Hit or Miss: Spur’s killing its Monday burger promo, and with it any reason to go there

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South Africa’s favoured chain restaurant. Spur’s been in the news a lot this week, mostly for the wrong reasons. There’s been some nasty stuff regarding patrons fighting – bringing up issues of racial tension, patriarchy and power. We’re moving away from that, because in the media circus surrounding that, there’s been less focus on another fire the chain is putting out: It’s axed its 2-for-1 Monday night burger deals.

I’m no fan of Spur at all. I find them overpriced, and the food is middling at best. I don’t mind their burgers though, and on odd, lazy Monday evenings I’d head there to take advantage of their double burger deal. They’ll be replacing it with a R50 burger deal (where you’ll have to pay extra for sauce), but that’s far less appealing.

For me, there’s now no reason to step inside a Spur ever again. I asked the rest of the team if they go to Spur at all.

Noelle:

“I go to Spur for their ribs and onion rings, very very rarely. This said, one of the first things I did after returning to SA was get a rack, especially since coming from “don’t eat with your fingers” Japan, rib-eating is non-existent.

I like their burgers too, although a good half dozen chains have topped their offering. “

Darryn:

“I avoid Spur because of the little bastards running rampant everywhere inside”

 

Trevor:

“I only go to the Spur if I’m dragged there by my mother, and she only goes there because she remember it being cheap twenty years ago. She says she likes the burgers, but I don’t believe her.”

Zoe:

“I used to – they used to have fajitas. Once they took it off the menu, I’d still get it occasionally, but then they clamped down and I never went back.

Plus, there are nicer places to go with kids.”

Alessandro, meanwhile hates their food – but seems to love their sad excuse for onion rings. I took advantage of the relatively cheap burgers – but with that gone, so are the chances of me going to Spur. What about you? With their specials nixed – the kids eating free, and Thursday steak specials will soon be excised too – are you still a Spur…person?

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Last Updated: March 24, 2017

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Fuck the Spur-lice!

  • Ricardo Harvey

    I used to only go because my daughter loves the play area. Food is never good and they not great value for money anymore

  • Ir0nseraph

    I haven’t been to spur in a very long time, they never had the best food but now they are expensive too, so I wouldn’t be seeing them any time soon.

    • Guild

      Lol you will be there when your kid starts to run around. Trust me, you’ll be dragged there

      • Or you’ll drag your kids to Wimpy 😉

        • Captain JJ

          You drag no matter what you do.

          • Wow bro, just wow… First you miss the Nana arriving at the River Club, now this?

          • Captain JJ

            Heyy, don’t make me feel bad now, you know I’m an easy target. XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You have my shield!

          • That is a bottle cap! Not the same as THAT Cap! I’ve told you this before!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s the thought that counts.

          • Those lessons are actually helping!

          • Captain JJ

            Come for the cap, stay for the bottle?

        • Guild

          Yip got no issues with that. Wimpy is awesome

      • Ir0nseraph

        The wife isn’t a fan too, so there is hope.

  • Umar

    I only go to spur so that I can play Naruto and Tony Hawk on the PS2s in the play area.

  • MonsterCheddar
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You’re not supposed to talk about that.

      • Umar

        Unless it’s your birthday

      • MonsterCheddar

        Too Soon?

      • damn you

  • Lu

    I don’t associate with Spur People…….

  • Viking Of Science

    Proud to say I haven’t Set foot in a Spur for…. Holy Shit… a Fucking decade!
    I Mean, for the same prices, I can just go to other, better Burger joints in Cape Town.

  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    Their onion rings work pretty well inside a potato bake. However, they are way overpriced for what you get.

  • Member Berry Bob

    I don’t have kids so I don’t go to Spur. It used to be a fairly priced place but for a few extra Rands you can go to a far better steakhouse and have a significantly better eating experience. I agree with Geoff’s view of their food – overpriced and underwhelming.

    • That’s it exactly – You can go to a decent spot for the same money.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Look I love their steaks, not going to lie. Thats all I eat there.

