Is New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar Ready For El Mago De Las Fritas?

Magic Box Trailer

Is Momofuku Milk Bar ready for El Mago De Las Fritas?

Oh yes, you definitely read right…..The Magic Box from El Mago de las Fritas‘ will be making an appearance this weekend (Sat June 20th & Sun June 21st) at the Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). Here is New York’s opportunity to try El Mago de las Fritas’ award winning Frita Cubana featuring beef from Schweid & Sons.

What is a Frita Cubana? Read about it…All About The Frita Cubana

On the menu for the weekend will be the Frita Cubana, Frita Cubana a Caballo (with a Fried Egg), Frita con Queso Manchego (w/Manchego Cheese), their new Chicken Frita and the Chicken Frita con Queso Manchego. I guess you could also get a Chicken Frita a Caballo, what the hell.

Frita Cubana from El Mago de las Fritas

Frita Cubana from El Mago de las Fritas

Watch George Motz’s Burgerland – Miami which features la Frita Cubana:

If you are in New York this weekend please stop and visit the Magic Box, tell them I sent you.

The Details:

El Mago de las Fritas at Momofuku Milk Bar
Address: 382 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211
at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg – North Side
Times: Saturday Jun 20th from 11AM – 11PM and Sunday Jun 21st from 1PM-5PM

SONIC Beach Now OPEN in Hialeah Gardens

SONIC Beach in Hialeah Gardens

Not sure how this one got past me but earlier this week my cousin Rick mentioned that he had eaten at the SONIC Beach in Hialeah Gardens last Sunday. I was sure he was confused with the Miami Gardens location but I was wrong. If you’re not familiar with “SONIC Beach”, the main difference between it and a regular SONIC is they also serve Beer & Wine if you’re seated in the Patio area.

SONIC Beach sneakily opened up in Hialeah Gardens a few weeks back in the Villa Verde Shopping Center which means those of you fiending for Chili Dogs and Slushies can now get your fix.

To Slush or Not To Slush:

SONIC Beach
Address: 11800 Hialeah Gardens Blvd Hialeah Gardens, Florida 33018
Hours: 10AM–12AM (Stalls/Patio 10AM–11PM)

Larry’s Hot Tamales – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Larry's Hot Tamales - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Much like the South Florida Croqueta phenomenon, the Mississippi Delta has a well documented fascination with Hot Tamales. Here’s an interesting fact, something the two dishes have in common is that they’re served with Saltines.

Hot Tamales are available at every corner in Clarksdale, at least it seems that way. My wife Marcela and I ate Hot Tamales from 7 different restaurants during our 5 day stay in the area.

We had just finished having lunch at Dreamboat BBQ and an early afternoon snack at Ground Zero Blues Club when we stopped in at Larry’s Hot Tamales. There was a smoker parked outside but we didn’t even ask about BBQ since we were in Hot Tamale mode.

One bite and yes, these are definitely one of the best Hot Tamales we ate with a nice sauce on them.

A beautiful Hot Tamale

A beautiful Hot Tamale

A Hot Tamale money shot

A Hot Tamale money shot

What did we do next? What any self respecting and obsessed person would do, we took 6 Hot Tamales to go.

Larry’s Waiting For You:

Larry’s Hot Tamales
947 Sunflower Ave, Suite A Clarksdale, Mississippi
662-592-4245

The Dutch Oven – Clarksdale, Mississippi

The Dutch Oven (open since 2003) is housed in an old passenger train depot and best known for its baked goods. It’s only open from 10AM til 3PM on weekdays and closed on weekends. You can read a little more background on them at the Visit Mississippi website.

After having many fried meals on my trip around the South it was nice to enjoy a lunch that had none of that going on. My wife Marcela started out with a Taco Soup and really enjoyed the daily casserole of “Gourmet Chicken & Rice” with a Macaroni Salad.

I couldn’t decided between two sandwiches so I ordered the Pimento Cheese and Pork BBQ Sandwiches, both on freshly baked Butterhorn. To be fair I took one bite of each sandwich and settled on the Pimento Cheese as my guy. The Pulled Pork while good was heavier then I was hoping for.

The house-made Pimento Cheese on that buttery Butterhorn was a gland slam. I decided half way through the sandwich that I was gonna stop and keep some to enjoy on the back porch at the Shack we were stayin’ in later in the day.

We were told that “you shouldn’t leave without having a slice of pie“, we of course obliged. Marcela and I were sharing or so I thought. Two bites was the most I was able to manage and I was lucky to even get that many. It was absolutely killer but Marcela might be a better judge due to the limited time I had with it, lol.

The Dutch Oven Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

The Dutch Oven Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

The Dutch Oven Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

The Dutch Oven Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Tomato Soup

Taco Soup

Daily Special

Daily Special – Gourmet Chicken & Rice Casserole

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Potato Salad

Macaroni Salad

Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento Cheese Sandwich

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie

My first stop whenever I return to Clarksdale will be for some more of that Pimento Cheese Sandwich and the bread it was on. It was so good that we took a bag of mini Butterhorns to have for breakfast the next day.

