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:

Burger Beast Burger Brawl

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:

Hard Rock Cafe - May 2015

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

Mayo Burger Tour

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.

Burger Beast Burger Brawl Friday May 15th

Burger Brawl Poster

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.

Juke will be rocking Stage 305 with some of their Blues and Volksmusik will be doing their thing in the DJ booth.

All attendees will be able to cast one vote for their favorite Burger and the restaurant with the most votes will be crowned the winner.

The Ticket Price includes samples to all of the Burgers , Desserts, Snacks & Drinks listed below.

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

The website: http://BurgerBeastBurgerBrawl.com


Desserts, Snacks & Drinks:

Bunnie Cakes
El Mago de las Fritas
Kraken Rum
Liquid N2 Ice Cream
Little Louie’s Italian Kitchen
Night Owl Cookie Co.
PDQ
Relentless Roasters
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Velvet Creme Doughnuts


Menu:

180 Degrees At The DRB‘s 135° Truffle Burger: Sous Vide Black Angus Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Torched Swiss Cheese, Truffle Honey-Spicy Lime Aioli on a Butter Grilled Potato Bun.

Barley‘s Born & Raised: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Patty topped with Blonde Ale House Pickle (Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia Beer) + Miami Smokers’ Smoked Bacon + Smoked Florida Cheddar Sauce (Winter Park Dairy) + Pork Marrownaise (South East Family Farms Pork Pipe Bones) topped with House Made Potato Chips tossed in Smoked Sea Salt on a Sesame Seed Medianoche Bun (Pinocho Bakery).

B.C. Cafe‘s Korean Burger: House-made Kimchi, Grilled Scallions, Sriracha Mayo and a Fried Egg on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

BTW‘s Swine Burger: Miami Smokers’ Bacon, American Cheese, Special Sauce, & Dill Pickles.

Buns & BunsKnife & Fork Burger: Schweid & Sons Angus Patty topped with Confit Onions, Special Truffle Sauce, Cheddar Cheese on a house-made Brioche Bun.

BurgerFi‘s The BurgerFi Blend: Topped with Short Rib, Tomato & Bacon Jam and Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese.

Charm City Burger Company‘s Damn Tasty: Special Beef Blend with White American, Fried Pickle, Tallow Onions, Angry Charm Sauce & Bacon Jam.

Chefs on the Run‘s All America American: Schweid & Sons Blend Burger Patty topped with American Cheese, Sweet and Smoky BBQ, Grilled Onions, Lime Ranch, House Potato Chips & Topped with Smoked Brisket.

Da Burger Shack‘s Steak-N-Ator: Special Blend of Steak & Angus Beef Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Sautéed Onions, Smoked Bacon, Bacon Sauce, Cheddar Cheese & a Fried Egg.

Ends Meat‘s Mitch HedBurger: Schweid & Sons Burger Patty topped with House Cured Bacon, Horseradish Cheddar, Cippolini Aioli, Sesame Bun, and Love

gastroPod‘s Mo’Betta Burger: Short Rib, Brisket & Sirloin Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Pickles & gPod Sauce.

Jersey Dawg‘s Classic Jersey Style Slider: Schweid & Sons Ground Beef cooked on a bed of Steamed Onions, topped with American Cheese and served on a Potato Roll.

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

Latin House‘s MadLove Champ: Special Sirloin, Brisket Chuck Blend (Schweid & Sons) with Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella and Bellavitano Gold Cheese, Applewood Smoked Maple Glazed Bacon, Irish Butter Grilled Mushrooms & Onions, Hass Avocado, Avocado Lime and Creme Mexican Sauce, Candied Jalapeño with a Fried Egg.

The Local Craft & Drink‘s The General Lee: Miami Smokers’ Bacon Smear, BBQ Spice, Comeback Sauce, Pickled Red Onion Relish, a House Made American Cheese Croquette on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom‘s Southern Gentlemen: Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Bourbon Braised Onions, Schweid & Sons Patty on a Brioche Bun.

Ms. CheeziousPatty Melt: Prime Chuck and Brisket Patty (Schweid & Sons) with house-made Chorizo Pimento Cheese and House-cured Bacon on griddled Sourdough Bread.

OTC‘s OTC Burger: American Cheese, House-made Pickles, Caramelized Onions and Special Sauce on a Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty.

Pig Floyd’s The Pig: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, Pig Floyd’s house-smoked Pulled Pork & homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Pincho Factory‘s Quesadilla Burger: Chuck, Brisket and Short Rib Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Fresh Pico, Homemade Guac, Queso Fresco, Crema and Cuddled Between 2 Cheesy Quesadillas.

ROK BRGR‘s Drunkin’ “Bacon” Pretzel Burger: Aged Vermont Cheddar, Smoked Pepper Bacon, House-made Beer Mustard, Fried Onion Rings and a Schweid & Sons Patty on an Artisan Pretzel Bun.


Get Yer Tickets:

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.

Buns and Buns - South Miami, Florida

I dropped in with Dro from the305.com who came along to snap some shots of Chef Reuven for our Burger Beast Burger Brawl Portraits.

Chef Reuven

Chef Reuven Sugarman

Last year I had invited Buns & Buns to compete at the first Burger Beast Burger Brawl but they did not have a Burger on the menu…..yet. They assured me that the following year (2015) they would be in.

Before we get into it, you need to know that the good folks at Buns & Buns treated us to this meal.

Spinach poofs, my first thought is I’m more Wimpy than Popeye but let’s do this anyway. So the game changer is the Manchego Cheese, yes there’s green in it too but yes, it’s really awesome or as Chunktronics would say…it’s very VERY good.

Spinach Poofs

Spinach Poofs (Tahini, Chives & Manchego Cheese)

I had exactly one fry from this pile of Truffle Fries. Why is that? Dro was eating them as if someone had a gun to his head. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little as to how fast he ate them but it makes for a better story, don’t you think?

