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

Old Chicago Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

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

Delicias de España on Urbanspoon

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

Don Mofongo – South Florida Food Truck

Don Mofongo Food Truck

The original Don Mofongo Food Truck (there are now two) opened up in Miami during the month of April of 2012. Alicia & Wilson’s (the owners of Don Mofongo) vision was to bring a mix of Puerto Rican and Dominican dishes to the then rapidly expanding food truck scene of South Florida.

The Mofongo in Don Mofongo comes from the Puerto Rican dish made ​​of fried Green Plantains smashed with Chicharrones (Pork Rinds) and a housemaid Garlic sauce. It is the most popular dish they serve and is available with either Chicken, Churrasco, Longaniza(Chorizo), Pernil(Slow Cooked Pork), Pork(Chunks) or Shrimp.

If I’m gonna suggest something for you to try of course it’s going to be the Chimi (Dominican Burger). The Chimi is a seasoned Beef Patty on a Dominican Water Roll topped with shredded Cabbage & Carrots, Onions, Tomato, & Pink Sauce (variations on this sandwich do exist out there).

The good folks at Don Mofongo love their fans so if you follow them on social media don’t be surprised if your picture ends up on there with a custom thank you from them. It’s not surprising that their fans reciprocate the feeling by supporting them by eating their grub since they are always one of the most popular trucks at whichever event you may find them at.

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Pork w/Tamal

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Pork Mofongo

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Yuca Fries

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Chicharrones w/Pork & Tostones

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Chimi (Dominican Burger)

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Beef Empanadas

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Yuca Rellena

Alcapurria

Alcapurria

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Sorullitos de Maiz

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Yuca Bites with Churrasco

Don Mofongo Food Truck

Tripleta (Chicken, Pork & Steak Sandwich)

Follow The Mofongo:

Don Mofongo
Facebook: Don Mofongo Food Truck
Twitter: @DonMofongo
Instagram: DonMofongo

Don Mofongo on Urbanspoon

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Coming To Miami For Burger Bash

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

The Bash Daddy Burger

Here were are with less than a week to go to the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons and usual they (they being the brain trust behind Burger Bash) have pulled out all the stops to get the Best in Burger to SoBe once again.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar from Charlotte, NC was invited by the soon to be “Burger Purveyor Legends” Schweid & Sons to represent their ground beef. They could have just shown up, gone through the motions and put out another Burger….but they didn’t. I have not tried it but a friend of mine whose Burger Palate I trust 100% has and he says, it’s the real deal. I’m sold.

So I emailed and asked Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar a few questions and they answered, isn’t it crazy how that works? :)


Burger Beast) Tell me a little bit about Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar) Bad Daddy’s is a family, fun, neighborhood Burger joint with great burgers, terrific sides and lots of good beer.


BB) Is this the first time you’ve entered into a Burger Competition? How do you prepare? BDBB) We actually have done one other Burger competition. We were on the Steve Harvey Show for the Best Burger in America. We were up against some place in Dallas.


BB) Are you creating a Special Burger for the Burger Bash? If so, can you disclose what it is? BDBB) Yes, it’s a special Burger for the competition. I grew up in Springfield, Mass where there is a legendary Burger place called the White Hut that serves these amazing cheeseburgers with fried onions. Our Bash Daddy is a really sexy twist on that simple Burger. We are using a combination meat blend of brisket, chuck and short rib provided by Schweid & Sons (amazing purveyor). Seasoned with salt and pepper. Topped with Vermont Raclette and Comte cheeses, Amstel & Bacon braised caramelized onions, mustard aioli on a soft Martin’s potato roll. Simple, but a really great Burger.


BB) Is the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroid available for Mail Order? I think I need that in my life. BDBB) We have tried to mail order the Steroid Burger but the mail man keeps eating it.


BB) Why should someone vote for your Burger at the Amstel Light Burger Bash? BDBB) Because it’s a great Burger. The guests are going to try some other burgers and come back to ours.


You heard it here first.

Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge – UPDATE #2

Amstel Light - BurgerBeast

Time for Update #2 on the #AmstelBurgerBeast Challenge.

The easiest way to see which Burgers I’m eating daily is to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.


I’ve just finished hitting the 17th of 20 restaurants competing for a spot to cook at this year’s Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons.

