You gotta love Cape Town, where even the fast food is cool. Banks Burger has recently opened their second store, stretching their fingers from Newlands into the heart of the CBD, and serving up some flippin good burgers from their Loop Street setup.
This is way more than your basic Steers or Burger King offering. All the food at Banks is handmade and served fresh to order. The burger patties are made using pasture reared beef and the buns are homemade.
The prices are pretty good too. A single patty Banks Burger will cost just R44 (you can also double up or triple those patties). Or those on a really tight budget can go for the Buddy burger at R28. They also offer a vegetarian falafel-style patty (cheekily named Butcher’s Daughter), and you have the option to order all their burgers on lettuce instead of buns.
Aside from the burgers they have your regular fries, sweetpotato fries (yum!), house slaw or onion rings to add on to the meal, and you can indulge in milkshakes like Malt, Banana, Oreo or Milo.
I have popped in for lunch twice now (don’t judge me!) and been seriously impressed. The staff are super friendly and the service is nice and fast. The burgers themselves are delicious and aside from a slightly salty patty on one occasion, I have no complaints. You get super fresh, soft buns and succulent patties smothered in sweet relish. It hits all the spots.
While the concept at Banks Burger is similar to Junior (another “fast food made good” joint in the city), it is unfair to pitch them against each other. Banks Burger is more American diner style with thicker patties and generous garnishes, where Junior is going for the classic fast food fix. Both are really good.
Banks Burger is located at 179 Loop Street. They are open Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 21:00. For more info, visit banksburger.com