5 Delicious American Eateries In Christchurch To Gorge On An American Feast

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Best American Eateries

Celebrate July 4 by eating your way through Christchurch.

What would your life be without a burger or fries? We know Americans love to eat, they brought us McDonald’s for crying out loud, and for that we will be forever grateful. Seriously, America has produced some of the most pleasurable comfort food alive so let’s use that excuse this July 4 to eat our way through Christchurch’s top American eateries. From top-notch burgers, fried chicken, milkshakes and more…you won’t go hungry. And hey, it doesn’t even need to be July 4. Here are five of our favourite American eateries in Christchurch.

1. Drexel’s Breakfast Restaurant

Gorge on an array of next level American-inspired breakfasts, from scrumptious crepes and French toast, avocados smash, chicken enchiladas, classic eggs benedict, BLTs and plenty more pleasant dishes. They even cater for gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan diets with most of their pancakes and waffles being dietary approved. You’ll surely leave with a tummy full of satisfaction. Indeed, one of the best American eateries in Christchurch.

📍 Rotherham Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

2. Sun Dog Diner

Kick start your day by indulging in the biggest feed at this modern American diner. Home to the most iconic OTT Thickshakes like Raspberry Beret, White Chocolate Shake, Peanut Butter, just to name a few. These go magically paired with specials like the gigantic Bob beef burger and fries, Supafly Nachos, all-day breakfasts such as steak omelets and the fluffy cowboy hotcakes covered in maple syrup and fruits…the list is endless. Certainly, the American extravaganza you need this weekend.

📍2-10 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand

3. Sal’s New York Pizza


Locals absolutely adore this 5-star hotspot. A gigantic slice of authentic New York pizza for just $6. What more could you want? With a great selection of flavours, you’ll be tempted to purchase more than one slice. It’s the perfect place to feel as if you’re embracing American culture. If you’re still hungry, other bites you can get include their famous garlic knot balls at three for $5 or eight for $10 while a large slice of New York cheesecake will set you back $9, just to name a few.

📍 Various Locations 

4. Smokey T’s

This award-winning BBQ joint is managed by renowned chef Tristan Anderson. Expect the greatest American food porn with the restaurant serving premium 10-hour smoked brisket, 7-hour smoked pulled lamb, 6-hour smoked pork belly, 2-hour smoked jerk chicken in tacos, burgers and Texas BBQ platters as well as classic ribs and tasty sides. It’s hard to get a seat in this place, so book early to avoid disappointment or treat yourself to a takeaway via the Smokey T’s website.

 📍 314 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

5. Diner 66

At this spot, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a classic American diner on Route 66. Wolf down on the most soul-satisfying American grub, from chicken quesadillas, droll-worthy breakfasts and burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches, just to name a few. You can’t miss dessert here either because it offers the ultimate foodie experience. Order the Donut Waffle Shake pilled high with oh-so-sinful toppings to send your taste buds to heaven. Equally, the interior is quite instagrammable so you can get the perfect shot in honour of July 4.

 📍 88 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

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