Mooyah Opening Soon In Country Walk & Doral

Mooyah - Coming Soon

Last december I mentioned that MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes was heading to Miami. *I now have confirmation that there will be 2 locations in South Florida, Country Walk (13725  SW 152nd Street) and Doral (8750 NW 21 Terrace) opening very soon, no exact dates yet.

Below you can see their most recent menu and see if anything tickles your fancy:

MOOYAH Menu as of August 2014

MOOYAH Menu as of August 2014

*Beast on the Street reporter The Gerther confirmed the news for me last night

Owens Burger Shack – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Owens Burger Shack - Clarksdale, Mississippi

We were running low on gas while driving around Clarksdale, Mississippi so as the truck was getting its fill at a station I notice a Burger Joint across the street. We (my wife Marcela & I) had just eaten a real hefty lunch so I need to store this spot in my Burger memory banks.

I went light on breakfast (Bagel & Coffee) the following morning since I knew it was Owens Burger Shack for lunch day. I was very excited as Owens Burger Shack has the look of something that’s going to be great. There are no seats and once you walk in there’s a tight space that might fit 2 or 3 people and an order window.

I read and re-read the menu and the pressure’s on when I’m asked what I want to order. So we gotta start with the Hot Wings, Juke Joint Fries, Chopped BBQ Sandwich and a Chili Cheese Burger. I also try to get the Hot Tamales but they’re out.

I’m the only there so ask about the business. The two fellas mention this is a family owned business and that they are brothers. My eyes light up as this is what I like to hear. I tell them I’m in town from Miami as I’m leaving with the food, that I had spotted them from across the street the day before and they thank me for coming back to try them out.

Owens Burger Shack Menu (click to enlarge)

Owens Burger Shack Menu (click to enlarge)

So we’re sitting in the car and we’re looking at everything. It all smells so good. The Hot Wings were first with a flavorful Buffalo Sauce they were soaking in. You also gotta love the piece of bread in the corner used to sop up the hot sauce juices for later.

Again, the Fries here are slightly undercooked (apparently it’s a Southern thing) but those toppings make me forget all about it. Jalapeños, Cheese and that dense smoky BBQ Sauce makes these Juke Joint Fries incredible and make me think these would be a great topping for an all beef Hot Dog.

Everywhere you look in the South you’re going to find Slaw so it’s no surprise to find it on the Chopped BBQ Sandwich. Much like those phenomenal Fries I just had this sandwich is a sloppy winner but a winner nonetheless.

We’re now down to the Chili Cheese Burger which is looking back at me with a scared look. It should have one. I skipped the Slaw on this one but it does have the Chili, Cheese, Onions and Mustard. It’s a beautiful hand formed patty cooked right on til’ juicy. I probably should have started with the Chili Cheese Burger cause *I’m feeling a bit full at this point.

Hot Wings

Hot Wings

Juke Joint Fries

Juke Joint Fries

Owens Burger Shack - Clarksdale, Mississippi

Chopped BBQ Sandwich

Chili Cheese Burger

Chili Cheese Burger

Marcela puts the car on drive and as we begin to move we see the kitchen door of Owens Burger Shack open up and out comes the gentleman I was talking to at the window. They wanted us to try some of their Rib Tips which are only available on Fridays and Saturdays.

These little guys are marinating in that addictive BBQ sauce. I’m one piece in when I realize it’s better I stop now before my Food Coma hits epic proportions. I didn’t need dessert, those Tips filled its place nicely and happily.

Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends

I’m glad we stopped in at Owens Burger Shack, I had a feeling that it would be just what I needed and I was right.

If You’re Visiting The Delta, Go To:

Owens Burger Shack
601 Dr MLK Blvd, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

*It probably didn’t help that I had two cans of Cola.

Sam’s Super Burger – Grand Bay, Alabama

Sam's Super Burger - Grand Bay, Alabama

During our road trip from Miami to Mississippi we needed to stop for gas occasionally. I like the stops to coincide with a town that has a locally owned Burger Joint. On the last leg of the drive we stopped in at Sam’s Super Burger in Grand Bay, Alabama.

