I have visited Lefty’s on numerous occasions, but nothing beats it post 10 pm after drinks somewhere else when you feel you’re in need of drunk grub – it’s the only time you can condone consuming so many calories without an ounce of guilt (until the next morning). The chicken and waffles is one such dish: tender deep fried chicken, Southern comfort style, atop waffles with bacon mounded high and drenched in maple syrup. Sound weird? It is, but worth it for the more open-minded eaters.
The dimly lit, crammed space is fully occupied by Cape Town’s indie crowd in Harrington Street, an ideal spot to pre-match before hitting The Assembly. A grungy bar lives adjacent to the seated area, and dark wooden tables and chairs, black subway tiled wall and an old school book case make it a gloomy, yet characterful place to grab a round.
But let’s talk about the even bigger draw card, the sticky baby back pork ribs. Served with thin fries and a draught beer (our suggestion) they’re pretty freaking excellent. Tangy, tender and so much fun to tuck into, they’re dude food personified. Tip: not first date material, that’s for sure.
The service is pretty useless, but you’re not visiting Lefty’s for fine dining so bear that in mind. Bernard had to remind me of this when I got impatient with the waiter. American-style dining is becoming more prominent in Cape Town, and big, calorific portions aside, it really is full-on comfort food.
The music, vibe and cool, grungy interiors make Lefty’s unique in that there really is no place similar, and the consistent flood of people proves that people clearly like what they’re getting.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace