Don’t Miss Food Trucks at Magic City Casino THIS Saturday

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival is Florida’s longest running Food Truck event (since March 2011). It happens every 3rd Saturday of the month (this Saturday January 21st) from 5-10PM at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Avenue, near the Miami Airport).

DJ Volksmusik is out here every month spinning tunes and cold Beer is also sold at this event.

Parking is FREE & plentiful, ALL AGES are welcome and there is *NO ADMISSION to attend.

Roll the dice and come on out, bring your friends and family, the chances are great that you’ll have an amazing time!

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ITO Mojitos & Cafecitos – Miami Beach (North), Florida

ITO is located at the bottom of a hotel in the North part of Miami Beach. It has a parking area separating it from the Beach but this is the part of Miami Beach that I like, not filled with sunburned tourists.

ITO Menu (click to enlarge)

I take a seat at one of the outdoor tables and without even thinking about it I order one of each antojito or “appetizer” for those of you not hip to the lingo.

I’m by myself and I’d like to make it to the Burger I ordered so it’s slow and easy time with the apps.

My thoughts on each one:

CroquetasSo good I invited them to participate in the upcoming #SoBeWFF Croquetas and Champagne event

Queso Frito (fried Cheese) – Can’t miss, not the first time I’ve had this combo but it’s great

EmpanadasNever had Aji Amarillo Chicken in Empanada form before, it works

YucaProbably my least favorite of the five antojitos but still pretty good

Sweet PlantainsPlatanitos (Plantains) + Queso Fresco (Cheese) + Guava + Bacon = Must order

Serrano Ham Croquetas w/Blueberry Jam

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BRGR Stop – Coconut Creek, Florida

I’m making the return drive from Orlando when traffic gets backed up to a near stand still. We’re dying to just get back and if it wasn’t bad enough, the rain had been following us the entire way.

A thought pops into my head. My boy That was Dynamite had been raving to me about BRGR Stop (if you look on his Instagram, you’d think it’s the only place he eats at). I have this Burger Sense (kinda like Spidey sense) that we’re near it and sure enough, we’re 10 minutes away.

By the time my bud Nedal and I arrive the weather is clearing up. We sit down and take a long drawn out look at the menu. It’s a tough choice. It’s important to make the right decisions the first time you visit a restaurant, you can’t take this task lightly.

BRGR Stop -Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

BRGR Stop -Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Visit #1 w/Nedal

We make all the right choices from the Captain Crunch Chicken Fingers and Candied Bacon Bucket to the Fresh Cut Fries and the unbelievable Jalapeño Ranch dipping sauce which was so good. How good was it? So good that if they sold it I would have the trunk of my Tahoe filled with it.

All across the board, a slam dunk.

Captain Crunch Chicken Fingers

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Burger Beast’s Best Burgers of 2016

Now that’s we’re one week into the New Year, it’s a perfect time to post the Best Burgers I ate in 2016.

My road trips this year took me through most of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio (in no particular order). I also ate over 200 Burgers throughout the course of the year.

You may (and probably) should be adding all of these spots to your Burger Bucket Lists. Don’t have one yet? Then get with it and make one, you’ve got time.

The 11 Burger gems listed below caused me much happiness this year.

If you’d like to find out more about one of the spots below, click on their name and it’ll take you right to what I wrote about them.

What were your Best Burgers of 2016? Comment and Share.


MOOYAH Burgers – Doral, Florida

Double Cheeseburger w/American Cheese & MOOYAH Sauce

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MOOYAH Burgers – Doral, Florida

I first mentioned MOOYAH coming to South Florida on August 19th, 2013, then on December 26th, 2014 I had more details (& a menu to show) but it wasn’t until August 1st, 2015 that I had actual addresses.

MOOYAH’s first SFL location at Country Walk opened in December of 2015 (roughly a year ago) and I ate there a couple of times but nothing was particularly special about either meal. I figured I’d wait to give them another shot when the Doral location opened which after some delays ends up being mid to late December again.