I’ve got a pretty good idea in my head of who’s in the lead at this point but you’ll just have to wait until Tuesday when I reveal who I’ve chosen.

If you click on the name of those restaurants below, you can see the pictures of the Burgers I’ve eaten.

Since Update #1 I’ve Visited:

Restaurants I Visited (Update #1):

  1. BurgerFi, Aventura
  2. Keg South, West Kendall
  3. Latin House, Kendall
  4. Le Tub, Hollywood
  5. Mike’s at Venetia, Miami
  6. Novecento, Midtown
  7. Pub Grill, Cutler Bay
  8. Racks Downtown Eatery, Boca Raton
  9. Rebel House, Boca Raton
  10. Shula’s Burger, Kendall

Here are the Restaurants I still need to visit:

  1. American Social, Fort Lauderdale
  2. Tarpon Bend, Fort Lauderdale
  3. Vegas Burger Bar, North Miami

The #AmstelBurgerBeast Restaurant Winner will be revealed on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at Noon.


Don’t forget YOU have got a chance to win a pair to THE signature event of South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash.

All you’ve got to do is hit up one of the participating restaurants I listed above, order an Amstel Light and a Burger (please make sure it looks good) and snap a pic with the #AmstelBurgerBeast hashtag for your chance to win two tickets!

I’ve already seen a bunch of great looking photos but I think you can do better than that.

The Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Social Media Winner will be announced here, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Wednesday, February 18, 2014 at Noon.

Tongue & Cheek’s Battle of the Burgers Watch Party

Tongue & Cheek Watch Party

Tongue & Cheek is hosting a watch party with complimentary snack & drinks for their Best New Restaurant (on BravoTV) episode. This “Battle of the Burgers” against Austin’s Porter Ale House airs this Wednesday (February 18, 2015 at 10PM), same time as the watch party, what a coincidence :)

Tongue & Cheek's Cheek Burger

T&C’s Famous Cheek Burger

It’s followed by a happy hour at 11PM with DJ YSL.

If you’d like to attend you need to RSVP to TandC@apr-alliance.com.

#SoBeWFF Medianoches & Mixology’s Full Line-Up

Medianoches & Mixology

Last year I curated Medianoches & Mixology at Wynwood Walls for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. It turned out to be the Best event that featured local restaurants and Chefs.

When Lee Schrager (SoBe Wine & Festival Founder) mentioned that we were going for a round 2 of Medianoches & Mixology in 2015, I thought….it’s on. I put on my curating hat and went to work.

The 2015 Olmeca Altos Tequila’s Medianoches & Mixology presented by Schweppes is happening again at Wynwood Walls on Saturday February 21st, 2015 from 10PM til 1AM.

M&M will feature Sandwiches & Desserts from Azucar Ice Cream Company, Barley, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar , Cuban Guys, El Mago de las Fritas, FINKA Table & Tap, Gilbert’s Bakery, Los Bobos Cafeteria, Marlie’s Delights, MEAT Eatery & Taproom, Tongue & Cheek and Wynwood Kitchen.

I almost forget to mention that Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is hosting.

Tickets which are $95, include all Food and Drinks. Some are still available HERE.

Burger Beast Burger Brawl Pre-Sale Tickets

Burger Brawl 2015 - Presale

If you didn’t attend last year’s Burger Beast Burger Brawl you did indeed miss the 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.

We’re also bringing in some restaurants from outside the 305 and 954 but you’ll just have to wait and see who those are on Monday April 6th for the big competitors reveal.

I’ve allotted a portion of the tickets for PRE-SALE at $25 and once those are gone. Guess what? Yes, they’re gone.


Five Guys Location in Miami is Testing Shakes

Five Guys' Shakes

Five Guys Burgers and Fries are finally testing what I think most folks believe should have been on their menus from the start, Milkshakes. Their Vanilla Milkshake can be dressed up with 10 mix-ins: Bacon, Bananas, Cherries, Chocolate, Coffee, Oreo Cookies, Malted Milk, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Strawberries.

There is only one Miami location (401 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132) doing the testing if you wanna get your hands on one.

To see all of the “Official Milkshake Testing Locationclick here.

*picture courtesy of Five Guys Burgers and Fries Facebook

Ms. Cheezious Is Finally Home on Biscayne Blvd.

