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Smokin’ Joe’s (Durban)

Smokin’ Joe’s (Durban)
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Cost
R110
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Wanda Hennig

Food

With burgers and milkshakes, it’s no wonder this is a family favourite. On any evening of the week you’ll find lots of young parents and their offspring happily munching. There are surprise special burgers but there are limited portions available, so get there early to bag one.

The restaurant’s name is a tribute to Joe Frasier and framed pictures of legendary boxers are a design feature, with the menu continuing the theme. Thus the Rocky Marciano is a huge 180g beef patty with cheese inside, roasted rosa tomatoes, wild mushroom and thyme ragout, Sriracha and pickled jalapenos, all served on a toasted bun. The signature Smokin’ Joe features a 120g patty with jalapeno and cream cheese sauce, a slice of cheese, roasted rosa tomatoes, caramelised onions and the secret sauce.

The beef patties are cooked well-done as a default. This is made clear on the menu, so request yours medium-rare when ordering, if you find well-done burgers too dry or lacking in flavour. Burgers are served with their skinny-cut fries and the rolls unfortunately don’t quite stand up to the burger and its contents. The steak special on offer on the night we visit is fine, but unremarkable.

Ice cream flavours change on a weekly basis – think butterscotch, passionfruit cheesecake or avo with freeze-dried raspberries.

Drinks

There’s no alcohol; however, there is a good milkshake selection including a tasty, though sweet, Vietnamese coffee shake. The coffee is excellent.

Service

Friendly, helpful and competent.

Ambience

It’s busy, but you’ll feel relaxed in the inviting décor. The striking mural of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is a delightful touch.

And...

Follow them on Instagram (@smokinjoesza) to see their latest creations.

(October 2017)

 

