Shake Shack’s Beats & Treats This Thursday!

Shake Shack in Miami Beach has expanded and is throwing a party (Beats & Treats) to show off their new larger pad this Thursday, May 25th from 6:30PM-8:30PM. You know it’s a big deal cause Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti will be in attendance.

Beats & Treats will have a bunch of things going on:

  • A free performance by the Magic City Hippies.
  • The Salty Donut Concrete ($4.69 single/$6.89 double): vanilla frozen custard blended with The Salty Donut‘s Dulce De Leche donut, banana and salted caramel—all topped with The Salty Donut’s Mini Chocolate, Chocolate donut. Available exclusively at the Miami Beach Shack from Thursday (May 25th) to Sunday (May 28th)
  • Shack Shandy ($5.99 16oz./$7.09 24oz.): a blend of Shack-made Lemonade and Stiltsville Pilsner beer from Wynwood Brewing Company.
  • The special edition Shake Shack x LYFE Brand t-shirt ($32.00) will be available only at the Miami Beach Shack while supplies last.
  • Shake Shack’s newly released cookbook Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories ($26) will also be available at the Miami Beach Shack. Guests who purchase it at Beats & Treats will receive a signed copy (while supplies last). Shake Shack: Recipes and Stories contains 70 recipes, 200 photographs and plenty of stories, fun facts and pro tips for the home cook and Shack fan.

Sounds like a pretty solid celebration to me, are you planning on going? R.S.V.P.

Rusty Bucket’s Beer Cheese Burger Recipe

Have you made it out to The Rusty Bucket yet? They just opened in March at CityPlace in Doral.

The Burger on their menu (Beer Cheese Burger) features Beer Cheese which is of course the perfect marriage of Burgers & Brews.

Best of all, I’m able to share the recipe for their Beer Cheese Burger with you.

Beer Cheese Burger Recipe

Burger Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Ground Beef
  • 1 Burger Bun
  • ¼ tsp Steak Dust Seasoning
  • ½ oz Mayonnaise
  • 1 oz Shredded Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato Slice
  • 2 oz House-Made Beer Cheese (see recipe below)
  • 1 ½ oz Crispy Red Onion Straws (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Toast bun and set aside.
  2. Season beef with steak dust and cook on flat top to desired
    temperature.
  3. On top bun spread mayonnaise, lettuce, & tomato.
  4. When burger is at proper temp cover with slice of beer cheese and cover with lid.
  5. Top with melted cheese, crispy red onion straws & serve open face on platter with seasoned fries.

Beer Cheese Ingredients:

  • ¼ oz Shallots
  • ¼ oz Butter
  • 3 oz Bud Light Beer
  • ¼ cup Chicken Stock
  • 4 ½ oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 ¾ oz Velveeta

Directions:

  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Cook shallots until translucent and lightly browned.
  3. Deglaze with beer.
  4. Reduce beer by half, add chicken stock and reduce carefully until
    is very thick.
  5. Slowly work both cheeses into base while warm with spatula under
    completely melted.
  6. When cool enough to handle divide into 3 to go soup cups and let
    set in the walk in.
  7. Once they are set pop them out of the cups and cut into 3 oz
    slices

Crispy Red Onion Straws Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Red Onion Rings
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Seasoned Flour

Directions:

  1. Slice onions and place to side.
  2. Add milk and stir to coat onions.
  3. Let soak for two to three minutes before frying.
  4. To cook, drain onions well and add to seasoned flour in mixing bowl, toss in flour until very well coated.
  5. Add two handfuls at a time to fryer at 350 degrees and cook for one minute until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Let drain for few seconds and place in a clean bowl.
  7. Hold at room temp.

*Thank you to The Rusty Bucket for allowing me to reprint their Beer Cheese Burger recipe.

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats – Lexington, Kentucky

After having just visited the A&W Corporate Headquarters and heard about the new concept stores in Lexington, Kentucky we were pumped to try the food.

I need to be straight up with you guys, I’m not a fan of Root Beer. I figured I’d give it a shot since it’s made daily at these A&W locations. The other big changes are fresh beef Burgers and hand breaded Chicken Tenders, all part of my wheel house.

We sit down to what can be best described as a buffet of food courtesy of our friends at A&W.

It’s a lot to go over so I want to point out the high highs.

I’m now a Root Beer addict, that should tell you how incredible A&W’s Root Beer is. We went back to A&W every day afterwards (4 days total) to get a frosty refreshment til we left Lexington. And don’t get me started on those Root Beer Floats…

That Coney Dog, just wow.

The Burgers are just plain killer. They’re fresh beef patties with the nicest of crusts on the outside. It’s a perfect little Burger specimen.

Why are these Chicken Tenders so far from me? On our 4th and last consecutive visit to A&W we ordered Chicken Tenders again to wash down our Root Beer, or was it the other way around. I don’t remember.Damn they were good.

Congratulations to A&W on the Burgers Chicken Floats concept, it’s an out of the park grand slam. Now for the moment of truth, when will A&W return to South Florida? I’ll be impatiently waiting for my Root Beer fix.

Cheese Curds

Corn Dog Nuggets

Root Beer

Marcela’s Root Beer Float

Coney Dog

Hand breaded Chicken Tenders Round 1

Marcela’s Burger with all the fixins

Marcela’s Burger closeup

My Burger aka the way to get it

Onion Rings

Chili Cheese Fries

A&W Root Beer on the Road

Hand breaded Chicken Tenders Round 2

My Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float Closeup

4 Locations in Lexington To Feed The Addiction:

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats
114 Towne Center Dr Lexington, KY 40511
859-225-0436

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats
652 E Main St Lexington, KY 40508
859-367-0037

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats
Suite 110, 2251 War Admiral Way Lexington, KY 40509
859-543-1625

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats (at Fayette Mall)
3401 Nicholasville Rd Lexington, KY 40503
859-245-0956

A&W Corporate Headquarters – Lexington, Kentucky

In early 2016, my bud Rev connected me with Liz Bazner (A&W’s Digital Manager) when I was in midst of prepping for the opening of my Burger Museum (now open in Miami, Florida). One of our email conversations included an open invitation to A&W HQ if I was ever in the area.

Now, A&W Corporate Headquarters is located in Lexington, Kentucky which is at minimum a 4 hour airplane flight or a 15 hour drive away. Since I normally do 2 to 3 road trips a year, I decided that we would be visiting Lexington in 2017.

Flash forward to my April 2017 Road Trip which of course includes a stop in Lexington, a city which I now absolutely love.

The A&W Restaurant offices are located on the 3rd floor of the building. We had walked right past the A&W Test Kitchen on the 1st floor when we walked into the building and I was hoping we might get a chance to see it at some point.

We sat in a conference room with Liz where talked about A&W, its history and where the company is headed. A&W’s VP of Restaurant Support Services Bill Fry dropped in for a bit to chat also and at one point suggested I try the healthy option on their menu, the Corn Dog Nuggets which were are made with Turkey (I did later and they were great. I was popping them like tic tacs). What a character that Bill.

Liz then gave us a tour of the offices and all the historical items that decorate it plus we met some of the employees along the way.

A&W also donated a basket of items to me including a mug from 1941 which is now on display at the Burger Museum, thank you to them for that.

First thing we saw when we walked into the building but actually the last place we visited.

Greeted by Root Bear aka Rooty

Everywhere you look it’s A&W Artifacts Galore

After the tour of the 3rd floor we made our way back to the 1st floor to see the Test Kitchen.

The Test Kitchen Kitchen is attached to a much larger conference type area with again, more A&W artifacts on display. We lucked in that they were about to test some new flavor toppings/seasonings for their French Fries.

After sampling a bunch, I remembered that we were headed to one on their new concept stores (A&W Burgers Chicken Floats) for lunch after the Test Kitchen visit. In other words, I needed to take it easy.

Employee Paintings of Rooty

Conference Room next to Test Kitchen

Inside the Test Kitchen

Testing out a variety of Seasoned Fries

I need one of these for the Burger Museum

So we said our goodbyes and jumped into the A&W Mobile for a short ride to the restaurant.

A&W Corporate Car

Just kidding, we (My wife Marcela, one of my best friends John) jumped into our rental vehicle and headed over to see if the restaurant’s food is as great as the A&W Corporate Office and its people.

To be continued…..A&W Burgers Chicken Floats

Hamburger House Party 2017 Details

Hamburger House Party is back!

Burger Beast always celebrates National Burger Month in style.

The Burger Museum presents the 2017 Hamburger House Party brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto Mall Downstairs Markets & Magic City Casino. It’s happening on Friday May 26th (closing weekend of National Burger Month) at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave, near the Miami Airport) from 7-10PM

23 Burger Joints will be vying for the Hamburger House Party Trophy via attendee votes.

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers (hot off of its 2017 SoBe Fest Burger Bash win) returns to defends its 2015 & 2016 Hamburger House Party crown with Burbowl (2016 Hamburger House Party Judge’s Best Burger), Pincho Factory (the 2015 SoBe Fest Burger Bash champ) and all the way from Brooklyn, New York Hard Times Sundaes  (considered by many to be the Best Burger in New York) right on its heels.