He had the ridiculous Pork Belly with the house-made Bao Buns. I tried just a bite of the Pork Belly and that Bourbon Glaze took it over the edge. It might make for a nice topping on a future Burger ::hint hint::

Truffle Fries w/Dipping Sauces

Truffle Fries w/Dipping Sauces

Pork Belly, Bao Buns

Pork Belly (Bourbon Glaze, Chicharron, Pickled Slaw w/ 2 Steamed Buns)

I made a real attempt to eat the Knife and Fork Burger in normal fashion but it’s out of the realm of possibility to enjoy it this way. I was also very pre-occupied with staining the shirt I was wearing as I’ve received several death threats from my wife about that issue.

Don’t think about it, just go ahead, dig in whichever way you can. I used just a couple of techniques including the double hand, the knife & fork and the straw method (just kidding). And yes, it is as excellent as it looks.

One last thing, the Bun is made in house and it’s a tasty fellow. Somehow, it escaped the laws of gravity and did not disintegrate under the weight and juices of the Burger, a miracle right before my eyes.

Knife and Fork Burger

Knife and Fork Burger (w/Spinach, English Cheddar Cheese, Red Onion Caramel, Neuske’s Bacon, Portabello Mushroom, Fried Egg & Truffle Aioli )

By the time the desserts came out I was just catching my second breath.

If I had to choose which of the two is superior between the Donuts and the Torrejas I’d double down on the Torrejas. I’m not a Nutella kinda guy and I am a Torrejas kinda guy. I’m also not a powdered sugar kinda guy but for the the purposes of this test I pretended I was.

Nutella Donuts

Donuts (Stuffed with Nutella & side of Vanilla Ice Cream)

Torrejas

Torreja (Brioche soaked in Royal Custard, Ice Cream & Maple Glaze)

I’ll be back, no buns about it. You see what I did there? I replaced “bones” with “buns”, I’m just so clever :)

Baby Got Buns:

Buns and Buns
5748 Sunset Dr Miami, FL 33143
786-216-7754

Buns & Buns on Urbanspoon

all pictures courtesy of Dro Photography

Ms. Ann Price of Ann’s Snack Bar Has Passed Away

Ann's Snack Bar - Atlanta, Georgia

During one of my first conversations with George Motz (Hamburger America) I remember him telling me how Ms. Ann had kicked him out of Ann’s Snack Bar and it wasn’t until his second visit that he finally got to try her famous Burgers.

Her best known creation was the Ghetto Burger (Double Cheeseburger w/Bacon, grilled Onions, Ketchup, Mustard & Chili.

Ghetto Burger

Ghetto Burger

Ms. Ann passed away last Saturday at the age of 72.

She will be remembered not only for her food but for the experience that was “eating at Ann’s Snack Bar”. I was lucky enough to have visited there in 2009 and 2014:

Visit 1 in 2009: http://burgerbeast.com/2009/03/02/anns-snack-bar-atlanta-georgia/

Visit 2 in 2014: http://burgerbeast.com/2014/03/13/back-at-anns-snack-bar/

Below is a picture of how I’ll always remember her, cooking her heart out.

Rest in peace Ms. Ann.

Ann at Work

Ann at Work

Saturday Night April 18th Food Trucks in Miami

Food Trucks at Magic City Casino

The state of Florida’s longest running Food Truck is the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino. It always takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month. I’ve been curating this event since day one thanks to a partnership with the good folks at Magic City Casino.

We’ve got a great line-up for you this month that includes the returning Aunt Adela’s Empanadas and Woody’s Burger who hasn’t been here for a few months..

Alpine Burger (Char-grilled w/Smoked Gouda, Caramelized Bacon & Onion, Portobello Mushroom, Dijon Mustard &, Garlic Mayo)

Woody’s Burgers’ Alpine Burger (Char-grilled w/Smoked Gouda, Caramelized Bacon & Onion, Portobello Mushroom, Dijon Mustard &, Garlic Mayo)

For those of you who can’t live without their suds, Beer is also sold at this event. Parking is FREE too!

April 18th Food Truck Line-Up:

Aunt Adela’s Empanadas
Best Pasta
Coffee & Cream
Daddy’s Grill
Don Mofongo
HipPOPS
Ice Cream Express
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen
Kings of Racks BBQ
Los Chamos
The Magic Box
Main Stop Grill
Marlie’s Delights
Miami Angels Roasted Corn
Monster Burgers
Poblanos Mexican Fusion
Sugar Yummy Mama
Taco Fresh
Top Fries
Tum Tum’s
Voo La Voo
Wholesome Rollers
Woody’s Burgers

The Details:

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

Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Knaus Berry Farm Season Ends Saturday April 18th

Knaus Berry Farm Sign

Knaus Berry Farm season ends this Saturday April 18th. ’nuff said.

My last box of Knaus Berry Farm for the season

My last box of Knaus Berry Farm for the season

Tick Tock:

Knaus Berry Farm
Facebook: Knaus Berry Farm
Last Day of Season: Saturday April 18, 2014
Time: 8:00AM – 5:30 PM
Address: 15980 Southwest 248th Street Homestead, FL
Phone: 305-247-0668

Burger Beast Burger Brawl Portraits

Burger Beast Burger Brawl

We’re just 5 weeks away from the 2nd annual Burger Beast Burger Brawl brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto Mall & presented by Schweid & Sons.

Last week I revealed all of the competitors and now here’s an opportunity to check out what 5 of these Burger bad asses look like. Next week we will try to have more Burger Beast Burger Brawl Competitor Portraits for you.