Butterhorns For The Win:

The Dutch Oven
100 Blues Alley Ln Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
662-621-9766

The Rolling Stove @ Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti, Florida

If you’ve been following me on social media for a while then you know I absolutely love the Rolling Stove Food Truck since it debuted almost 5 years ago. The truck is still making the rounds but the ‘Stove also now has a permanent home at Churchill’s Pub seven days a week (4 p.m. to 2 a.m). I’d stay tuned to their Facebook page for any possible changes on times, you know how it is.

The menu is very similar to what you’ll find on the truck with the addition of a Fish & Chips with a Key Lime Tartar Sauce (which they were unfortunately out of).

I loved the Fried Raviolis with the Balsamic drizzle and the Maple Bacon Corn Fritters were good but they needed a little something else maybe Jalapeños which I suggested to Troy, founder of the Rolling Stove. He came back with some Jalapeño Jelly, and that was the touch it needed. The only real disappointment came by way of the Fries which were no longer Fresh Cut due to storage limitations.

The Dr. Pepper Braised Brisket Sandwich should be the first thing you order. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the Cheese has been upgraded to what they’re calling a Swiss Cheese Skirt (crispy flat-top fried slice of Swiss Cheese). This is a next level kind of sandwich, you will have trouble finding its equal.

The Chicken Crisper Sandwich (Crispy Fried Cap’n Crunch Chicken, Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese, Slaw on buttered Texas Toast) is a very close second, extremely close. So close in fact that you might have to order both to see for yourself.

The Rolling Stove Menu (click to enlarge)

The Rolling Stove Menu (click to enlarge)

Fried Raviolis

Fried Cheese Ravioli – Breaded then Fried, served on Baby Arugula w/Balsamic & Parmigiano

Fritters

Maple Bacon Corn Fritters w/Maple Butter

Truffle Fries w/Truffle Oil, Parmigiano Cheese & lightly Salted

Truffle Fries w/Truffle Oil, Parmigiano Cheese & lightly Salted

Jerk Pork

BBQ Pork – Pulled Roasted Pork topped w/Jalapeño Jelly, Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Slaw

Jerk Burger

Jerk Burger – Brisket/Short Rib Blend Burger w/Grilled Onions, Cheddar Cheese Spread, Jerk BBQ & Mayo

Chicken Crisper Sandwich

Chicken Crisper Sandwich – Crispy Fried Cap’n Crunch Chicken, Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese, Slaw on buttered Texas Toast

Dr. Pepper Braised Brisket Sandwich

Dr. Pepper Braised Brisket Sandwich Pulled Brisket w/Caramelized Onions, Swiss Cheese Skirt & Thousand Island Slaw on buttered Texas Toast

Still Rock n’ Rolling 5 Years Later:

The Rolling Stove @ Churchill’s Pub
5501 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33137
305-757-1807

The Wholesome Rollers Food Truck

Wholesome Rollers Food Truck

In late January my bud Steve asked if I had ever eaten a “Butter Burger” before. My first thought was, how does he even know what a Butter Burger is? Then it occurred to me, there must be some new Food Truck with it on their menu. I was right.

If you’re not familiar with that fella let me give you some really quick background on it. This regional specialty Burger hails from Wisconsin (the land of Butter & Cheese) and goes by the name of “Butter Burger”. This Burger is topped in someway with Butter whether it be on the Bun, on the Burger Patty itself or even in the meat. The most well known Butter Burger is from Solly’s Grille (opened in 1936).

The Wholesome Rollers serves their version on a Pretzel Bun, topped with a thick slice of melted Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese and a baby slab of Butter that melts all over leaving your Burger floating in a mini pool of it. Some of you might be thinking, this doesn’t very good but you would be wrong. It is beyond good and more in excellent territory. It is in the the “you must try it” category and then after you do it moves to the “I need another one” category.

They’re pretty good about changing the menu and adding new things whenever you see them. And the real good thing is that the Butter Burger isn’t the only thing worth eating.

I vouch for everything I’ve had and no disappointments so far. There’s lots of love going on in the food at the Wholesome Rollers Food Truck and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a couple of folks from Wisconsin.