Ms. Cheezious Neon

When I announced that Ms. Cheezious was opening up a restaurant on Biscayne Blvd in April of 2013 they had just won their second Burger Beast Burgie Award for Best Dade County Food Truck. Flash forward to almost two years later after many setbacks and delays and on the day after their 4th consecutive Burgie Award win, the Ms. Cheezious restaurant is finally open.

At night it’s impossible to miss with the great neon sign created by my maniacal friend, the Bulldog.

But before we get to the food here is the menu…

(click to enlarge)

(click to enlarge)

Right off the bat I knew the Patty Melt (6 oz. Patty on Sourdough with Chorizo Pimento Cheese & House Cured Bacon) had my name all over it but that Frito Pie Melt (House Chili, American Cheese, Jalapeños, Onions & Fritos on Sourdough Bread) was also calling my name.

Don’t get scared though cause all of your regular favorites & specials from the truck are here too like the Grilled Blue & Bacon (Crispy Bacon, Creamy Blue Cheese & Green Onion on Sourdough Bread) and the recent masterpiece from Croquetapalooza, the Croqueta Monsieur (Ham Croquetas, Tavern Ham, Swiss Cheese & Béchamel on Sourdough Bread).

Some of the sides include include a Turkey 3-Bean Chili, Sweet Potato Fries, a Mac N Cheese (Gouda Mac topped with Parmesan Crumble) and some great Buffalo Wings where you don’t get stiffed with a thimble full of Blue Cheese (it’s house-made and damn near perfect).

The folks at Ms. Cheezious never wavered on the quality of their food and service on their food trucks. I was there for their debut at Art Basel in December of 2010 and watched them work their asses off to build the loyal fanbase they have. It was a great moment to walk in to the restaurant and see what hard work and dedication produces.

Congratulations, que viva el queso.


Food Pictures from the Restaurant:

Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Frito Pie Melt

Frito Pie Melt

Patty Melt

Patty Melt

Short Rib Melt

Short Rib Melt

BBQ Tempeh Melt

BBQ Tempeh Melt


Food Pictures from the Food Truck:

Grilled Blue & Bacon

Grilled Blue & Bacon

Croqueta Monsieur

Croqueta Monsieur

Pulled Pork Melt

Pulled Pork Melt

Turkey Chili Fries

Turkey Chili Fries


Visit The Home of Cheese:

Ms. Cheezious
7418 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33138
305-989-4019

*neon sign picture courtesy of Ms. Cheezious

Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge – UPDATE

Amstel Light - BurgerBeast

Time for an update on the #AmstelBurgerBeast Challenge.

The easiest way to see which Burgers I’m eating daily is to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.


I’m halfway through my visits of the 20 restaurants competing for a spot to cook at this year’s Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons.

If you click on the name of those restaurants below, you can see everything I’ve tried.

Here are the Restaurants I’ve visited so far:

  1. BurgerFi, Aventura
  2. Keg South, West Kendall
  3. Latin House, Kendall
  4. Le Tub, Hollywood
  5. Mike’s at Venetia, Miami
  6. Novecento, Midtown
  7. Pub Grill, Cutler Bay
  8. Racks Downtown Eatery, Boca Raton
  9. Rebel House, Boca Raton
  10. Shula’s Burger, Kendall

Here are the Restaurants I still need to visit:

  1. American Social, Fort Lauderdale
  2. Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach
  3. Batch, Brickell
  4. Lefty’s Tavern, Coral Springs
  5. Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub, Hollywood
  6. Pincho Factory, Coral Gables & Westchester
  7. Rhum Shak, Lake Worth
  8. Rosie’s, Wilton Manors
  9. Tarpon Bend, Fort Lauderdale
  10. Vegas Burger Bar, North Miami

The #AmstelBurgerBeast Restaurant Winner will be revealed on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at Noon.


Don’t forget YOU have got a chance to win a pair to THE signature event of South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash.

All you’ve got to do is hit up one of the participating restaurants I listed above, order an Amstel Light and a Burger (please make sure it looks good) and snap a pic with the #AmstelBurgerBeast hashtag for your chance to win two tickets!

I’ve already seen a bunch of great looking photos but I think you can do better than that.

The Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Social Media Winner will be announced here, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Wednesday, February 18, 2014 at Noon.