Remember to buy your tickets while they are only $30: BBBB Tix

Chef Reuven

Chef Reuven Sugarcane of Buns & Buns

Chef Jodrick I. Ujaque of Chefs on the Run

Chef Jodrick I. Ujaque of Chefs on the Run

Chef Jr. de la Torre of Jr's Gourmet Burgers

Chef Jr. de la Torre of Jr’s Gourmet Burgers

Chef Michell Sanchez of Latin House

Chef Michell Sanchez of Latin House

Chef Phil Bryant of The Local

Chef Phil Bryant of The Local

Mad Scientist Nedal Ahmad of Pincho Factory

Mad Scientist Nedal Ahmad of Pincho Factory

all pictures courtesy of Dro Photography

United States of Burgers Casting, Are You Ready For This?

USOB - Flyer

The Esquire Network has a new program called the United State of Burgers. They’re looking for Burger royalty. Do you have a Burger recipe that can take over the world?

Well then, the good news is that you may be chosen to compete on the program against fellow Burgerholics. All you’ve got to do is apply and if you’ve really got what it takes, you’re in.

Don’t waste any more time, email erikalandin@yahoo.com and begin your journey to Burger immortality.

You must be 21 years of age or older.

You Know What’s Really Good? The Cachapa at Super Arepa

You know what’s really good? The Cachapa at Super Arepa

You may be asking, what in the world is a Cachapa? Most Venezuelan quick service restaurants or food trucks serve this delicacy. It’s can easiest be described as a Pancake made of Corn filled with Queso Queso de Mano/Queso Guayanés and some slathering of Butter. I know that variations exist but this is the one I have encountered at multiple spots in South Florida.

The Cacahapa or Super Cachapa as its known at Super Arepa was excellent. It was nice and buttery with the right amount of corn flavor. The Queso Guayanés had just a touch of saltiness and was in that perfect state where cheese is not totally melted but almost has a marshmallow consistency to it. Highly addictive.

It’s almost impossible to stop yourself from eating an entire one. It will take some willpower and the person you’re supposed to be sharing it with to put the kabosh on your total Cachapa domination. Too bad, so sad.

Cachapas

Cachapas

Don’t miss out on the Chorizo Pepito, a sandwich filled with Cabbage (or Lettuce & Tomato), Ketchup, Parmesan Cheese, Potato Sticks and Special Sauce on a Baguette. Yes, I skipped out on the garbage I mean Cabbage, not a fan.

It was a great sandwich with bold flavors, not made for everyone’s tastes. I’m not much of a Ketchup guy but it worked and is definitely worth ordering. If Chorizo is not your thing, there’s Beef, Chicken and Pork versions too.

Chorizo Pepito

Chorizo Pepito

Chorizo Pepito

Chorizo Pepito

Dade or Broward, the Choice is Yours:

Super Arepa
14417 SW 42nd St Miami, FL 33175
786-447-8626

Super Arepa on Urbanspoon

OR

Super Arepa
15801 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
954-240-8351
Super Arepa on Urbanspoon

Get Your Food Truck Fix This Saturday At Magic City Casino

Food Trucks at Magic City Casino

The state of Florida’s longest running Food Truck is the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino. It always takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month. I’ve been curating this event since day one thanks to a partnership with the good folks at Magic City Casino.

We’ve got a great line-up for you this month that includes another appearance by Velvet Creme Doughnuts and first timers Coffee & Cream and Wholesome Rollers who have a killer Butter Burger. What is that? Shame on you, you should know better.

Wholesome Rollers' Butter Burger (Topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Butter on a Pretzel Roll_

Wholesome Rollers’ Butter Burger (topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & BUTTER on a Pretzel Roll

For those of you who can’t live without their suds, Beer is also sold at this event. Parking is FREE too!

March 21st Food Truck Line-Up:

Arepas Las Gorditas
Coffee & Cream
Da Burger Shack
Daddy’s Grill
Don Mofongo
El Rey De Las Fritas
FOAR
HipPOPS
Killer Melts
King of Racks BBQ
Liquid N2 Ice Cream
The Lobsta Guy
Marlie’s Delights
Miami Meatballers
Miami Roasted Corn
Monster Burgers
Sugar Yummy Mama
Taco Fresh
Velvet Creme Doughnuts
Wholesome Rollers
Xtreme Risotto

The Details:

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

Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

180 Degrees at the DRB, A Must Eat Kinda Situation

180 Degrees at the DRB Downtown Miami, Florida

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.

180 Degrees Lunch Menu (click to enlarge)

180 Degrees Lunch Menu (click to enlarge)

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.

Corn of the Day

Corn of the Day – Black Ash Salt Bacon Powder Corn

"Bacon Egg N Cheese"

“Bacon Egg N Cheese” – Candied Bacon, Queso Frito, Fried Egg & Truffle Shichimi

Handcut Matchstick Fries

Handcut Matchstick Fries

Maduro y Queso Frito

Maduro y Queso Frito topped with Candied Bacon

Deep Fried Ham & Swiss Grilled Cheese

Deep Fried Ham & Swiss Grilled Cheese w/Caramelized Sesame Soy Red Onions & a Spicy Citrus Aioli for dipping

Fried Chicken Sliders w/Jicama Apple Slaw, Jalapeño & Cabot Cheddar

Fried Chicken Sliders w/Jicama Apple Slaw, Jalapeño & Cabot Cheddar

160º Pulled Pork Sliders w/Jicama Apple Slaw, Jalapeño & Horseradish Garlic Aioli

160º Pulled Pork Sliders w/Jicama Apple Slaw, Jalapeño & Horseradish Garlic Aioli

50-50 Burger (Chorizo/Angus Beef w?Queso Frito, Maduro, Fried Egg  & Spicy Citrus Aioli

50-50 Burger (Chorizo/Angus Beef Patty) w/Queso Frito, Maduro, Fried Egg & Spicy Citrus Aioli

50-50 Burger Closeup

50-50 Burger Closeup

Mousse of the Day - Chocolate Nutella w/Strussel & Toasted Marshmallow Fluff

Mousse of the Day – Chocolate Nutella w/Strussel & Toasted Marshmallow Fluff

Blackberry Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream w/housemade Lemon Salt, frozen Blackberries & powdered Sugar

Blackberry Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream w/housemade Lemon Salt, frozen Blackberries & powdered Sugar

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.

