If you haven’t already tried an IYO burger, then you haven’t tried one of the best burgers in Cape Town yet. It really is that simple. You may recognize these specimens of deliciousness from the Oranjezicht Market. Villa Zille may have been the start, but now these burgers are all grown up and playing with the big boys on Bree street.
You can find them right next door to La Parada, up the stairs behind the big orange door. If that doesn’t give them away, then the queue that sometimes snakes down those stairs surely will. Their new restaurant space is amazing, just hipster enough to remind you that you are still in Cape Town. There are recurring pineapples, pot plants in boxes along the walls and herb-beds in the tables – yes, IN the tables, can you even deal.
If life-changing burgers weren’t enough they have also expanded their menu to include things like pulled pork on gluten free flapjacks (they had me at gluten-free flapjacks, didn’t even need to read the rest of the description if I’m honest), and pork belly bites.
They also have a wider selection of burgers, which is problematic only in the sense that you will want to order them all at the same time and you will have food envy no matter which way you go. The only solution is to keep going back until you have tried them all.
We also need to discuss their sides, because, lets be honest, a burger is only as good as the side dish that it comes with. They have not one, but FOUR delicious sides to choose from. Are you ready… Are you ready for this?? Curly fries, sweet potato chips, house salad (which is deliciously not just come lettuce, a square of tomato and sorry cucumber slice) and kale chips (yes, kale chips). Hulk man and I got so excited the first time we went there we ordered one of each, and it was worth every bite.
Aside from the fact that they make gluten-free flapjacks, which is down-right heroic in my humble glutard opinion, they also offer all their burgers as bun-free options.
Usually, this just means that you feel sad watching your friends eat their burger bun and inevitably start bargaining with yourself that the roll might be worth it. These bun-free bad boys are served on a salad that almost steals the show. I am a salad snob, boring salads make me sad, and I am telling you that this is the real deal. For all the veggies out there, don’t worry, their vegan burger is amazing. I mean, just look at it.
They have a great space, delicious food and the staff are lovely. The thing that makes them really stand out (other than their cheese stuffed patties) is their focus on sustainability and their ethically sourced produce, which is something that more restaurants should be doing and something that IYO burgers can be really proud of.
Rumor has it they have incredible, healthy cheesecake. I haven’t managed to try it yet, because I’m stupid like that, clearly. I have it on good authority, though, that you should be ordering a slice when you go.
What are you waiting for? Get yourself up the stairway to heaven of the best burgers in Cape Town.