The Menu has slightly changed with an addition of Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Tenders and most importantly changes to the house-made Buns and Burger patties themselves.

I had accompanied my Dad (that’s el Señor Beast to you) to do some errands and it was nearing 9PM. I mentioned that MOOYAH had opened in Doral so he was in for a late-ish dinner.

He goes the wiener route with a New York Dog (Kraut, Grilled Onions, Mustard on a Hebrew National Dog) but replaces the Mustard with Mayo. What?!?!? Exactly, but he loved it. This is the same guy who snacks on Mayo and Banana sandwiches.

The new Buns are fluffier and a beautiful sight to behold plus they’re of the potato variety. I see the Chili-Cheese Dog on the menu and know that I must try it. It’s great so I know that next time an order of Texas Chili Cheese Fries are in order.

Speaking of the fries, they’re fresh cut which is the way to my heart. If that wasn’t good enough, for an extra $1 you can get the Fries covered in a Green Chile Queso Sauce. How were we going to say no to that? I mean, I thought that I loved the Fries with the Sauce but Pops went to town as if it were the last Fries on earth.

While his infatuation is in full bloom I dig into the MOOYAH Double Cheeseburger (no Lettuce or Tomato). I stop only for a second to let him take a bite. He vows to return for a Burger meanwhile I’ve already planned multiple visits in my head with each bite. This is not the Burger I ate a year ago, there’s no way. I’m floored, flabbergasted and a bunch of other words I can’t think of right now.

I walk out of MOOYAH looking back in slow motion, setting up a sequel to this adventure.


Round 1

New York Dog topped with Kraut, Onions and Mayo.

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Travel Channel’s George Motz Book Signing at Burger Museum

George Motz

George Motz, America’s foremost Burger expert and star of Travel Channel’s Burger Land will be dropping by the Burger Museum by Burger Beast (450 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33125) on Saturday December 31st (New Year’s Eve) from 12-2PM to sign books (The Great American Burger Book, Hamburger America V1 and V2) and DVDs (Hamburger America: The Film).

There will be limited quantities of the Great American Burger Book and the Hamburger America DVD available for sale but you’re more than welcome to bring your own things for George to sign. Feel free to drop in even if you’d just like to take a picture with him, he’d love to meet you.

If you’d like to also enter the Burger Museum, the entry fee will be 50% off for the day so you can come by and enjoy America’s only Museum dedicated to Burgers and Comfort Food for $5 for Adults and $2.50 for kids.

BLTCE (Thick Cut Slab Bacon, American Cheese, Fried Egg, Ketchup, Mustard & Roasted Garlic Mayo) from Woody’s Burgers

Last but not least, Woodys Burgers Florida Food Truck will be on site in case you get hungry!

The Details:

George Motz appearance at the Burger Museum
Facebook: George Motz at Burger Museum
Address: 450 NW 37th Avenue (Magic City Casino)
Date: Saturday December 31st
Time: 12-2PM
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: Free to meet George & take pics, discounted admission to Burger Museum of $5 for Adults and $2.50 for children

All American Shake Shop – Naples, Florida

You just can’t drive by an old Dairy Queen building especially when it’s looking so sharp and not stop. It piqued my curiosity and while I expected there to be some good desserts on the menu, it was a nice surprise to find Burgers and Hot Dogs on there too. We order at the window and take a seat on the benches by the side of the building.

All American Shake Shop Menu (click to enlarge)

I had my fingers crossed that when the food arrived the Chili wouldn’t be of the canned variety, and it wasn’t. Surprise…surprise…it was a great Chili Cheese Dog….note to self: will be taking Chili Cheese Fries under consideration for next time.

The Fries were skin on but not fresh cut, nothing that a bunch of ketchup couldn’t fix. Finally we get to the shockingly good charbroiled Cheeseburger. I went straight up American Cheese and loaded it with Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise.