Visit Soon:

180 Degrees At the DRB
501 NE 1st Ave, Miami 33132
305-809-7564

180° @ the DRB (Democratic Republic of Beer) on Urbanspoon

Hungry Bear Subs in Doral? Yup.

Hungry Bear Subs - Doral Entrance

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, yes 25 years at this point.

So now that we’ve gotten the “there’s two Hungry Bears Subs?” commentary out of the way let me give you a little bit of background about them. The original location was & is still Super Subs Etc which I’m a big fan of. The second location was Hungry Bear which opened across the street Miami-Dade College – Kendall Campus.

The founders’ children inherited both shops with the sister taking over Super Subs Etc. The brother took over Hungry Bear and his son Nick opened up the Hungry Bear in Doral years later. Below you can find some great pictures that are up in the Hungry Bear Doral location.

Hungry Bear Subs - History

Hungry Bear Subs - History

Hungry Bear Subs - History

Hungry Bear Subs - History

Hungry Bear Subs - History

Onto the food….

Sure you could get Cold Cut Subs here but I come here for the Hot Subs. The Cheesesteak with Grilled Onions is killer. If it’s morning, spruce it up by adding some Eggs to it. The Steak Bomb which adds grilled Peppers and Mushroom to the equation is another popular option.

The most interesting one I’ve tried is the Fajita Cheesesteak (Steak w/Onions, Green Peppers, Salsa, Sour Cream & Cheddar Cheese). If you’re into Cheesesteaks and Nachos then this is the guy for you.

The Honey Mustard Chicken Sub (Grilled Chicken doused & cooked in Honey Mustard w/Green Peppers & Onions) is another favorite here. I prefer mine with no Green Peppers, less Honey Mustard and some Provolone Cheese. The good thing is you can customize it to your liking. It’s a great Sub.

The Cheeseburger Sub w/Bacon, Grilled Onions, Mayo, Mustard & Ketchup was it for me. You could bet that I’d be having one of those 75% of the time I’d hit up Hungry Bear. Now, after laying my eyes and taste buds on the Hot Pastrami w/Grilled Onions, Provolone Cheese & Yellow Mustard I need to adjust my ordering percentages.

A just unwrapped Cheesesteak & Onions

A just unwrapped Cheesesteak & Onions

Cheesesteak & Onions Half Sub

Cheesesteak & Onions Half Sub

Cheesesteak & Egg Sub

Cheesesteak & Egg Sub

Cheesesteak & Egg Sub Half

Cheesesteak & Egg Sub Half

Steakbomb Sub w/Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Bacon & Double Provolone Cheese

Steakbomb Sub w/Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Bacon & Double Provolone Cheese

Steak Bomb Sub Half

Steak Bomb Sub Half

Fajita Steak Sub

Fajita Steak Sub w/Onions, Green Peppers, Salsa, Sour Cream & Cheddar Cheese.

Fajita Steak Sub Half

Fajita Steak Sub Half

Honey Mustard Chicken Sub Half w/Onions & Peppers

Honey Mustard Chicken Sub Half w/Onions & Peppers

Cheeseburger Sub Half w/Grilled Onions & Onion

Cheeseburger Sub Half w/Grilled Onions & Onion

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

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

The Subs pictured here are only a small percentage of what you can order at Hungry Bear. They’ve been here 25 years doing it right and not cutting corners on quality. It’s why I’m still eating here and plan to for years to come.

These Subs are better than Honey:

Hungry Bear Subs – Doral
3399 NW 72nd Ave #112, Miami, FL 33122
305-592-2515

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OR if you’re in Kendall:

Hungry Bear Subs – Kendall
10521 SW 109th Ct Miami, FL 33176
305-595-8385

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Pastor Burger Recipe from Mexico City

Pastor Burger

Sometimes really cool things fall into my lap like this recipe for the Pastor Burger which was featured at the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash recently.

Chef Edgar Kano, the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons in Mexico Season explains, “The idea was inspired by Mexico City’s Street Food, together with the chef from “La Unica” Restaurant, David Hernandez. We developed a hamburger that embodies the aromas, colors and fun of Mexico´s Street Food.

The recipe is for someone with an advanced skill set in the kitchen. It does sound and look great which is reason enough to give it a try.


Habanero Marinated Red Onion:

Yields 4 portions

  • 3 tbsp julienned red medium onion
  • 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 juice from key lime
  • oregano, dry to taste
  • 4 jamaica (hybiscus flower, dry)
  • .25 tsp orange habanero chili

Method:

  1. Rinse the hibiscus flower in purified water, boil with as little water as possible.
  2. Strain and save liquid. Cool down.
  3. Remove the seeds from the habanero chilies, puree or blend with some vinegar. save.
  4. Mix vinegar, hibiscus liquid, chili paste, oregano and red onion. Marinate for 24 hours.
  5. Add key lime juice to balance acidity. Season with salt and pepper.

Morita Chili Aioli:

Yields 4 portions

  • 1 dry morita chili or 2 if you like it spicy
  • .5 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp white onion
  • 2 tbsp roma tomato
  • 1 key lime
  • 1 tbsp mccormick mayonnaise

Method:

  1. Char the morita chili, boil with little water. Save.
  2. In a Salamander (or Oven on Broil), Char the tomato, onion and garlic. Blend until smooth.
  3. Reduce until a light paste is formed. Cool down.
  4. Incorporate to the mayonnaise.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.