Wholesome Rollers Menu

Wholesome Rollers Menu

Breakfast Sandwich w/Taylor Ham

Breakfast Sandwich (Canadian Bacon, Egg & Cheese on English Muffin)

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Butter Burger

Wisconsin Butter Burger on Pretzel Roll

Cajun Gumbo

Shrimp Creole

Chili

Chili

Bratwurst w/

Bratwurst w/Sauerkraut on Pretzel Roll

Fresh Cut Fries

Fresh Cut Fries

Wisconsin Butter Burger

Wisconsin Butter Burger w/Bacon on Pretzel Roll

Pretzel Bites w/Wisconsin Cheese Dipping Sauce

Pretzel Bites w/Wisconsin Cheese Dipping Sauce

Bringing Wisconsin To The SFL:

The Wholesome Rollers Food Truck
Instagram: TheWholesomeRollers

Sweet Dogs’ Friday & Saturday Late Night Hours

Sweet Dogs - Miami, Florida

Sweet Dogs which has been serving cylindrical delights since late 2012 have extended their closing times on Fridays and Saturdays til 3AM.

This is great news for me as I’m only a few blocks away and can’t wait to take advantage of them, the Hot Dogs that is.

Save Room For A Late Night Wiener:

Sweet Dogs
4749 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33134
305-448-4900

Cheeseburger Baby Turns 15 This Sunday

Cheeseburger Baby's 15th Bday Party

This Sunday June 7th I’ll be celebrating 15 years of Cheeseburger Baby at the “Original SoBe Burger Joint” from 7-10PM. There’ll be Drink Specials, Free Baby Burgers and 10% of off your bill PLUS you’ll get to hang with me & talk food.

The Details:

Cheeseburger Baby Turns 15
Date: Sunday June 7th
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Address: 1505 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl
Phone: 305-531-7300

Munchie’s Snack Shack Wins 2015 NHM Best Food Truck Burger Competition

2015 NHM Food Truck Burger Competition

For our 5th annual National Hamburger Month Best Food Truck Burger competition we took it to a new spot, Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach.

The judges who selected the winner amongst the 13 deserving Food Truck Burgers were Chef Phil Bryant of The Local, Gio of ChatChow TV and Cari of Fatgirl Hedonist. Every Food Truck that participated was able to either use a Burger that’s normally on their menu or create something special just for this event.

All three judges agreed that Munchie’s Snack Shack was the winner with their Mardi Gras Burger (Cajun Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Onions & Sweet/Spicy Pickles) w/Maple Bacon Ketchup dipping sauce. I’ve eaten this Burger before and I can confirm that it is indeed killer.

Mardi Gras Burger (Cajun Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Onions & Sweet/Spicy Pickles) w/Maple Bacon Ketchup

Mardi Gras Burger (Cajun Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Onions & Sweet/Spicy Pickles) w/Maple Bacon Ketchup

Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen came in second with a Lamb Burger topped with Falafel, Grilled Onions and Tzatiki sauce.

Ipek's Wykked Lamb Burger

Ipek’s Wykked Lamb Burger

One final congratulations to Munchie’s Snack Shack on their win.

Muchie's Snack Shack owner Lee with his new addition

Muchie’s Snack Shack owner Lee with his new addition

*picture of Lee courtesy of Mucnhie’s Snack Shack Facebook Page

Shack Up Inn & RUST – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Over the last few years through many trips I’ve become enamored with the “South” and driving through it and enjoying the scenery. In 2014 I visited Amory, Holly Springs and Oxford, Mississippi and was left wanting more.

My wife Marcela wasn’t part of that trip last year but I had a feeling she would love the countryside. I had been eyeing up the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale Mississippi for many years (I’m a fan of the Delta Blues) and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on staying there. So, with our two dogs in tow we made the long drive (which we loved) and arrived at the Shack Up Inn to stay in our “Shack”, Dogtrot.

This is probably the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken. We were able to have the dogs running around the back area having the time of their lives. We sat on the porch and just took everything in. It was a perfect setting.

I’m sure you’re wondering a few things so I will read your minds and answer your thoughts: Toilet & Shower = Yes, Air Conditioning = Wall Unit and Yes, there is WiFi.

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Our Shack, Dogtrot

Our Shack, Dogtrot

Front Porch

Front Porch

Kitchen Area

Kitchen Area

Bedroom Area

Bedroom Area

Shack Up Inn - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Claw Tub Shower

Back Porch of Dogtrot

Back Porch of Dogtrot

View from Back Porch

View from Back Porch

Our dog Max living it up

Our dog Max living it up

Shack Up Inn - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Shack Up Inn - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Cotton Gin Mill

Cotton Gin Inn

And of course, plenty of great spots to eat in town including Shack Up Inn’s own Rust which is only open Wednesday through Saturday for Dinner and Sunday for Brunch.

Rust - Clarksdale, Mississippi

On Friday, the last night we spent in Clarksdale we ate dinner at Rust with a couple whose Shack was right across from ours (M&L, initials to protect their privacy lol), memorable conversation in every sense of the word.

I had one of the Best Burgers of the trip here (Rust Burger – 80/20 Grass Fed Beef, Roasted Red Peppers, Dijon’s on a Ciabatta Roll) with some really great fresh cut Fries. The dessert, a Chocolate-Pecan Brownie a la Mode closed out our meal.

