Abe’s – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Abe’s Bar-B-Q was our first stop when we arrived in Clarksdale. It’s got some great history behind it, how could it not? Abe’s has been around since 1924. After the first World War it was relocated to where it currently sits which also happens to be another historic site, the Crossroads where it’s rumored that Bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.

Abe's Bar-B-Q Menu Front (click to enlarge)

Abe’s Bar-B-Q Menu Front (click to enlarge)

Abe's Bar-B-Q Menu Back (click to enlarge)

Abe’s Bar-B-Q Menu Back (click to enlarge)

My wife Marcela and I were 100% positive that the first thing we try needed to be a Hot Tamale. Although the history is a shaky as to where these gems came from one thing is for sure, they are must eats. If you really wanna go hardcore then you should probably follow the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Hot Tamale Trail Map.

The Hot Tamales are rather small and just a few bites but they’re totally addictive. They were like mixing a tasty corn tortilla with some great chili.

Hot Tamales

Hot Tamales

I’d skip over the Cheeseburger and head straight for the Chili Cheese Dog served on a white squishy Burger bun or even the cup of Chili.

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili

Chili

I may have also sampled a bite of the Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich and Marcela’s Bar-B-Q plate but the Hot Tamales and Chili left me mesmerized.

Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich

Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich

Bar-B-Q Pork Plate w/Beans, Cole Slaw & Bread

Bar-B-Q Pork Plate w/Beans, Cole Slaw & Bread

I ask for the check and then think better of it. Can I get an order of Chili Cheese Fries……

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Those Chili Cheese Fries were so good…..I might sell my soul for them, no kidding.

I Gotta Be Honest, You Need This:

Abe’s Bar-B-Q
616 N State St Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-624-9947

What Happened To Food Blogging?

1st Burger Beast Pic Eva

What Happened To Food Blogging? I find myself asking that question too much lately. Back in September 2008 when I wrote my first post as Burger Beast (with that horrible picture you see up above from my Razr phone) there were 5 Food Blogs that I followed/existed (All Purpose Dark, Blind Tastes, The Chowfather, Mango & Lime & Miami Dish with Frodnesor’s Food for Thought appearing a few short months after mine.

All of that initial crew seemed (I could be wrong, you never know) to have gotten into food blogging to spread the word about the food and restaurants they loved. It was that common bond that made me look forward to wanting to meet the few people in South Florida who would understand the trials and tribulations of this relatively new food blogging thing that was getting disrespected everywhere by “legitimate” food writers.

It was cool when I finally ran into one of them at a restaurant (like happened with Paula from Mango & Lime at Fatburger in Coral Gables) or even to meet up at some spot for a late lunch like Steve (Blind Tastes) and I did at a Food Truck in the lot of Shell Lumber in late 2009.

Then Social Media happened but to be honest, initially Facebook was so great for my blog. Imagine being able to post a link and all of your “Fans” seeing that post as opposed to today’s Facebook where you’re lucky if 5% of them see it.

Twitter shows up on the scene and everyone is taken by it. It took me a little bit to get the hang of it but even now it’s still not my favorite. It is by far the best way to carry a conversation though.

I really think when the tide changed for the worse or best depending on how you look at it is Instagram‘s arrival. I remember the 2010 SoBe Burger Bash and being one of only a handful of people posting on Twitter. Flash forward to the most recent one and it’s impossible to get a picture of the stage without a hundred hands in the air with their phones.  Now what does this have to with blogging? The event is now everywhere as it happens so a recap about it the following day on a blog rarely generates much interest anymore.

With Instagram it’s become about how many “likes” and how many free meals you can dupe out of some PR agency. And to top it off now you’ve got these characters on Instagram going around and using terms like “Micro-Blogger” and or as I call it, too fuckin’ lazy to write a blog.

For me it’s pretty black or white, either you create original content and write a blog or you don’t.

Now, will all the “real” Food Bloggers please stand up?