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User reviews

  • Smokin' Joes has a nostalgic ambience and it is wonderful to take kids on a trip down memory lane while waiting for our order. The order process is fast and efficient and I don't hesitate to pop in with my kids in-between their activities when time is limited. My kids love their burgers and they were the first to successfully tempt my previously non-burger eating child into eating a burger. I find their menu very well priced and affordable.
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  • It will rock your mama
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  • Smokin' Joe's, a quaint burger joint on Musgrave Rd. As you enter this restaurant you immediately feel at home, greeted by the warm, welcoming staff, who treat you like family and the comfortable seating arrangement and environment. But the food on the other hand is what really takes center stage, and much as you would like to rave about the restaurant, you've really have to give all the credit to the food and even more so to the chefs that make this marvelous creation for your tastebuds. One bite into any of Smokin' Joe's meals will leave you wanting more. There are no doggy bags given here, not because they don't offer any but simply because you just can't get enough of their food. In the end only one thing can be taken from this restaurant and that is....completely satisfied!
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  • I literally moved in front of best burgers restaurant and l wanted burgers so l called in a order of there best burger combo. Burger is pretty good and comes with chillie cheese fries on it which makes it unique and more flavorful.....shout to the chef YUSUF BASSA.....and the waiters Chris and mikey for the best customer service ever...keep it up guys....
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  • Smokin' Joe's is rapidly becoming the place to go to for burgers and milkshakes in Durban. From market success to well-run restaurant, Smokin' Joe's delivers amazing food every time. My typical order is a Smokin Joe and chocolate milkshake. The burger is wonderfully juicy and super tasty! I have a love-hate relationship with the chocolate milkshake... I love the fact that it's deliciously creamy and chocolaty but I hate the fact that these guys have spoiled all other milkshake places for me! Although the ice-cream is not always on the menu, be sure to try it when it is. So many interesting flavors, and definitely the best chocolate and avocado ice-cream I've ever had. Service is prompt and efficient and the wait for food is quite short. We eat here at least once a week. I highly recommend Smokin' Joe's for great quality and taste!
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  • Best burgers Ive ever had!!
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  • Great food !
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  • Of the many times that I've visited Smokin Joes, I have yet to be let down. The service is above par, the food is flavoursome and most importantly they are consistent. I highly recommend this establishment. The owners and staff always go above and beyond to ensure an enjoyable experience. Smokin Joes has indeed raised the bar.
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  • Excellent food prepared with wholesome fresh ingredients by Chef/Owner Mr Bassa himself. Thanks for always providing a perfect meal and good customer service.... 10/5 highly recommend a must if you in Durban.
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  • The best burgers in Durban by quite a margin. Ingredients are always fresh and full of flavour. Watch out for their steak night as well, they're done to perfection !
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  • Smokin joes ,probably one of the most underated and hidden gems in durban .They have managed to take something as simple as a burger and turn in in to top class food.Their vast burger selection is sure to satisfy even the fussiest of foodies.The food is second to none and I will keep coming back here for as long as possible .also as a side note ,their coffee is top class and would give some of durbans top coffee shops a run f9r their money .Not to mention on rare occasions you might be lucky enough to try the owners home made icecream which come in a variety of unique and delectable flavours that are sure to blow your mind .Great job .
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  • Fantastic place Definitely the best burgers in SA Quite frankly you will not have had better Well done!
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  • I fancied this meaty burger bonanza with a smokey flavor that is a taste sensation, crispy chips on the side, melted cheese dripping out and fresh ingredients which is quite pleasing. You can add different sauces and toppings but I prefer a regular cheese burger and chips. This spot has a new fan and I will certainly be back.
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  • If you want a GOOD tasting burger with juices running down your fingers then Smokin' Joe's is the place to be!
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  • Absolutely splendid! Awesome to find some whole, real and good food. Beats all that processed shit you find everywhere else.
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  • Smokin Joes is a comfortable, darling joint that I love frequenting. I've just about tried everything on the menu and so far nothing compares to their easy going twist on American cuisine in Durban let alone in all of South Africa. The chicken in the Nacho Libre burger is divine and rings off a cacophony of flavor after the first bite. It's cheesy and full of complentary tastes. Not to mention the crisps that add just a bit of crunch that my senses appreciate. The beef burgers are just as delicious. The beef is definitely the star of the show/flavor profile in all of their burgers. You can tell and taste that each menu item is meticulously crafted and well balanced. I enjoy the fact that they creatively designed a new take on a regular burger; instead of plain lettuce/tomatoes they use caramel onions/tomatoes or mushrooms. Their secret sauces are what really set them apart from other pedestrian burgers. The sauces add a unique tang or spice to each burger. Their portion sizes are a gift to the palate as much as their prices are to the wallet. Their crispy, salty fries are sophisticated with a trickle of truffle oil and fresh thyme. Even their milkshakes are flavorful and experimental. I can't pick a favorite. An under appreciated part of the restaurant is their coffee offering. They use single origin beans and have an exclusive blend for their coffees. I love their coffee just as much as their food. If you haven't tried their coffee yet then you are certainly missing out. Smokin Joes is a true departure from what's already available in the Durban restaurant scene. It is my go to spot for a quick or slow bite around town and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent meal at a good price. The service and quality of food are unbeatable.
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  • Delicious food, great service and atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!!
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  • So yummy!!! Amazing flavour combinations!! Wish you were in jozi!
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  • Durban's ultimate must visit
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  • Definitely the most delicious burgers around .. smokin joes is everything you need from a burger joint and more. Great ambiance, friendly and fast service and the most divine burgers ! Biggest fan!
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  • Most amazing burgers ever!!! The rocky marciano really is a must try Best burgers in Durban My kids will not a let a week pass without their Smoking joes fix
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  • I love going to Smokin Joe's everytime I'm in Durban. Service is always good. Food is on a world class level. You can taste the freshness and quality in the burger. I hope that there's plans to move to other parts of the country as we are lacking something like this in Johannesburg
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  • I go to Durban just for smokin joes. Best burgers ever!
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  • The best burgers I ever had. Excellent meat with amazing taste that makes you come back for more. Our definate stop every time we go to Durban! !
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  • Truly one of the best burgers you can have in SA. A Durban landmark- tasty, authentic meaty A-grade beef burgers that are juicy and absolutely delicious with fries and shakes to make this an unforgettable experience ! I'll fly to Durban more often just for these burgers!
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  • Outstanding! Now this is a real BURGER, the others are round sandwiches..
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  • Best Burgers and fries in town. Fresh ingredients and always consistent. My family favourite. A burger for every taste and let me not forget the amazing shakes.
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  • Best burgers in durban Patties are flavourful and authentic Never shirks on using Quality meat and produce
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