  • t’s lost all appeal to me. Mind you I was held up there on my 3rd shift. It’s become an overly price, sad excuse for the kids. Also, I HATE the fact that most of them offer smoking facilities. You take your kids to the spur, then sit inside a glass fucking room with them breathing your damn smoke in? That is some serious trashy parenting going on there.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Were you one of those kids? 😀

      • It’s why I am short, OKAY!?

        • MonsterCheddar

          And the ginger?

          • You’d rust too in those places! Why the judging?! I am a victim!

          • MonsterCheddar

            XD

    • HvR

      They replaced most smoking section with small smoking room with glass wall, so that the smokers and people waiting to use the one toilet can stare at each other in silence

      • HAHA! Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about.

  • Allesandro has the exact same feelings I have. But I learned how to make my own onion rings.

  • To be fair the only spur owned place I go to is Rocomamas. Was there just recently with Vamps.

    • Spathi

      Rocomamas is awesome, but not because of the Spur ownership, rather in spite of the Spur ownership. Hope they don’t ruin it though.

  • Original Heretic

    Spur is a last resort kind of place. If you go there, it’s because you’ve cut your life into pieces.

    • I see what you did there. 😛

    • Magoo

      THIS IS MY LAST DESSERT

      • Admiral Chief

        SUFFOCATION

        • Spathi

          STOP BREEDING!

          • Admiral Chief

            DON’T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT SPUR BLEEDING

          • HvR

            THIS IS MY LAST DESSERT

            CUT MY CHEDDAMELT INTO PIECES

          • MonsterCheddar

            You rang?

          • Admiral Chief

            Would it be wrong?
            Would it be right?
            If I took my steak medium rare tonight
            Chances are that I might

          • HvR

            Well-done-tilation out of sight and I’m contemplating some sauce

            BECAUSE I’M LOSING MY SIDES, LOSING MY MIND
            WISH SOMEBODY WILL BRING ME MORE WINE

      • Original Heretic

        It all started when I lost my mother…in the play area.

  • Guild

    Spur food is shit. I go there only because my kids love the play area.
    There’s a few place they have gone to crap but because the kids play area is decent, I begrudgingly go.
    Panarottis – crap
    Primi – crap
    Dros – crap

    Only decent food place and kids play area is Papachinos

  • Captain JJ
  • MonsterCheddar
    • Magoo

      I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’VE BEEN TOLD – SOMEONE HERE IS GETTING MOULD

      • MonsterCheddar

        I’ve always been mouldy as fuck, Bru. No surprises there. 😛

        • Magoo

          No it’s a different reference. :S

  • I don’t like the place at all. Dated idea, dated look, expensive for the quality of food received, poor quality food… except, if it is raining and my kids need to burn off some energy, they are literally the only ones in the area with an enclosed kids play area. Sigh.

    • God, it’s so gaudy. They really need to relaunch the brand…without the cultural approriation – especially seeing that they’ve removed the whole tex-mex angle from their menu completely.

      • Original Heretic

        Yeah jeesh, I wonder what native Americans might think of the place!

        • Zoe Hawkins

          when my mom visited from Arizona she was HORRIFIED at Spur.

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA HA HA

          • Original Heretic

            Totally not surprised.
            In an age where everyone and everything has to be so damn PC, I’m shocked that place like Spur still thrive. It’s not like it’s a small restaurant in some small little town somewhere where nobody ever goes.

          • BakedBagel

            It will change soon, the tears collected will bring it down.

            Damn that cultural appropriation.
            Thats the real issue

          • Nah, the kak food and the silly pricing is the real issue. And the fact that they dont even do any tex mex stuff anymore. Their whole theme just feels out of place.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yes. Are they Cowboys or Indians?

          • Magoo

            Exactly. Clearly represented by the cowboy chief in the logo.

          • Now I have to google the logo xD

          • Magoo

            To be fair it was a “Spur” when founded. Which is that little spiny thing on cowboy boots.

          • Mind. Fooking. Blown.

            I cant believe I missed this O.o

          • HvR

            See Spur should b the official Brony hangout

          • MonsterCheddar

            Good point.