George Motz to Judge 2015 SoBe Burger Bash So He Answers a Few Questions

Hamburger America II

George Motz wrote one of the most important book about Hamburgers (Hamburger America), created an amazing documentary about them (again Hamburger America) AND hosted the show Burger Land on Travel Channel.

Me = Big fan.

George has answered some of my questions before on the original written version of the Grinder and on my webshow (which you can watch right after these questions).

He’s going to be judging his first SoBe Burger Bash which has been a long time in the making. We (GM & I) figured it would be a good time to catch up with him and see what is going on in the world of Motz.


BB) What is your plan of attack for judging at the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons?

GM) I’m not going to mess around. I’ve judged burger events before and there are 2 key elements to success: take notes on every burger, and don’t finish every one! There will be over 25 burgers at the Bash and most of them will be absolutely amazing. It will be very difficult to not finish my favorites..but need to save room for all of them.


George Motz in Smoking Mode

George Motz in Smoking Mode, picture courtesy of Doug Young


BB) Tell me about your upcoming Cookbook. How did the idea come about?

GM) I realized that no one has made a book about burger ‘method’. Burger cookbooks tend to be about the stuff you can put on a burger. My new cookbook (still unnamed) will explore regional goodies like the deep fried burger, the steamed cheeseburger, and the smoked burger. We tested a Frita the other day and nailed it! So far it has been the most complicated recipe. Mojo, the potatoes, the patty..


What a Beauty this Deep-Fried Double Cheeseburger is, picture courtesy of Kristoffer Brearton


BB) Char-Grill. Flat-top. Steamed. Deep Fried. What’s the best way to cook a Hamburger?

GM) There are so many ways to cook a burger, but the flattop will always be my favorite method. It’s fast, easy, and the end result is always damn tasty. Cooking over a flame is actually the most difficult way..unless you are a pro the results can be unpredictable. But I encourage all burger enthusiasts to try other methods too, like deep frying, smoking and steaming.


Edgar Waldo "Billy" Ingram, the founder of White Castle

Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram, the founder of White Castle


BB) Who is the most important figure in Hamburger History?

GM) It’s an excellent question and no one has ever asked me. I firmly believe that the most important figure in hamburger history was Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram, the founder and visionary behind White Castle. Although White Castle has clearly lost its way, in the 1920s it was Billy that popularized the hamburger, cleaned up its image, and did things like standardize the hamburger bun and build the first successful national hamburger chain. Billy was the first hamburger hero and he set the stage for the success of the hamburger and inspired countless others.


BB) Luther Burger (Hamburger with Doughnuts as Buns). Miracle Creation or Abomination?

GM) The Luther falls somewhere in the middle, but leaning towards brilliance. I’ve eaten them before, and I liked it.


George Motz's Burger Land


BB Extra Credit) We haven’t seen each other since the filming of the Miami episode for your show on Travel Channel, Burger Land. How much have you missed me?

GM) I think of you and I think of the Frita. I’m in serious need of a Frita fix right now so I guess I really miss you!


Watch George Motz on my webshow The Grinder:

Make sure you check out all the episodes of The Grinder.


Get Your Charm City Burger Company Fix at Rebel House for Lunch

Rebel House - Fatty Melt

If you’re in the Boca Raton area and needing a Charm City Burger fix then have I got some great news for you. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday…yes, in short Monday thru Friday from 11am til 3PM at Rebel House your dream will be realized.

I had a Fatty Melt (Gruyere Cheese, White American Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, & Garlic Mayo on Sourdough) for lunch yesterday and hot damn was it good!

For the record, I do not condone the calling of anything with “Tuna” a Burger but they have one on the menu as well for those of you that might like that type of thing.

Rebel House - Charm City Burger Lunch

Join the  Lunch Rebellion:

Rebel House
297 East Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL
561-756-9764

Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs Makes Me Feel Good

There’s no doubt about it, Crackers Casual Dining makes me feel good.

I’ve had about 10 meals here over the last two years and there’s only one thing I wouldn’t order again, the Brisket. My bud FGH had the same sentiment when she visited Crackers. Now that we got that out of the way, I can gush over how great and addictive the dishes are.

I’ve tried about 90% of the menu and there are some standouts that you gotta do.

Those freakin’ Fatty Fries are in my afternoon daydreams. I’m skipping along to my farmhouse and find a giant plate of Fatty Fries at the dining room table. My Mom is ringing the dinner bell and I’m trying to eat as many as possible before the rest of my family shows up. Ok, so that wasn’t a real daydream I had but it could have been.

