#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

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2015 Burger Beast Burgie Awards Winners & Slideshow

The 2015 Burgie Awards Slideshow:

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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

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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

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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.

Food Specials For The 2015 Burgie Awards

Burgies 2015 Poster

We’re getting close to the actual Burger Beast Burgie Awards event and revealing who the winners are. In the meantime to build up some anticipation here are some the special dishes that will be available along with everyone’s regular dishes.

While at the event, every attendee will be able to vote for their favorite dish at the Miami Lakes Auto Mall tent and the winner will receive a People’s Choice Best Dish Burgie Award!!!

REMEMBER: Saturday January 31, 2015 from 5-10PM at Milander Park (4700 Palm Avenue) in Hialeah. Admission is FREE. You’re all invited.

To see the entire line-up of Food, Art & Music for the Burgie Awards: CLICK HERE


2 Jive Turkeys: Turkey-Avocado Sandwich – Carved Deep Fried Turkey Breast, Melted Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado with our Cranberry-Sangria Dressing on a Butter Toasted Roll.

Turkey-Avocado Sandwich

Turkey-Avocado Sandwich


B.C. Tacos: Frita Taco – FRITA TACO – Homemade Chorizo & Beef Patty, Queso Frito, homemade Papitas & BC Ketchup.

Frita Taco

Frita Taco


Babe Froman Fine Sausages: Brat-O-Saurus Burger – 1/3 Lb. Bratwurst Patty topped with Sauerkraut, melted Jarlsburg Cheese and Grain Mustard on a Pretzel Bun.


Curbside Gourmet: Thai Pork Belly Sliders – The Pork Belly will be braised in a 5-spice Broth, then marinated in Lemongrass-Sata, seared to order & served on a local made Roll with a Chili-Lime Slaw & drizzled with truck made Peanut Red-Curry Sauce.


Dim Ssäm à gogo: THE BEAST – Double Angus Beef “Bulgogi” Burger

"The Beast" Double Angus Beef "Bulgogi" Burger

“The Beast” Double Angus Beef “Bulgogi” Burger


Don Mofongo: “Burgies” Bori Burger – Sirloin Tender Meat, Sweet Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Onions & Mushroom Teriyaki, Mayo-Ketchup Sauce, Tomatoes & Green Leaf Lettuce.

"Burgies" Bori Burger

“Burgies” Bori Burger


FOAR: Breakfast Beast – Griddle-Fried Taylor Ham, 2 Fried Eggs, melted American Cheese, layer of Home-Fries & Onions dressed with Malt Vinegar, sliced Roast Beef with homemade Gravy, melted Muenster Cheese on a Hoagie Roll.

Breakfast Beast

Breakfast Beast


HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars: Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar – Our secret blend of our Cocoa Belgian Gelato, dipped with our Signature Semi-Sweet Chocolate, dusted with Sea Salt & topped Mini Marshmallows.

Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar


Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers: SS Fishwich –  Filet of fresh Fish dredged in seasoned Flour fried crispy served on a toasted Bun with house-made Tartar Sauce, Vine Ripened Sliced Tomato, crunchy crisp Lettuce, melted Pepper Jack Cheese & house-made Pickled Red Onion.

SS Fishwich

SS Fishwich


Jersey Dawg: Last day to have a Double Slider.

Double Slider

Double Slider


Liquid N2 Ice Cream: Beastie’s Cookie Flan Ice Cream – Made with No eggs and eggless Cookie Dough, drizzled with Dulce de Leche.

Cookie Flan Ice Cream

Beastie’s Cookie Flan Ice Cream


Ms. Cheezious: Croqueta Monsieur – Ham Croquetas, Tavern Ham, Bechamel & Swiss on Sourdough.

Croqueta Monsieur

Croqueta Monsieur


Paradise Cups: Keri’s Chocolate Berries – Is a light, creamy soft fluffy Snow infused with the elements of Strawberry Shortcake & covered in Chocolate.

Keri's Chocolate Berries

Keri’s Chocolate Berries


The Rolling Stove: *Cemita Poblano-Pork – Milanese-style with Avocado, Oaxaca Cheese, Baby Arugula, Chipotle Mayo served on a Cemita Roll.


Spring In Roll Out: Vietnamese Pinchos – Meatballs on a Stick


Woody’s Burgers: Le Cordon Beast Burger – Woody’s Beef Burger w/grilled thick Slab Bacon, Smoked Ham, Gruyere Cheese, Fried Egg, Crispy Fried Onion with Citrus Parsley Butter & Roasted Garlic Mayo.