Cilantro-Avocado Purée:

Yields 4 portions

  • 0.5 cup of cilantro
  • 0.5 ea or 1 ea if you like it spicy of fresh serrano chile
  • 3 Tbsp avocado
  • 1 tomatillo
  • .5 key lime
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper crushed to taste

Method:

  1. Place the serrano chili, tomatillo and lime juice in the blender. Puree.
  2. Add the cilantro and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the avocado and blend to acquire a light paste consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Pastor Marinade:

Yields 4 portions

  • 1 oz “El Yucateco” brand axiote paste
  • .5 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • .5 garlic clove
  • oregano, dry to taste
  • Combine all ingredients, season with salt and pepper. Save.

Hamburgers:

Yields 4 portions

  • 1 lb. ground angus rib eye
  • .5 lb. ground pork shoulder
  • .25 lb. applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 minced garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp fine chopped parsley
  • kosher salt to taste
  • crushed black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Sweat the bacon to render some of the fat. cool down. save.
  2. Mix all the ingredients. Cook a test to determine proper seasoning.
  3. Make 4 oz patties and form in a 2.5 inch ring.
  4. Brush the patty with oil and season with salt.
  5. Sear on a griddle on both sides, apply pastor marinade and cool down on sheet pans.

Also Needed:

  • 4 Sourdough Buns, 3 inches in diameter
  • 4 slices of Hawaiian Pineapple (sliced thin)

Now all you need to do is assemble and your Pastor Burger will look like this:

Pastor Burger

*Special thanks to Chef Edgar Kano & the Four Seasons in Mexico City for allowing me to print this recipe.

Croquetesa is BACK on the Pincho Factory Menu for March

Pincho Factory's Croquetesa

After winning the Amstel Light Burger Bash with their Croquetesa, Pincho Factory‘s most asked question has been, is it returning to the menu any time soon? And more than likely not in such a nice tone.

So by popular demand you can find everyone’s favorite lady, the Croquetesa at Pincho Factory (both Coral Gables & Westchester locations) through the end of March.

If you’re not familiar with her, the Croquetesa is the same beef blend used in the signature Pincho Burgers (Chuck, Brisket, and Short Rib) turned into a Croqueta Patty with Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Mustard and Mayo‬ on a Brioche Roll.

I gotta end it on this note from Pincho Factory’s Facebook Page: Because we all know a party doesn’t actually start in Miami until the croquetas show up. ‪

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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

Before we even get into food talk about BTW (Burgers Tacos Whiskey) on Alton Road please peruse the menu below.

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Food Menu (click to enlarge)

BTW - Miami Beach, Florida

BTW - Miami Beach, Florida

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Drink Menu(click to enlarge)

BTW - Miami Beach, Florida

BTW - Miami Beach, Florida

I was originally going to get my BTW action on yesterday but ended up at Swine, trust me I’m not complaining about that.

I was speaking to my friend Steve or Marty as he’s known now for his knack for dressing like McFly and we agreed to meet up at BTW when it opens at 11AM.

My wife Marcela is out of town so that means I had free reign to order whatever I needed to best understand the menu. Btw (by the way not the restaurant’s name) that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I had a hard time picking out only one thing out that I enjoyed but let’s cover the standouts.

All of the Tacos come on Flour Tortillas and we tried 4 (Brisket Barbecoa, Al Pastor, Pescado aka Fish & Carnitas) of the 5 available, we skipped out on the Pollo (Chicken). The Brisket Barbacoa (Slow roasted Brisket, Cotija Cheese,, Scallions & Guacaverde) was my favorite with the Al Pastor (Marinated & Roasted Pork Belly, Red Onion, Pineapple & Cilantro) a close second.

WARNING……..WARNING…….the Charred Serranos are brutal….I cried….I really cried………WARNING………WARNING

We were warned about the heat level on the Serranos but I still one bited them, big mistake. On the slightly more truthful level, I love heat and that wasn’t a complaint. I’m kinda used to people in Miami telling me something is hot and then it’s not, believe the BTW folks.

My Yankee Burger was a nice little gem with a great meat crust on the outside of the patty and the Dijonnaise added a creaminess that paired well with the Pickles & Red Onions. The melted American Cheese is the perfect binder for the flavors.

And the Chicago Burger? No idea, Steve didn’t let me try it.

The Queso Fundido (Chihuahua Cheese, Chorizo & Poblano Peppers) was perfect, even beyond perfect.

The 3 Little Pigs (Roasted Carnitas Al Pastor, Chorizo, Chihuahua Cheese, Refried Beans, Crema, Salsa Verde & Lettuce), one of the four Burritos on the menu closed out our meal. I loved it but I could have done without the Lettuce but then again I can do without Lettuce on everything I eat.

We finished up with a Twist Soft Serve of Vanilla-Churro and Chocolate-Chile. The Vanilla-Churro reminds me of Mantecado Ice Cream with its Cinnammon base, my favorite Ice Cream flavor. I could have used this dessert when I was tackling the Charred Serranos. Steve did enjoy a Serrano with his Soft Serve, he really did.

Tacos

Brisket Barbacoa, Al Pastor, Pescado & Carnitas Tacos

Brisket Barbacoa & Al Pastor Tacos

Brisket Barbacoa (Slow roasted Brisket, Cotija Cheese,, Scallions & Guacaverde) & Al Pastor (Marinated & Roasted Pork Belly, Red Onion, Pineapple & Cilantro) Tacos

Carnitas & Pescado Tacos

Al Pastor & Pescado (Mahi Mahi, Chipotlenaise, Cucumber Cilantro, Radish & shaved Cabbage)  Tacos

Charred Serranos w/Sea Salt

Charred Serranos w/Sea Salt

Corn Off The Cob w/Miami Smokers Bacon & Cotija Cheese)

Corn Off The Cob w/Miami Smokers Bacon & Cotija Cheese

Chicago Burger (Provolone, Chorizo & Giardiniera)

Chicago Burger (Provolone, Chorizo & Giardiniera)