The Chicken Fried Chicken on a bed of Garlic Mashed Potatoes is the perfect meal to have right before you take a nap. You will wake up refreshed and probably still full but that’s a good thing.

On the dessert tip everyone seems to trip over themselves for the Deep Fried Bread Pudding but I’ve found that the daily Pies and Cakes are where it’s at. If by any chance, the Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Cake is available please let me know via social media. I will be forever indebted to you. Hey, I wasn’t kidding about that last part.

Country Fried Steak Bites

Country Fried Steak Bites

Chicken Wings w/Ranch

Chicken Wings w/Ranch

Fried Green Tomatoes w/Bacon Aioli

Fried Green Tomatoes w/Bacon Aioli

Fry Biscuits

Fry Biscuits

Mozzarella Sticks w/Marinara Sauce

Mozzarella Sticks w/Marinara Sauce

Bacon Spread w/Toast

Bacon Spread w/Toast

Fatty Fries w/Gravy

Fatty Fries w/Gravy

Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Crackers Grilled Cheese

Crackers Grilled Cheese

Open Faced Meatloaf Stacker

Open Faced Meatloaf Stacker

Buffalo Chicken Sammich w/Blue Cheese & a side of Cheese Grits

Buffalo Chicken Sammich w/Blue Cheese & a side of Cheese Grits

Sunburned Shrimp & Swine in a Bacon Cream Sauce

Sunburned Shrimp & Swine in a Bacon Cream Sauce

Chicken Fried Chicken on Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fried Chicken on Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Maples Glazed Pork Chop

Maples Glazed Pork Chop

Meatloaf on Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf on Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers

Classic 1/2 lb. Cheeseburger w/Grilled Onions

Classic 1/2 lb. Cheeseburger w/Grilled Onions

Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Cake

Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Cake

Peach Cobbler w/Ice Cream

Peach Cobbler w/Ice Cream

Fried Bread Pudding w/Ice Cream

Fried Bread Pudding w/Ice Cream

Gets Ta Steppin':

Crackers Casual Dining
78 Canal St Miami Springs, FL
786-518-3268

Crackers on Urbanspoon

2015 Burger Beast Burgie Awards Winners & Slideshow

The 2015 Burgie Awards Slideshow:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The 2015 Burgie Awards Movie:

The 2015 Burgie Award Winners:

Best Miami-Dade County Burger: Swine Southern

Best Broward County Burger: Rok Brgr

Best Food Truck Burger: Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers

Best Non-Traditional Burger: OTC Restaurant‘s Green Chili Cheese Burger

Best Hot Dog: Jersey Dawg

Best Dessert: Night Owl Cookie Co.

Best Food Blog: Fatgirl Hedonist

Best Miami Food Truck: Ms. Cheezious

Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck: HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars

Best Taco Food Truck: B.C. Tacos

Best Restaurant: FINKA Table & Tap

Best Sandwich: El Rincon del Coqui‘s Tripleta

Best Local Food Chain: BurgerFi

Best Wings: Sports Grill

Best 24 Hour Eats: Royal Castle

Best Orlando Burger: B&B Junction

Best Dish at the 2015 Burgie Awards: Yayi’s Desserts

*photos by Rod Deal/video by Jacob Katel

TODAY is the 6th annual Burgie Awards, BE THERE

Burgies 2015 Poster

6th annual Burger Beast Burgie Awards presented by Miami Lakes Auto Mall is today Saturday January 31st at Milander Park (4700 Palm Avenue) in Hialeah from 5-10PM.

Hosted by my friend and fellow Burger blogger Jamie Frankel of Burgers by the Beach.

Admission is FREE, all ages welcome.

Why you should go…

16 Burgie Awards (chosen by you the reader of the Burger Beast blog) will be handed out in these categories: Best Miami-Dade County Burger, Best Broward County Burger, Best Food Truck Burger, Best Non-Traditional Burger, Best Hot Dog, Best Dessert, Best Food Blog, Best Miami Food Truck, Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck, Best Taco Food Truck, Best Restaurant, Best Sandwich, Best Local Food Chain, Best Wings, Best 24 Hour Eats & Best Orlando Burger.

Funky Buddha Brewery will be there and from what I hear, might have a keg of the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.