          • HvR

            No Saddles is Cowboys

          • BakedBagel

            I do agree with you tho. Their brand is very outdated. And would probably do better with a “theme” change. I like reading the place mates tho :>

          • Zoe Hawkins

            their texmex wasn’t awful – i really liked their fajitas. but without that, why the weird decor? makes no sense…

          • HvR

            At least the waiters stopped doing the Hollywood Indian slapping the mouth war cry

      • Magoo

        Take a look at the logo history, it is very parallel to the politics of the times.

  • Original Heretic

    Seriously though, the only reason I ever go to the Spur these days is because, like every single parent says about the place, “the kids like the play area”.
    But many places are catching up to the fact that having a good play area means getting in patrons that other places don’t. Just off the top of my head right now, I can think of 3 other places in PE that we prefer going because the food is WAAAY better, prices are WAAAAAY better and the play area is WAAAAY better.

  • Captain JJ

    Spur is from a time long passed when that was one of the good options, with nice food and good prices. That’s not true anymore. There are better places these days and at this point in my life a franchise restaurant just doesn’t have the same appeal anymore.

  • Let me tell you a story about a young boy that grew up in a little farming town that was 40km away from his family farm. This little town only had one restaurant and that was a Spur. Now whenever anything momentous happens and you want to go out to celebrate you go to…yes the Spur. For years and years and years… glob I hate that place so much xD

    • You poor bastard.

      • It was not all bad. In 2007 we got a Wimpy as well

        • Man, you are in our thoughts…

        • Captain JJ

          Wow, you were living on the edge of an ever evolving world. 😀

        • MonsterCheddar

          XD

    • Captain JJ

      Don’t lie. You were never a boy.

      • I am still a boy…or an Apache helicopter. I don’t really know anymore, the last few years are confusing when it comes to genders.

        • Captain JJ

          Haha. You have the curves of an Apache for sure….heh, look, a pun.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            And he likes wearing his rubber shoes landing gear. It makes sense.

      • HvR

        There you go assuming genders again….

        • Captain JJ

          XD

    • Original Heretic

      You’re still just a young boy.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Haha – I have colleagues that work in Carltonville. Asked them once what they do there on weekends and the answer was “we go to the Spur because that’s the only place there is.”

    • Should also mention it was a frikking 80km round trip just to go to the Spur.

  • DragonSpirit009

    I rarely go to Spur but when I do it’s with my mum. Mostly because in our town we don’t really have that many eating places that are close. We only went for the Monday deal cause it’s a bit cheaper but if that’s going to go I’m afraid so will we.
    Still like their onion rings but the last time I went to a Spur I noticed the amount they give you is a lot less than a year ago.

  • HvR

    No Monday burger special
    Most expensive draught of any chain restaurant

    Dit maak my so kwaad skud somer ‘n tafel

    • Captain JJ

      *gets onto chair*

    • Hulle tafels is vas geksroef aan die vloer bra

      • DragonSpirit009

        Haha nie almal nie!

      • HvR

        Duidelik nie in Rustenburg nie

      • MonsterCheddar

        Net daar in Ottoslet Wes, want hulle is bang die poeierholle steel die tafels.

        • That was in Vryheid. I cant say I know what the Spur here does. And with all these non mainstream restaurants around here I also never will know xD

          • MonsterCheddar

            Een van my vriende het in Vryheid gebly. Baie daar gaan kuier.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Just… cross the N2… you can do it.

    • MonsterCheddar

      #triggered

  • Matthew Figueira

    I actually don’t mind Spur burgers to be honest. The only time I go there though, is with my girlfriend when we want the most cliched date night ever. Spur followed by a movie xD DON’T ASK US TO EXPLAIN IT JUST HAPPENS OK!

    • Captain JJ

      Probably better than eating fish and chips all the time. 😛

      • *Prego rolls

        • MonsterCheddar

          XD

        • HvR

          Mazel tov brow man

        • Matthew Figueira

          YOU DA MVP!

      • MonsterCheddar

        ROFL

      • Matthew Figueira

        *Prego and chips

    • You go there because you are both literally 11 years old and that’s what 11 year olds do…

      • Matthew Figueira

        O_O

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Is this what your life has devolved into? Happiness? You disgust me.

      • He always has disgusted me…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well yes, but saying it that way takes away the faint glimmer of hope he has that it might not always have been that way.