Sam's Super Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Sam’s Super Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Sam's Super Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

Sam’s Super Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

After thoroughly thinking it out, my order consists of a Super Burger Double with Cheese (w/Fries & Drink), a Super Dog, & 3 Fresh Chicken Tenders. I was super excited to see the branded cup with the Sam’s Super Burger logo which I tried to keep and bring back to Miami but I ended up losing it in Oxford, Mississippi when it rolled under my car into oblivion.

The Super Dog had Slaw, Sauerkraut, Chili, Cheese, Onion and Yellow Mustard. I’m not a Sauerkraut fan so I’m not sure why I ordered this other than to have their signature Hot Dog. The flavors jelled well and I’ve got to imagine this a popular dish here.

For the last year or so I’ve been on a Chicken Tenders kick and these rank right up there with some of the Best I’ve had. They were not some prepackaged deal but made in house and you could definitely taste that. I was in a no sharing zone with these dudes.

The fries were cooked slightly less than I would have liked but it’s something that I found all around the South (Northern Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee & now Alabama). It must be a “thing” here.

The Bread was toasted, the Cheese was melted and it’s definitely a Super Burger. The Burger besides looking like a million bucks was excellent. I spoke to the owner when I was placing my order and he mentioned that they use Midwestern Black Angus Chuck to make their Burgers.

Sam's Super Burger - Grand Bay, Alabama

Super Dog & Fresh Chicken Tenders

Super Dog & Fresh Chicken Tenders

Sam's Super Burger - Grand Bay, Alabama


Sam's Super Burger - Grand Bay, Alabama

Super Burger Double w/Cheese

I’m sure there was plenty of love in there too cause I felt it and I’m still reciprocating now.

It Really Was Super, Thanks For Asking:

Sam’s Super Burger
8789 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd S, Grand Bay, AL 36541


Sam’s Super Burger
10126 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd., Grand Bay, AL 36541

2015 Burger Beast Burger Bucket List

Five years ago I posted my Burger Bucket List which I’ve done a bad job of trying to get through. Some of the spots even closed down before I got to them.

This time I wanted to make sure these Burgers were attainable and included one Florida Burger and one in Louisiana which is in driving distance (for me at least).

The list is in order from least to most desirable.

After using the words “attainable” and “desirable” you’d think I was talking about something else.

Anyway, which 10 Burgers make up your Burger Bucket List?

Burger Beast Burger Bucket List

10) Lee’s HamburgersCovington, Louisiana

9) Solly’s GrilleGlendale, Wisconsin

8) Apple PanLos Angeles, California

7) Grill ‘Em AllAlhambra, California

6) The Meers StoreMeers, Oklahoma

Irv's Burgers, picture courtesy of Droolius

Irv’s Burgers, picture courtesy of Droolius

5) Irv’s BurgersWest Hollywood, California

Locale Market's St. Petersburger, picture courtesy of Locale Market

Locale Market’s St. Petersburger, picture courtesy of Locale Market

4) Locale MarketSt. Petersburg, Florida

Burger, picture courtesy of Burger Junkies

Burger, picture courtesy of Burger Junkies

3) Burger Pop-UpSan Francisco, California

Emily Burger, picture courtesy of the Gotham Burger Social Club

Emily Burger, picture courtesy of the Gotham Burger Social Club

2) EmilyBrooklyn, New York

Hard Times Sundaes Burger, picture courtesy of Hard Times Sundae

Hard Times Sundaes Burger, picture courtesy of Hard Times Sundaes

1) Hard Times SundaesNew York City Food Truck

Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe – Homestead, Florida

I was in Homestead a few days ago when I found out about the existence of Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe. Being a lifelong Three Stooges and Burger fan, it was no brainer that I’d have to stop in. The only problem? They were closed by the time I was ready to hit them up.

A few days later aka today, el Comelon and I make plans to have lunch together and I insist on Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe. I arrive first (as usual) and order a Stuffed Cheeseburger (w/American Cheese), Coney Island Style Hot Dog, Fresh Cut Fries, Cup of Chili and Buffalo Wings.

Menu - Front (click to enlarge)

Menu – Front (click to enlarge)

Menu - Back (click to enlarge)

Menu – Back (click to enlarge)

Stuffed Cheeseburger (American Cheese)

Stuffed Cheeseburger (American Cheese)

Stuffed Cheeseburger (American Cheese) w/Fresh Cut Fries

Stuffed Cheeseburger (American Cheese) w/Fresh Cut Fries

Buffalo Wings (8)

Buffalo Wings (8)

All Beef Chili

All Beef Chili

While I’m trying to figure which table is best for sitting and taking pictures E.C. arrives. He tacks on a Double Cheeseburger w/only Onions and the Polish Boy, apparently it’s a Cleveland thing. And apparently we’re not having dinner tonight.

