Magic City Pizza on the Outskirts of Westchester

Pepperoni & Ground Beef Pizza

Magic City Pizza had the unenviable task of opening up in the same spot where my beloved That Pizza Place on Coral Way was. What that essentially means is that I was gonna have a certain of expectation even though … Continue reading

Buns and Buns – South Miami, Florida

Buns and Buns - South Miami, Florida

I can’t believe I’ve been saying that I’m gonna hit up Buns and Buns for over a year and it’s now that I finally made it, better late than never. I dropped in with Dro from the305.com who came along … Continue reading

180 Degrees at the DRB, A Must Eat Kinda Situation

Deep Fried Ham & Swiss Grilled Cheese

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 … Continue reading

Hungry Bear Subs in Doral? Yup.

Hot Pastrami Sub Half w/Grilled Onions, Provolone Cheese & Yellow Mustard

About 50% of the people who I mention Hungry Bear Subs to think I’m talking about the original Kendall location. If that wasn’t bad enough they don’t even realize there is a second location in Doral which has been there since 1989, … Continue reading

BTW Is Now Open on Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida

Queso Fundido (Chihuahua Cheese, Chorizo & Poblano Peppers)

Before we even get into food talk about BTW (Burgers Tacos Whiskey) on Alton Road please peruse the menu below. I was originally going to get my BTW action on yesterday but ended up at Swine, trust me I’m not … Continue reading

You Know What’s Really Good? Tortilla Española from Delicias de España

Delicias De España - Kendall, Florida

You Know What’s Really Good? La Tortilla Española from Delicious de España. My Mom makes really great breakfast omelettes but it wasn’t until I visited my dad’s mother (La Gallega) in Glendale, California that I tried a Spanish Omelette (Tortilla … Continue reading

Ms. Cheezious Is Finally Home on Biscayne Blvd.

Frito Pie Melt

When I announced that Ms. Cheezious was opening up a restaurant on Biscayne Blvd in April of 2013 they had just won their second Burger Beast Burgie Award for Best Dade County Food Truck. Flash forward to almost two years … Continue reading

Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs Makes Me Feel Good

Crackers Casual Dining - Miami Springs, Florida

There’s no doubt about it, Crackers Casual Dining makes me feel good. I’ve had about 10 meals here over the last two years and there’s only one thing I wouldn’t order again, the Brisket. My bud FGH had the same … Continue reading

I Think You’ll Love Fritanga Caña Brava Too

Carne Asada & Gallo Pinto

My wife Marcela is Nicaraguan which means two things. First, I’ve eaten from way more Fritangas than your average Miamian. Secondly, there’s little credence placed on my thoughts about Fritangas (Nicaraguan quick service-style restaurant). So of course when I spotted Fritanga … Continue reading

gastroPod finds a home in Wynwood

Crispy Chicken Sammich - Chicken Thigh, Gochujang & homemade Pickles

On December 9, 2009 I wrote “In a city where it seems hype goes a lot farther than substance, it’s great to run into the real deal.” I was talking about my first encounter with Chef Jeremiah and his gastroPod. … Continue reading

Bennett’s Fresh Roast – Sanibel, Florida

Maple Bacon Doughnut

Bennett’s Fresh Roast was our third stop in our 4 hour Sanibel/Captiva foodscapade, Schnapper’s Hots & the Bubble Room were stops 1 & 2). We’re here exclusively for the freshly made Doughnuts. We ask the only logical question, what’s the … Continue reading

Schnapper’s Hots – Sanibel, Florida

Chili Cheese Chargrilled Hot Dog

My old school buddy & pal Joakinn has wanted for me to hit up the Sanibel area for years. He got tired of suggesting it and took matters in his hands, we drove up for a four hour mini food … Continue reading

You Know What’s Really Good? The Esponnrú at Pastelmania in Little Havana

More Baked Goods

You know what’s really good? The Esponnrú at Pastelmania. What is an Esponnrú, you may be asking yourself. It’s a Sponge Cake Rusk unlike most of the ones you will find out there, this one is moist. Pastelmania sells them 5 … Continue reading

You Know What’s Really Good? Duroc Bacon at Miami Smokers in Little Havana

Duroc Bacon

You know what’s real good? The Duroc Bacon at Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse in Little Havana. Miami Smokers is all about doing things right. They use Heritage Breed Pigs from Berkwood Farms, & in the case of this Bacon a … Continue reading

Little Bread – Little Havana, Florida

Pulpeta Sandwich

Chef Alberto Cabrera just opened up Little Bread in Little Havana. This comes just a couple of months shy of Bread + Butter Counter‘s 2 year anniversary, B+B is his other restaurant. Sandwiches are more my speed and that’s what Little Bread … Continue reading

Fat Maggie’s – Lakeland, Florida

Ginny Lou's Nutella Cheesecake

I was pretty sure I had written down the address wrong when I was trying to find Fat Maggie’s. It turns out that they’re around the corner from the main street, partially hidden. The moment I found it I felt … Continue reading

You Must Stop In At BurgerQue In Ft. Myers

Chili Cheese Dog

I fucking love BurgerQue! There I said it. I got it out of my system. Yesterday was my yearly pilgrimage to BurgerQue, that’s 4 times if you’re keeping count at home. Since my last visit they added a Beer Garden with … Continue reading

Josh’s Deli – Surfside, Florida

The Jewban (Pastrami, Pork, Pickle, Swiss)

With a couple of friends in town from the UK I wanted to take them to eat something they can’t find across the pond. What could make an impression? And then it hit me, Josh’s Deli. Chef Josh Marcus, who … Continue reading

PDQ Opens In Miami-Dade County, Sweetwater Area

Buffalo Tender Sandwich

I’ve eaten from 4 different PDQs (Flagler, Ft. Lauderdale, Oakland Park & Wellington) throughout South Florida now and I can unequivocally say they’re 100% consistent. I’ve had Chicken Tenders and the Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich at every one and never … Continue reading

A Look At Barley & Wich

Croqueta Preparada (Lechon Asado, Croquetas, Ham & Swiss Cheese)

A few things happened to Jorge & Jorgie Ramos’ B&S Gastropub since I was last here in early September. In October, due to issues tied to construction B&S Gastropub could not continue to operate in its current form so the … Continue reading

Buchito – Kissimmee, Florida

Buchito - Kissimmee, Florida

My wife Marcela and I met up with our friend Marvin to have a late breakfast at a spot he really likes in downtown Kissimmee, Buchito. It wasn’t until we arrived that I really thought about what a great name Buchito … Continue reading

Quickie’s Burgers & Wings, It’s Been A While

M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers)

Let me give a quick background on Quickie’s Burger & Wings. I ate at Quickie’s Burgers & Wings for the first time when the Burger Beast blog was just turning one year old. I was instantly fascinated with the Burgers … Continue reading

Munchies Cafe 2 – West Kendall, Florida

Munchie's Palomilla Steak

A day before Croquetapalooza I dropped in to Munchies Cafe 2. I had last visited their original location a little over year ago after a BB reader mentioned that their Croquetas are a must try. I was torn as to … Continue reading

Siamo Pizza – Miami Springs, Florida

Siamo - Miami Springs, Florida

I visited Siamo Pizza a few weeks and had a really great experience there. It’s funny to see the slow resurgence of the Miami Springs area with newer places like Jr’s Gourmet Burgers & Crackers Casual Dining. I spent summers … Continue reading