Last night was the 2nd Annual BURGERLISCIOUS Burger Competition in Coral Gables. “The Second Course” presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce featured 20 restaurants flexing their Burger muscles to become either “Best in Bun” or “People’s Choice” winners. I along with some fellow bloggers (Fatgirl Hedonist, the Food-E and South Florida Burger Overload), local dignitaries (the Mayor of Coral Gables) and some Burger fans judged. Shula’s 347 Grill ended up taking the Best in Bun aka the judge’s award with The Dome winning the People’s Choice.
It was a blind tasting so I really couldn’t tell you what I absolutely loved and which exactly were bad. I will make a suggestion to the restaurants who competed: While your Veggie, Turkey or Seafood “Burger” might be good, it won’t ever win an actual “Burger” contest. It also throws off most of the judges who won’t see it coming.
Partial List of the Burgers I tried:
Angelique Euro Cafe – Ultimate Euro Burger: Mix of Ground Lamb and Angus Beef marinated with Fresh Rosemary and Wild Moroccan Thyme, Topped with Grilled Sweet Yellow Onion, Fresh Goat Cheese and Basil Pesto Aioli
Batting Cage Sports – Bleu & Bacon burger
Café at Books and Books – Veggie Burger with Portobello Mushrooms
Christy’s – Famous Burger with Sautéed Onions, Crispy Bacon and Gorgonzola Cheese.
CRAVE – (1) Signature CRAVE Slider with Certified Angus Beef, Hawaiian Buns, Caramelized Onions & Secret Crave Burger sauce (2) Spice Asian Pork Sliders with Super Aromatic Ground Pork, Asian Slaw, Hawaiian Buns & Jalapeño Aioli
Elevation Burger – Cheeseburger with Lettuce, Tomato and Elevation Sauce
John Martin’s Irish Pub – Irish Burger with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Irish Cheddar
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Mini Cheese Burger with Broiled Primed Beef with Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion on a Mini Onion Egg Roll
Pao Town – Wagyu Slider with Snake River Farms American Wagyu and Caramelized Onions Topped with Wasabi Ranch and Served on a Toasted Hawaiian Sweet Roll
Rok:Brgr Burger Bar + Gastropub – Bacon Jam Slider, American Kobe Beef, Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam, Creamy Brie Cheese on a Brioche Bun
Shake Shack – Shack Burger: Cheeseburger topped w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Shack Sauce
Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill – Turkey Burger
Best #BURGERLISCIOUS tweet of the night was by fellow judge Johnny of South Florida Burger Overload:
Burger number 15… charcoal! @burgerliscious_
— Johnny(@SoFLBrgOverload) November 9, 2012
He was probably right.
K.I.T. for Next Year: