A friend of mine likes to check out McDonald’s every time he leaves the country, because he is amazed that a burger can be made the exact same the world over. I like to visit McDonald’s to see what sort of regional specialty it might have, but in the case of South Africa, there was no regional specialty to be found (come on, meerkat burger!). Instead, I found a fast food burger chain called Steers.
First off, I have to say I love the name of the place. It gets straight to the point about what you are about to eat. Second off, I was impressed at how they seemed to have taken a lesson from burger king, with selections like The Royals and The Kings.
I wound up going pretty simply, with a cheeseburger and fries. I ordinarily order food straight up when abroad, but I definitely make an exception when it comes to fast food. Especially in English-speaking countries. I asked what came on it, and when the woman behind the counter told me tomato, pickles and onions, I ordered without. The woman replied, “No garnish” and I took that as a good sign.
I waited a surprisingly long time for fast food, and when I finally opened up my burger I found a bit of disappointment. The garnish was there in full force and I was too far from the place to replace it. Instead, I picked my burger apart and dug in.
I’m not sure what I had been expecting, but I was a little disappointed to find it tasted like just about all other fast food burgers. This is either a testament to the greatness of Steers or something bad. I must say that the fries were pleasantly seasoned, which was slightly different from normal fast food.
In the end, Steers was exactly what it set out to be. For better or worse.