Volksmusik will be DJing and Cuban Pete & the Hialeah Hooligans, Miller & the Revolvers and the Osceola Brothers will be performing LIVE.

Live Art by Nate Dee, Nomiie, Rei Ramirez, Brian Reedy, Surge & Derek P. Wilson.

Every seen a Fashion Truck? Fierce Finds Mobile Boutique will be here.

Some Great local food vendors/restaurants will be there like Babe Froman Sausages, Illegal Bakery, Miami Angels Roasted Corn, Papa Cherry’s Pie in a Jar, Pincho Factory and Yayi’s Desserts.

The return of the iconic Velvet Creme Doughnuts in their very own Food Truck. I’ve definitely missed them.

And finally the BEST from South Florida’s Food Truck Scene: 2 Jive Turkeys, Arepas Las Gorditas, BC Tacos, Boba Station, Curbside Gourmet, Daddy’s Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Don Mofongo, El Rey De Las Fritas, El Rincon Del Coqui, FOAR, Food Junkies, HipPOPS Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers, Jersey Dawg, King of Racks BBQ, Liquid N2 Ice Cream, Ms. Cheezious, Paradise Cups, Poblano’s Mexican Fusion, Rolling Oven, The Rolling Stove, Spring In Roll Out, Sugar Yummy Mama and Woody’s Burgers.

ONE LAST THING….Check out the post I did about SPECIAL DiSHES at the 2015 Burgie Awards.

Please Share with your friends.

See you there.

I Think You’ll Love Fritanga Caña Brava Too

Fritanga Caña Brava - Miami, Florida

My wife Marcela is Nicaraguan which means two things. First, I’ve eaten from way more Fritangas than your average Miamian. Secondly, there’s little credence placed on my thoughts about Fritangas (Nicaraguan quick service-style restaurant). So of course when I spotted Fritanga Caña Brava and mentioned it to my wife I was shot down, not one but multiple times over the course of a few months.

Then one afternoon Marcela calls me and asks if I’d like anything from this “NEW” Fritanga that she and her family have discovered. This “NEW” Fritanga is of course Fritanga Caña Brava. This is my Groundhog’s Day situation that I’m doomed to repeat forever.

On the first visit to a new Fritanga I always order a pretty standard Carne Asada, Gallo Pinto, Queso Frito & Tajadas (thin sliced longwise & fried Green Plantains).

Fritanga Caña Brava - Miami, Florida

Fritanga Caña Brava - Miami, Florida

Fritanga Caña Brava - Miami, Florida

Please realize that this is a cafeteria type of set-up where everything is in steamer trays.

The Carne Asada is always a hard Medium Well to Well Done. You can either accept this fate as I have or you can order to your liking which will definitely prolong your order and possibly cause a revolt with the folks waiting behind you in line. The Carne Asada was great, nice, soft and well seasoned.

Queso Frito

Queso Frito

Carne Asada & Gallo Pinto

Carne Asada & Gallo Pinto

The Gallo Pinto is some of the best I’ve had in town and they didn’t over-fry the Queso Frito which sometimes can leave it very stiff.

Best of all Fritanga Caña Brava is only a mile and a half from my house which means I’ve got one more spot close to me worth eating often at.

Yes, Do It To It:

Fritanga Caña Brava
2795 Northwest 7th Street, Miami, FL 33125
305-643-0054

Fritanga Caña Brava on Urbanspoon

Pig Out Is This Saturday: Important Reminder

STMC Pig Out 2015

If you love Pig, Pork, Swine or any other synonym then I really think you’ll be missing out if you don’t hit up the 7th Annual STMC Pig Out Pig Roasting Competition.

Teams will compete to find Miami’s Best Pig Roaster and you’ll be able to sample them!

The General Admission ($10) will get you all you can shovel into your mouth samples from the roasters, DJs, some more entertainment plus Bounce Houses and Face Painting for the kids. And all 12 and under are FREE.

VIP ($25) includes everything from the GA plus admittance to the Big Game Liquors VIP Tent with Cocktails by FINKA Table & Tap, Beers from Wynwood Brewing Company, Tight Ashes Cigars and much more. It seems to me like this is the deal to get the full experience.

Proceeds to benefit Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) and Local Catholic Charities that feed the homeless and hungry of our community.