We capped the night off by watching “M” perform with the Guitar Camp he was there with, like I said a perfect night.

Rust Menu (click to enlarge)

Rust Menu (click to enlarge)

Rust - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Rust - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Rust - Clarksdale, Mississippi

You Must Experience At Least Once:

Shack Up Inn & Rust Restaurant
001 Commissary Cir Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-351-0699

Burgers & Bruce Story about Burger Beast in Escapism Magazine

Last November (2014) writer Hannah Summers & her friend Tom (who is now my friend too) came over from the United Kingdom for a visit to Miami. Hannah’s plan was to write a story about Miami Food for Escapism Magazine. My plan was to show her around what I call the “Real Miami”.  Our 3 day adventure became the story which is now entitled “Burger King”.

Unfortunately not all of our stops made it to print but she did do an excellent job of capturing the essence of what happened during those three days in November.

You can read the “Burger King” below.

Miami - Burger King P1

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Miami - Burger King P2

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Miami - Burger King P3

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Miami - Burger King P4

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Read the .PDF: Burger King

If you’d like to follow Hannah, check out her blog “Burgers and Bruce” where she talks about her love of Burgers and Bruce Springsteen.

Cuban Guys Opens Up In Hialeah’s Westland Mall

Cuban Guys - Hialeah's Westland Mall

About 3 and 1/2 years ago I told you about a little spot in Hialeah Gardens called Cuban Guys. A year later they were announcing the opening of the 2nd and 3rd locations (Kendall & North Miami Beach).Here are we are now with what appears to be their largest location to date in Westland Mall (next to Macy’s in the old Sir Pizza spot).

Cuban Guys still has one of the Best Frita Cubanas in South Florida and their Pan con Bistec is second to none (Winner of my Burgie Awards for Best Sandwich for two years consecutively in 2013 & 2014).

On the dessert side, the beautiful Guava Flan was runner-up in my Flan competition last year at Croquetapalooza. And just cause I haven’t mentioned it, don’t think you should ignore the Breakfast Sandwiches which are very good too.

And so now we wait for them open one in my hometown of Westchester…….you hear me Cuban Guys?

Frita Cubana w/Cheese

Frita Cubana w/Cheese

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Mariquitas

Mariquitas

Mini Papa Rellenas

Mini Papa Rellenas

Guava Flan

Guava Flan

Tres Leches

Tres Leches

Oreo Churros

Oreo Churros

I’m Still Eating At:

Cuban Guys – Westland Mall (next to MAcy’s)
1675 West 49th Street Hialeah, FL 33012
305-200-1055

Fox’s Donut Den – Nashville, Tennessee

Fox's Donut Den - Nashville, Tennessee

Just a hop skip and a jump from the hotel we were staying at was Fox’s Donut Den.

After having recently learned the term “Kolach” I was excited to see they sell them at Donut Den, up until that point I was ok with calling them giant Pigs in Blankets. Next up was my homeboy the Apple Fritter and a Glazed Donut. And….. then, since I unexpectedly ordered Donuts in very monotone colors: Old Fashioned Cake, Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Maple Cake Donut. I guess I wasn’t felling very “Chocolatee” at the moment.

A Kolach

A Kolach

Apple Fritter

Apple Fritter

Glazed Donut

Glazed Donut

Old Fashioned Cake Donut

Old Fashioned Cake Donut

Cinnamon Sugar Donut

Cinnamon Sugar Donut

Maple Cake Donut

Maple Cake Donut

The Apple Fritter was the winner in my book but it always seems to be no matter where I go followed closely by the Old Fashioned Cake. As for the Kolach, wieners rules don’t cha think?

You Gotta Head Into:

Fox’s Donut Den
3900 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215
615-385-1021

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Nashville, Tennessee

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

If you don’t know of the “Hot Chicken” revolution then you’re missing out on one of the South’s greatest treasures. In Nashville, Hot Chicken (Spiced up Fried Chicken) is a thing. The originator of Hot Chicken is Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack which was unfortunately closed on the Sunday & Monday we were in Nashville.

Our (my wife Marcela and I) plan of attack in Nashville included visits to Prince’s and Hattie B’s which now left Hattie B’s as our only one. We decided to hit up Hattie B’s right when it opens at 11AM. Our hotel was right around the corner and by the time we arrived it was 11:01AM. A full minute late yet there was already almost 60 people lined up to get in. There went that plan.

The 11:01AM Line

The 11:01AM Line

I remembered there was another location and we drove over there. Only 5 folks in line, this we could handle. Marcela orders Small White (Breast & Wing) Chicken & Waffle in the Mild/Medium Heat Level. Of course I had to be a little more daring so I ordered the Large White (2 Breasts & Wing) in the Hot! Heat Level.

I knew I couldn’t leave Hattie B’s without at least sampling their most intense heat level so I ordered three Chicken Tenders in “Shut The Cluck Up!!!”. We also ordered some sides, Pimento Mac & Cheese and the Red Skin Potato Salad.

