Did you know?
In the early 1960s, American chefs invented a half-pound beef burger (patty) which became known as 'the beefcake'. The term is also applicable to a well-built man, ie: 'hunk'.
Beefcakes burger bar and restaurant in Green Point, Cape Town is a bit tongue in cheek and its waitrons love being outrageous while serving hearty food that calls customers back with its comfort factor. If you haven’t had 'poppers', try them here – jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and sweet chili sauce, fried in a crispy batter. The platter of poppers, nachos and onion rings is a great way to kick-start your celebrations here.
Beefcakes' wide choice of hamburgers offer good value for money and boast fun names like the Muscle Mary, the Greek God, Sugar Daddy or the Beach Boy. Toppings range from fresh avocado, bacon and cheese, to salsa and vodka infusions. Match these to side orders and a big ole cocktail and you can only feel better. Thankfully they have burgers for the health- and calorie-conscious too.
Restaurants in South Africa don’t come more eclectic than Beefcakes – think drag shows, Bitchy Bingo evenings and the spectacle of body shots being administered. What makes them special is their choice of hamburger meat – it ranges from lamb, beef, chicken and ostrich – to a vegetarian option. Vegetarians can feast on mushrooms, wraps, nachos, salads and dessert.
Beefcakes is more an experience than just a meal. The waiters are camp and witty, and if they don’t make you smile, the delicious milkshakes definitely will. The selection of desserts includes brownies, ice-cream and deep-fried twinkies, while the cocktail menu lists favourites like mojitos and pina coladas and some with more graphic descriptions. Come and indulge, the vibe says, and you’ll have a memorable experience besides.
Beefcakes operate in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Illovo as well.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
Having your own car will be convenient, however both restaurants are in urban areas and easily accessible via a taxi service.
Best time to visit
Monday to Saturday: 11am to 10pm are the official kitchen hours, but the bar is always open later! Sunday: 6pm to 10pm.
Around the area
In Johannesburg, Illovo is close to fun nightspots and bars in both Sandton and Rosebank. The city of Cape Town has loads on the go. Long Street offers loads of night spots.
What will it cost
Salads start at around R50, burgers are in the region of R55 upwards. You can enjoy a good meal and a drink for two for approx. R120 to R150.
Length of stay
You might plan a quick visit, but the fun entertainment on offer guarantees that you'll stay for a few hours.
Where to stay
In both Cape Town and Johannesburg, you'll find a wide range of accommodation available.
What to eat
Try the Chilli Vodka Burger for something different.
Both Beefcakes in Cape Town and Johannesburg offer an extensive entertainment calendar ranging from bingo evenings to drag nights and more.