Downtown Miami with its one way roads isn’t exactly my favorite part of town to be driving around in……but, I will make an exception if called for. This is the story of one those exceptions to the Burger Beast “Road Rules“.
A few months ago someone tagged me on social media, it was a picture (a Burger) from 180 Degrees at the DRB. It caught my eye and I looked up the restaurant. 180 Degrees is located in Downtown Miami yet it didn’t stop me from adding them to my list of must-tries since the menu seemed interesting.
All I hoped for was that I would find parking close by and not some three or four blocks away. Turns out there was plenty of street parking (just a warning, parallel parking) and I arrived right when they opened for lunch, 11AM. I take a seat the bar and look over the menu. My wife Marcela is not with me which means I will not be capped on how much I can order aka it’s free for all time. I realize that I need to switch from the bar due to the sheer amount of what I’ve ordered.
Just as the food started coming out, long time Burger Beast reader Ricky Mederos contacted me when he saw that I had posted a pic on Facebook of the Corn of the Day and asked how long as I was gonna be there. Next thing I know, he walked over from wherever he was at to tell me how great 180 Degrees is, no truer words have been spoken.
It was a tough decision to choose what exactly I was going to order. I liked the Maduros (Sweet Plantains) and Queso Frito (breaded in Panko & fried), an only in Miami idea and combination (or combinacion if you will). The 50-50 Burger (Chorizo/Angus Beef Patty w/Queso Frito, Maduro, Fried Egg & Spicy Citrus Aioli) was an exciting and delicious merging of flavors. It really hit on all cylinders when I got my mouth around the entire Burger and experienced everything it had to offer.
There was one dish however that shall be entered into the Burger Beast Hall of Fame and that is the Deep Fried Ham & Swiss Grilled Cheese w/Caramelized Sesame Soy Red Onions & a Spicy Citrus Aioli for dipping. Un-f’in-believable, no for real. This was a game changer.
I enjoyed the food and the desserts immensely, no complaints here. Hell, I think if I had any critique at all it would be to not use truffle oil. The dishes that had it can stand on their own and don’t need it.
Do not make the same mistake I made. Jump in your car, make your drive downtown and enjoy 180 Degrees at the DRB. This could be your new favorite restaurant, I think it might be mine.
180 Degrees At the DRB
501 NE 1st Ave, Miami 33132