I never tasted the Waffles but Marcela seem to enjoy them immensely but without a doubt the Hot Chicken was the true star. It was crispy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. I can say now looking back on it that “Hot” is the perfect Heat Level for the Hot Chicken.

That “Shut The Cluck Up!!!” murdered me. My scalp was sweating and my mouth was burning. It’s a good thing I had the Pimento Mac & Cheese and Red Skin Potato Salad to shovel in my mouth in an attempt to cool the pain off. Both were excellent by the way.

Hattie B's Hot Chicken Menu (click to enlarge)

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Menu (click to enlarge)

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

Small White (Breast & Wing) Chicken & Waffles in Mild/Medium Heat Level

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

Large White (2 Breasts & Wing) Chicken in Hot Heat Level

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

Pimento Mac & Cheese and Red Skin Potato Salad

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville, Tennessee

3 Chicken Tenders in the Shut The Cluck Up!!! Heat Level

I am now in a current state of infatuation with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. I plan to write them love letters and if they don’t respond well…..then I’ll have to make the 13 1/2 hour drive to visit.

P.S.: I’m already planning my return visit to Nashville.

*Menu Board picture courtesy of Lauren Loves To Eat

You Gotta Do It:

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5209 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209
615-712-7137

Pincho Factory Coming To Orlando

Pincho Factory Orlando

I had a certain feeling about Pincho Factory when I first ate there 4 and 1/2 years ago. There was something very special about this place and two of its owners, Nedal and Kristel who were running the kitchen and front of house.

After having a Pincho Burger and Hot Dog, Nedal and I would sit in the eating area for hours (no customers would come in) discussing his plans for the company. I sat there, listened and believed everything he said, he was that convincing. And more than anything else, he was driven to succeed. He wanted to serve great food at a fair price with awesome service.

In early 2011, my Burger Beastmobile Food Truck had a revolving kitchen and amongst the folks who were on it was Fireman Derek, El Mago de las Fritas, Charm City Burger Company, Shake Shack, Chef Michael Schwartz……..and Pincho Factory?!?!? Yes, that’s what everyone said to me when I said they would be one of the chosen to cook on my Food Truck.

Over the course of the next year I witnessed first hand as a bunch of crazy creations were made and added to the menu:

Arepa Burger
Buffalo Bleu
Double Decker Goober Burger
Elvis Burger
The Foreman
Frita Egg Roll
Furious Texan
Mashed Potato Burger
That’s What She Said
$2 Tuesdays (Meatballs, Mini Fritas, Osso Bucco Wing and ROM Slider)

It seemed like an overnight success to some but it wasn’t really til the birth of the Toston Burger (which for the record, I have only eaten during the filming of the Miami episode for George Motz’s Burgerland) that Pincho Factory seemed to be on a rocket-ship to success.

The Coral Gables opened and plans were started for the Hialeah location (which will hopefully finally open on July 11th, 2015).

Then, it happened. Pincho Factory won the 2015 Burger Bash, something that I thought unthinkable. It just never seemed possible that anyone could overcome the amount of votes that the celebrity driven restaurants would get but the little restaurant from Westchester that could, did.

It was a great moment for everyone in South Florida to know they had made that accomplishment, it could not have happened to a better group of people (Nedal, Kristel, Otto, Nizar, Adrian).

Where do they go from here?

I’m very happy to announce that Pincho Factory will be opening up in Orlando (7600 Dr Phillips Blvd #102) and will continue to spread their food message on behalf of all of us in Miami.

And for me it also means, my hometown of Westchester will always be remembered as where it all started.

Cori’s DogHouse – Nashville, Tennessee

When I’m on vacation, it’s a constant search for somewhere to stop and eat. Sometimes the type of food gets me, sometimes it’s the logo or word of mouth that will drive me to check out a restaurant. We (my wife Marcela & I) had just eaten at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and were on our way back to our hotel room when I spot in the distance a cartoony Hot Dog drawing. I’m feeling like I could go for a Hot Dog so we turn into the parking lot.

We walk into this giant wall of menu and I take a deep breath as I survey my options. The real truth is, I always go the Chili Cheese Dog route on my first visit to a Wiener establishment so a Cincinnati (Chili Cheese Onion Mustard Dog) it is. I need something to wash that down so I see they have Corn Dogs which are battered and fried to order. Sold! We throw in some fresh cut Fries, a fountain soda and we’re good to go.

Cori's DogHouse's Menu (click to enlarge)

Cori’s DogHouse’s Menu (click to enlarge)

Marcela bows out so it’s a solo BB mission.

I walk over to the fountain machine and I’m overcome with emotion. It can’t be. I call Marcela to show her, there’s RC Cola on “Draft”. She does a bad job of pretending to be excited for me which makes me laugh. It’s been at least 20 years since I last laid eyes on RC Cola available in this format. This alone has made this stop special.

