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.
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. But the secret hiding at this roadhouse has got to be their Toasted Bacon Burger. Technically, this isn’t on the menu, but somehow they always deliver when we order it. What could be better than toasted bread topped with lettuce, tomato, a burger patty, bacon and house sauce to cure a hangover? 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 / https://applebite.co.za/
Orama – Slo⋅Jo Smoothies
Hidden away in the centre of Boksburg, Orama makes a fine place to spend a Saturday afternoon or night. Not only do they offer some great roadhouse food and drinks, but they also offer drive-in movie nights. So pack the car, head on over to Boksburg and watch a rom-com while grabbing a bite to eat. 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 – Schnitzel
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, and don’t forget the milkshake – Caramel Crunch, we’re thinking!
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 Banana Split. We love our bananas, especially with ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Contact details: 011 422 3568 / Cnr Tom Jones St, Elston & Howard Ave, Benoni / https://grillos-roadhouse.business.site
Casbah Roadhouse – Burgers
Most roadhouses make excellent burgers. But Casbah has next level burgers. With 29 burgers on their menu, including beef, chicken, veggie and fish, you will be spoilt for choice. Get one of their giant burgers with two patties, a slice of cheese, fresh tomato, shredded lettuce, crispy bacon and golden onion rings. We promise you’ll be left wanting another one, not that there will be space left in your yummy. Finish off your meal with a delightful milkshake, we love the Raspberry or the Caramello Bear for a chocolatey caremel dessert in a glass.