Two-Bit Villains

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Shop 150, Level 1, Adelaide Arcade (at off Rundle Mall), Adelaide, South Australia, CBD 5000

Soda bar and restaurant serving specialty sodas, shakes, floats, and a food menu with items such as veggie burgers, fries, dawgs. Since 2012. Open Tue-Thu 11:30am-4:00pm, Wed-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-5:30pm, Fri 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Western, Fast food, Take-out

25 Reviews

First Review by Chef.Tabbycat

great place for American style vegan food - Edit

Try the lot! 👌👌🎯

Pros: range, service

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It was alright - Edit

I went here on a date with my boyfriend. We got a snickers milkshake which is a little bit too salty. I got a 'beef' burger and chips and he got a 'chicken' burger and onion rings. The burgers were pretty good but the onion rings had too much batter and they were a little bit cold. I don't know about price because I didn't pay. I enjoyed the meal but I'm not rushing to go back.

Pros: Everything on menu can be made vegan, Big portions

Cons: A lot of salt!!

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An American styled diner but vegan - Edit

I've been going here for years for their delicious sodas and burgers but today I found out they did vegan milkshakes and I'm so happy!

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Totally worth it - Edit

A lot to choose between different burgers and sides and other stuff. Great range of hot drinks and sweets as eg. thickies, hot peanut butter coffee. Great taste and value. Staff is also very friendly. Atmosphere is lovely.
At midday quiet busy.

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Calorie Central - Edit

While many vegans are stereotyped as being healthy eaters, Two-Bit Villains has done quite a solid job in attempting to squash the myth that salads, kale and sandwiches made of 9 grains are the only things we can eat.

The menu consists of burgers, fries, differently shaped fries, a fries burger, sloppy Joes, nachos and more - nothing on the menu would receive more than a 1 star health rating you see plastered over cereal boxes in Coles.

I've eaten here quite a bit and enjoy it, it's a guilty pleasure. That said, the onion rings are incredibly greasy - I once got them as a takeaway and managed to wring my napkin out with all of the excess oil it contained. Tater tots are good and my recommendation. They're like little hash brown barrels, cute!

Pros: No nonsense American food, Decent tater tot portion size

Cons: Can be hard to get served, Burgers aren't worth the price tag

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Amazing American Vego Food - Edit

I never knew vegan food could taste this good. Situated upstairs in the Adelaide Arcade, the restaurant is definitely a hidden gem. Unlike other vegetarian restaurants, the food here is actually packed with flavour and spice rather than being bland and soft.

Staff are lovely and the restaurant is well decorated with interesting hipster decore. They do a range of sodas however I have never tried them as I am not a fan of soft drinks. What I do like however is there El Bandido burger.

The El Bandido contains a crunchy falafel-like patty made from soy. It is served with a spicy sauce that packs a small chilli hit. The patty is garnished with fresh shredded lettuce and tomato. I had the vegan variant of the burger with vegan cheese and it tasted quite spectacular.

The Chilli Con Carne fries tastes just like a chilli con carne. The surprising part is that it contains no meat and also the cheese can be substituted for vegan cheese. The french fries are not too salty and are nice and crispy.

I have also tried their Mac and Cheese which is just as good as non-vegan Mac and Cheese. The spicy lentil soup they have as a $10 special sometimes really packs a punch. The only downside of the soup is that you only get a really tiny bit of crunchy bread on the side.

Definitely worth a try. Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan. You will likely be surprised at how nice it is.

Pros: Fresh food, Spicy options are actually spicy, Good menu variety

Cons: Slightly on the pricier side

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Not my favourite food, but a beautiful venue - Edit

This is a really popular place and it came recommended to me, but I wasn't all that impressed. I had a vegan cheeseburger with onion rings as well as a vegan milkshake and I wasn't a huge fan. I found the onion rings too oily. The burger was alright, but not my favourite and the milkshake wasn't cold enough for my lovely king and the flavour wasn't quite what I like either.
Positives include it being a lovely light-filled venue in a beautiful old arcade, friendly staff and lots of vegan options.
Obviously lots of people like the food there, but I prefer my vegan fast food from Lord of the Fries...

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Great vego 1950's diner style food! - Edit

Visit this place whenever I'm in Adelaide, they do great burgers, loaded fries, sodas, shakes etc. The food is greasy 1950's diner style food but if that's what you're after it's absolutely delicious! Good decor and funky atmosphere, plenty of vegan options.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-18

Pros: Funky place, yummy food!

Cons: Open on Sunday night dammit!