          • Shame! No, I didn’t mean that…

          • Captain JJ

            Lies, all you want to do today is break people down! XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He might drag you down with him.

          • Captain JJ

            heehee

          • DragonSpirit009

            Aren’t they already down?

          • Captain JJ

            wait a second!

          • HvR

            or down you in drag

          • Hey, ain’t no way I can go lower than him!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Say that to his face! Wait… oh…

          • Captain JJ

            You cut me deep.

          • But you are shallow! That’s not even possible!

          • Captain JJ

            The only thing that’s going to be shallow is the grave I dig for you! Yea! Okay, no, that’s maybe going too far.

          • Yeah?! Well I’ll come back and haunt you… BEHIND YOU DUDE!

          • Captain JJ

            mf
            Every time!

          • HAHA! Need to catch up again soon! When is that braai?

          • Captain JJ

            Make it a pizza day!

            Say in two or weeks or so. How about that? I’m bad at organising things. So need to tell my wife, she’ll remember XD We don’t HAVE to invite Trevor, do we?

          • Who will clean our shoes if @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus is not invited?

          • Captain JJ

            Good point.

    • Admiral Chief

      “girl” friend

      • Magoo

        Scrolled down looking for this comment.

      • MonsterCheddar

        AWWWW. Do you at least put a glove on your hand Mefjoe? Make her look nice and all?

        • Matthew Figueira

          Meanie 😛

      • Matthew Figueira

        Bah! 😛

        • Admiral Chief

          Deserters will be treated as they deserve!

  • MonsterCheddar

    Also people’s little demons from hell running around screaming at the top of their little lungs….

  • Skittle

    I used to go for their buffalo wing special.. do they still do that?

  • HvR

    With the drop in Spur burger consumption what is going to happen now to all the extra horse meat produced by abattoirs

    • Captain JJ

      Sell it in Flemish butcheries, probably.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Check for specials on burger patties at Pnp & Shoprite.

  • Magoo

    Hate me for this, I hate myself for it too – I go there every other week for a steak after gym. It’s overpriced as an iPhone in a normal place but damn it is some well-prepared, top notch steak.

    • Get in the corner! If you saw what they did to their steaks you wouldn’t call them steaks!

      • Magoo

        Ok I’m sorry. 🙁

    • Original Heretic

      Good analogy. Spur = iPhone.

    • HvR

      WHAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!

      Where have you been eating steaks?????

      • Magoo

        Places that are more expensive!

  • BakedBagel

    Everyone acting like their salad dressing wasn’t the first sauce they fell in love with

    Dont deny it fools.

    I know every single one of you drowned your food in that shit.

    • Captain JJ

      The bagel speaks deep truths.

    • “spur se pink sous” xD

      I am over that stuff luckily.

      • Admiral Chief

        Because they dilute that with a 50% ratio of crap

    • You do speak the truth, hangs head in shame… If you know how old that sauce was… Shudder

      • HvR

        Once found out, not even close to Durban road KFC’s sun defrosted chicken though

        • BakedBagel

          ? I can literally taste the city.

          • HvR

            Shittywise 3 with chips and coke

    • MonsterCheddar

      I still do.

    • HvR

      *drown

      • BakedBagel

        thats damn rude m8.

        • Indeed. That’s going a little overboard just because of a little spelling error xD

        • HvR

          Don’t deny it you still do it 🙂

          • BakedBagel

            Dude ive got a bottle of their white sauce in my fridge XD

  • Spathi

    No reason at all to go to Spur. Average food at best, very overpriced and demon possessed children running around shouting, with the with lazy-ass slapgat parents doing nothing about it. Hate the place, don’t like “Spur People”. Yeah, I’m grumpy like that!

    • Magoo

      Spathi people – people with a hate for life xD

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Spur is expensive, therefore I never go there.

  • Cat

    Have not stepped in a Spur in ages, they really have gone down hill with regards to service, quality & specials, as most SA things unfortunately. The only thing that has gone up is the prices.

  • I loved Spur when my kids were little.. used to always take them there. Nice cold beer, food is edible.. kids have a blast.. what more do you want?