ANYONE who has lived in Port Elizabeth long enough will have fond memories of the dinkum roadhouses that existed back in the day.
There was the Red Windmill (still there, but not a roadie as such any more), where the neon lighting instructed you to “flick your lights for service”.
The lighting was awkwardly assembled –so as to suggest you should rather be engaging in another activity to grab your waitron’s attention.
A lot of that sort of thing was happening anyway – in the less-lit area of the seaside Shark Rock parking area.
And then there was Sugarbush (also Casbah), Flat Rock and, of course, Something Good. The latter was the longest surviving before it, too, eventually, faded from the scene and became derelict.
But now it’s been resurrected in the same pozzie and what a transformation! Why? Because in addition to a massive munchies menu, the all-new, slick Something Good Roadhouse also has a pub which is why the City Slukker was duty bound to visit and wet his whistle.
The roadhouse section still exists with a seriously impressive food choice as far as roadies go.
In addition to the spaciously laid out pub, there’s also an indoor dining area which surrounds the centrally placed bar on two different levels.
It appropriately has a definite shiplike theme and has a minimalist approach to its furnishings which makes sense given its close proximity to Pollok Beach and the fact that it will be attracting beachgoers in the summer months.
One of the most impressive aspects of the decor are retro surfing photographs and murals which adorn one side of the interior, and which represent a fascinating montage of the heyday of beach, boards and breakers culture.
That surfing idiom is carried through to the impressively spotless ablutions where you will find great philosophical quotes inscribed on the walls like Buzzy Trent’s marvellous “waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear”.
But back to the sluks. City Sluker’s 500ml Castle draught was pricey at R22, but it was served up swiftly with a smile by an attentive bar staff lass and went down a treat with all that sea air around.
It was a chilly night but there were heaters to ensure that diners on the upper deck were warm.
There was also the added bonus (on a Wednesday, nogal ) of live and mellow – but certainly not intrusive – music to accompany their meal.
The Slukker was not going to revisit this old-time favourite roadie without sampling what used to be a great chomp of a burger – and he wasn’t disappointed.
The proprietors have more than upped the standard and City Slukker’s choice of a 100g Cheesy Classic (R35) gets a great rating.
Served with crispy bacon and onion marmalade in addition to a thick slab of cheese, it was burgerlicious and really hit the spot.
There are loads of options – and not just typical roadhouse fare – on the menu.
The Slukker will be back soon to try another of those excellent burger options.