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Vegan Fast Food - Edit

It's so great a place like this is around in Adelaide. Obviously not the healthiest option out there, but great for a dirty treat every so often. Food is pretty tasty and will satisfy your craving for a greasy burger. The new space is pretty neat too. Unfortunately wait times for both dine and and take-out can be long

Pros: Tasty, Good location

Cons: Food takes a long time

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Homemade sodas and soy ice cream! - Edit

Best sodas I've ever tasted , and so many options to mix it up! Hot dogs, tater tots, and mac and cheese are my favourites here. Plus vegan options for everything! Food service was friendly and quick.

Pros: Everything has vegan options, no exceptions!

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Yes and no - Edit

The sodas are great and if you're feeling like junk food, probably one of the better ways to do it. Usually, the people serving seem quite friendly but the waiting times border on ridiculous. I've been here a few times, even when there is one or two (literally) other people in the restaurant, I have waited up to 40 minutes for a burger and fries or onion rings. Oh well. Won't go again purely because of this. Sorry, but just happened one too many times to be a coincidence.

Pros: Sodas, junk food fix

Cons: waiting times

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two-bit villains - Edit

We had two vegan burgers and chili cheese fries with vegan cheese. The burgers came without cheese, when I asked why, they said I have to request it and it costs extra. I wonder why they did not ask when we ordered. The chili cheese fries had barely any vegan cheese on it. the "normal" chili cheese fries came with lots of cheese. The vegan burger was pretty boing, no interesting sauce and it was pretty bland. it is definitely overrated. we wont come again.

Pros: vegan options, gluten free options

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really good - Edit

I didn't have heaps high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. The fries were awesome I would go there just for them. The burger was pretty good good vegan cheese decent paddy good bun.

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ok food, odd atmosphere - Edit

I was looking forward to my visit here having heard good reviews and brought a visitor to Adelaide even though I hadn't trial-runned the place. I got the sense that this was a new location and it feels very unfinished so the space was strange and lacking character. They had run out of buns (odd since they largely only serve burgers!) so everything was on a bed of fries instead. The meals were extremely salty (I had the chilli fries) to the point that I couldn't finish mine. The other two in my group got "salad" with theirs but that was just iceberg lettuce and a couple of tomato slices. The best part were the botanical sodas, very fresh and flavourful. I really wanted to love Two Bit Villians and all the vegan offerings, but it's very much in need of refinements.

Pros: awesome sodas, good potential

Cons: salty, echoey uncozy unfinished space

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sooooo good! - Edit

I came here with a group of mostly non-vegans and everyone was very impressed with the food. The serving sizes were huge, the food was delicious and there was a lot of options. Everything can be made vegan and the staff are wonderful. I'm only visiting Adelaide for a few days but will definitely be coming back here before I leave.

Pros: delicious , everything can be made vegan, big sizes

Cons: none

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Delicious junk food that's actually healthy! - Edit

I was only in Adelaide for the weekend and I dropped in here on Saturday for lunch. I would've gone back a few more times if they weren't closing for a few days to move to another shop in the arcade, dammit!

Great decor with touches of the 50s-60s and loads of choices of drinks and food. Obviously, this is the old shop and not sure what the new shop will look like. As I wouldn't be able to come back before my holiday was over, I decided to have lunch and dinner at the same time ;) They had music playing and for the first time in ages, I didn't put my headphones on to listen to my own music! It was great. Alternative stuff like the Clash and I loved it!

I had a blueberry soda, fries and a soy dog for my lunch and read my book for a while before devouring their Classic Veggie Burger. All sizes were generous (That didn't stop me wanting more, though!) and were delicious.

I loved Adelaide and this was one of the many reasons I might have to move there one day. I'll certainly be returning for another holiday in a year or two and TBV will be on the agenda for sure. :)

Pros: Great music!, Delicious food, Friendly vibe

Cons: Too far from my home!

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Best Junk Food Fix! - Edit

Seriously the best chilli cheese fries I have ever had! I actually get sad if i go somewhere else and order veg chilli cheese fries cos i only want the two bit villains ones and nothing will live up to theirs! The creamy soda is amazing, the staff are lovely. I always leave this place a few kilos heavier and extremely happy.

Pros: chilli cheese fries, creamy soda

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affordable - Edit

The first sign that things were not to be a magical experience was that I had to wait at the counter for several minutes to order and be seated, as the sole server had to take food out to tables and clean. I was placed at a table for three, which thankfully was the only table where the seats had backs. However I was then approached by several people asking if seats were available as there was a line out the door and people were being turned away. By the time my food came out after twenty minutes or so, I felt quite bad for taking up space. It was also quite noisy, between people talking and the music, which was a bit overwhelming. I wasn't able to find serviettes or salt and the floor had some crumbs and the chairs had holes in. My fries were cold when I received them, and the cheese on my hot dog had not melted very well. It was very large and I was only able to eat half. I was allowed to take the rest home in a plastic container. Hopefully when they move into their new location some of these things will be fixed, but I will have second thoughts about trying them again.