Tijuana Dog (Bacon wrapped Dog, Guacamole, Chipotlenaise, Cotija Cheese & Pickled Onion)

Tijuana Dog (Bacon wrapped Dog, Guacamole, Chipotlenaise, Cotija Cheese & Pickled Onion)

Yankee Burger (Red Onion, Pickles, American Cheese & Dijonnaise)

Yankee Burger (Red Onion, Pickles, American Cheese & Dijonnaise)

Flats (Crispy Chicken Wings w/Cilantro, Rock Shrimp Butter, Serranos & Lime)

Flats (Crispy Chicken Wings w/Cilantro, Rock Shrimp Butter, Serranos & Lime), served sizzling

French Fries (Topped w/Sea Salt & a side of Garlicnaise for Dipping)

French Fries (Topped w/Sea Salt & a side of Garlicnaise for Dipping)

Queso Fundido (Chihuahua Cheese, Chorizo & Poblano Peppers)

Queso Fundido (Chihuahua Cheese, Chorizo & Poblano Peppers)

3 Little Pigs Burrito, yes that's Cheese melted on top

3 Little Pigs Burrito, yes that’s Cheese melted on top

3 Little Pigs Burrito (Roasted Carnitas Al Pastor, Chorizo, Chihuahua Cheese, Refried Beans, Crema, Salsa Verde & Lettuce)

3 Little Pigs Burrito (Roasted Carnitas Al Pastor, Chorizo, Chihuahua Cheese, Refried Beans, Crema, Salsa Verde & Lettuce)

Soft Serve Twist of Vanilla-Churro and Chocolate-Chile

Soft Serve Twist of Vanilla-Churro and Chocolate-Chile

There’s more left for me to tackle on the BTW menu. I’m looking forward to trying all of the Burritos (yes, even the Veggie) and then finally making my way to the Whiskey. I’m committed, what can I tell you.

Eat & Enjoy at:

BTW (Burger Taco Whiskey)
1439 Alton Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-5463

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Old Chicago Pizzeria – Naples, Florida

Just my luck that I would arrive at Pastrami Dan’s after it’s closing time (4PM). I notice the Old Chicago Pizzeria right around the corner which I don’t remember seeing before so it’s pretty much a given I’m stopping in.

I could say the menu is electric in that there’s Hot Dogs, Italian Beef and Pizza on the menu but I know better since Chicago food is the theme here under their Pizzeria banner.

I’ve pretty much given up on ordering Mozzarella Sticks anywhere but the description for the Motzy Stix read 6 block of fresh mozzarella, uh no. It kinda disappointed me.

Next up was the Chicago Dog and Italian Beef Sandwich, both are Chicago standards. I’m not expert as to the “authenticity” of these guys but on the are they good meter, I’d say absolutely.

In between there we snuck in an order of Meatballs, which were not going to get the Chef into the running for a James Beard Award but worth ordering.

Motzy Stix

Motzy Stix

Chicago Dog

Chicago Dog

MEatballs

MEatballs

Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

We made the mistake of assuming (yes, I know what happens when you assume) that when we ordered a Pizza we’d get the Deep Dish. Instead what arrived was their Old Chicago Style Pizza. It’s thin…cracker thin and the exact opposite of what I had hoped to be eating. It’s not bad in any way, just not what I was looking for.

I correct the mistake by going Deep Dish. There is a little wait for this Pizza but well worth it. Number one and very important, it was visionally stunning. The Deep Dish was as rich and fulfilling as it looks but by the time it arrived I had filled up on all of the pre-show. One slice in and I was down for the count.

My suggestion? Walk in, order the Deep Dish and don’t have anything beforehand. When it arrives, ravage it but in a nice way. You gotta savor it, trust me.

Old Chicago Style Pizza

Old Chicago Style Pizza

Deep Dish Pie

Deep Dish Pie

Deep Dish Slice

Deep Dish Slice

Go DEEP:

Old Chicago Pizzeria
590 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL 34102
239-263-7704

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Latin House, Lure & Pincho Factory Win at Amstel Light Burger Bash

Burger Bash 2015

Michell Sanchez (Latin House), George Motz (Hamburger America) and Nedal Ahmad (Pincho Factory)

South Florida cleaned up last night at the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash. Latin House won the “Best of the Bash” Award, Lure won the Schweid and Sons’ “Very Best Burger” Award (Judge’s Vote) and Pincho Factory took home the “People’s Choice Award“!

Congratulations to all of them.

*picture courtesy of George Motz which means he supplied the picture to me because obviously he could not have taken it.

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

Delicias De España - Kendall, Florida

The Tortilla Española display at Delicias de España 3

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 Española) for the first time. At that point in my life I thought all omelettes were created equal.

She was born & raised in Spain and was a Flamenco dancer by trade (for you nosy types). I remember sitting there mesmerized watching her cut all the potatoes & onions and making one from scratch. Her Garlic Mayo, another creation my Dad loved and one that originally creeped me out due its greenish hue was excellent.

La Gallega passed away almost 20 years ago but whenever I’m in the mood for a Tortilla Española my first thought is to share it with my father, and even better if we go together to buy it.

If you’re not familiar with this dish which can be found all over Spain let me explain. There are variations on it like most things but just Potatoes is the classic version. The Potatoes are cooked in Olive Oil to a soft consistency in a semi-deep pan. After draining excess oil, eggs are mixed in with your Potatoes (and Onions, that’s up to you) and cooked with a small amount of Olive Oil. The Spanish Omelette looks like an amped up version of what you believe an Omelette to be. It can be eaten either Cold or Warm, it’s really up to you.

I prefer mine to have Patatas y Cebollas (Potatoes & Onions) but my Dad’s favorite is the Chorizo one. We both agree that eating it cold is best on some crusty bread with Garlic Mayo.