Double Cheeseburger

Double Cheeseburger

Polish Boy (Hot Dog topped w/Cole Slaw, a pile of French Fries & BBQ Sauce)

Polish Boy (Hot Dog topped w/Cole Slaw, a pile of French Fries & BBQ Sauce)

I try not to have any expectations when I eat at a new restaurant since it isn’t fair. While waiting I could see everything being prepared from scratch, now I was excited.

Two things stick out in my mind after having tried everything I ordered:

1) The Coney Island Style Hot Dog was a perfect little ditty. No Hot Dog bun here, they use a sub roll which holds up to the all beef Chili. Speaking of the all beef Chili, it had a nice sweetness to it. A great hot sauce would definitely compliment it.

Coney Island Style Hot Dog 9All Meat Chili, Chopped Onions & One Stripe of Yellow Mustard)

Coney Island Style Hot Dog (All Meat Chili, Chopped Onions & One Stripe of Yellow Mustard)

2) I love a great Juicy Lucy (Cheese stuffed Burgers) and I’ve had many in my time. This is one of the best I’ve ever had. It comes with Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo which I embraced instead of shunning as I normally do. The flavors really brought me to back to being a kid and just enjoying a really good Burger without all the noise that exists nowadays. I’m looking forward to enjoying another one of these very soon.

Stuffed Cheeseburger Close-Up

Stuffed Cheeseburger Close-Up

I also ordered a Blackened Chicken Sandwich to go for la señora Beast with some Cole Slaw. She is very picky about her Chicken Sandwiches but she dug this one.

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw

Blackened Chicken Sandwich

Blackened Chicken Sandwich

How else can I really end this other than saying I’ll be back to Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe. It was a 40 minute drive that was well worth it and can also be a great stop on your way to or from the Keys.

Soitenly Great:

Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe
28838 South Dixie Highway Homestead, FL 33033

Frita Showdown Returns Wednesday August 12th

Frita Showdown

I love Fritas and I’m sure you know that by now. On Wednesday August 12th from 7-10PM, my 3rd annual Frita Showdown brought to you by Downstairs Markets & presented by and featuring beef provided by Schweid & Sons returns to Magic City Casino at their Cafe overlooking the iconic track.

El Rey de las Fritas, the 2013 and 2014 Frita Showdown winner return to defend their title against Bongo’s Cuban Cafe (Hollywood), Daddy’s Grill (Hialeah), El Mago de las Fritas (West Miami), Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe (Key West), Josh’s Deli (Surfside) and Pincho Factory (Coral Gables & Westchester).

2015 Frita Showdown

The all inclusive tickets ($25 for a limited time) will get you mini Fritas from all of the competitors plus drinks and snacks from Botran Rum​, 3:05 Cafecito​, Cawy Bottling Co.​ (Jupiña & Materva), Fireman Derek’s Key Pies’ Flan, Ironbeer​, Latin American Bakery & Cafe’s Croquetas​, PG Bakery​, Pico Factory and Vicky Bakery’s Pastelitos.

The Best Frita en el Mundo will be chosen by a group of esteemed judges: NBC 6 South Florida​’s Kelly Blanco, Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia, Tongue & Cheek​’s Jamie DeRosa and The Miami Herald​’s Evan Benn.

Every attendee will get one vote for the Downstairs People’s Choice Award so you must remember to use your vote wisely.

Tickets are all inclusive and will sell out just like 2013 & 2014. You heard it here first:

Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery – Cape Coral, Florida

I spent a week in Ft. Myers but found myself in Cape Coral about half the time eating my way through it. I can’t lay claim to knowing about Nevermind or that I’ve had them on my list to try out forever. I was lucky that @porkrind suggested I try them out. My cousin Chunktronics was with me and we came mentally ready for whatever Nevermind had to offer.

Nevermind Lunch Menu (click to enlarge)

Nevermind Lunch Menu (click to enlarge)

We were seated at a high top and I spent most of the meal thinking someone was staring at us but it was just a picture of Kurt Cobain that was infatuated with me.

