What are the five best Cape Town food experiences?

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Janelle Schroeder

With the melting pot of cultures that come together in Cape Town comes a vibrant dining scene that delivers a wide array of cuisines. From South African to Indian, you’ll find it in here. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best Cape Town food experiences.
 
1. Biltong. Similar to American jerky, but less sweet and more tender, the Dutch brought the recipe for Biltong to the Cape over 200 years ago. Play it safe with a beef variety, or be bold and try ostrich or kudu instead.
 
2. Braai at Mzoli’s. Do as the locals do and braai (the South African version of barbecue) in one of the liveliest townships. Buy your own meat and let the professionals cook it while you sip a cool drink and take in a scene not often viewed by vacationers—or even some natives.
 
3. Bunny Chow. It has nothing to do with a rabbit, but this popular Indian dish is popular with locals of all nationalities. Consisting of a hollowed loaf of bread filled with curry, the dish is a Cape Town version of soup in a bread bowl.
 
4. Boerewors Roll. Perfect any time of day, a boerewors roll consists of a spiced sausage in a buttered roll. Try one with chutney or onion relish for some added mouth-watering flavor. It’s one of the cheapest, but most popular snacks, in Cape Town. 
 
5. The Gatsby. You could call it the leftover special, but the Gatsby is one of the most treasured dishes in all of Cape Town. No place makes it exactly the same, but Gatsbys always includes a pile of meat and fries stuffed in a large hoagie-type roll. Believe it or not, some of the best can be found at local gas stations.

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