Charm City Burger Company is a good hour & half from where I live in Miami. I originally checked them out when I happened to be in Sunrise one day and convinced a friend of mine to make the extra 20 minute or so drive from there to Charm City Burger Company. There is a front door but I always enter through the back door (please save the jokes for another time).
Couple of cool things to start with: 1) They serve Fountain Coke & Mexican Coke (believe it or not this is very important to me 2) Awesome mural, reminds me of McDonaldland for some reason
and 3) Something cool is always playing on the TV, on the this occasion, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. Also, they recently underwent a renovation that expanded the seating a bit and made service function much smoother and added some craft beers on draft too.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look over the menu for the first time. Most folks can’t seem to decide, so they end up ordering either of the 2 first burgers on the menu (Good Ole: Straight up regular burger with or without Cheese or Cowboy Style: Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Mushrooms & Onions). My original inclination on my first visit was to get The Big Sloppy and I did. The Big Sloppy, besides being a great name for a professional wrestler is Double Meat, Double Cheese, Double Bacon, Hash Brown and a Fried Egg. Only order if you are hungry, if not you will end up stuffed.
Sides include Tater Tots (someone who is longing for his grade school days usually orders these), Beer Battered Onion Rings (what a real man orders) and Hand Cut Fries. Everyone knows that Hand Cut Fries are just what the doctor ordered.
For the experienced Charm City eater you know that the Emperor is the way to go. The Emperor is an American Kobe Patty Melt with Sauteed Mushrooms, Cave Aged Gruyere Cheese and Truffled Aioli. If you’re a little more adventurous you can add Foie Gras to it. We asked for our burgers to be cooked Under (their lingo is a little different), and that’s just what we got. Take a look at the beautiful Emperor, he should be in a Burger Museum.
You must pace yourself because there is plenty of good eats to be found here and multiple visits or one with a bunch of friends is really the only way to try out everything effectively.
On the menu, it says “Garlic Herb Marinated , Slow Roasted and Flash Fried” about the wings, as my father would say “I believe it” . While writing this, my mouth is beginning to water (no joke). The Mahogany Soy although good was bested by the Volcano which I liked best out of the 3 (the other being Smokey BBQ). The meat was practically falling off the bone.
One of the newest additions is my friend the All Natural Hot Dog. The Hot Dog can be ordered up Grilled or Ripper style (Deep Fried) with an option of making it “Dirty”. Dirty means you’ll get Bacon, Cheese and Onions and it’s a great choice if you like a loaded up dog.
If your palate loves spicy then you might want to try out the Volcano Style Burger (Pepper Jack Cheese, Volcano Sauce and Jalapeños) or El Diablo Chicken Sandwich (Grilled or Country Buttermilk Fried w/Volcano Sauce, Pepper Jack Cheese, Pickled Jalapeños and Garlic Sauce.
The Cheffy Chicken Sandwich (Candied Bacon Strips, Grilled Onions, Bleu Cheese Spread & Sweet Chili Sauce) is another must order item. The Candied Bacon Strips and Sweet Chili Sauce is just absolutely and unequivocally killer.
Most folks don’t know this but you can order a side of their Thick Cut Peppered Bacon and that would be a good move if you ask me.
And just when you think you’re done eating you’re faced with a decision, do I get a shake? The Shakes are made with Blue Bell Ice Cream and are thick, creamy and great (we’re talking shakes here). The faux Cinnamon Bun is the best, have that and you’ll be in sugar heaven but you won’t go wrong with even just the Chocolate Shake. I saw the syrup they use and I’ve been sworn to secrecy but it’s no surprise why it’s so good.
Charm City Burger Company is worth the drive. Come hungry, bring friends and whatever you do convince someone else to drive back. You’ll thank me when you’re in a food coma relaxing.
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