Bubbas, Best Restaurant in Upington

Neil Pendock September 12, 2012 2

Upington has a new best restaurant. Bubbas, a Tennessee-style steak house, opened two months ago by SJ and Virginia Botha. Not for vegetarians and vegans, the place is authentic, inspiring and great fun. Raw peanuts on the self-made table, shells on the floor. Latter-day bushman murals on the wall from the silver pen of Doempies in die Dorp.  A Boere Banksy.


Born in Alldays, Schalk-Jacobus spent nine years in Nashville making granite tops. Married to Tennessee native Virginia (who already speaks idiomatic Afrikaans), the couple decided they wanted a small town upbringing for their son and daughter. So they put a couple of names in a hat: Ellisras, Namibia, Maun, … and picked out Upington. Nashville’s loss is Upington’s gain and a boon to meat lovers. Try the “pile of steak” – SJ gets local butchers to cut Brazilian-style picanye, which he braais sprinkled with cayenne pepper. Or the 1/4 pound of pulled pork. Fantastic. A million times better than Spur next to the Protea Hotel in the town.


  1. Mr Chow September 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm -

    Mr Chow got 1/4 pound of pork in his pants. But nobody’s tried to pull it.

  2. Ling September 14, 2012 at 8:52 am -

    I would really want to try to visit other restaurants and try varieties of food.

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