After taking over from the much loved Stanley Beer Yard in mid-2018, the Calexico team were under no illusion that it had big shoes to fill at 44 Stanley. Now, almost a year later, the Americana themed restaurant and vinyl lounge in Johannesburg has become a social institution in its own right. Inspired by the music and flavours of California, and hints of Mexico, Calexico prides itself on the quirky décor, vinyl wall and great music and events.
Situated in 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, the spot is indeed a must-visit for foodies and music lovers alike. For music audiophiles, there’s a focus on great music, both live and vinyl while foodies will relish the menu which focuses on fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients.
The Calexico team and now resident chef Cecelia Hobyani ensures the quality of the ingredients is what makes the food on the menu special. Many of the recipes are gluten free and there are many delicious options for vegetarians – mushroom skewers and hearty mac and cheese to name a few. Side dishes consist of corn, beer bread, pico de gallo and crunchy slaw. For the meat lovers, there are sticky free-range smoked ribs with homemade BBQ sauce (nothing bottled here!), rotisserie style Chipotle chicken and flavourful free range burgers.
The menu includes a tasty selection of creative sandwiches like beer grilled cheddar on sourdough and pulled chicken on a trendy black bun. To end, the chocolate brownies and homemade apple pie with halva ice cream are winners. Food is designed to share with friends and family and the menu is designed with parties and special functions in mind. The venue is also available to book out for events.
Visit Calexico from Tuesday to Thursday between 10.30 to 22.30; Friday from 09.30 to 00:00; Saturday from 09.30 to 22.30; and Sunday from 10a:00 to 18.30.
One lucky WomenStuff reader stands the chance to win a R300 voucher to enjoy a meal at Calexico, 44 Stanley! To enter simply email your name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org — don’t forget to include the subject line; “Calexico Entry” in your email.
Competition ends Tuesday 28 May 2018 at 17:00. Winner must be based in Johannesburg or be able to arrange transport to the restaurant for their own account. One email entry per person. Please read our full competition terms and conditions here.