Sami’s Pizza & Grill – Marco Island, Florida

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Years back I had stopped into Sami’s Pizza & Grill when it was a convenience store (Sami’s Kwik Stop) that was just starting to sell Pizza. I didn’t think much of it then when I dropped in to get some colas nor did I realize they would be expanding to full fledged restaurant. So, my […]

Root Beer Drive-In Serves Up Housemade Root Beer

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Back in 1956 when Root Beer Drive-In opened up it was an A&W Drive-In, one of many that were all over the United States. I can’t confirm but I believe it was the early’80s when the license for A&W expired. One thing has not changed since then and that’s the housemade Root Beer. Unfortunately it […]

Burger Beast Burgie Awards 2018 Nominations

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This is a very simple process. You will be able to nominate who you believe deserves to be up for one of the 14 categories below: Batido de Mamey – best served with a Frita Cubana Chicken Parm Sub Dipping Sauce – which is your favorite dipping sauce and who makes it? Fritanga – the […]

Sakaya Kitchen, 7 Years Later

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It’s very easy to take something for granted. It’s been 7 years since I first stepped foot inside of Sakaya Kitchen at Midtown. Back then, Midtown was not what it is today, filled with skinny jeans and guys that should have had their asses whipped in high school. Chef Richard Hales took a chance on […]

Champy’s – Chattanooga, Tennessee

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We were driving through Chattanooga (mostly to visit Moonpie’s HQ) when Champy’s popped up. The rustic shack look of the restaurant had me in the mood before I had even ordered one thing. I was super excited to find out that Hot Tamales were on the menu, something that my wife Marcela and I came […]

BURGERIM now In South Florida

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Burgerim translates to “many burgers” and it’s also the name of the new Burger chain opening in South Florida (Boca Raton, Hallandale Beach, Miami – multiple locations, Plantation and West Palm Beach). They currently have locations in California, Tennessee and Texas. Burgerim features 2.8 ounce char-grilled patties served in packs of 2,3 and/or a 16 […]

Croquette, El Rey de las Fritas and Doce Provisions WIN at Croquetapalooza 2017

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Another Croquetapalooza and Frita Showdown is in the books and we have new Croquetapalooza champs. The 1000 attendees voted El Rey de las Fritas to their 5th straight Frita Showdown win. It was by far the BEST selection of restaurants that have competed for the Best Frita en el Mundo title. On the croqueta side, […]

Bocas House Now Open in Coral Gables

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I’ll be the first one to tell you that I wasn’t very sure about Bocas House and their sister restaurant Bocas Grill when they burst out on to the Miami food scene. Both are part of the Bocas Group Corporation by Chef César González and Levin De Grazia. It all changed when I tried a […]

Croquetapalooza 2017 is Friday August 25th

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Croquetapalooza and Frita Showdown came about when I was thinking about not only creating a very “Only in Miami” kinda event. All the food, music and decor revolve around my upbringing in a Cuban household with my maternal grandparents, my parents and my sister. It was important that this event was right on the money since […]

Chicken Tenders, A Love Affair

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I remember when you were looked at with a sour face if you ordered Chicken Tenders or Chicken Strips at a restaurant. Mostly I would get the “that’s for kids” isn’t it? It’s not like it stopped me but luckily, we now happen to be in a Chicken Tender period of renaissance. Chicken Tenders aren’t […]

Guava Batido at BreadMan Bakery, Go NOW!

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If you’ve been to ether of BreadMan Miami Bakery’s locations (Hialeah & Westchester) you know that there’s some incredible stuff going on from the Pastelitos to the gigantic BUT still great tasting sandwiches. Well, they’ve just added the Guava Batido to their repertoire, that’s a Guayaba Shake if you’d like a different spanglish variation on […]

Latin House’s MadLove is in Soft Open mode

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A little over 7 years ago I visited a food truck called Latin House Grill. I was instantly enamored with their food and two years later they opened their first full fledged restaurant, Latin House. They went on to win countless of my Burgie Awards for their food (which is decided by the readers of […]