El Rinconcito Latino – Westchester & Beyond…

El Rinconcito Latino - Westchester, Florida

Just a few blocks from my parent’s house in Westchester is a Cuban restaurant they frequent, El Rinconcito Latino. There are actually 6 other locations. My first recollection of seeing/hearing about this place was their spot across the street from Leo’s Pizza.

My parents eat in or take out from here a couple of times a month. I’ve probably eaten here about a good ten times, some with and some without Mom & Dad. It’s a great local spot with a real home cooked style to the food. I haven’t had a bad meal yet.

Some of the standouts have been the Croquetas (which I like to sandwich between the complimentary buttered Cuban toasts), the Chicharron de Pollo (Fried Boneless Chicken Chunks), the Medianoche (Cuban Sandwich on Sweet Bread) and the Bistec Milanesa (Breaded Steak) Version 1.

Version 1? Well, read the next paragraph and I explain.

If I really had to nitpick, my only issue is that I have had inconsistent preparations of some of the dishes, which I will attribute to different Chefs in the kitchen.

Buttered Cuban Toast

Buttered Cuban Toast

Cuban Coffee aka Rocket Fuel

Cuban Coffee aka Rocket Fuel

Mariquitas w/Cilantro Sauce

Mariquitas w/Cilantro Sauce

Fried Pork Chunks

Fried Pork Chunks

Chicken Milanesa (Breaded Chicken Steak, pounded Thin topped w/House Red Sauce, Ham & Cheese)

Chicken Milanesa (Breaded Chicken Steak, pounded Thin topped w/House Red Sauce, Ham & Cheese)

Morros (Beans & Rice) and Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Moros (Beans & Rice) and Tostones (Fried Plantains)

Palomilla Steak

Palomilla Steak

Medianoche Sandwich (Ham, Pork, Swiss Cheese, Pickles & Mustard on Toasted Sweet Bread)

Medianoche Sandwich (Ham, Pork, Swiss Cheese, Pickles & Mustard on Toasted Sweet Bread)

Ham Croquetas

Ham Croquetas

Frita Cubana aka Cuban Hamburger

Frita Cubana aka Cuban Hamburger





Malanga Chips

Malanga Chips

Ham Croquetas w/Saltines

Ham Croquetas w/Saltines

Fried Chicken Chunks

Fried Chicken Chunks

Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak)

Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak)

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Bistec Empanizado Version 2 (Breaded Steak)

Bistec Empanizado Version 2 (Breaded Steak)

Black Beans & Rice

Black Beans & Rice, To Go Order

Don’t forget to have a Cafecito to cap off your meal.

Take Your Pick:

El Rinconcito Latino
8488 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33144
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

5904 W 20th Ave Hialeah, FL 33016
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

6741 SW 24 Street Miami, FL 33155
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

10481 SW 40th St Miami, FL 33165
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

12899 SW 42nd St Miami, FL 33175
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

15500 SW 72nd St Miami, FL 33193
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

9979 SW 142nd Ave Miami, FL 33186
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers takes People’s Choice, Burbowl the Judge’s Choice at Hamburger House Party 2016

Hamburger House Party 2016

The 2016 Hamburger House Party is over. Congratulations are in order to Burbowl – Juicy Smashed Burgers who took home the Judge’s Choice Trophy (Wholesome Rollers came in 2nd and Jersey Dawg 3rd) and Jr’s Gourmet Burgers who won the People’s Choice Trophy with 23% of the vote (MEAT Eatery & Taproom was 2nd and Orange Bear Restaurant 3rd in the popular vote).

I need to thank a few folks and then you can relive the event via the 60 pictures below. Remember, if you couldn’t make it this year, there’s always next year!

Thank Yous:

Budweiser – Bud & Burgers (the Official Beer of Hamburger House Party)
Downstairs Markets
Miami Lakes Auto Mall
Magic City Casino
Sunshine Provisions
Babe Froman
Martin’s Potato Rolls
Mist Twist & Pepsi

The Judges:
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
Charm City Burger Company’s Chef Mike Saperstein

1) 109 Burger Joint
2) Burbowl – Juicy Smashed Burgers
3) Chefs on the Run
4) Crackers Casual Dining
5) Doce Provisions
6) Fat Moe’s
7) Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
8) Hate Mondays Tavern
9) Jr’s Gourmet Burgers
10) Jersey Dawg
11) Latin House
12) The Local
13) MEAT Eatery & Taproom
14) Norman Brothers
15) The Orange Bear Restaurant
16) Pincho Factory
17) Shake Shack
18) Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
19) Wholesome Rollers
20) Woody’s Burgers

The Snacks & Drinks:
Chifles’ Chips
HipPOPs handcrafted gelato bars
Jim Beam
Magic City Pizza
Night Owl Cookie Co.
Ojala Wine
Sweetness Bakeshop
Tito’s Vodka

The Entertainment:
Arcade Odyssey
DJ Volksmusik
Miami Ghostbusters
Retro Sky

Hamburger House Party 2016

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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