Loud pumping music, bright neon lights, a huge tv screen and tons of cars – welcome to Kota Joe Roadhouse! When K and a friend suggested we stop at Kota Joe for dinner on the way back from the airport one night, I was quite excited. Having never been to a roadhouse before, I did not know what to expect. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had!
Located on the busy North Rand road, this place is hard to miss with its blazing lights and bevy of cars. tThe concept is simple – drive in, join one of the queues, wait for a server to hand you the menus, place your order and within minutes you will be devouring some great kotas and burgers in the comfort of your car. If eating inside does not appeal to you, then they also have a small sit out, fitted with a small TV and heaters for the cold nights.
Even on a Wednesday night, the place was thronging with cars. The music and the lights added a fun and party vibe to the eatery. While the big screen was showing some music videos, they had another smaller screen showing cartoons for the kids! I just liked the fact that they had thought about the small details.
As the name suggests, the place is famous for its Kotas. Kotas have been and still are very popular in South African townships. They are hollowed out pieces of bread which are filled with french fries and then topped with your choice of meat or eggs or veggies and seasoned with various sauces. Kota actually comes from the word ‘quarter’ which refers to the quarter of the loaf of bread used.
Besides kotas, Joe’s also serves a variety of burgers, rolls and pizza. Their thick, creamy milkshakes besides being delicious, are also quite helpful in washing all this food down!
PS: This is not a fine dining experience! If you don’t like loud music or eating in the car, this place is not for you.
Address: 141, North Rand Road, Boksburg (they have other stores too, please check the website)
Mon-Thurs: 10am to 10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am to 12am