Food Truck Fest at Miami’s Magic City Casino This Saturday

Wheelin Dealin - Magic City Casino

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival in Miami takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month which means it’s this Saturday!!!

This is event is a collaboration by Burger Beast and the good folks at Magic City Casino where its held. It is the state of Florida’s longest running Food Truck event (over 5 years!).

Beer is sold at this event and parking is FREE and plentiful.

Here are a couple of great things I ate last month at Miami’s Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festivali:

Jersey-style Chili Cheese Fries topped w/Taylor Ham

Jersey Dawg’s Jersey-style Chili Cheese Fries topped w/Taylor Ham

Miami Roasted Corn's Elote in a Cup (Sweet Plantains, Bacon, Parm Cheese & Corn)

Miami Roasted Corn’s Elote in a Cup (Sweet Plantains, Bacon, Parm Cheese & Corn)

Shotgun Joe's Brazilian Grill's Picanha Steak (cut up for sharing)

Shotgun Joe’s Brazilian Grill’s Picanha Steak (cut up for sharing)

May 21st Food Truck Line-Up:

Arepas Las Gorditas
Che Grill
Da Burger Shack
Don Mofongo
El Rey de las Fritas
HipPOPs handcrafted gelato bars
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen
Jersey Dawg
Killer Melts
King of Racks BBQ
The Lobsta Guy
Marlie’s Delights
Miami Roasted Corn
RickRey’s Peruvian Fusion ← 1st time at Magic City Casino
Shotgun Joe’s Brazilian Grill
Sugar Yummy Mama
Sweet Blendz
Taco Fresh
The Waffle Wagon ← 1st time at Magic City Casino
World Famous

The Details:

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino
Facebook: Wheelin’ Dealin’ Event Page
Date: This Saturday May 21st & Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 450 NW 37th Ave Miami, Florida 33126
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Bake Shack – Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

I’ve been waking up super early for the last couple of weeks and was looking forward to sleeping in on Wednesday or so I thought. All it took was a message from a *trusted palate to change my plans for my midweek nap-fest.

Surprisingly, my wife Marcela was up for waking up early to make the drive to Bake Shack in Dania Beach. I wanted to make sure we arrived near opening time (7AM) since I knew they’re only open til 3PM and wanted to ensure the Donuts were not sold out.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Apple Fritters

After a 30 minute drive and a bunch of unnecessary toll charges on I-95 we arrived a few minutes after seven (alright 9 minutes actually). Our friend Tony who owns HipPOPs‘ HQ is right around the corner so I text him to meet us there. He’s already here when we walk in and I’m mesmerized by the Donuts. I can’t really decide so I go the rather safe route of a Glazed, Maple Bacon and an Apple Fritter trio.

They’ve got some sandwiches, Breakfast dishes and a Burger on the lunch side of the menu. For some reason these two decide to get some California Sandwich which includes Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado and an Egg……Lettuce & Tomato for Breakfast? No thank you.

I do the only sensible thing and order their Breakfast Sandwich which brings Eggs, Cheese and your choice of Sausage or Bacon or in my case Sausage AND Bacon. So here’s the kicker, it’s served on “Donut Bread” which was a nice touch but maybe a light glaze on the top bun might be an even better idea.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

California Breakfast Sandwich (Egg, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato)

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Breakfast Sandwich (Egg, Bacon, Sausage & Cheese) on Donut Bread

There are no faults to find with these Donuts. They’re nice, airy, light and flavorful. The Glazed Donut took home my award for best of the day but I really should have given the Bacon Chocolate Donut a shot, it looked like a possible contender.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Maple Bacon Cream, Smores, Carrot Cake & Boston Cream Donuts

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Blackberry Cream, Blackberry Glaze, Snickers & Cannoli Donuts

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Maple Bacon Donut

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Glazed Donut

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Apple Fritter

I enjoyed the Breakfast and Donuts so I need to return to try their Burger. If it’s half as good as everything else then we’ve got a winner on our hands South Florida.

P.S.: I forgot to mention I had a Latte and it was very good.

If The Shack Is A Rockin’:

Bake Shack
238 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004
754-217-4235

*Burger Beast Street Correspondent Vanessa suggested Bake Shack

Leah Arts District Summer Series – Saturday June 11th Block Party & 18th Movie Night

Leah Arts District Crowd

It’s been a while but it’s finally back……the Leah Summer Series presented by Mist TWST with the Second Annual #HIALEAHNOW Block Party happening Saturday June 11th (4-9PM). If you attended last year then you know what to expect: Music, Murals, Food and Live Art (Duh!).

