The Royale with Cheese, Cape Town’s Best Burger

The burger. Regardless of where you are in the States, you can usually find a good, even a great burger place. Yet, such a quest can prove rather challenging outside America. Even in destination where you sink your teeth into the very best steak on the planet, as in Argentina (I lived in Buenos Aires nearly two months), the burger can still remain elusive.

it was fit for a king...

Now, after many of miles and adventures, I’ll admit, I  am skeptical of others who say, it’s a “good burger.” Is it? I tasted failure too many times. But after many weeks in South Africa, I needed my fix. I asked for recommendations in Cape Town. Two people told me Royale Eatery.

I entered the Long Street restaurant and was told there was a 45 minute wait. Crowded, a very good sign.

And as I walked past the trendy patrons, I didn’t judge the scene, but rather scanned their plates. I viewed the burgers. They looked good too. Another positive sign.

I stuck to number 1

I decided to accept the wait, especially since the Royale “waiting room” is an upstairs lounge. From above, I enjoyed a Castle (beer) and the views of Long Street.

Time passed and I returned to receive my table. The waiter came, and I asked for the best burger he had and with cheese. I couldn’t refuse knowing I ate a “Royale with cheese.” My only real decision was the multiple types of fries.

The prize arrived with a trio of sauces and the side of mayo I ordered (for my fries). It looked good. I took a bite. It was good. Delicious. I smiled. I took another, then another. Juicy goodness indeed.

Cape Town, you can make a good burger.

a real Royale with cheese

Tip: On Long Street along in Cape Town, I enjoyed another great burger. It seems Cape Town can make a good burger. It’s ok to order one in Cape Town.

stay adventurous, Craig

This is fourth installment of the Culture Through Cuisine Series and the first of  five posts on Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, this post is part of the All Africa All April (Almost)

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  • Christina Pilkington

    I know how you feel. We live near Chicago, and I’ve still not seen a pizza cooked properly outside the Chicago area.

  • Craig Zabransky

    Christina, you do realize I am a native New Yorker, and we do have a pretty good slice in my neck of the woods… but deep dish, i’d agree Chicago is the only place. thanks for commenting.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maryann

    South Africa has a variety of different meats. Most of which are good. Was your burger made with beef?

    • Craig Zabransky

      Yes, good question. In south Africa you can find many option on meats… numerous game, but this was beef, well I ordered beef.

      stay adventurous, Craig

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