy Joe $18
And now no American meal is complete without a sloppy joe, which I (Sofia) will admit was my first. This sloppy joe had the works, fresh bun, filled with hop thief 8 texas chilli, smoked brisket, a fried onion ring and corn chips for crunch. An interesting combination of ingredients that seems to work, great flavours all around with that excellent crunch and heat from the chilli that keeps you wanting more. This sloppy joe was paired with a James Squire 'the chancer' golden ale.

American Pork Ribs & Hot Links 
Of course no visit is complete without a taste of the Squire's saucy pork ribs and hot links. These dry rubbed, 12 hour smoked ribs came out smelling meaty and smokey, with an abundance of sauce on the ribs which added great flavour and sweetness to the meat. Our fingers were covered in finger licking sauce and the meat was cleaned off the bone. Sliced pickles and sauerkraut on the side provided a cut through the smokiness of the meats and great crunch between each bite. The hot links were house made Texas style sausages, each with a different infusion of James Squire's beers.  We have never had sausages infused with beer before which was an exciting flavour profile for our palates especially paired with the smokiness and firm but juicy sausage meat.  This meaty dish was paired with James Squire 'hop thief' 8 American pale ale. 

Smoked Vegetable Pizza $24
We were also served up a smoked root vegetable pizza which was full of flavour from the abundance of vegetables, caramelised leeks and goats cheese. Even carnivores would appreciate the taste and flavour of this pizza which proved to be filling and delicious. The pizza was paired with James Squire 'four wives' pilsner. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly $14
To end the night on a sweet note, the peanut butter and jelly dessert was a decadent treat. The chocolate fudge pop tart was still warm and oozing chocolate from the middle, while the peanut butter ice cream was creamy and rich in flavour. The berry jam (aka jelly) on the side added lovely sweetness and cut through the richness of the ice cream and pop tart. 

We had a wonderful night tasting a large array of food, beer and cider available on the new menu.  Having visited over a year ago (review here) we were pleased that even with the disappearance of Amanda's favourite dessert of the past (the s'more) and a new head chef on the smoker there are still many reasons to return.  We left the night feeling full and satisfied with delicious comfort food. The Curious Squire is a great place to come for no frills finger licking food, food that comforts and food that makes you go 'mmm'. 

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