Food Trucks at the Casino @ Dania Beach Every 1st Saturday

Wheelin' Dealin' at Casino @ Dania Beach

Well, if you love my Food Truck Events like Food Trucks at Arts Park (since August 2011) and Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival (since March 2011) then I have a sneaking suspicion that you’re going to also love my newest monthly recurring Food Truck event, Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival at the Casino @ Dania Beach.

Yes, it’s happening at the brand spankin’ new Casino at Dania Beach every first Saturday of the month starting with Saturday February 6th from 5-10PM.

This is event is put together by Burger Beast and the good folks at The Casino @ Dania Beach where its held. Beer is sold at this event and parking is plentiful. It’s an all ages event and the admission is FREE. Now you’ve run out of excuses so you gotta attend.

 

February 6th Food Truck Line-Up:

Che Grill
Churrasco Grill
Don Mofongo
FOAR
Food Junkies
HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Ice Cream Express
Il Florentino
Inspir-Asian
Jersey Dawg
King of Racks BBQ
La Nostra Pizza
The Magic Box
Miami Roasted Corn
Mobile Culinary Kitchens
Monster Burgers
Ms. Cheezious
Palate Party
Paradise Cups
The Rolling Stove
Taco Fresh
Top Fries
Woody’s Burgers

The Details:

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival at the Casino @ Dania Beach
Facebook: Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival at the Casino @ Dania Beach
Date: Saturday February 6th & then Every 1st Saturday of the Month
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 301 E Dania Beach Blvd, Dania Beach, Florida 33004
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Is Back For 2016

Burger Beast Amstel Light Challenge

It’s back for 2016, the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge!


1) The 20 Participating Restaurants will randomly receive a visit from………..ME. I will be pairing their signature Burger with an Amstel Light Beer. Whichever Burger pairs the best in my humble opinion will win a coveted spot to be at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Amstel Light Burger Bash inside of the Amstel Light area.

It really is a big deal to be a part of the Amstel Light Burger Bash and I hope no one is taking this lightly.

Here are the Restaurants:

  1. 109 Burger Joint, Sweetwater
  2. American Social, Fort Lauderdale
  3. Batch, Brickell
  4. The Brass Tap, Pembroke Pines
  5. Bull Market, Fort Lauderdale
  6. Bulldog Burger, North Miami Beach
  7. Burger & Beer Joint, Brickell
  8. Georgie’s Alibi, Wilton Manors
  9. Jeannie’s Pub and Grub, Plantation
  10. Keg South, Kendall
  11. Latin House, Kendall
  12. The Local, Coral Gables
  13. OneBurger, Sunrise
  14. Pincho Factory, Coral Gables
  15. Pincho Factory, Westchester
  16. Red Rock, Coconut Creek
  17. Rok Brgr, South Miami
  18. Rosies, Wilton Manors
  19. Tarpon Bend, Fort Lauderdale
  20. Top Burger, South Beach

The #BurgerBeastSweeps Restaurant Winner will be revealed right here on my blog and everywhere else you can find me (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Noon.


2) So you’ve been wanting to attend the Amstel Light Burger Bash but it always sells out before you get a chance to get tickets. Here’s your chance to win a pair to THE signature event of South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

All you’ve got to do is hit up one of the participating restaurants I listed above, order a Burger (please make sure it looks good) and snap a pic with the #BurgerBeastSweeps hashtag for your chance to win two tickets!

You can also upload your picture up to the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge website, please remember that you must be at least 21 years of age.

The Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Social Media Winner will be announced here, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Noon.


I will be giving you updates on what’s going on with the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge so stay tuned to your amigo, el Burger Beast.

Official Rules can be found at http://BurgerBeastSweep.com

Burger Beast on Like Bite & Share Podcast

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I haven’t been on many podcasts but when my burger brothers Brad and Rev asked if I’d like to be on the show and that it was sponsored by Schweid & Sons, there was absolutely no hesitation in saying yes.

So sit back, grab your favorite cold beverage and listen to us discuss the industry and Burger Beast’s place within it.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Podcast.