This year they’ve added a second event, a Saturday Movie Night in the Leah showing the film Amor Cronico on Saturday June 18th (5-8PM) with some Food Trucks serving their grub. My suggestion grab a Pincho (Daddy’s Grill), a Frita (The Magic Box), a Roasted Corn (Miami Roasted Corn), a Cupcake (Misha’s Cupcakes) and wash it down with a Mist TWST.

All the details for both nights are below. Continue reading

Food Trucks at the Casino @ Dania Beach – 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) thenyou should probably check out my newest monthly recurring Food Truck event, Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival at the Casino @ Dania Beach.

Every first Saturday of the month you catch a bunch of South Florida’s Best Food Trucks from 5-10PM in Dania Beach. Continue reading

Pipo Burgers – Hialeah, Florida

Inside of the old David’s Fast Food location in Hialeah you can now find Pipo Burgers. I’ve been tracking Pipo Burgers since it started as a *Food Truck last year that parks late night in the Doral area. Every-time that I drove by, it was not just packed but crazy packed which means there’s something definitely happening there.

Now that there’s a brick & mortar location I knew it was time to finally hit them up. I made my way to Pipo Burger full intending to eat only the Burger and possibly the Fries. And then there it was……one of my Venezuelan weaknesses…the Cachapa.

Pipo Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

Visit 1:

What’s a Cachapa you say? Well, it’s very similar to an Arepa. You should think of them as a Corn Pancake served Half Moon-style stuffed with their Hand-made Cheese (Queso de Mano) slathered with Butter/Margarine and topped with Cream and grated Cheese. When I tell you it’s unbelievable, that’s an understatement. I love Cachapas so much that if you told you me that you don’t like them then we couldn’t be friends. Honestly though, Pipo Burgers’ Cachapa is a homerun.

Cachapa

Cachapa

I was really at a loss trying to figure out what would be the Burger I’d eat. The waitress suggested I try the FritiBurger. The FritiBurger is topped with Repollo (Cole Slaw), Papitas (Potato Sticks), Salsa Verde (Green Sauce), Ketchup (Yes, there’s Ketchup), Maduros (Sweet Plantains) & Queso de Mano (Hand-made Cheese).

I’m not a Ketchup on my Burger kinda guy but the flavor combinations going on here defy logic. I was convinced it wouldn’t work yet not only did it but it was beyond excellent. This sounds like the late night creation of a drunk. If that’s the case, drink Pipo drink.

The Bacon Cheddar Fries were great but a little too much combined with the Cachapa and Fritiburger. I’ll try the Truffle Parmesan Fries on the next visit.

FritiBurger w/Bacon & Cheddar Fries

FritiBurger w/Bacon & Cheddar Fries

Bacon & Cheddar Fries

Bacon & Cheddar Fries

FritiBurger (Burger topped with Repollo, Papitas, Salsa Verde, Ketchup, Maduros & Queso de Mano)

FritiBurger (Burger topped with Repollo, Papitas, Salsa Verde, Ketchup, Maduros & Queso de Mano)

Visit 2:

The *Maracucha Burger is topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup. I requested no Slaw (Repollo) on this one. It’s a very similar Burger to the FritiBurger I had on the first visit. I prefer it this way sans the Maduros. WARNING: This is a highly addictive Burger.

*In case you were wondering, “Maracucha” refers to someone from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

I’m mostly over the whole Truffle Fries movement but these were pretty good.

Maracucha Burger w/Truffle Parmesan Fries

Maracucha Burger w/Truffle Parmesan Fries

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Maracucha Burger ( (Burger topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup)

Maracucha Burger ( (Burger topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup)

Last but not least I tried Chicha, a Venezuelan Rice Milk drink. It tastes very similar to the Mexican Horchata but it’s much thicker. The flavor is reminiscent of an Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding). I’m not exactly sure if it’s meant to be dessert but I enjoyed it as one.

Chicha

Chicha

There you have it, Pipo Burgers is a great little spot in one of my favorite parts of Miami, Hialeah. It’s located right off the 826 expressway so you can’t even use that “Hialeah traffic” excuse.

Pipo Is Waiting For You:

Pipo Burgers
5395 W 20th Ave Hialeah, FL 33178
305-393-9694

*The Pipo Burgers Food Truck is still out and about.