Cori's DogHouse - Nashville, Tennessee

Cori's DogHouse - Nashville, Tennessee

The order is up and I find myself in the presence of two beauties. The buttered New England-style Bun really adds another level of flavor to this great Chili Cheese Onion Dog.

So I take my time with the Corn Dog as I intersperse bites of it with a few of those fresh cut Fries and the slurps of RC Cola tie everything together. I really take in this moment and enjoy it.

Cori's DogHouse - Nashville, Tennessee

Cincinnati – Chili Cheese Onion Mustard Dog

Cori's DogHouse - Nashville, Tennessee

Corn Dog w/Fresh Cut Fries

Now a few days later and after having some time to think about the menu I’m positive that Cori’s DogHouse needs a “Miami Dog” on there. What’s in a Miami Dog? You tell me.

Who’s House? Cori’s House:

Cori’s DogHouse
106 29th Ave N Nashville, TN 37203
615-329-9444

Nu-Way Weiners – Macon, Georgia

Nu Way Weiners - Macon, Georgia

My last night on the 2015 #BBRoadTrip found my wife Marcela and I in Macon, Georgia. It was Memorial Day so it was a tad difficult to find a spot to eat at, much less one I wanted to eat at.

On the drive there from Nashville, Marcela was calling Nu-Way Weiners but the three locations that she tried had no answer. Once we arrived at the hotel I figured I’d give it another shot and on my first try I found an open Nu-Way Weiners, thank goodness.

Nu-Way Weiners opened up in 1916 (same year as Nathan’s) right in Macon, Georgia. They’re known for their red colored Hot Dogs and yes, they’re well aware that “Weiners” is spelled wrong. According to their website, Nu-Way has intentionally misspelled W-E-I-N-E-R on its marquee since 1937.

Nu Way Menu

Nu-Way Weiners Menu (as of May 2015, click to enlarge)

Marcela went for the Patty Melt w/Fries while I hit up the Chili Cheese Fries and two Chili Cheese Onion Mustard Weiners. The Patty Melt had no Onions and was on White Bread. She might have been better off with a Grilled Cheese which also happens to be on the menu coincidentally.

Nu Way Weiners - Macon, Georgia

The most important thing to take away from my visit to Nu-Way Weiners is the Chili, all beef  sauce & no beans. Those Red Dogs may be special in the looks department but that Chili takes them to the next level. And let’s not even get started on the greatness of those Chili Cheese Fries.

Chili Cheese Onion Mustard Dogs

Chili Cheese Onion Mustard Weiners

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

So yes, get the Dogs & Fries and slather them with Chili and Cheese. Done deal.

Old Way, New Way, Every Way:

Nu-Way Weiners
6016 Zebulon Rd Macon, GA 31210
478-474-5933

El Rey de las Fritas Featured In Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun Cover

If you snapped up the June/July 2015 issue of Garden and Gun Magazine you’ll find a story about local mini chain and local heroes, El Rey de las Fritas written by John T. Edge.

El señor Edge chose a great title for the story too, “Miami’s contribution to burger culture, the frita may not have gone national yet. But it should“.

One thing left for you to do, read it.

Win $1000 & The 2015 National Hamburger Month Food Truck Competition

NHM-SliderSquareOff

“Square Off” in the Inaugural Hamburger Slider Eating Competition!

*The Winner receives a Trophy & $1000 CASH. To sign up to compete you must be 21 years of age older, please see Players’ Club  at Mardi Gras Casino to register.

Plus, a panel of local judges (Chef Phil Bryant of The Local, Gio of ChatChow TV and Cari of Fatgirl Hedonist) will select the 2015 National Hamburger Month Best Food Truck Burger!!!

All Food Trucks will serve their regular menus plus a Special Burger dish.

FREE ADMISSION & ALL AGES WELCOME TO EAT FROM THE FOOD TRUCKS & WATCH THE SQUARE OFF

May 31st Food Truck Line-Up
Arepas Las Gorditas​
Cheeseburger Baby
Da Burger Shack​
HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars​
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen​
Jersey Dawg​
King Of Racks BBQ​
Liquid N2 Ice Cream​
Monster Burgers
Mr. Good Stuff​
Munchie’s Snack Shack​
MV My Food Truck​
Palate Party​
Paradise Cups​
Wholesome Rollers​
Woodys Burgers​

*Everyone in the Square-Off Competition must be 21 years of age or older. Visit Players’ Club to register. $10 entry fee day of event. Every entrant receives $10 Bonus Play. Registration closes Friday May 29th, 2015

The Details:

5th Annual NHM Food Truck Competition w/Slider Square Off
Date: Sunday May 31st
Time: 12-4PM (Slider Square Off 12-3PM)
Age: All Ages Welcome
Location: Mardi Gras Casino (831 N Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009)
Admission: FREE

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers Wins 2015 Burger Beast Burger Brawl

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Jr’s Gourmet Burgers (located in Miami Springs) won last night’s Burger Beast Burger Brawl in front of the one thousand attendees. He garnered 22% of the vote.