The Chorizo Pate was all Fred as I’m not a Pate kinda guy but I did try it. Again, not my deal but he loved it. We split the Volcano Spring Rolls as we do everything we eat when we’re out and about….I really wanted them all for myself.

Our eating partnership works since in cases like Chicken Wings I go drums and he does wings. The Crispy Parmesan Truffle Wings were crispy with Parmesan on them and just the right amount of truffle to not be overpowering. The guys were served with house-made Ranch, Buffalo and Sweet Chili Sauces. Please bottle that Buffalo Sauce as I need it near me at all times.

Grilled Bread

Grilled Bread

Chorizo Pate

Chorizo Pate

Chorizo Pate/Grilled Bread accompaniment

Chorizo Pate/Grilled Bread accompaniment

Volcano Spring Roll

Volcano Spring Rolls

Crispy Parmesan Truffle Wings w/Buffalo, Sweet Chili & Ranch dipping sauces

Crispy Parmesan Truffle Wings w/Buffalo, Sweet Chili & Ranch dipping sauces

The interesting thing about the Buffalo Chicken Burger and Bitchin Triple Bacon Burger is that the buns are turned inside out and toasted which works. Both come cut in half and are soaking in sauces, Buffalo/Ranch for the Chicken and Espresso Ketchup/Ranch for the Burger.

The Buffalo Chicken Burger was good but could not eclipse the greatness of the Bitchin Bacon Triple Burger. I hate hate hate hate, did I say hate Burgers cut in half yet here is one time that I didn’t mind. I thought the choice of sauces really were a little off the wall and then you throw in that thick cut Bacon and all of a sudden you’ve got a homerun on your hands. If I hadn’t mentally committed to having dessert I would have ordered another.

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Fresh Cut Truffle Fries

Fresh Cut Truffle Fries

Bitchin Triple Bacon Burger

Bitchin Triple Bacon Burger

Chunktronics is really the dessert guy but we opt for both desserts, the Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies w/Rocky Road Cheesecake and something called CONUTS. The Chocolate Chip Cookies were just out of the oven with a little dab of whipped cream. The Rocky Road Cheesecake was the right accompaniment for the 5 cookies and right size too. I preferred this dessert over the CONUTS.

The CONUTS are a mini sight to behold. They’re freshly baked Chocolate Chip cookies topped with mini Red Velvet Donuts and Whipped Cream served with a side of Rocky Road Ice Cream. I’m pretty sure I saw Chunktronics’ eyes leave his sockets for a split second when this dish was placed in front of him. He was mesmerized. I never fell for the hype around Red Velvet over the years so it didn’t do much for me but it was beautiful and tasted great. He’s still in love with, I think he’s writing up a marriage proposal to them as I write this.

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rocky Road Cheesecake

Rocky Road Cheesecake

Conts w/Rocky Road Ice Cream

CONUTS w/Rocky Road Ice Cream

A Conut....up close & personal

A CONUT….up close & personal

My only regret was not ordering the Little Pork Shanks & Green Sauce. It’ll have to wait til next time.

One last thing, they’ve got a private monthly dining experience called Cult Carne that might be worth looking into.

As K. Cobain said, Oh Well…Whatever:

Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery
927 E. Cape Coral Parkway East Cape Coral, FL 33904

Food Trucks 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 the first appearance at a Burger Beast Food Truck event of Asaos Food Truck, Conch Shack and Pillo’s Pizza & Grill, who also happen to have an excellent Burger and Pan con Bistec on their menu.

Pillo's Burger (Half Ground Beef/Half Chorizo Patty)

Pillo’s Burger (Half Ground Beef/Half Chorizo Patty)

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

July 18th Food Truck Line-Up:

Asaos Food Truck
Aunt Adela’s Empanadas
Best Pasta
Coffee & Cream
Conch Shack
Da Burger Shack
Daddy’s Grill
Don Mofongo
El Rey De Las Fritas
Jersey Dawg
Killer Melts
King of Racks
Legends BBQ
Marlie’s Delights
Miami Roasted Corn
Monster Burgers
Palate Party
Pillo’s Pizza & Grill
Purple People Eatery
Sugar Yummy Mama
Taco Fresh
Velvet Creme Doughnuts
Zombie Ice

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

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill Is Going Dominican For July

Gilbert's - July 2K15

Well, maybe the title of this post was a little misleading….but I’m kinda right. For the month of July, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill’s Specialty Burger is called “The Dominican” : An 8oz certified Angus Beef Patty topped with Hebrew National Hard Salami, a Fried Egg, Fried White Cheese, & Pickled Onions served on a Martin’s Potato Roll with Chipotle/Cilantro Mayo.

