At a glance, you’d be forgiven for confusing Boneshaker with cult American burger chain Shake Shack. They may share some design elements, but that’s where the similarities end; Boneshaker has taken the indulgence of American food and mixed it with the quality and integrity of South Australian produce.
The venue is inside the Pumpt complex – an indoor BMX, mountain bike, scooter and skate park. Repurposed furniture and native plants make up the industrial fit-out, and there’s a gutted yellow school bus to dine in.
The menu features American classics such as burgers, hotdogs and the Philly cheesesteak alongside fish tacos, burritos and quesadillas. But it’s Boneshaker’s commitment to locally sourced produce that sets it apart; grass-fed beef ground in-house, free-range chicken, Cape Jervois snapper and non-GMO bread.
For those with dietary restrictions there’s lettuce-leaf tacos, a chicken burrito salad, and a “naked” burger with no bun and extra lettuce.
Organic alternatives from Karma Cola replace conventional soft drinks. There’s also kombucha and cold-pressed juices. Coffee is courtesy of Thebarton roaster D’Angelo Coffee. There’s a liquor licence and Pirate Life and US-import Brooklyn Lager.
Boneshaker’s 10-stamp loyalty card promises a free coffee on your fifth visit, and a free meal on your 10th. What they’d normally make from those giveaways is donated to a local charity.