When Jr. revealed what his Burger plans for the event were a few weeks ago I thought he was crazy, mostly since it seemed that it would be a homerun or a nasty ass strikeout kinda deal. He made the right call and that’s why I’m not a baseball couch.

Jr’s Gourmet BurgersLady Guava: Tempura Battered Schweid & Sons Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Patty Drizzled with Guava Ketchup.

Thank you to our sponsors Miami Lakes Auto Mall, Schweid & Sons, Magic City CasinoMiami Smokers, Downstairs, Amstel Light Beer, Miami Smokers, and the Craft Spirits Festival.

Thank you to all of the local restaurants & Pig Floyd’s for making the drive from Orlando.

And one last thank you to everyone who attended.

See you next year.

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This Saturday, Food Trucks at Magic City Casino

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The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month which means it’s this Saturday!!!

This is event is a collaboration by Burger Beast and the good folks at Magic City Casino where its held. It is the state of Florida’s longest running Food Truck event.

Beer is sold at this event and parking is FREE and plentiful.

Here are a couple of great things I ate last month at Wheelin’ Dealin’:

Elote in a Cup (Corn, Mexican Crema, Powdered Cheese topped w/Chili Powder & a slice of Lime) from Miami Roasted Corn

Elote in a Cup (Corn, Mexican Crema, Powdered Cheese topped w/Chili Powder & a slice of Lime) from Miami Roasted Corn

The Pirata Taco (grilled Carne Asada, Chihuahua Cheese, Cilantro, Guacamole, Onion & Lime) from Taco Fresh

The Pirata Taco (grilled Carne Asada, Chihuahua Cheese, Cilantro, Guacamole, Onion & Lime) from Taco Fresh

May 16th Food Truck Line-Up: 2 Jive Turkeys, Arepas Las Gorditas, Che Grill, Crazydilla, Da Burger Shack, Daddy’s Grill, Don Mofongo, El Rey de las Fritas, FOAR, HipPOPS Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Jersey Dawg, Killer Melts, Kings of Racks, Legends BBQ, Liquid N2 Ice Cream, The Lobsta Guy, Marlie’s Delights, Miami Angels Roasted Corn, Monster Burgers, Palate Party, Purple People Eatery, The Rolling Stove, Taco Fresh &  Xtreme Risotto.

The Details:

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino
Facebook: Wheelin’ Dealin’ Event Page
Date: This Saturday May 16th & Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 450 NW 37th Ave Miami, Florida 33126
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Magic City Pizza on the Outskirts of Westchester

Magic City Pizza - Miami, Florida

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 I know they’re not the same owners. Yes, I know….how Yelp of me.

On my first visit I started simple with just a Pepperoni Pie with some Garlic Rolls. The Pizza, while slightly undercooked was good (the Rolls were very good) but what was missing was the Pepperoni portion of it with about an average of 3 small ones per slice, not a good start or ratio.

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They had just recently opened at this point and I’m well aware that sometimes it takes time to work out the kinks, learn how to use your oven and find your groove.

When I returned a few short weeks later and ordered I hoped for the best and my expectations were exceeded. The Garlic Rolls game which was already very good had been stepped up but now the Pizza was also now on point.

So, I’ve had a Slice while I wait but you gotta go for the full pie. Currently I’m crushing on the White Pizza (Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Olive Oil & Oregano) and you definitely can’t miss with the Pepperoni, now with larger peps.

While we’re on the topic of must haves, add the Wings and Abuela’s Homemade Flan. Yes, there’s Flan at Magic City Pizza and it’s no joke.

Garlic Rolls

Garlic Rolls

Wings

Wings

Lasagna

Lasagna

Regular Slice

Regular Slice

Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

White Pizza

White Pizza

Pepperoni & Ground Beef Pizza

Pepperoni & Ground Beef Pizza

Abuela's Homemade Flan

Abuela’s Homemade Flan

What’s next for me? Well, there’s a Meatball Parmigiana and a Philly Cheese Steak on the menu with my name all over it.

What looks good to you?

Yes, It’s Magic:

Magic City Pizza
7401 Coral Way Miami, FL 33155
786-542-8662

National Hamburger Month May 2015

BurgerBeast.Com celebrates National Hamburger Month

It’s May which means it’s time to celebrate National Hamburger Month.


National Hamburger Month Events:

This year I’ve got two event for National Hamburger Month, find out a little bit about them below.

Burger Beast Burger Brawl:

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If you didn’t attend last year’s Burger Beast Burger Brawl brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto & presented by Schweid & Sons you did indeed miss South Florida’s BEST Burger competition to feature great locally owned businesses.

