While guys are perfectly capable of appreciating haute cuisine, a burger and chips normally hits the spot just fine! And while most Pretoria restaurants can rustle up something slanted to either gender, there are a couple of venues that make it easier than others for a man to feel at home.
The list could be long, but when you want to hop out of the bakkie for a chow at lunchtime or want to sit and drink beer and eat manskos with your mates, here are a few gems to remember.
Let’s start at this great venue, where things like “Boerie Bites” and “Chorizo Chicken Livers” appear on the starter menu. A quick glance will show you a list of “Prime Cuts” further in, and that ought to put any man’s heart at ease – you’re going to love this place! Now all over Gauteng, Butcher Boys is well worth a visit to see what good meat-eating is all about.
You like-a nachos Señor? If you’ve got a thing for nachos, Jo Mexican has to earn a stop some time. Not only nachos, but tortillas, enchiladas, Smoky Beef and Smoky Pork tacos populate the menu. They’re serving the kind of food that should really just come in a five liter bucket, as it’s never enough! You’re going to want to over-order here and make sure you have a big doggy bag to take home. Situated in Garsfontein, Jo Mexican is legit dude-food at its best.
Guy Fieri’s Kitchen Bar
Located at Times Square casino complex, Guy Fieri’s is pub grub at its finest. The American rockstar chef has set up shop and is rolling out some really great tasting food. A fusion of Italian and modern American cuisine, it all adds up to a hugely satisfying meal, especially when accompanied by a couple of pints.
There’s a full menu with all listed dishes worth a taste – feel free to work your way through over time – and the pubby atmosphere ties in nicely with the casino surroundings. Watch people ploeg off the mechanical bull while you chew your burger! A great place to take colleagues for a bit of vengeance, kudos to Guy Fieris´s Kitchen Bar for being exactly that – a kitchen and a bar first and foremost, bringing you the best of both. Not shy with their portions, this is also a great place for a family meal.
Another top eatery that’s not mucking about, the Beesboerderij was made for males of the species. It’s also a great place for a date, two friends to sit and chat and even family meals. When the online mantra is “Bederf jouself, jou rowwe bliksem”, you know you’re going to feel at home there!
Simple, yet amazingly tasty dishes dot their menu, and once you try their sirloin on the bone – it comes in a clamp for easy handling – that’s it. You’ll be hooked. The bar service is sometimes a bit dof, but the food is absolutely filling and pleasing, and this is a must-see venue for Pretoria men.
Every Hogshead is the same – kind of like every News Cafe – and of course every one is unique in many ways too. Fortunately for Hazelwood, this Hogshead has the same great menu on offer while also being a unique local hangout. Great pub fare – that can be up- or down-scaled depending on how much you’ve had to drink – is always only a few minutes away.
That awesome snack-and-drink vibe with your mates is a given here. Being more a bustling pub than a dedicated restaurant, every now and then the dishes play second fiddle to the busy beer taps, so when ordering, make it known just how you like it.
Returning to Mexican food, El Pistolero in Constantia Park is another quietly superb venue for drinking and nibbling or full-blown chow-downs. An upmarket restaurant with great service, the food might be more aesthetically rendered on your plate in a manner unseen in relaxed pubs, but it remains genuine Mexican grub. It’s easy to feast here, and always worth trying a smattering of dishes.
This restaurant has the baseline right – great food that always satisfies. While no official pretoria.co.za survey has been conducted, it would appear that most clients on any given day are returning time and again. A dish or two here, and you’ll see why.
Along Sefako Makgatho Drive in Montana, you’ll find Oppistoep. Looking at it from the outside, it might not impress as a dedicated tjops and beer venue for guys, but don’t be fooled. Oppistoep is a righteous sports bar and beer garden, well up to the task of entertaining men and their appetites.
Good pub fare abounds here and – heads up – feel free to send it back for a reheat if it’s cold. As a beer garden, restaurant service standards wax and wane, but the T-bone is probably the easiest and yummiest decision you’ll make when on the premises. Their pricing compensates for occasional sloppy service, and this is a great venue if you’re in the area and starving on a Friday afternoon.