The truth is, it’s anyone’s game with some many exceptional restaurants who excel at the art of Burger creation.

This year’s judges are South Beach Wine & Food Festival Founder Lee Schrager, NBC 6 in the Mix’s Roxy Vargas, Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago, Director Billy Corben and Latin House’s Chef/Owner Michell Sanchez. The Judge’s Winner will compete in the 2018 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.

We’ll have Live Music from Retro Sky who’s performing 80s and 90s classic songs and Burger Beast usuals DJ Volksmusik will be spinning tunes to keep you in the comfort food mood.

iHeartMedia’s Danny Rivera makes a welcome return to hosting another Burger Beast event.

Here are the 23 Competitors:

  1. 109 Burger Joint – Sweetwater
  2. 180 Degrees at the DRB – Downtown Miami
  3. Airport Cafe – Miami Springs
  4. Bocas Grill – Doral & Kendall
  5. Burbowl – Coral Gables & Downtown Miami
  6. Cheeseburger Baby – Little Haiti & Miami Beach
  7. Chefs on the Run – Homestead
  8. Cinebistro: CityPlace – Doral
  9. El Rey de las Fritas – Coral Gables, Little Havana, Sweetwater & Westchester
  10. Funky Buddha Brewery – Oakland Park
  11. Hard Times SundaesAll the way from Brooklyn!!!
  12. Jr’s Gourmet Burgers – Miami Springs
  13. Killer Melts – West Kendall
  14. Monster Burgers – South Florida Food Truck
  15. MOOYAH – Country Walk & Doral
  16. The Orange Bear Grill – Dania Beach
  17. PINCH Kitchen – MiMo
  18. Pincho Factory – Everywhere at this point
  19. PIPO Burgers on Wheels – Doral Food Truck
  20. Swensen’s – Coral Gables
  21. Tucker Duke’s – Boca Raton & Delray Beach
  22. Tuto’s Street Cuisine – South Florida Food Truck
  23. Twisted Fork Kitchen – Doral

General Admission Tickets which will be $50 at the door (if not sold out) are now $40 (and will go up to $45 very soon) and include Unlimited samples from all 23 of the Hamburger House Party Competitors plus Chips from Chifles and French Fries from McDonald’s, Desserts (Bocas House & Night Owl Cookie Co. Collaboration, Dough Miami, Sweetness Bakeshop & Velvet Creme Doughnuts), Cocktail Samples from Tito’s Vodka by DRINK Miami, Craft Beer Samples from Concrete Beach Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, MIA Beer Company & TANK Brewing Co and Soft Drinks & Water.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Tickets & More Details http://HamburgerHouseParty.com

Boyce General Store – Alvaton, Kentucky

Our most recent road trip lasted 12 days where we drove from South Florida through Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio and then Tennessee & Georgia on our way home. When trying to pick out favorite moments from our trip I’d be hard pressed to say that my visit to Boyce General Store was my favorite stop but it definitely was.

I had been in contact with them through Instagram and they seemed pleasant but the truth is I was wrong, they were way beyond that.

My wife Marcela, my bud John and I arrived starved to Boyce General Store a good 30 minutes before closing time. Our car was running on fumes but it was more important that we make it here. We could worry about that gas situation later.

Some “decor” as the Boyce General Store

Boyce General Store opened back in 1869 but it wasn’t until Brad and Brie Golliher purchased it in 2012 that it became a full fledged restaurant. It also allowed Brie to show off her killer baking skills as The Pie Queen.

*There’s one person in front of us while we wait to order which is always a good thing when you’re a first timer. John spots the Specials board and smiles over at me. There’s a Pimento Bacon Cheese Burger on there, done deal.

The Burger itself is one third of a pound, hand pattied and made from locally sourced beef. We’re off to what sounds like an amazing start in a Burger Fairy Tale book. It’s then topped with properly cooked Bacon (just look at it) and a slab of their housemade Pimento Cheese (one of the loves in my life). I was in heaven.

PCB (Pimento Cheese Bacon) Burger

It was after eating that we got into a conversation with Brad and Brie. They talked me into…..well….maybe more like they sold me on why I needed to try the BBQ Ham Cold Cut Sandwich. I was full at this point but this excellent dude made a great travel companion on our way to Lexington…he unfortunately never made it to the destination.