Now that’s something I don’t normally do but I was feeling particularly childlike today. All my Burgers as a kid needed to have the holy trinity of Fast Food condiments or I wasn’t havin’ it.

Chili Cheese Dog

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Food Trucks at Magic City Casino this Saturday December 17th

Wheelin Dealin - Magic City Casino

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival is Florida’s longest running Food Truck event (since March 2011). It happens every 3rd Saturday of the month from 5-10PM at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Avenue, near the Miami Airport).

This is event is part of a partnership between Magic City Casino and Burger Beast (who curates the event).

DJ Volksmusik is out here every month spinning tunes and cold Beer is also sold at this event.

Parking is FREE & plentiful, all ages are welcome and there is *no admission to attend.

So come on out, the chances are great that you’ll have an amazing time!

All of these Food Trucks will be there (full lineup listing below):

Chinaman’s World Famous CheeseSteak and Sausage & Pepper Egg Rolls

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Bodega on Central – St. Petersburg, Florida

Bodega Central - St. Petersburg, Florida

A few years back, Bodega on Central had just closed their doors as my wife Marcela and I had arrived. We were down the street at an antique shop who suggested we check out their Frita Cubana. It’s been stuck in my mind since then.

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

My cousin Chunktronics and bud John are with us so this becomes a full on 5 sandwich ordeal.

Bodega Central - St. Petersburg, Florida

I should preface this Medianoche and Cuban Sandwich discussion with a…..I’m not interested in arguing over who created or makes the best Cuban Sandwich. Yes, I’m from Miami and I’m in the Tampa Bay area but I’m about the food not the drama.

So yeah, let’s start with the Medianoche. We requested Mustard instead of their standard Mayo but other than that, this was a right on and very very good as Chunktronics would say version of the Midnight Sandwich. If you’re not familiar with this beauty, it has the same ingredients as a Cuban Sandwich (Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles). It’s also pressed but the bread is a sweet roll, think something like those addictive Hawaiian Rolls (alright maybe not as sweet).

Medianoche

Medianoche

Again, we request the Mayo to be switched for Mustard on the Cuban Sandwich. I’m normally a Medianoche kinda guy but in this case the Cuban Sandwich stole my heart and it has everything to do with the bread, crusty perfectness.

Cuban Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

The Pork was the standout protein in the previous two sandwiches so it’s no surprise this Pan con Lechon (Pork, grilled Onions, Mojo marinade) is also a mind blower. I’m pretty sure we had a Mexican standoff trying to figure who was gonna have the last few bites of this one or at least I remember it that way. Remember, always bet on Beast.

Pan con Lechon

Pan con Lechon

We order their Frita and what’s interesting is that it’s not served traditional style like the previous 3 sandwiches. Even stranger was the special they had, it was for a Chicken Frita which was by all accounts a Fried Chicken Sandwich with a house Slaw and a very good one at that. I know John went all out on that one.

Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

The Frita at Bodega on Central is Beef/Pork patty topped with spicy Mayo, Tomato, Avocado and Potato Sticks. So is it good? Well yes and no. If I had ordered a Frita in Miami and received this sandwich, there may have been a full on riot. We were on vacation and relaxed so there was no need to break out the blood pressure medication. I’m also not a giant Avocado fan so there’s that. Chunktronics had not problem making it look as if we were served an empty platter.

Frita

Frita

Chunktronics in Frita Mode

Chunktronics in Frita Mode

It had been a few days since I had my Cuban Coffee fix so I was excited to see it on the menu. I wasn’t as excited to see it was three times what I would pay for one in Miami but hey, that’s life.

Bodega Central - St. Petersburg, Florida

Espresso

Espresso

Cafecito

Cafecito

The jet fuel was great and I didn’t share but could you really blame me?

Take A Load Off At:

Bodega on Central
1120 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
727-623-0942