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Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory)

Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory)
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas, Mexican, Pub fare, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
Take your pick from over twenty bold burgers, including a number of starters (perfect for sharing, or not!). Or opt for ribs, wings, tacos or dogs, should you prefer.

Cheesophiles can sink their teeth into the gloriously gooey vegetarian cheese bombs to kick off the meal. This decidedly rich, cheesy union of cheddar, feta and mozzarella, which come swathed in layers of crispy phyllo, are deep-fried until golden and served with a tangy mustard mayo. (Here the portions are on the generous side, so sharing is recommended if you want to leave room for the main event). If you’re lactose intolerant, try the corn dogs or comforting Mexican bean soup.

Moving on to the mash-up of all things umami: burgers. The unrighteously named Sweet Baby Cheeses will make the cheese-obsessed, er, melt. It’s a pure, juicy, perfectly cooked beef patty loaded up with a trio of cheeses: cheddar, Swiss and a spicy cheese sauce along with all the trimmings. To round it off is a golden homemade brioche bun with a generous portion of seasoned shoestring fries on the side.

The ‘Lust – Lucy’ burger (part of Jerry’s 7 deadly sins range), proves to be an underwhelming progression from the starter and the Sweet Baby Cheeses. Here, the patty is stuffed with cheddar cheese (a good thing), and topped with slaw and a sesame dressing. It unnecessarily includes fresh, thinly sliced apple. Though ambitious, this burger is poorly assembled (making it harder to eat) and lacks in flavour. Try one of the other phethora of options like the Envy, Monster or the pulled pork burger.

End off your meal with a decadent Lindt brownie, which is served warm with ice cream.

Drinks
An expansive drinks menu: from shakes and soda floats, beers and wines, to cocktails, teas and hot drinks. Whilst simple, the gingerbread shake is a tasty treat, but could have been better had it come with an actual gingerbread cookie.

Service
Fast and friendly.

Ambience
Booths and exposed brick walls set the scene in this laid-back, casual diner-style burger joint.

And…
There’s something for every kind of eater: whether you’re a carnivore or a vegetarian, a lover of beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages.

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  • Jody Theodore

    Food
    Unassuming but delicious. A variety of their Easy Pickings make for great socialising before mains are ordered. Try the corn dogs, cheese bombs and chorizo croquettes to start the festivities. Whether you’re choosing one of Lucy’s Seven Deadly Sins (a stuffed burger patty), a Cheapskate burger, or the wings with any of its delicious bastings (they come in hot & spicy, smokey BBQ and Jack D), don’t forget to pair them with the onion rings, which is a great option for vegetarians too!

    Drinks
    A large variety is available. Craft beers also come in half pints if you're trying it for the first time! Keeping with a social theme, there are jugs of craft beer and cocktails on offer. A special mention must be made of the Pineapple Express – it's refreshing in addition to showcasing our very own rooibos tea. The wine list, while not large, does have enough variety to appeal to the average wine consumer. Most wines are available by the glass and prices are reasonable, preventing hesitation in ordering that second round.

    Service
    Friendly and enthusiastic. The wait staff are always available when you need them. Even when busy, waiters are still very attentive and easy to find.

    Ambience
    Easy-going and laid-back. Perfect to head there straight after the beach, start a night out or for any gathering of friends. Rest assured, there are no airs and graces here. Come as you are, everyone is welcome.

    And...
    There is something for everyone – burgers, beers, cocktails and heavenly shakes.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Great veggie burger
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  • The Veg burger is yum, great part is they are willing to swap out any burger patty for a chickpea one. The waitress was awesome, she charged my phone so that i could order an uber.
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  • Absolutely love the burgers at Jerry's. The Jack D burger makes me cheat on my diet every time. Amazing fresh burgers every single time.
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  • Just thinking about the delicious burgers that are served at Jerry's Burger Bar in Observatory is making my mouth water. Their various options make choosing the perfect burger a very difficult one indeed - but never fear because whatever you choose will be amazing. And then, when you think you can't eat anymore, you'll be further tempted with their dessert menu. Great relaxed atmosphere and great burgers.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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