The Hamburger House Party Final Details For This Friday

Hamburger House Party Poster

Are you ready for an 80s style Hamburger Party?

Burger Beast Feasts presents the Hamburger House Party brought to you by Budweiser – Bud & Burgers (the Official Beer of Hamburger House Party), Downstairs Markets, Miami Lakes Auto Mall & Magic City Casino and featuring beef from Sunshine Provisions and Bacon from Babe Froman.

It all happens Friday May 6th (Yes, during National Hamburger Month) at Magic City Casino from 7-10PM

20 of South Florida’s Best Burger Restaurants will be competing for your vote to be crowned the Best in the SFL. This event replaces last year’s sold out Burger Beast Burger Brawl.

You’ll also be able to try Magic City Pizza‘s Chicken Alfredo Sliders, Chifles’ Chips, Desserts from HipPOPs handcrafted Gelato Bars, Night Owl Cookie Co. & Sweetness Bakeshop plus Cocktail Samples from Jim Beam and Tito’s Vodka. We’re not done yet….Downstairs will be sampling their great sandwiches along with my friends from Ojala Wine! This is all included with your ticket price.

This year we will also have a Celebrity Panel (South Beach Wine & Food Festival Founder Lee Schrager, Miami New Times’ Laine Doss, Blue Collar’s Chef Danny Serfer, Que Riko con Kiko’s Kiko Suarez and Rebel House’s Chef Mike Saperstein) choosing a Judge’s Best Burger. The winner will compete in the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.

We’ll have Live Music from Retro Sky performing all 80s songs and DJ Volksmusik will be spinning your favorite 80s tunes, plus we encourage you to dress up in your best 80’s clothes. Who knows….best 80s outfit might win something!

The Restaurants & their Burgers:

109 Burger Joint: Morning in Havana – Two 1.5 oz smashed Coffee rub seasoned Angus Beef Patties, Espresso & Brown Sugar-cured Bacon, Swiss Cheese, Cortadito Sauce, Duck fried Yuca & Croqueta de Congri on a Honey Garlic Glazed Bun.

Burbowl: Juicy Smashed Burger – 100% Never Frozen Angus Beef, Melted Cheddar, Bacon, Grilled Onion and Mushrooms topped with our signature Garlic Chipotle Sauce, our Secret Sauce & our Cilantro Sauce on the side.

Chefs on the Run: The Beastie Boys Burger – Angus 80/20 (Churrasco, Chuck, Brisket blend) topped with Herb de Provence Bacon, Provolone Cheese, Gorgonzola Bleu Cheese Mousse, & Ghost Chili-Habanero Butter.

Crackers Casual Dining: Southern Hospitality – Signature Burger Patty topped with Spicy BBQ Mayo, deep fried Pickle Spears, Pulled Pork Cheese Crisp, Smoked Gouda, & Sweet Potato Frizzles.

Doce Provisions: Doce Burger – Short Rib Blend Burger Patty topped with Queso Frito, Truffle Aioli, Pickles, Tomato, & Frisee.

Fat Moe’s: Miami Burger – Fat Moe’s Secret Blend Burger Patty topped with Fried Plantains, Pepper Jack Jalapeño Cheese, Candied Onions & Moe’s Secret Sauce and Loose Meat Burger: Layer of Sharp Cheddar torched, layer of Burger Meat,
layer of Cream Cheese torched litely, layer of Burger Meat, layer of Jalapeño Jack Cheese torched & wrapped with Bacon.

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill: The Mofongo – Certified Angus Beef Stuffed with Mofongo and topped with Swiss Cheese & Homemade Sofrito.

Hate Mondays Tavern: Warehouse Burger – Sirloin/Brisket/Smoked Rib Patty topped with Pesto blend with dry Slaw, Maple Bacon, Gouda Cheese, & a little Homemade BBQ sweetness.

Jersey Dawg: Classic Slider – Ground Beef cooked on a bed of Steamed Onions, topped with American Cheese & served on a Martin’s Potato Roll.

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers: It’s a Wrap – Burger Patty, Fried Egg, Cheddar & Swiss Cheeses between 2 slices of Bread, all wrapped up in Bacon.

Latin House: The Steamed Champ – Butter Steamed Beef, Five Cheese Fondue, Candied Bacon, Butter Lettuce, Heirloom Tomatoes & Roasted Aioli on a Brioche Bun.

The Local: “The Death of Disco” a.k.a. “The Ronald Reagan” – Slider topped with a House-made Ham Croqueta smothered in House-made American Cheez Whiz & Bacon Gravy.

MEAT: Dr Jelly Finger – Burger topped with Bacon, Bananas, an Onion Ring, Jack Cheese & Blueberry Chipotle Jam.

