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Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory)

Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory)
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Contemporary cool, Family friendly, Hip & happening
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas, International, Mexican, Pub fare, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

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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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food

    These burgers mean business. Patties are 100% beef; no egg, spices or bread crumbs are used. They’re served up on homemade brioche burger buns with fresh sauces – even the chipotle mayo and mustard mayo are made from scratch.

    The B.A.F (bacon, avo and feta), Jack D (which comes with sticky Jack Daniel’s basting sauce, caramelised onions and crispy bacon) and the Frenchy (with blue cheese, mushrooms and red wine, mustard and onion relish) are popular options. Alternatively, you could opt for one of the stuffed burgers. Dubbed the Seven Deadly Sins, this range has patties filled with all manner of devilish things. Envy, for example, is crammed with pecans and blue cheese and topped with caramelised apple and bacon – a triumph of decadence with a balance of sweet and salty flavours – while Greed is stuffed with chorizo, cheddar and tomato, and topped with bacon and egg for good measure. All in all, it’s a little overwhelming.

    Vegetarians can opt for chickpea patties or try one of two salads. The Greek 'n Popcorn Cheese salad comes with warm, fried, crumbed cheese.

    In the event that you have a second stomach entirely for dessert, you could try a Lindt brownie, warm apple pie or caramel corn sundae. You’re on your own here, though: even us trained professionals didn’t have enough room for dessert. (In our defence, we did sample the fried cheese squares as a starter, which are about as awe-inspiring as they sound.)

    Drinks

    Beer drinkers are spoilt for choice with 11 beers on tap, including CBC, Devil's Peak, Lakeside and Jack Black. There are also some thick shakes, which can be ordered with a shot of alcohol.

    Ambience

    Jerry’s is a hip, cosy hangout with plenty of exposed brick and wood. The restaurant pays tribute to Norman Collins (AKA Sailor Jerry), the founder of modern-day tattooing, and several walls are festooned with his classic swallows, monkeys and anchor patterns. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming – this could very well become your new local.

    Service

    Service is informal and can be a little sluggish at busy times, but serving staff are very friendly and will go out of their way to fix a problem.

    And…

    There’s a weekly pub quiz on Monday nights from 8pm, and beer and burger pairing evenings on Tuesdays. Booking is recommended.

    (December 2014)

User reviews

  • 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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  • I should be able to rate the food as higher than 5 stars. If you live on Earth and you enjoy food, you should make a pilgrimage to this temple of food. Its literally in my last Will and testament that any of the Lucy's (an incredible stuffed patty experience with phenomenal quality ingredients), should be liquidised and fed to me intravenously if I should be in a vegetative state. Add to that, a great range of craft beer, well trained models they have somehow convinced to carry food, and American classic style decor, this is undoubtedly the best Burger place in the world bar none. I confirm that this review is written completely independently and the opinions contained herein are my own. That being said, if Jerry's were selling shares in this location, I'd invest purely so I can take drawings in the form of The Gluttony or The Wrath every month.
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  • This is our local...they have become our family. The food is great and the service is awesome. Love, love, love them.
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  • Amazing hospitality - great food - as always! Went for a birthday dinner and had the best service from our waitress and the manager. Highly recommended.
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  • BEST burgers in town! AWESOME vibe! FRIENDLY staff! What more can you ask for? Seriously...that's why I keep coming back!
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  • Burgers are good especially the patti's...service can perhaps be improved but overall, I love the vibe and the atmosphere is just chilled
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  • Jerry's was the first restaurant we visited when we moved to Obs last year - and we've loved it ever since. Consistently great food and good vibes!
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  • Brilliantly suited to the area, nice vibe, friendly staff and TASTY burgers.
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  • I'm a huge fan of the Jerry's restaurants but have to say that the Observatory branch stands head and shoulders above the rest. The staff are friendly and professional making us feel like we're a part of their family. The food is superb and I highly recommend the Drunken Chicken Burger(R78) which is chicken breast in a tequila marinade and topped with jalapenos and avo. My drink of choice is their Bloody Jerry(This is their take on the Bloody Mary and uses cucumber instead of celery), but when I'm not feeling so hungover then their range of craft beers is a definite. For a great night out, a morning after or even a place to bring the family I cannot recommend Jerry's enough.
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  • Food is great, Staff are friendly and the vibe is great.
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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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