This is very local and Miami only event. It’s a must attend for you Miami homers out there. #localsrule

The Details:

7th Annual STMC Pig Out
When: Saturday January 24, 2015
Where: 5400 SW 102nd Ave (St. Timothy Catholic Church)
Time: 12-6PM

gastroPod finds a home in Wynwood

gastroPod - Wynwood, Florida

On December 9, 2009 I wrote “In a city where it seems hype goes a lot farther than substance, it’s great to run into the real deal.” I was talking about my first encounter with Chef Jeremiah and his gastroPod.

The opening of gastropod ushered in Miami’s Street Food Movement and later on what would become the city’s Food Truck movement. Soon afterwards, the food that really made that movement hot was getting lost to the newer folks putting the $ in front of producing quality and interesting fare.

The guy who started it all took a backseat to the circus it had become and was doing his thing quietly to those who knew where to find him with dinners and brunches here and there. Next thing you know, the gastroPod was gone. It was sad really, and I couldn’t bear the thought of the Mo’ Betta Burger being gone.

In true Jeremiah he recently reappeared with a new version of the gastroPod. Gone is the airstream trailer and in it’s place is a converted shipping container that houses a full functioning kitchen. But wait there’s more….it’s a permanent spot in Wynwood.

Yes, there’s seating and even a few parking spots. It’s within walking distance of Wynwood Kitchen and Panther Coffee to kinda give you an idea of its location.

The food of course did not disappoint but then again, I didn’t expect anything less from gastroPod.

P.S. The Mo’ Betta Burger is still majestic, it’s a timeless beauty.

Menu (click to enlarge)

Menu (click to enlarge)

Crack Shake - Panther Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Ice Cream, Agave

Crack Shake – Panther Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Ice Cream, Agave

[XO Noodles] - Alkaline Noodle, XO Sauce, Kimchi & Soft Cooked Egg

[XO Noodles] – Alkaline Noodle, XO Sauce, Kimchi & Soft Cooked Egg

"Dirty" Mo' Betta Burger - Ground Short Rib & Sirloin Patty, homemade Pickles, gPod Sauce & American Cheese

“Dirty” Mo’ Betta Burger – Ground Short Rib & Sirloin Patty, homemade Pickles, gPod Sauce & American Cheese

Check out this beauty

Check out this beauty

Hand Cut Fries w/gPod Sauce

Hand Cut Fries w/gPod Sauce

Short Rib Sliders - Shredded Beef, Slaw & gPod Sauce

Short Rib Sliders – Shredded Beef, Slaw & gPod Sauce

Homemade Kimchi

Homemade Kimchi

Crispy Chicken Sammich - Chicken Thigh, Gochujang & homemade Pickles

Crispy Chicken Sammich – Chicken Thigh, Gochujang & homemade Pickles

You should also probably check out this set of gastroPod pictures by Frodnesor.

Find The:

gastroPod
160 NW 26th St Wynwood, Florida
Hours: Check the Facebook Page for current hours
Instagram: gastroPodMiami

gastroPod on Urbanspoon

Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Starts NOW

Amstel Light - BurgerBeast

Who’s ready for the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge? Or #AmstelBurgerBeast for short.

Get real close to the screen, so I can whisper to you how this works. We’ve got a two parter on our hands folks:


1) The 20 Participating Restaurants will receive a visit from a very special someone aka ME. I will be pairing their signature Burger with an Amstel Light Beer. Whichever Burger pairs the best in my humble opinion will win a coveted spot to cook at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Amstel Light Burger Bash.

It’s a big deal to be a part of the Amstel Light Burger Bash and I hope none of them are taking this lightly.

Here are the Restaurants:

  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 will be revealed right here on my blog and everywhere else you can find me (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) on Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at Noon.


2) So you’ve been wanting to attend the Amstel Light Burger Bash but it always sells out before you get a chance to get tickets. Here’s your chance to win a pair to THE signature event of South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

All you’ve got to do is hit up one of the participating restaurants I listed above, order an Amstel Light and a Burger (please make sure it looks good) and snap a pic with the #AmstelBurgerBeast hashtag for your chance to win two tickets!

The Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge Social Media Winner will be announced here, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram on Wednesday, February 18, 2014 at Noon.


I will be giving you updates on what’s going on with the Amstel Light Burger Beast Challenge so stay tuned to your bud, the Burger Beast.