Living in the USA, I came to realise how popular diners are. And although The Great Burger Company is not officially a diner, they do take me back! Generous portions, fun soda flavours, chili cheese fries and good old burgers all have me remember the diner days in the USA.
GBC at The Buzz Shopping Centre in Fourways is ideal for a “create-your-own” burger bite. You can take your time browsing through the menu while you select what you want to order. And don’t worry, it’s all pencil and there are erasers, if you’re a little indecisive.
Start with the classic burger (bun, patty and selection from the free toppings) for R49.00. The bun selection is the best I’ve seen in Joburg – choose from seeded, plain, low-GI, ciabatta or none!
Select your patty option – beef, chicken, lamb, veggie or double.
Then, add any of the free toppings (such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, BBQ sauce, dill pickles, Dijon mustard, tomato sauce, 1000 islan sauce, GBC burger mayo, mayo chilli mayo, mustard).
Now the fun begins! Add cheese, premium toppings and sauces. It’s up to your imagination and appetite how big your burger grows (and the final cost).
If you’re not ready to think about what you want, choose from a good selection of pre-designed burgers. There are a few classics as well as interesting new options. Hungry for more than a burger? Select one of the delicious sides to go with your burger – curly fries (like in the good ol’ USA), sweet potato fries, onion rings, fried onion strings, chilli cheese fries or cheese fries.
Not everyone is burger fan and GBC are ready for you! You can order beef or pork ribs as well Jalapeno Poppers, Chicken Strips or a Hot Dog.Stick to the diner theme and order a creamy milkshake or finish the meal off with a waffle and ice cream.Once you’ve ticked your selection, take your order to the counter and either eat in or take home.
We decided to sit in and enjoy the full experience. GBC does overlook a car park, as do most places in the city, however, it’s in a quieter part so you’re not constantly flooded with headlights.
The service is fast and friendly and our shakes were ready pretty much as soon as we sat down. First up, the jalapeno poppers were a hit. Crispy on the outside, these big fat jalapenos were generously stuffed with cheese. A big reason to return. The chilli cheese fries portion was more than generous and tasted just like I remembered from the USA!
A big hit was the beef ribs. Usually beef ribs are a little tough to chew but these were cooked to perfection. We had a debate as to whether GBC should rename themselves the Amazing Rib Co! Another reason to come back (and bring friends).
Our burgers arrived and we realized that we had both ordered chicken burgers – not ideal for a review. But it was too late to change and it turns out we were both in a chicken mood. The ciabatta was a nice touch and something different. The chilli sauce was hot and spicy – definitely not for a novice! The portions are large and the burgers are scrumptious.
To finish we shared a freshly-baked waffle with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. Fluffy perfection – the waffle was another highlight.
Overall, GBC is highly recommended and I will return for another burger experience (beef this time, definitely). The ribs and jalapeno poppers are two more reasons to visit again.
Thank you to GBC who hosted us for the review.