The 8 Best American Food Joints In Auckland You’ll Need To Loosen Your Belt For

by | Jul 7, 2020 | Around NZ

Peach’s Hot Chicken


Chow down on authentic, southern-fried chicken at Peach’s Hot Chicken, an epic food truck-turned-restaurant in the heart of Panmure. Choose from a range of droolworthy dishes, available in varying heats but all equally delicious, in an upmarket, diner-style setting that will have you feeling about as American as American pie (which, by the way, is also on the menu).



Boasting the only fresh barbecue in Central Auckland, SMOKIN COLE BBQ is on a mission to educate Kiwis on how a well-cooked rib should look and taste (clue, falling off the bone means it’s overcooked) and is the only place to be doing real Americana dry rubbed ribs in Auckland. Incidentally, The Memphis dry rub rib recipe is a closely guarded secret—one taste and you’ll understand why. These ribs are hands down some of the best ribs we’ve tasted in Auckland for some time. Paired with some good old mac and cheese (truffle mac ‘n’ cheese no less) and you’re in for a real good American feed.

Juke Joint BBQ


Beer and barbecue are the best of friends. 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.

About the Author

Tash McGill

Tash McGill works as a strategy consultant in tourism, hospitality and digital transformation. She is co-founder of The Feed, President of Food Writers NZ, Chair of the New Zealand Whisky Association.

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