A new gastronomic spot on the trendy Bree street strip, Inside & You’re Out Burgers – or more affectionately known as IYO Burgers – is the perfect place to tuck into mouth-watering burgers with friends in Cape Town’s buzzing inner-city.
Calling themselves the “burger shop with a difference” IYO is all about ethics –they only do business with local suppliers and focus on reducing environmental impact and using ethical products where ever they can. IYO Burgers pride themselves on dishing up locally-made, delicious grass-fed burgers for you to enjoy, and boy, did I enjoy it!
But let’s start with the ambiance at this cosy eatery: the decor at IYO Burgers is trendy yet minimalistic with wood and bright orange paint being its primary palette. The waiters, dressed in casual denim overalls and sneakers, are friendly and knowledgeable on what’s the best grub to tuck into. A fun quirk to IYO is it’s pencil-and-paper ordering style – literally: as you sit down you are given a menu and an order sheet where you mark off the number allocated to the burgers on the menu, and choose whether to enjoy your burger with a bun, or for those banters, bunless. You can also choose whether you’d like a side of good ol’ regular fries, tasty sweet potato fries or crunchy kale chips. You pass your sheet over to your denim-clad waitress, or even straight to the kitchen, and your meal is brought to you as soon as it’s done (which was relatively quickly considering the place was quite busy on the Friday night I was there.)
The menu at IYO Burgers has a plethora of interesting combinations and scrumptious twists.
There is a range of tasty starters if you’re nibble-inclined, which includes veggie croquettes with a divine spinach and sweet potato mix inside, as well as smokey pulled-pork pancakes, to name but a few. But you want to know all about the moreish burgers right? Burgers include the traditional #7 The Quick Dip (a smoked cheddar beef patty topped with crispy sweet onions and IYO house dip on the side) to the more interesting #8 Whisky Braai BBQ (a smoked cheddar beef patty topped with organic bacon, avocado, wild rocket and their famous Whisky Braai-BBQ sauce) and the veggie lovers #14 Balsamic Beet-it (Goats cheese roasted beetroot and bean patty topped with fresh sprouts and a balsamic beetroot reduction).
All in all, IYO was a great experience. I can honestly say that the burger I had at IYO was one of the best I’ve had in the city and I’ve had many a-burger. They do say that their mission is to show the world that eating and being ethical is easy and can be super tasty, just like their burgers, and well, mission accomplished!