Esta bien chevere.


Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
Facebook: Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
Twitter: EatAtGilberts
1821 Cordova Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Where To Find a Frita Cubana

So now that you know about Frita Cubanas your next step is to find where you can get your hands on some. The list below should be a more than suitable starter for finding out where they’re available.

If you’ve come across a Frita Cubana somewhere and I don’t have it listed, please leave a comment and I will add it after I do some due diligence.


  • Gigi’s Bakery & Cafe 2200 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026


  • Bodega 1120 Central Ave Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe (Downtown Disney/West Side) 1780 Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830
Cuban Breezes - Frita Cubana

Cuban Breezes – Frita Cubana

    • Cuban Breezes 13980 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33635
David's Cafe Cafecito's Frita

David’s Cafe Cafecito’s Frita

    • David’s Cafe Cafecito919 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
El Rinconcito Latino's Frita Cubana

El Rinconcito Latino’s Frita Cubana

  • El Rinconcito Latino8488 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33144
  • Florida Bakery3320 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Frita's Cuban Burger Cafe's Frita Cubana

Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe’s Frita Cubana

  • Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe 425 Southard St Key West, FL 33040
Gordos Cuban Cuisine - Frita Cubana

Gordos Cuban Cuisine – Frita Cubana

  • Gordos Cuban Cuisine 1907 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL, 32304
  • La Giraldilla1003 W Hillsborough Ave Ste 4 Tampa, FL 33603
  • Pipo’s: The Original Cuban Cafe – 9531 Bay Pines Blvd St Petersburg, FL 33708
Rei's Bakery - Frita Cubana

Rei’s Bakery – Frita Cubana

  • Rei’s Bakery – 229 Del Prado Blvd N # 1, Cape Coral, FL 33909
Sandy's Cuban Cafe - Frita Cubana

Sandy’s Cuban Cafe – Frita Cubana


  • Ray’s Cafe – 607 N Court St Marion, IL 62959


  • Frita Batidos117 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

New Jersey

  • La Casa de Pan con Lechon336 South Street Elizabeth, NJ 07202
  • Cuban Pete’s428 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
  • The Cuban Restaurant & Bar333 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
  • Latin Soul Cuban Cafe507 Market St, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
  • Rumba Cubana6909 Boulevard E, Guttenberg, NJ 07093

New York

  • Cafecito185 Avenue C #1, New York, NY 10009
  • Coppelia 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
  • Pilar Cuban Eatery 397 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

North Carolina

  • Habana Cuban Restaurant5945 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28314
  • Havana Cafe109 BackStreet, West Jefferson, NC 28694

Puerto Rico

  • Caramelo 101 Avenida San Patricio Maramar Plaza Building Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00969
  • Yam Burger1107,1127 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, 00920, Puerto Rico

South Florida

  • Bongos Cuban Cafe (Hard Rock Hollywood) 5733 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Casavana - Frita Cubana

Casavana – Frita Cubana

  • Casavana Cuban Cuisine (5 locations) – 8202 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183
Chico's - Frita Cubana

Chico’s – Frita Cubana

  • Chico’s – 4070 W 12th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012
Cuban Guys - Frita Cubana w/Cheese

Cuban Guys – Frita Cubana w/Cheese

  • Cuban Guys (4 locations) – 10801 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL 33157
Daddy's Grill - Frita Cubana

Daddy’s Grill – Frita Cubana

El Exquisito - Frita Cubana

El Exquisito – Frita Cubana

  • El Exquisito – 1510 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33135
El Mago de las Fritas - Frita Cubana

El Mago de las Fritas – Frita Cubana

El Palacio De Los Jugos - Frita Cubana

El Palacio De Los Jugos – Frita Cubana

El Rey de las Fritas - Frita Cubana

El Rey de las Fritas – Frita Cubana

El Rinconcito Latino - Frita Cubana

El Rinconcito Latino – Frita Cubana

  • El Rinconcito Latino (5 locations) – 8488 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33144
FINKA Table & Tap - Frita Cubana

