Seriously good hamburgers with all the trimmings have made this burger chain a benchmark over the last decade. Bite into a generous bun and taste a real old-fashioned burger made using free-range, grass-fed beef supplied by local artisanal butcher Frankie Fenner. Whet your appetite with delicious triple-cheese chilli poppers and guacamole with GMO-free tortilla chips. The salads are just as fresh, healthy and wholesome. The BBQ ribs and chicken wings are also very popular. But the burgers are the big crowd-pleaser, tempting with twenty different versions made from beef, brisket, free-range chicken, pork and ostrich. Imaginative burger toppings range from pulled pork and cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, feta or cream cheese) to mushrooms, spicy chilli relish, jalapenos and habaneros.
Vegetarians need not fear – options range from a vegan, falafel or chickpea-and-lentil burger to falafel tacos. Don’t forget to order sides of onion rings, sweet potato fries, skin-on fries and coleslaw. The retro shakes and waffles are straight out of your childhood, and come in classic Oreo, peanut butter, Bar One and salted caramel popcorn flavours.
The generous portions make for good value.
There’s a well-priced selection of craft beers, cocktails, shooters, tequilas and wines by the glass.
High energy with attentive bar service and a smile.
Vibey neighbourhood burger joint where tourists can meet the locals.
The indecisive can opt for a trio of smaller burger sliders.
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Gourmet burgers might be old news, especially on Cape Town’s busy restaurant scene, but Hudsons on Kloof is a solid reminder of why it will never go out of fashion. This small flagship store of the small chain of burger joints makes damn fine burgers – it’s easy to see and taste why it’s always packed.
The burgers and sides are substantial, so it’s probably only the really hungry that will go for starters. On offer are pulled pork tacos, crumbed chicken strips, crumbed mushrooms, salmon crostini and phenomenal chilli poppers (generous in both size and stuffing, with the three-cheese filling oozing out after each bite). You might follow that with BBQ beef ribs, chicken wings, rustic nachos or a salad, but you’re probably here for the burgers.
Said flavour bombs are made from scratch on site, and include beef, ostrich, chicken and veggie versions, as well as a pretty fine gluten-free roll option. Topping and flavor combinations are interesting and deeply delicious. The two menu stars are The Original Royale (beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar, chilli and battered onion rings) and the Player (beef topped with streaky bacon, feta and perfectly-ripe avo). Complement them with any of the yummy sides, especially the disco fries – skinny fries with melted mozzarella, cheddar, creamy peri peri sauce and spring onions – or the famous Liberty slaw: cabbage, carrots, feta, cucumber, red kidney beans, chickpeas, sweet corn and red onion with a honey mustard dressing.
Dessert consists of three highly shareable options: Belgian waffles, chocolate brownies and deep-fried Oreos (yes, really).
Great burgers demand great beer, and with the plethora of local craft beers, you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re going for the American diner experience, opt for milkshake. They’re outstanding, and cover all the standard flavours, as well as peanut butter, salted caramel, Horlicks and honey, and Lindt brownie.
Super swift and perfectly, non-annoyingly friendly. They don’t do bookings, but the turnover is quick, so you will never wait too long.
The vibe is laid-back but energetic, mostly because of the great soundtrack. With burgers this good, you won’t really notice the interior (which is cool) or the fact that you are sitting outside on a wooden bench.
Keep an eye out for the burger-of-the-month and (craft) beer-of-the-month specials – both are innovative and delicious.
The service was good and I like the look and feel of the place, but the burger was very very standard and extremely overpriced. I ordered the 250g and it definitely was not that size either.
Hudson's on Kloof beats any other burger joint in town. Other Hudsons included. Awesome burgers, grilled exactly how you want it, onion rings to die for, great friendly service, super nice vibe, and not to miss milkshakes.
We are currently down on holiday and family recommended burgers at the Dogs Bollocks. We are foodies for sure - we are not skinny, nor fat just well rounded and chubby (the both of us due to our absolute love of discovering places that not only capture atmosphere/vibe and good tasting food). Thank goodness we came across Hudsons before Dogs Bollocks. Im sorry, there is no comparison. Dogs Bollocks has the coolest vibe and setting but the burgers are just lacking something and the patty is a little too rare for my liking. Hudsons burgers have it all - it's a must.
When in Cape Town - do not miss out on this one. You will be sorry.
The best place for a reasonably-priced weeknight burger, but please do something about the loud music. Every time I'm there patrons complain, but it's always turned up again after a few minutes. You can't have a conversation without shouting and it's really irritating, especially when sitting inside, where the speakers are.
Probably the best burgers in town! Try the La Di Dah Ostrich burger "guido" style - delicious. For once a restaurant where the price per glass matches the price per bottle.