Unexpected city itineraries: American food in Cape Town

2019-09-11 18:50 - Marisa Crous
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Fried chicken, grits, chicken and waffles and traditional diners, the Mother City seems to have a soft spot for the great 'Merican' cuisine.

Surprised I haven't seen an all-ocra or better yet, a fried candy bar offering anywhere. 

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Here are some of the best American food spots in the city: 

Franky's Diner

This is the 50s diner experience you want to have. Chow down on traditional burgers and shakes by the counter or sitting in a red booth. 

Mulberry & Prince

The idea for the restaurant was born on a corner in New York City. It is now an upmarket eatery in the heart of Cape Town. Through the pink doors awaits a dining experience bursting with flavour. Here you can enjoy fine-dining at night, while indulging on Saturdays and Sundays in the more humble weekend brunch menu. 


Arguably, the city's best burgers. Going home after several drinks at The Power and Glory late on a Friday always warrants a quick stop at Junior. It is also a firm-favourite on many locals' UberEats app. The Junior sauce is their secret weapon...


This Mother City dive-bar has just revamped its menu, and it's better than ever. From a Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Burger to Chicken and Waffles, eating here is a big, big, big, pleasure. 

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Clarke's bar and dining room

A modern take on a diner, it serves fresh juices, all day breakfasts, sandwiches, brunch, oysters, dinner and excellent cocktails.  Best of all is their cheeseburger with the brioche bun. Heaven for butter and meat lovers. Hell for vegans. 

The Dogs Bollocks

Now much more polished than when it opened a few years ago, it still has an industrial feel and served up monster burgers and delectable American-style pizza. 

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