On a Saturday night in late June, 2021 — before I flew from South Africa to America and back again — Thorsten and I ate dinner at the Burger Box Roadhouse in Krugersdorp (northwest of the city on Joburg’s West Rand). There are several Burger Boxes around Gauteng, but I chose Krugersdorp because that location received particularly rave reviews from my readers.
This dinner feels more like a year ago than just over a month ago. So much has happened since then, and my memory of the Burger Box has faded around the edges. But I’m glad I waited until now to write this post. I feel like mid-June was a simpler time in South Africa — before the full destructive force of the Delta variant, before the Antarctic cold, before the most recent lockdown, before the violence and looting. It’s nice to hearken back a bit, especially in my current jet-lagged state.
I keep waiting for one of these roadhouses to disappoint me but so far it hasn’t happened. Our meal at the Burger Box was delightful, as all of our roadhouse meals have been. I loved the building, I loved the signs (although I’m sad the neon lights weren’t working), I loved the service, I loved my milkshake, and I loved my burger. I even loved the awkward experience — as I always do — of eating messy food in the car.
I also loved the company of my wonderful boyfriend, who has endless enthusiasm for accompanying me to far-flung roadhouses and draws cool sketches of them sometimes.
Dinner at the Krugersdorp Burger Box
The menu has all the normal roadhouse fare but we both ordered burgers: It felt wrong to order anything else on our first-ever visit to the Burger Box. I chose the bacon and avo burger and Thorsten had the bacon and banana.
After our meal I had a quick chat with Johannes, the manager, who was busy calling out orders behind the counter. I couldn’t make out much of what he said (too much background noise and mask interference), but I believe Johannes has been working at this Burger Box for the past 35 years.
Thanks to everyone at the Burger Box for a great meal that night. We hope to return soon.
Also: It’s great to be back, Joburg. I’ve missed you. And I can’t wait for my next roadhouse meal.
The Burger Box is at 193 Voortrekker Road, Krugersdorp. Call 011-955-6767.