Norman Brothers: The B&B Burger – A 50% Wagyu Beef & 50% Applewood Smoked Bacon Burger Patty topped with Avocado, Tomato, Red Leaf Lettuce, Pepper Jack Cheese, House-made Chipotle Aioli, & even more Bacon on a Toasted Bun.

Orange Bear Restaurant: Double Bacon Cheddar Bourbon Burger – 75/25 Chuck/Short Rib/Brisket Burger Patty topped with Roasted Garlic Aioli, Habanero Bacon Jam, Sautéed Bourbon Onions, Crispy Bacon, & Bourbon Sauce on a Butter Toasted Roll.

Pincho Factory: The Backyard Burger – Short Rib/Brisket/Chuck Patty topped with American Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Papitas & Pink sauce on a Brioche Slider Bun.

Shake Shack: ShackBurger – 100% All-Natural Angus Beef Cheeseburger topped with Lettuce, Tomato, & ShackSauce.

Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox: Ari 2.0 – Pastrami seasoned Burger with House-made Kimchi, Bacon & Honey Crisp Apple Chutney & Salted Caramel Honey Yogurt.

Wholesome Rollers Food Truck: The Wisconsin Butter Burger – Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Bacon-fat Caramelized Onions, & Chuck’s Jalapeño Ketchup on a Pretzilla Pretzel Bun.

Woody’s Burgers: Tokyo Burger – Teriyaki Beef (Sirloin/Chuck/Brisket) Patty topped with Caramelized Bacon & Onions, Wasabi Mayo & Pickled Ginger.

Burger Events

General Admission Tickets which will be $45 at the door are now $35 for a limited time only and include Unlimited samples from all 20 of the Hamburger House Party Competitors plus Desserts (HipPOPs, Night Owl Cookie Co. & Sweetness BakeShop), Cocktail Samples from Jim Beam & Tito’s Vodka, Soft Drinks & Water from Pepsi & Aquafina.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Get your Hamburger House Party Tickets!

Budweiser & Burger Beast Appearances This Week

Budweiser Bud & Burgers Logo

It’s the first week of National Hamburger Month and you can catch me at 3 spots this week celebrating with some Budweiser Bud & Burgers Specials. Hopefully you can drop by, say Hi and hang out for a bit.

Oh, I almost forgot…..we’ll be raffling off a pair of tickets to Hamburger House Party at each restaurant!!! Continue reading

Doce Provisions – Little Havana, Florida

Doce Provisions - Little Havana, Florida

I’ve been waiting for Doce Provisions to open. Justin Sherrer and his wife Lisetty Llampalla have come up with a really great comfort food menu that’s not dumbed down for the masses. I met Justin a few years back at his regular gig, Chef at Cinebistro while Lisetty’s background includes working under Ralph Pagano for a few years.

The backyard area of Doce Provisions is a perfect little spot for hosting parties and events.

Doce Backyard Area

Doce Provisions Backyard Area

Doce Provisions Menu (click to enlarge)

Doce Provisions Menu (click to enlarge)

Doce Provisions Brunch Menu

Below is a selection of what I tried except El Cubano which I only snapped a picture of. The Chefs were kind enough to treat me to this meal but not for lack on my part of trying to pay, they won this time.

My highlights were the Chorizo Croquetas made with Miami Smokers‘ Chorizo, the Shishito Peppers (the smoked Sea Salt is what makes it so divine), the Pan con Bistec with its juicy Steak bits & creamy Cheese and finally the Coconut Tres Leches which blew my mind.]

I skipped over the Doce Burger on purpose. On first glance it looks like the opposite of what I’d enjoy in a Burger with all that color but upon a flavor dissection those things combined pack a powerful combination. I ate it as is and did not remove a thing, what’s more is I really enjoyed it.

They will be sampling this Burger for the competition at Hamburger House Party this Friday so get ready for it.

Chorizo Croquetas

Chorizo Croquetas (Miami Smokers Chorizo)

Shishito Peppers

Shishito Peppers (Lime, Smoked Sea Salt)

Disco Truffle Fries

Disco Truffle Fries (homemade American Cheese, Short Rib Gravy, Chives)

Doce Burger

Doce Burger (Queso Frito, Truffle Aioli, Pickles, Tomato, Frisee)

Short Rib Tacos

Short Rib Tacos (Guajillo-beer braised Short Rib, Crema, Corn Salsa, Fresno Relish)

Pan con Bistec

Pan con Bistec (Shiitake Mushrooms, Shallot Marmalade, Truffle Cheese Fonduta)

El Cubano

El Cubano (Sorpressata, smoked Pork Loin, Pickles, Swiss, Mojo Mayo, Pickles, grain Mustard)

Tres Leches

Coconut Rum Tres Leches (Vanilla Cake, Graham Streusel, Pineapple Confit)

Big Flavors in Little Havana:

Doce Provisions
541 SW 12th Ave Miami, FL 33130

Orange Bear Restaurant – Bonita Springs, Florida

I’ve had my beady little eyes on the Orange Bear Restaurant for over a year and now that my car’s issues are out of the way it was time to check out what was happening on the west coast of Florida. Originally the OB were located inside of a Flea Market which even interested me more since the food seemed like the exact opposite quality of what I would expect to find there.

