Al Carbon – Silver Bluff, Florida

Another Colombian Fast Food Joint? I had sworn off all “Colombian Places” after the debacle that is Que Perros, plus I pissed some dude off enough with my comments that he left a near unreadable retort worth checking out alone. So after some convincing from a few people, I decided to give it a go. I’ve driven past this place at least a half dozen times and not gone in because it was packed in the outside seating area. My wife Marcela and I decide to go on a Monday night for dinner and it wasn’t too bad. It looks pretty cool inside with cowhide on the wall and a nice looking bar.

We decide on Salchipapas and the Papa Asada (con Salsa de Queso) as our starters. Well for those of you who don’t know Spanish or do and still have no clue what a Salchipapa is, it’s Hot Dog or Sausage Slivers with French Fries. Papa Asada is a baked potato. At Al Carbon, it’s served with a Cheese Sauce. I had never eaten Salchipapas before. It was good for what it was but it seemed like it needed something else, possibly a sauce. The Papa Asada was well, it was a Baked Potato. If you like Baked Potatoes you’ll like this. We couldn’t quite place our fingers on what was in the Sauce. It didn’t have a strong flavor and after trying to figure out what it was for a few minutes, we gave up and Marcela asked the waitress. It turns out that she didn’t know. She goes to ask the kitchen and we’re told it’s Cream Cheese with different Spices, interesting.

Marcela and I decided to split 2 things, the Hawaiian Burger (Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Pineapple) and a Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Hot Dog (it’s also got Crushed Potato Chips and Cole Slaw). There are a few things I don’t like, alright more than a few things but Pineapple and Cole Slaw are up there. The Hot Dog was good, not great. I couldn’t even taste the Slaw, but maybe that’s because it’s placed under the dog. I would definitely go for a different flavor combination next time.

Now the Hawaiian Burger I really loved. It was stuffed with Pineapple and Swiss Cheese and it tasted pretty amazing. I do not think this burger is one that will appeal to the masses though because of the seasoning the meat has. I forgot to mention that the roll the burger is on is fluffy and near perfect for a burger, plus it has some branding on it. Nice touch. The good thing is they deliver, and since I’m not too far from there I may take them up on that offer.

Gables It Is:

Al Carbon
2280 Coral Way, Miami, FL


Comments (5):

  1. ChadC

    May 14, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Thanks for the shout out Beast. Al Carbon is solid. But I agree with you that it won’t blow you away. Burgers are good, empanadas are excellent, cold beers always seem to quench my thirst; so I’m keeping on the go-to list for now.

    I had a burger from Chili’s yesterday. Is it weird that I thought it was really good? I mean come on, freaking Chili’s…

  2. Carlos Miller

    May 18, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    The best thing to get at Al Carbon is La Picada, which is a sampler plate of all the Colombian meats.

    I wasn’t too fond of the burger, but it does taste like what you would get in Colombia.

  3. Anonymous

    November 16, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    A while back I went there with the wife on a friend's recommendation. The only thing I remember was the lame burger. A burger, on a bun with a trace of something injected in the middle. No fries, no veggies, nothing.
    Not impressed at all.

  4. Anonymous

    February 26, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Only one thing to say about Al Carbon…. BUURP!

  5. nothingxs

    July 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Ate here twice when I was working over at a law firm in the Gables. Was thoroughly unimpressed both times; the food was too expensive for what it was. Maybe they’ve gotten better about it, but back then it was just a disaster.