Hidden Roadhouse Gems Across The City


We went in search of the hidden gems at local roadhouses across the city. Here’s what we found. 

Kota Joe – Milkshakes

Okay, this might not be a hidden gem, but it’s still worth mentioning. Kota Joe has a rather large milkshake menu. Some of the ones we have tried include Lime, Lindt Chocolate (no longer on the menu), Crunchie, Ferrero Roche, Peanutbutter and Banana, Black Forest, Milk Tart and White Choc Berry. All of these are flavourful, thick and creamy. Just remember to bring your own straws as Kota Joe has yet to receive the plastic memo. If you want to catch a bite to eat with all your milkshakes, we recommend tucking into the Chicken Strip Kota, a Kota stuffed with chips, crumbed chicken strips and your choice of cheese, mushroom or pepper sauce.

Contact details: 010 312 5230 / Locations / /

V8 Roadhouse- Grills and Combos

Indulge in a Variety of Options at V8 Roadhouse! Whether you’re yearning for a nostalgic family car dining experience with mouthwatering specialty burgers and milkshakes, or prefer soaking up the sunshine in the spacious seating area with breathtaking mountain views around Hartbeespoort, they have it all Their menu also boasts seafood classics, delectable toasted sandwiches, sizzling grilled combo meals, and enticing platters for every palate.

Contact details: 012 253 0315/ 92 Tielmann Street, Schoemansville / /

Applebite – Burgers 

To the residents of Edenvale and surrounds, Applebite has long been known as the perfect spot to cure a night of partying. They offer deliciously thick milkshakes, delectable pizzas and even a traditional Sunday carvery. Alternatively, try their Bacon and Banana Burger, it may sound weird but it hits all the right notes.

Contact details: 011 452 6225 / 95 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Edenvale /

Orama – Slap Chips

Hidden away in the centre of Boksburg, Orama makes a fine place to spend a Saturday afternoon or night. Get a rack or ribs with a side of chips and wash it down with their amazing Slo⋅Jos. These fruity slushies are a real treat. The Granadilla is a personal favourite, but we wouldn’t say no to the Mixed Berry or White Chocolate.

Contact details: 011 894 1480 / Cnr Trichard & Paul Smith Street, Ravenswood, Boksburg / Facebook

The Burger Box

You may have expected us to rave about the huge, juicy burgers at Burger Box. While these morsels are certainly worth trying out, especially the Bacon and Avo Burger, the reason to come here is their Schnitzels. They serve up some of the tastiest Pork and Chicken Schnitzels as well as Pork and Chicken Cordon Bleu. These golden and tender fillets are bound to hit the spot. If you’re more in the mood for red meat, try the Steak Toasted Sandwich.

Contact details: 011 955 6767 / Locations / /

Grillos Roadhouse – Ribs

This roadhouse, in Benoni, offers a rather large selection of food. These include burgers, pizzas, ribs, grills, footlongs, sandwiches, toasties, tramezzinis, salads, fish, breakfasts, milkshakes and desserts. As great as all this food may be, we go purely for the ribs. You can get a full or half rack with fried onions or go for a combo of ribs with chicken, calamari or wings. End things off on a sweet note with an absolutely mouth watering milkshake!

Contact details: 011 422 3568 /8 Tom Jones Street, Benoni /

The Fireplace- Pizza

What is a weekend without some pizza? The Fireplace’s abundant pizzas are crafted with wholesomeness, perfect for sharing with a cherished companion. Whether one craves spare rib or favours a vegetarian delight, they offer a diverse selection to satisfy every palate. View their menu here.

Contact details: 011 917 6876 / 85 Main Reef, Boksburg / /

The Fireplace Roadhouse Brakpan

Drawing inspiration from its sister establishment, the renowned ‘Fireplace Roadhouse’ in Boksburg, The Fireplace Roadhouse embodies the essence of a classic roadhouse experience. Since its inception in 1958, they have been dedicated to delivering exceptional cuisine at accessible prices, within an ambiance that is truly one-of-a-kind and hard to emulate.

Contact details: 011 915 4548 / 13 Nossob Street, Corner Heidelberg Road, Dalpark, Brakpan /

Johnny Guitar Drive In

Nestled in downtown Alberton on Joburg’s East Rand, The Johnny Guitar Drive In exudes the quintessential charm of a classic roadhouse. Its extensive menu boasts a delectable array of both South African and American culinary delights. From foot-long hot dogs to kotas, pizzas, and burgers, Johnny Guitar ensures a gastronomic journey that leaves no craving unfulfilled.

Contact details: 011 907 0379 / 57 Voortrekker Road, New Redruth, Alberton /

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