FINKA Table & Tap – Frita Cubana

  • FINKA Table & Tap14690 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
Fritas Domino - Frita Cubana

Fritas Domino – Frita Cubana

  • Islas Canarias Restaurant – 13695 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175
La Cubanita Pizza - Frita Cubana

La Cubanita Pizza – Frita Cubana

  • La Cubanita Pizzeria (2 locations) – 4800 W Flagler St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
La Palma - Frita Cubana

La Palma – Frita Cubana

  • La Palma6091 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144
La Perla Del Sur - Frita Cubana

La Perla Del Sur – Frita Cubana

  • La Perla del Sur – 5762 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33144
Larios on the Beach - Frita Cubana

Larios on the Beach – Frita Cubana

  • Larios on the Beach820 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Latin Cafe 2000 - Frita Cubana

Latin Cafe 2000 – Frita Cubana

  • Latin Cafe 2000875 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
Latin House - Frita Cubana

Latin House – Frita Cubana

Little Bread - Frita Cubana

Little Bread – Frita Cubana

  • Little Bread – 541 SW 12th Ave Little Havana, FL 33130
Los Bobos - Frita Cubana

Los Bobos – Frita Cubana

  • Los Bobos – 5600 NW 79th Ave Doral, FL 33166
Luis Galindo 1 - Frita Cubana

Luis Galindo 1 – Frita Cubana

Luis Galindo 2 - Frita Cubana

Luis Galindo 2 – Frita Cubana

  • Luis Galindo’s Latin American 2 – 10700 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33165
Miramar Bakery - Frita Cubana

Miramar Bakery – Frita Cubana

  • Miramar Bakery – 370 FL-7, Hollywood, FL 33023
  • Montes De Oca (5 locations) – 4360 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33126 
Morro Castle in Hialeah - Frita Cubana

Morro Castle in Hialeah – Frita Cubana

Morro Castle in Little Havana - Frita Cubana

Morro Castle in Little Havana – Frita Cubana

  • Pillo’s Food TruckStrip Mall at SW 79th Ave & 8th Street
Pizza Cubana - Frita Cubana

Pizza Cubana – Frita Cubana

  • Pizza Cubana 9350 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165
Polo Norte - Frita Cubana

Polo Norte – Frita Cubana

  • Polo Norte (4 locations) – 10302 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33174
  • Puerto Sagua – 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Rey’s Pizza (9 locations) – 2908 W. 3rd Ave Hialeah, FL 33012
Sazon Cuban Cuisine - Frita Cubana

Sazon Cuban Cuisine – Frita Cubana

  • Sazon Cuban Cuisine – 7305 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Sergio's - Frita Cubana

Sergio’s – Frita Cubana

  • Sergio’s (7 locations) – 3252 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145
Tropical Restaurant - Frita Cubana

Tropical Restaurant – Frita Cubana

  • Tropical Restaurant – 652 E 9th St, Hialeah, FL 33010 

Nikki Beach’s 4th of July Party & Burger Menu

Nikki Beach - July 4th

Those of you wanting to keep your July 4th filled with Food can head out to Nikki Beach on Ocean Drive for their 11th Annual Independance Beach Party. There will be Fireworks, a small army of DJs and a Beachside BBQ that features 8 kinds of Burgers, foot long Wieners and a bunch of Side Dishes. The only catch is you gotta be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Read the entire Press Release below and then check out the pictures of some of the Burgers, Dog and Sides.



June 20, 2015 — Nikki Beach Miami, the quintessential South of France style beach club known for it’s joie de vivre and larger than life celebrations does 4th of July the good, old American way – with explosive beats, over-the-top BBQ, and a massive fireworks display across the South Beach sky. Celebrated at each of the twelve Nikki Beach locations across the world, Fourth of July Nikki Beach-style has become legendary. This year, IndepenDance DJ’s include Boris, Cocodrills, Vanjee, Patrick M, ALX, Allan Gallego, Bill Kelly, Donnie Lowe, Carabetta & Doon, Thinking of Us, Chiri, Yander Delgado and surprise guests take to the decks, leading guests into hours of dance floor revelry.