Recently they moved into the Bonita Springs Moose Lodge which just added a beautiful Tiki Bar space to the bar/restaurant portion of the lodge. So before you even ask, you must be a member of the lodge BUT you’re allowed 5 visits before you have to officially become one. After having eaten at the Orange Bear, I’d become a member with the quickness if I lived in the area.

The Orange Bear Menu (click to enlarge)

The Orange Bear Menu (click to enlarge)

The amount of food my wife Marcela, my friend John and I ordered was pretty impressive but even more impressive is that it was all very good. The Onion Rings were the only thing that maybe needs a little livening up with some sort of dipping sauce.

So the fresh cut Fries are topped with a homemade Chili and house-made Fat Tire Beer Cheese Sauce, this alone was worth the trip. The Chili had no beans (just how I like it) with a bit of sweetness and the Cheese Sauce was out of this world. The Chili Cheese Dog has the same two toppings on a Nathan’s Dog, no complaints here.

The Potato Skins, again house-made and not some microwaved number were topped with Jalapeños, Bacon, melted Cheese and a side of Sour Cream. Lucky for me, no one at the table was a Potato Skin fan so these were all mine.

The Chicken Wings had some nice heat to them and for the truly daring there is the Bear Suicide Wing Challenge: 10 Wings in 10 minutes with no Milk or Ranch sauce. Eat the Wings in 10 min & get them for Free, a Tiki Bar Shirt, an Orange Bear Shirt and a 10 dollar Gift Card.

There are a few Burgers & Sandwiches on the menu. Since I knew Marcela was going for the Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger and John for the Noble, I went the plain ol’ Cheeseburger route. My Burger while good was no match for the Sautéed Bourbon Onions and Bourbon Sauce on Marcela’s or the Yuengling Pulled Pork & Spicy BBQ Mustard Sauce on John’s sandwich. I’ve learned over the years, you win some and you lose some.

The only thing I didn’t get to try was the Pizza and that’s ok, everything else more than made up for it.

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Potato Skins

Potato Skins

Hot Wings

Hot Wings

Regular Cheeseburger

Regular Cheeseburger

Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger

Bacon Bourbon Cheddar Burger

The Orange Bear Restaurant - Bonita Springs, Florida

The Noble (Pulled Pork, Ham, Bacon & Spicy BBQ Mustard Sauce)

Chicken Tenders

Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders

Fresh Cut Fries

Fresh Cut Fries

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Pretzels w/Beer Cheese Sauce

Pretzels w/Fat Tire Beer Cheese Sauce

When In Doubt, Go Orange:

The Orange Bear Restaurant
25101 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

The Frog Pond – St. Pete Beach, Florida

We were told at the front desk at the hotel in St. Pete Beach that the Frog Pond is a great locals breakfast spot. I mean, you didn’t have to tell us that twice.

When I search around online for pics the first thing I encountered was the Italian Sausage Frittata. No need to look further, I knew what I was eating.

I’m with my wife Marcela who orders the Eggs Benedict w/Grits and my friend John who can’t help himself and also orders the Italian Sausage Frittata but without Onions. For good measure we agree to share the Cinnamon Roll French Toast.

Marcela let me sneak a bite and her Eggs Benedict and Grits were right on point.

Now, for those of you considering ordering the Italian Sausage Frittata, it is perfect slice of breakfast with Eggs, Potatoes, Onions, Italian Sausage & Cheese. I loved it but let me warn you….I think you should share it. That’s not something you’ll normally hear me say but as I about half way through it I was stuffed and already looking forward to early afternoon nap. Don’t let that happen to you and or who knows, maybe you want that to happen to you. Me?I had plans for the rest of the day.

I left enough space for one….ok maybe two bites of the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. I’m big on Cinnamon Rolls but not a fan of French Toast but I dug this this. Marcela who’s got a major sweet tooth really enjoyed it.

One last thought, what great service and friendly people. So glad we had a chance to experience the Frog Pond while visiting St. Pete Beach.

Eggs Benedict w/Grits

Eggs Benedict & Grits with very little Butter

Italian Sausage Frittata w/Toast

Italian Sausage Frittata w/Toast

Italian Sausage Frittata after Toast removal

Italian Sausage Frittata after Toast removal

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

The Frog Pond
7390 Gulf Blvd St Pete Beach, FL 33706