Sunday is his only day off so we’re more likely to be on a Tortilla Española adventure then. Our favorite spot is the Delicias de España in Kendall, right across the street from Dadeland Mall. It’s a full fledged restaurant with a small market of products imported from Spain.Their Tortilla Española reminds me of the one La Gallega made us all those years ago.

We always stand in front of the display filled with those guys and then make an on the spot decision as to who’s coming home with us.

Tortilla Española de Chorizo, Jamon y Cebollas

Tortilla Española de Chorizo, Patatas y Cebolla

This time, my Dad’s favorite won out.

P.S.: My Dad learned how to make a mean Tortilla Española from La Gallega. If I beg him enough, he’ll make it for me.

Choose One, You Can’t Lose:

Delicias de España
4016 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33155
305-669-4485

or

Delicias de España 2
7384 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33155
305-266-5529

or

Delicias de España 3
8950 SW 74th Ct. – Suite 101 Miami, FL 33156
305-670-1370

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CUBANCUBE’s Freakin Frita Recipe

CUBANCUBE's Freakin Frita

The folks from the CUBANCUBE Food Truck (Eileen & Jon Andrade) are the same peeps behind FINKA Table & Tap, winners of the 2015 Burgie Award for Best Restaurant. It was unfortunate that they decided to retire the ‘CUBE but the FINKA Table & Tap restaurant could not have happened otherwise.

I do get questions about the Freakin Frita, one of the signature dishes from the CUBANCUBE all the time. It can sometimes be found on the lunch menu at FINKA but because I love you guys, here it is for you to recreate at home.

There are strings attached to this favor, I expect an invite.

FRITAS:

Mix all ingredients together and form into 6 equal patties. Cook Fritas on flattop, pan or cast iron skillet.

  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground chorizo
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red peppers, minced
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder

SAUCE:

Combine all ingredients, mix well and set aside.

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup guava marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons mustard

EVERYTHING TO PLATE:

  • 2 loaves of Cuban bread
  • 6 Fritas, cooked (above)
  • 6 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Sauce (above)
  • 6 eggs, fried

DIRECTIONS:

Makes approximately 6 servings

  1. Slice Cuban bread loaf from top to bottom to create two equal halves.
  2. Then create “buns” to match the size of the patty.
  3. Place one bread slice down and place cooked Frita on top.
  4. Lay Swiss cheese, onions, sauce, and fried eggs on the patty.
  5. Top your Frita with the other Cuban bread slice.

Thanks to Eileen & Jon Andrade of FINKA Table & Tap for allowing us to reprint this recipe.

Winners of The Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge

Amstel Light - BurgerBeast

After a grueling month of visiting 20 restaurants (yes, I said that with a straight face) and trying their Burgers paired with an Amstel Light, I have come to a decision on the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge.

Before I announce it, I suggest you click on the links below to see which Burgers I had at each of the restaurants, not a bad one in the bunch.

Here are the Burger Pictures:

  1. American Social, Fort Lauderdale
  2. Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach
  3. Batch, Brickell
  4. BurgerFi, Aventura
  5. Keg South, West Kendall
  6. Latin House, Kendall
  7. Le Tub, Hollywood
  8. Lefty’s Tavern, Coral Springs
  9. Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub, Hollywood
  10. Mike’s at Venetia, Miami
  11. Novecento, Midtown
  12. Pincho Factory, Coral Gables & Westchester
  13. Pub Grill, Cutler Bay
  14. Racks Downtown Eatery, Boca Raton
  15. Rebel House, Boca Raton
  16. Rhum Shak, Lake Worth
  17. Rosie’s, Wilton Manors
  18. Shula’s Burger, Kendall
  19. Tarpon Bend, Fort Lauderdale
  20. Vegas Burger Bar, North Miami

The #AmstelBurgerBeast Restaurant Winner is Batch Gastropub with their Batch Attack Burger (Brisket Burger, Gnocci Mac Attack Patty, Aged Gruyere Cheese, Pecan-Jameson Batch Bacon).

Batch's Batch Attack Burger

Batch’s Batch Attack Burger


There was a second part to the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge where you (the readers) had a chance to win a pair of tickets to THE signature event of South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

All you had to do was hit up one of the participating restaurants, snap a picture of your Burger and post it to social media with the hashtag of #AmstelBurgerBeast.

And the winner of the two tickets to the Amstel Light Burger Bash is………..Btech1’s creative picture entitled Spin The Bottle:  a Burger & Beer Joint Burger along with an Amstel Light.

Btech1's Spin The Bottle

Btech1’s Spin The Bottle


Congratulations to both Batch Gastropub and Btech1 on their wins in the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge.

Eat a ton of Burgers for me at the 9th Annual Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray!

Miami’s 10 Best Specialty Burgers

10 Best Specialty Burgers in Miami

I’ve chosen to title this Miami’s 10 Best Specialty Burger but in all honesty it should be called Miami’s 10 Best Regional Burgers which I thought might be a little confusing.

All across the United States if you do some traveling and/or driving like I do you will encounter Burgers that feature prominently in certain areas. For Miami, the Frita Cubana is our regional specialty although I’m sure Pincho Factory would like for me to say that the Toston Burger is one also (which I kinda just did) since it’s popping up on menus everywhere.

Now if you’re a stickler you’ll see that this Top 10 is really a list of 9. I could have made it an official Top 10 but since the Deep Fried Burger & Frita Cubana were combined I thought 9 was the right number. And truthfully, it’s my list after all.

John T. Edge (Hamburgers & Fries) and George Motz (Hamburger America) were sources for most of my knowledge on Regional Burgers.


Specialty Burger Type: Deep Fried Burgers & Frita Cubana

Lil’ History: Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis opened up in 1912 with a unique style of Burgers cooked in their own fat on a cast iron skillet and over time that pool of fat grew to full on deep fried proportions……The Frita Cubana, a popular street food in Cuba was brought to Little Havana in 1962 by Ramos Estevill (the original Fritas Domino).