Beachside, guests can feast on the ultimate BBQ featuring eight kinds of burgers – from The St. Tropez Foie Gras Burger, featuring seared foie gras, sautéed mushrooms and a fried egg, to the ‘Meeerrrica Burger featuring American cheese and pork belly bacon smashed between two glazed donuts – and many more. Also on the menu are a variety of foot-long hot dogs smothered in chili and slaw, and Chef Frank’s famous truffle fries, fried macaroni and cheese balls and many more. The night is complete with a massive fireworks show – one of only two that take place directly on South Beach – exclusively for Nikki Beach guests who can recline on the beach club’s luxurious day beds or sit with their toes in the sand teepee-side while watching the night sky.


8oz Black Angus beef, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and roasted peppers

Philly Cheese Steak Burger

Philly Cheese Steak Burger

Seasonal vegetables

8 oz Black Angus beef, sauteed mushrooms, seared foie gras, fried egg

St. Tropez Foie Gras Burger

St. Tropez Foie Gras Burger

All white ground turkey meat, built to your specification

8 oz Black Angus beef, grilled shrimp, medallion onions

St. Barth's Surf N Turf

St. Barth’s Surf N Turf

8 oz Black Angus beef, salsa, avocado, pepper jack cheese, cilantro mayo, fried jalapeño

Tex Mex

Tex Mex

8 oz Black Angus beef, fried mac and cheese, fried egg, bacon

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

8oz Black Angus beef, American cheese, bacon smashed between two glazed donuts

'Meeerrrica Burger

‘Meeerrrica Burger

Two pounds of Black Angus Beef jumbo burger bun with lettuce and tomato

Chef Frank 2 Lb.

Chef Frank 2 Lb.

Hot Dogs



Slaw Dog

Slaw Dog


Chili Dog

Chili Dog


Parmesan Truffle Fries
County Style Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
Mac and Cheese
Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Mac & Cheese Balls

Mac & Cheese Balls

Corn on a Cobb


Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Sliced Watermelon Plate with Basil Chiffonade

IndepenDANCE takes place July 4th from noon til 11pm and is 21+.

Nikki Beach is located at One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach FL.

Tickets start at $20.00 and Burgers start at $10.00.

For more information visit

Ms. Cheezious & Taquiza’s Backyard BBQ Mashup

Ms. Cheezious - Taquiza

Ms. Cheezious and Taquiza are celebrating their Miami New Times “Best of Miami 2015” Awards by doing a Backyard BBQ Mashup. La fiesta will feature $5 bites like an ooey gooey cheesy quesadilla smothered in Victoria-onion jam with the option to add smoked chicken or BBQ pork (you know, if Ms. Cheezious and Taquiza were to have a baby); torta with lechón, avocado-guajillo spread, and citrus-pickled onion; deliciously smoked chicken nachos with mole, yolk, and bacon (also smoked in-house) for a brunchy fix; street-style esquites with shmayo (chicken-schmaltz mayo!); and finger-lickin’ BBQ pork sliders.

You can wash down the snacks with $2 Sixpoint Craft Beers and Tequila Avión cocktails. DJ Kumi will put you in the Sunday afternoon partying spirit and there’ll be some of those games that socially challenged people like to play obnoxiously like Corn Hole & JENGA.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that it’s this Sunday June 28th from 4-9PM at the Ms. Cheezious Restaurant.

Save me a Torta.

The Details:

Ms. Cheezious & Taquiza’s Backyard BBQ Mashup
When: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 4PM to 9PM
Where: Ms. Cheezious (7418 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33138)
Parking: Street & Lot Parking Available

Swensen’s New Menu Is Absolutely Killer

Swensen's Grill & Ice Cream - Coral Gables, Florida

I decided to stop in at Swensen’s (opened in 1977) a few weeks back since the last time I wrote about them was almost six years ago. I noticed some changes to the food and it turns out that they have a new Executive Chef. Who was it? None other than Chef Alex Parra (A&G Burger Joint) had taken over the kitchen and revamped a good majority of the menu.

*He wanted to take a good menu and make it excellent by using high quality ingredients and adding a twist to things much like what he did at A&G Burger Joint. The full new menu will not be available in its entirety ’til Tuesday July 7th but if you stop in at Swensen’s between now and then there will be different specials which are part of the upcoming revamp.