BBQ Ham Cold Cut Sandwich on White

Afterwards we had an awesome conversation about Boyce, its history, her baking and my Burger Museum. They then donated a couple of old Cola bottles from a local bottling plant that is unfortunately no longer around and a book about Kentucky Eats in which they were mentioned. What I really wasn’t expecting was that they also wanted to add a 40 year old Coca Cola sign (that hung outside Boyce General Store once upon a time) to the Museum’s collection.

Brad & Brie Golliher and Burger Beast

I’m still blown away by the kindness and generosity when I think about it now.

I can’t wait to visit Boyce General Store again for some real Southern Hospitality and of course excellent food cooked with love.

See you soon my friends, I promise.

An Experience Worth The Trip:

Boyce General Store
10551 Woodburn Allen Springs Rd Alvaton, KY 42122
270-842-1900

*Most of our pictures were lost from our visit to Boyce General Store so John’s and Marcela’s food as well as our desserts are not shown.

Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers – Hodgenville, Kentucky

When I told George Motz (Hamburger Expert & director/writer of Hamburger America) I was in Lexington Kentucky for a few days he told me to rush over to Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers. When he makes a statement like that it means its go time.

Laha’s was only about an hour and a half from where we were staying so it was our first stop of the day.

There’s probably a good 8 counter seats inside and lucky for us, they were all empty. I’ve read that it can get crazy around lunch time. I take a seat and instead of waiting for my wife Marcela and my bud John I order myself the Double Cheese Dipped Burger with some Onion Rings and a Chili Dog with Onions.

The Dog isn’t so much a Chili Dog as it is living in a Chili bath. I drizzled some yellow Mustard on it and it was a tasty little ditty.

They’ve been open and serving up Burgers since 1934 so you know something special is about to happen. The “Dipped” portion of my Burger refers to one of the buns being infused with some of their Chili Sauce. While it is referred to as a Double, it does not mean 2 patties but that the Burger is made up of 2 meat portions aka twice the meat of a single.

The meat had a beautiful crust achieved only by an expert Burger cook. When you mix the Chili sauced Bun, Onions, Cheese, and Mustard in to the equation you have what’s called a big time winner on our hands.

Marcela chose to have Lettuce & Tomato which pretty kills what makes this Burger so special. It’s old school and they don’t get made like this anymore. Unfortunately, she likes to eat her Burgers with all this filler which is never ending torment for me.

The good thing is while she was eating hers I ordered and enjoyed a single Cheeseburger for dessert, the only respectable thing to do in this case.

Hot Dog in Chili Sauce

Laha’s Red Castle Menu Board

Onion Rings

Double Cheeseburger

Marcela’s blasphemous Burger

Keepin’ It Old School:

Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers
21 Lincoln Square Hodgenville, KY 42748
270-358-9201

Charm City Burger Company Updates Menu

As Charm City Burger Company in Deerfield Beach, Florida approaches its 10 year anniversary in November they’ve update their menu with a few items (that Sunshine Steak Sandwich sounds killer). Now, you’re also able to choose between a 1/3 lb. Charm Blend, 1/3 lb. Grass Fed Beef or 1/2 ib. Wagyu Patty for your Burger…..decisions….decisions…..

Charm City Burger Company 2017 Menu (click to enlarge)

Visit a South Florida Burger Icon:

Charm City Burger Company
1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL
954-531-0300

Steak ‘n Shake debuts Bacon ‘n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger

Steak ‘n Shake is getting ready for the summer with the unveiling of a new Steakburger for you Bacon lover out there along with two milkshakes (the Kit Kat one has my name all over it):

    • Bacon ‘n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger: The Bacon ‘n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger (also available in Single or Double form for you wimpier types) is a behemoth masterpiece. The newest Steakburger features nine half slices of Steak ‘n Shake’s new, ultra-premium hardwood-smoked bacon that is larger, thicker and more flavorful than ever. The three hand-crafted, 100% beef steakburger patties are topped with two slices of Steak ‘n Shake’s new, thicker American cheese.

Bacon ‘n Cheese Triple Xtreme Steakburger

  • KIT KAT® Milkshake: For the many Steak ‘n Shake fans that are passionate about unique, craveable milkshakes, this indulgence won’t disappoint. Made with KIT KAT® lovers in mind, this hand-scooped milkshake is blended with a generous helping of the famous crispy, milk chocolate wafers, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Kit Kat Shake

  • Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake: There is no better time to introduce this summer staple than during National Strawberry Month in May. This hand-scooped milkshake, topped with whipped cream and a cherry, is blended with real strawberries and cheesecake pieces, fitting Steak ‘n Shake’s standards for quality ingredients.