This year we’re moving the event indoors to Stage 305 at Magic City Casino, the same space where we hosted Croquetapalooza. Don’t worry, all the cooking is done outdoors and the Burgers are brought inside.

To read all the details & purchase tickets go to Burger Beast Burger Brawl.


National Hamburger Month Food Truck Competition:

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“Square Off” in the Inaugural Hamburger Slider Eating Competition!

*The Winner receives a Trophy & $1000 CASH.

Plus, a panel of local judges will select the 2015 National Hamburger Month Best Food Truck Burger!!!

All Food Trucks will serve their regular menus plus a Special Burger dish.

FREE ADMISSION

May 31st Food Truck Line-Up
Arepas Las Gorditas​
Cheeseburger Baby
Da Burger Shack​
HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars​
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen​
Jersey Dawg​
King Of Racks BBQ​
Liquid N2 Ice Cream​
Monster Burgers
Mr. Good Stuff​
Munchie’s Snack Shack​
MV My Food Truck​
Palate Party​
Paradise Cups​
Wholesome Rollers​
Woodys Burgers​

*Everyone in the Square-Off Competition must be 21 years of age or older. Visit Players’ Club to register. $10 entry fee day of event. Every entrant receives $10 Bonus Play. Registration closes Friday May 29th, 2015

The Details:

5th Annual NHM Food Truck Competition w/Slider Square Off
Date: Sunday May 31st
Time: 12-4PM
Location: Mardi Gras Casino (831 N Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009)
Admission: FREE


National Hamburger Month Burger Specials:

Here are some restaurants that are running Burger related-specials during NationaL Hamburger Month, May 2015.

Hard Rock Cafe:

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Hard Rock Cafe’s Marimba Burger

Hard Rock Cafe’s Local Legendary Burgers will showcase the flavor and ingredients of Hard Rock locations across the globe as part of a new “World Burger Tour”.

Some of the Burgers featured as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour menu include:

Haggis Burger – this Scottish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with savory haggis, melted Monterey Jack cheese, golden turnip frazzles and a whisky maple glaze

Banh Mi Burger – this Vietnamese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Vietnamese glaze, pickled vegetables and cucumbers accompanied by a garnish of cilantro and green onions

Schnitzel Burger – this German Legendary features two stacks of tender pork schnitzel lightly breaded and made crispy to order, topped with crunchy sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and savory bacon

Marimba Burger – this Guatemalan Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a chipotle and jalapeño spiced layer of beans, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla straws


Pincho Factory:

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Pincho Factory’s Quesadilla Burger – Chuck, Brisket and Short Rib Patty, Topped with Fresh Pico, Homemade Guac, Queso Fresco and Crema, Cuddled Between 2 Cheesy Quesadillas.


Rok Brgr:

Rok Brgr's Truffle Burger

Rok Brgr’s Truffle Burger

Rok Brgr’s 10oz CAB Prime House Blend Patty topped with Hudson Valley Foi Gras, Imported Truffle Gouda Cheese and Red Onion Port Marmalade served with Truffle Fries. The Manager of the restaurant will them go to your table & shave fresh imported summer truffles onto your Burger.


Tongue & Cheek:

Tongue & Cheek is celebrating National Hamburger Month with Weekly Burgers

Week of May 4th – The Ugly Burger “Homage to GZ” with crispy shallot, heirloom tomato, pickled red onion and bread n’ butter pickles

Week of May 11th – Izzy’s “Double-Double” cheeseburger with American cheese on a house made brioche bun

Week of May 18th – Spicy Lamb Belly Burger with harissa yogurt, pickled cucumber, red onion and mint marmalade

Week of May 25th – Pork Cheek Fried Bologna Burger with pork fat and Kraft cheese on a kaiser roll

**Guests will receive a complimentary local craft beer “Sunshine State of Mind” with the purchase of each burger

A Fuego Alto’s Mayo Burger Tour in the Dominican Republic

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My buds over at A Fuego Alto are going to be having some fun coming May (National Hamburger Month) with their Mayo Burger Tour. A Fuego Alto is a Dominican Food Blog and Mayo refers to the month of May, not the condiment.

They’ve got more than 25 restaurants lined up in the Dominican Republic which will be participating. When the Mayo Burger Tour is all said and done there will be some Burgers you’ll need to add to your Burger Bucket list.

Each restaurant will be able to to present a Burger in one or more of the following categories: Clásica (Classic), De Autor (Gourmet), Urbana (Urban) and on the final week A Fuego Alto’s followers can choose la Hamburguesa de la Gente (Burger of the People).

A panel of judges comprised of well know Dominican Chefs, Bloggers and 3 “Burger Masters” (fans of A Fuego Alto) will be selecting the winner(s).

If you’d see what happens with the Mayo Burger Tour all you’ve got to do is make sure you follow A Fuego Alto on Twitter and Instagram.

I will be.