SA’s Eat Out Best Everyday Eateries announced

Where do South Africans go for their favourite burgers, coffee and steaks? The people’s favourite eateries in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga were revealed at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries celebrations in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 17 and 24 October.

These accolades were presented after a year-long period of voting and a gruelling adjudicating process. The top names in each category were determined by star ratings given by the public on eatout.co.za, in conjunction with scoring from professional Eat Out critics.

This is the third year running that Eat Out, together with Mercedes-Benz, has invited the public to help choose South Africa’s favourite everyday restaurants. “While the winners in previous years were chosen solely based on public reviews, this year restaurant owners and food enthusiasts asked for the experts on our panel of critics to play a bigger role,” said Anelde Greeff, Editor-in-Chief of Eat Out. “Our critics visited each of the eligible restaurants that received enough high scores from fans to review them and give their own scores. Final results were then based on a 50-50 composite rating from the public and the critics.”

The 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries winners and highly commended restaurants are:

Western Cape
Best Asian Eatery            
Winner – Shio
Highly commended – Three Wise Monkeys

Best Bistro
Winner – The Stack

Eat Out Savanna Best Burger Eatery                                                       
Winner – Royale Eatery
Highly commended – Hudsons The Burger Joint (Claremont)

Best Coffee Shop
Winner – Meraki (Stellenbosch)
Highly commended – Betty Blue Bistro

Best Country-Style Eatery
Highly commended – De Grendel Restaurant

Best Indian Eatery
Winner – The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy

Best Mexican Eatery
Winner – Fuego

Eat Out Tramontina Best Steakhouse                                                    
Winner – Primal Eatery
Highly commended – Rare Grill

Best Tapas Eatery                                                                           
Winner – Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
Highly commended – The Mess

KwaZulu-Natal
Eat Out Savanna Best Burger Eatery                                                                       
Winner – Republik
Highly commended – S43, Home to That Brewing Co.

Best Bistro                                                                         
Highly commended – 9th Avenue Bistro

Gauteng
Best African Eatery        
Winner – La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli

Best Asian Eatery            
Highly commended – Momo Soko

Best Bistro
Winner – Carbon Bistro

Eat Out Savanna Best Burger Eatery                                                       
Winner – Craft (Parkhurst)
Highly commended – Dukes Burgers

Best Coffee Shop
Highly commended – Afro-boer

Best Indian Eatery
Highly commended – Geet Indian Restaurant

Best Italian Eatery
Winner – Coalition
Highly commended – Forti Grill & Bar

Eat Out Tramontina Best Steakhouse                                                    
Winner – The Local Grill

Best Tapas Eatery                                                                           
Winner – Rockets Bryanston
Highly commended – Urbanologi

Mpumalanga
Best Bistro
Winner – The Blue Print Restaurant

“It’s always exciting to see the results of these awards, as they give us a clear picture of where people like to dine in their own neighbourhoods. We congratulate the winners on being voted the best by those who matter most – their loyal fans,” said Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

For the first time this year, Eat Out also recognised a reader reviewer chosen from the entire user base across the country for their contribution to fair and balanced reviews. The winner is Joash Narainsamy, who has posted reviews of more than 40 restaurants on eatout.co.za. Eat Out’s editors praised these reviews for tactfully mentioning areas for improvement, while applauding restaurants’ successes.

The eligibility period for reader reviews for the Best Everyday Eateries was 1 October 2016 to 30 August 2017, followed by the completion of critic reviews in September 2017 for the qualifying restaurants. For each review posted on eatout.co.za, Eat Out pledges a meal for a hungry child through Rise Against Hunger, formerly known as Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. Since the start of this partnership in November 2014, over 7 400 meals have been pledged.

– MANGO-OMC on behalf of Eat Out

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