Best Known Interpretation: Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis, Tennessee AND El Rey de las Fritas in Miami

Miami Version: Fritas Domino‘s Deep Fried Frita Cubana

Fritas Domino's Frita Cubana

Fritas Domino’s Deep Fried Frita Cubana


Specialty Burger Type: Green Chile Cheeseburger

Lil’ History: 100% a creation of New Mexico, a state who embraces it with their own Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail that features a list and map of almost 100 restaurants serving this delicacy.

Best Known Interpretation: Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Miami Version: OTC‘s Green Chili Bacon Cheeseburger

OTC Restaurant's  Green Chili Bacon Cheeseburger

OTC Restaurant’s Green Chili Bacon Cheeseburger, pic by Burger Conquest


Specialty Burger Type: Guber Burger aka Burger slathered with Peanut Butter

Lil’ History: The Wheel Inn Drive-In created the Guber (Goober) Burger in the 1950s.

Best Known Interpretation: The Wheel Inn Drive-In in Sedalia, Missouri (now closed)

Miami Version: Rok Brgr‘s Fat Elvis with Peanut Butter, Thick Cut Pepper Smoked Bacon & Strawberry Jam

Rok Brgr's Fat Elvis Mini-Burger

Rok Brgr’s Fat Elvis Mini-Burger, pic by the305.com


Specialty Burger Type: Juicy Lucy aka Cheese Stuffed Burger

Lil’ History: The city of its creation is not in question but Minneapolis’ Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club both lay claim to creating the Juicy Lucy in the 1950s or in Matt’s Bars’ case, the Jucy Lucy.

Best Known Interpretation: Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Miami Version: Jr’s Gourmet Burger‘s Outside Is In Burger

Jr's Gourmet Burger's Outside Is In Burger

Jr’s Gourmet Burger’s Outside Is In Burger


Specialty Burger Type: Luther Burger aka Burger w/Doughnuts replacing Buns

Lil’ History: Rumored to have been created by singer Luther Vandross when he had run out of Burger Buns.

Best Known Interpretation: The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia

Miami Version: Bulldog Burger‘s Luther Burger

Bulldog Burger's Luther Burger

Bulldog Burger’s Luther Burger


Specialty Burger Type: Patty Melt – Burger w/Grilled Onions & Cheese on Rye Bread.

Lil’ History: It was created by Tiny Naylor in the late 1940s/early 1950s in California. I’ve got a great recipe for one at my A Little Patty Melt History post by the way.

Best Known Interpretation: Du-Par’s Late Night Diner in Los Angeles, California

Miami Version: Jefe’s Original Soul Shack‘ Classic Patty Melt on Sourdough w/Horseradish Mayo

Jefe's Classic Patty Melt

Jefe’s Classic Patty Melt


Specialty Burger Type: Pimento Cheeseburger

Lil’ History: Pimento Cheese is really a Southern thing and according to Pimento Cheese expert John T. Edge, South Carolina is a hot bed for Pimento Cheese Burgers with every 3rd Burger Joint in town having one on their menu. J.C. Reynolds created it in the 1960s.

Best Known Interpretation: J.C. Reynolds and his Dairy Bar in Columbia, South Carolina (now closed)

Miami Version: Tongue & Cheek‘s Cheek Burger w/Pimento Cheese

Tongue & Cheek's Cheek Burger

Tongue & Cheek’s Cheek Burger


Specialty Burger Type: Slider, which is not a synonym for Mini Burger.

Lil’ History: Sliders were the original popular version of the Burger that swept the nation. In 1921 Wichita, Kansas when White Castle first opened up they served Sliders (balls of 100% beef smashed on a flat top, covered in thinly sliced onions and buns that steamed right on top of the Slider).

Best Known Interpretation: White Manna in Hackensack, New Jersey

Miami Version: Jersey Dawg‘ s Slider

Jersey Dawg Slider

Jersey Dawg Slider


Specialty Burger Type: Steamed Cheeseburger – Burgers cooked in a steam chest/cabinet

Lil’ History: Created by Jack’s Lunch in Middletown, Connecticut in the 1920s. At the Middlesex County Historical Society site you can see a pic of the original Cheeseburger Steamer.

Best Known Interpretation: Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers in Meriden, Connecticut

Miami Version: Latin House‘s Steamed Cheeseburger

Latin House's Steamed Cheeseburger

Latin House’s Steamed Cheeseburger

Saturday’s Food Truck Event Starts At Noon with Velvet Creme Doughnuts

Wheelin' Dealin' - Magic City Casino

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month. This is event is put together by Burger Beast and the folks at Magic City Casino where its held. There are always some great giveaways at the event like tickets to concerts at Magic City Casino. Beer is sold at this event and parking is plentiful. Come out, the chances are great you’ll have an amazing time.


2 FREE CONCERTS!!!

1PM: Jefferson Starship
5:30PM: Sweet, The Romantics & Naked Eyes

PLUS
Franz Harary
8PM: Franz Harary with a special performance by Sheena Easton – TICKETS AVAILABLE


Some of you may have missed Velvet Creme Doughnuts on their brand new Food Truck a few weeks back but they’ll be at Magic City Casino at Noon serving childhood memories and doughnuts.

Velvet Creme Doughnuts Truck

February 21st Food Truck Early Start Line-Up 12-10PM:

Box of Chacos
El Rey de las Fritas
HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Jersey Dawg
Velvet Creme Doughnuts
Woody’s Burgers

February 21st Food Truck Line-Up 4-10PM:

Aunt Adela’s Empanadas
Best Pasta
Cold Stone Creamery
Daddy’s Grill
Don Mofongo
Ice Cream Xpress
Food Junkies
Legends BBQ
The Lobsta Guy
Main Stop Grill
Palate Party
Purple People Eatery
Voolavoo
Taco Fresh
Top Fries

The Details:

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