Pros: affordable

Cons: noisy

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Little Gem in Adelaide - Edit

One of my favourite vegan friendly places in Adelaide, I love the style, the atmosphere and the food is very delicious 50's style American but vegetarian with vegan options! I love that they are super accommodating of vegans, they go out of there way to include us and that's why they are one of my favourite places!
I think their prices are really reasonable, the staff are wonderful and knowledgable, I am a huge fan of their turkish delight iced tea, their milkshakes and their fries! Some people don't like really salty chips, and they do come with a bit of salt, so if you don't like that, order less salt. Personally for me, i LOVE the saltyness! the chilli cheesefries (vegan of course) are amazing, they do vegan onion rings and great veggie burgers.
Do yourself a favour and get into Two-bit villians :)

Pros: Reasonable prices, Best fries in Adelaide

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So-so experience - Edit

The onion rings were tasty, very salty but still good. Traditional mustard and sauce accompaniments were good, pity the onion rings were too big to fit.
Veggie burger was so average. Think fast food sesame bun, plain mushy pattie, some avo and salad. There wasn't even vegan cheese on it!
The choc peanut butter shake was really tasty.

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High expectations - Edit

The reviews on here had set my expectations high but I was disappointed. It's the sort if place which is awesome because vegan milkshakes and burgers are awesome rather than being awesome in its own right.

I had the soy burger, it was pleasant but I've had a lot better. The sauce was really nice, a more subtle BBQ flavour. The burger was too mushy for my liking, there was no real firmness to it. I suspect it was gluten free. It's all very nice to cater for different diets but I love gluten and think you can't make a properly good soy burger without it. I also had potato tots which were crispy on the outside but lacking fluffiness on the inside. The only flavour to them was salt. The portion size was good, I left full but not stuffed

I then had a strawberry milkshake which was again pleasant but not amazing. For the price of it expected more creamy and/or strawberry flavour.

The place is well located even if you'd never find it if you didn't know it was there. There's not a lot of seating so it might've wise to book on busier nights. Done as a beach shack but without being cheesy so it works well.

My food was ready super quick as was everyone else around me. But otherwise service was lacking. It was friendly and seemed well intentioned but a bit incompetent. There was nobody out front most of the time, not everyone was given napkins, no water offered or obviously available, food was half thrown at me between serving customers at the register and a load of little things like that.

I really like that this place exists and I want it to do well. I might even go back and try something else. But at the same time there is room for improvement.

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Excellent hidden alternative - Edit

I Have been just once. I went with a carnivours by nature, he was a bit dissapointed when we found out there were not "meat" alternative for whose who are not vegeterian (but this is my fault) anyway, he ordered the Sloppy Joe and I ordered the Gluten free Veggie burger.
Believe it or not, until now he said it is the tastiest burger he has ever tried! he was that happy that we are planning in going back just for that burger. Mine was not that special, gluten free bread could be better, it seems like just white toasted bread. The tomato relish was very good though.
Place is nice and funky. The service is excellent and in general the environment is really nice.
The bad thing is we could not managed not to drop all over the plate, I guess it could be organised in a way which is easy to do a big bite. It wasnt the case, but I definitely come back again

Pros: Tasty, Vegan and Gluten Free alternatives, Nice environment

Cons: Hidden Place, Could get really messy by eating it

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Awesome - Edit

Love this place. Great place to visit... they're 100% vegetarian with everything on the menu being able to be made vegan (and MOST is able to be gluten free too).

Awesome place to take people who aren't vegetarian/vegan etc too as they're very welcoming and friendly and not pretentious at all!!

Pros: Online booking service, Separate menus for vgn veg & gf, Friendly

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My favourite vegan eat out in Adelaide - Edit

For starter i love that theres seperate menus, no need to scan through and ordinary menu for vegan options. Lots of vegan option which was great. The sodas are to die for, especially the cream soda.omg.so good. The seatings a bit weird on those high tables. Loved the BLT with onion rings...mmm.

Pros: Delicious junk foodness, seperate menus

Cons: seating, small area

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Funky, quiet hideaway - Edit

I would NEVER have found this place if not for Happy Cow. It's a very funky little out-of-the-way joint that also sells rockabilly/hipster clothing, upstairs in the Adelaide Arcade. Service was fine, the strawberry float to die for, but the vegan nachos were a little ordinary. I mean how good can cheeseless nachos possibly be?? They should totally get some soy or nut cheese! It 's great that they have a separate vegan menu though - makes things very simple! My friend had a veggie burger that was pretty good. I'll go back to try some different dishes real soon!

Pros: price, funky atmosphere, fast food

Cons:

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