Strawberry Shake

These folks might only be available for a limited time so don’t waste time saying you’re going to try them. As Yoda would say: “Do. Or do not. There is not try.

To find the Steak ‘n Shake nearest you visit: www.steaknshake.com

Orange Bear Grill – Casino at Dania Beach, Florida

If you’ve read my visit to The Orange Bear Restaurant when it was located in Bonita Springs then you know I’ve got much love for this place. The Menu at their new location at the Casino at Dania Beach is much larger with an expanded array of *Burger and Sandwich options. Plus, there’s Tio Colo Ice Cream Sandwiches as a Dessert option.

Orange Bear Grill Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Orange Bear Grill Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

If you walk into the Casino at Dania Beach from the front entrance, make a right and follow the corridor til you hit the Orange Bear Grill. You can then walk right up to the counter, place your order and take a seat at the high tops to the left or sit in the designated Orange Bear Grill restaurant area filled with tables, chairs and booths. If you don’t want to order there, then take a seat and a server can also take your order. I know this because I did both.

Much like my previous visits to their old location, everything was good to great. There was not a stinker in the bunch so I’ll point some of the highlights of my meal.

  • Housemade Cheese Sticks – They’re more like Egg Rolls stuffed with Mozzarella and spices. Call it whatever you want but they were excellent.
  • Chicken Tender Basket – These are not some wimpy Chicken Tenders and that’s no ordinary Honey Mustard.
  • 1/2 lb. Angus All Beef Chili Cheese Dog – Fried and crispy Hot Dog topped with Housemade Chili and Beer Cheese Sauce was so addictive I never added Onions and Yellow Mustard to it.
  • The Popper Burger – Imagine a deconstructed Jalapeño Popper topping a beautifully crusty smashed 8 oz. Burger Patty. This is a big time winner.
  • The Chicken Sunrise – I was skeptical about getting a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich which was topped with a Fried Egg. The real secret was the Roasted Garlic Aioli that tied everything together, smooth move.

I’d like to thank Shane Barton, the Owner/Chef of the Orange Bear Grill for naming one of their new Burgers after me. The BEAST is an 8 oz. Burger topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, House Chili, Cheese Sauce & a Fried Onion Stack on a Butter Toasted Roll. You need to come hungry for this one.

There was only one way to finish a meal of this magnitude and that’s with equally great dessert(s). The Maple Bread Pudding was good but it can’t hold a candle to one of those lovely little ice cream sandwiches from Tio Colo. My favorite is the Mantecado or Cuban Vanilla which will remind you of a creamy Egg Nog. If that’s not your speed, you can also order the Butter Almond, Coconut, Chocolate or Strawberry version.

3 Salted Pretzels with Beer Cheese

Cheese Stick Egg Rolls with Marinara

Chicken Tender Basket with Hand Cut Fries & Honey Mustard

Wings with Hot Sauce & Housemade Blue Cheese Sauce

Loaded Potato Skins with Housemade Ranch

1/2 lb Certified Angus All Beef Hot Dog

Onion Rings

The BEAST (8 oz. Burger topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, House Chili, Cheese Sauce & a Fried Onion Stack on a Butter Toasted Roll)

Bear Frita Burger (8 oz. Burger with Chorizo Patty, White American Cheese, Potato Stix & House Ketchup on a Butter Toasted Roll)

Slaw

The Popper (8 oz. Burger with Habanero Bacon Jam, Jalapeño & Banana Pepper Cream Cheese & Sweet Aioil on a Butter Toasted Roll)

Chicken Sunrise (Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Crispy Bacon, Sunny Side Up Egg & Roasted Garlic Aioli on a Butter Toasted Roll)

Double Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger (8 oz. Burger with Habanero Bacon Jam, Sautéed Onions, Crispy Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Bourbon Sauce & Roasted Garlic Aioli on a Butter Toasted Roll)

Tio Colo Ice Cream Sandwiches (back to front: Butter Almond, Coconut (twice), Chocolate, Mantecado “Cuban Vanilla” and Strawberry)

Maple Bacon Bread Pudding

Driving to a Casino to grab a meal is not something I’d normally do. The problem is if you don’t, you’ll really be missing out and that’s a food crime in itself.

Orange Is The New Bear:

The Orange Bear Grill
301 E Dania Beach Blvd, Dania Beach, FL 33004
239-851-9766

*The Orange Bear Grill uses the Burger Beast Burger Blend (created by Sunshine Provisions) for all of their Burgers.