Below you can see some of the new dishes coming to Swensen’s, my favorites were the Spinach Artichoke Pesto Dip, Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza and the Burger Melt (it was also my favorite at A&G Burger Joint).


Nacho Explosion (Fresh sliced Jalapeños, House-made Chili, House-made Guac, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Pico de Gallo, Cheese Sauce & fresh Tortilla Chips)

Spinach Dip w/Tortilla Chips

Spinach Artichoke Pesto Dip w/fresh Tortilla Chips

Spinach Dip

Spinach Artichoke Pesto Dip

Fries & Onion Ring Starter

Fry Trio (chose from any of their Specialty Fries or Onion Rings)

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Marshmallow Fluff Dipping Sauce for Sweet Potato Fries

Marshmallow Cinnamon Dipping Sauce for Sweet Potato Fries

Onion Rings

Parmesan crusted Onion Rings

Chipotle Dipping Sauce for Onion Rings

Chipotle Aioli Dipping Sauce for Onion Rings

Rosemary Truffle Fries

Herb Truffle Fries

Mustard Dipping Sauce for Rosemary Truffle Fries

Mustard Relish Dipping Sauce for Herb Truffle Fries

Buffalo Wings w/Ranch & Blue Cheese Sauces for Dipping

Buffalo Wings w/Ranch & Blue Cheese Sauces for Dipping


Fiesta Salad (Corn & Black Bean Salsa, diced Tomatoes, Avocado, Tortilla Strips, Cilantro Leaves, Grilled Chicken & house-made Honey Lime Vinaigrette)


Very Berry Chicken Salad (Lettuce tossed w/Dried Cranberry, Roasted Pecans, Raspberry Vinaigrette & topped with Strawberries, Black Berries, Goat Cheese Crumbles & Grilled Chicken)

Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Mushroom Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Olive Oil, Tomato Flatbread Pizza

Spinach Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza (w/Blue Cheese)

Double Cheeseburger w/Fries

Double Cheeseburger (2 Half pound Angus Beef Patties w/Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard Relish, American & Monterey Jack Cheeses on a Sesame toasted Brioche Bun) w/Fries

Double Cheeseburger, closeup

Double Cheeseburger, closeup

Parmesan Melt w/Fries

Burger Melt (Half pound Angus Beef Patty with Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Thousand Island Dressing served on a Parmesan crusted Sourdough Bread) w/Fries

Parmesan Melt, closeup

Parmesan Melt, closeup

Blue Burger w/Fries

Ultimate Blue Burger (Half pund Angus Beef Patty w/Lettuce,Tomato, Caramelized Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms & Blue Cheese Crumbles) w/Fries

Blue Burger, closeup

Blue Burger, closeup

Nacho Burger

Nacho Burger (Half pound Angus Beef Patty with Julienne Iceberg Lettuce, House-made Chili, Cheese Sauce, Tortilla Strips, Pico del Gallo & sliced Fresh Jalapeños) w/Fries

Nacho Burger, closeup

Nacho Burger, closeup

Grilled Cheeseburger w/Fries

Grilled Cheeseburger w/Fries

Grilled Cheeseburger, closeup

Grilled Cheeseburger, closeup

Breakfast Burger, closeup

Breakfast Burger (Half pound Angus Beef Patty, Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Bacon, Hash Brown Cakes, Sunnyside Up Egg on a butter toasted Croissant) w/Fries

Breakfast Burger, closeup

Breakfast Burger, closeup

Chicken Sandwich w/Fries

Artisan Club Sandwich (Your choice of Grilled Chicken, sliced Turkey, sliced Ham, sliced Turkey & Ham or Half pound Angus Beef Patty with Leaf Lettuce, sliced Tomato, Applewood Bacon, Avocado, Jack Cheese, Garlic Aioli served on a butter toasted Artisan Bread) w/Fries

Chicken Sandwich, closeup

Artisan Club Sandwich, closeup

Time to Re-Visit:

Swensen’s Grill & Ice Cream
1586 S Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL

*Chef Alex Parra invited my wife & I try to try all of the dishes above. We were treated to the meal and did not pay but did tip (you gotta do that not matter what).

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:

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

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

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



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

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.


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

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



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

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