Yayi’s Desserts: Blueberry Apricot Goat Cheese Flan – The Blueberry & the Apricot provide an excellent counter to the slightly bitter taste of the Goat Cheese. The Goat Cheese makes it a super creamy delight.

Blueberry Apricot Goat Cheese Flan

Blueberry Apricot Goat Cheese Flan


*winner of Best Dish at the El Main Evento Food Truck Competition

Food Recap from Saturday’s Food Trucks

Every 3rd of the month the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival happens at Magic City Casino. And every 3rd Saturday you can find my family, my friends and I trying to sample as much food as humanly possible. This past Saturday was no different (Jan 17th).

Unfortunately as it gets darker it becomes impossible to get great pictures of everything but below is a good 80% of what we ate.

You can also see the great picture Fatgirl Hedonist snapped when she hung out for a little while with us last night.

Remember it’s every 3rd Saturday and I curate, choose, whatever you prefer to call it the Food Trucks. If there’s a Food Truck you’d like to see please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks.

Sausage Balls from Tum Tum's

Sausage Balls from Tum Tum’s

Mr. Miyagi San(wich) from Tum Tum's: Crispy Chicken Sandwich w/Garlic Sriracha Slaw

Mr. Miyagi San(wich) from Tum Tum’s: Crispy Chicken Sandwich w/Garlic Sriracha Slaw

"Burgies" Bori Burger by Don Mofongo

“Burgies” Bori Burger by Don Mofongo

Small Pizza Bianca from Rolling Oven: Olive oil glaze, fresh Garlic, Provolone, fresh Mozzarella, and Parmesan, finished with fresh Basil.

Small Pizza Bianca from Rolling Oven: Olive oil glaze, fresh Garlic, Provolone, fresh Mozzarella, and Parmesan, finished with fresh Basil.

Small Potato and Chorizo from Rolling Oven:  Thinly sliced Potatoes, Olive Oil glaze, Provolone, Chorizo Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, finished with cracked Black Pepper.

Small Potato and Chorizo from Rolling Oven:
Thinly sliced Potatoes, Olive Oil glaze, Provolone, Chorizo Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, finished with cracked Black Pepper.

BLTCE (Thick Cut Slab Bacon, American Cheese, Fried Egg, Ketchup, Mustard & Roasted Garlic Mayo) from Woody's Burgers

BLTCE (Thick Cut Slab Bacon, American Cheese, Fried Egg, Ketchup, Mustard & Roasted Garlic Mayo) from Woody’s Burgers

Nutella, Strawberry & Banana Crepe from Voo La Voo

Nutella, Strawberry & Banana Crepe from Voo La Voo

Beef Cheeseburger Wrap from Ipek's Wykked Kitchen

Beef Cheezburger Wrap from Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen

1/2 Rack of Ribs from Legends BBQ

1/2 Rack of Ribs from Legends BBQ

Buffalo Melt by Killer Melts: Fried Buffalo Chicken, Pepper Jack Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing, Lettuce and Tomatoes on toasted White Bread.

Buffalo Melt by Killer Melts: Fried Buffalo Chicken, Pepper Jack Cheese, Blue Cheese Dressing, Lettuce and Tomatoes on toasted White Bread.

Soft Serve Swirl from Ice Cream Express, pic by FGH

Soft Serve Swirl from Ice Cream Express, pic by FGH

Details To Remember:

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 33125
Restrictions: ALL AGES & FREE ADMISSION
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Chefs On The Run – Homestead, Florida

Chefs on the Run is one of the the restaurants I’ve been telling myself that I need to hit up for over a year. I’m not sure exactly why I hadn’t. When FGH asked if I’d like to accompany her to Knaus Berry Farm I said Yes with the only stipulation being that we hit up Chefs on the Run for lunch.

After having to wait around for FGH to pick her Strawberries we headed out. I was excited, hungry and had only a Cheese Bread Stick in my stomach holding me over. There’s only one parking space available when we arrive and it involves parallel parking, one of my kryptonites.

Chefs on the Run seats about 30 folks and has one wall covered with local art for sale, which is a nice touch. I had already scoped out the menu and was ready to order. FGH was a bit on the sick side and was all about getting a Soup. They were out of Soup so she had to settle for the Habanero Chicken and Pinchos (Skewers) I ordered “Pa Picar”.

There was no settling here as the Habanero Chicken were beyond excellent with a just right buttery Habanero Sauce (not too spicy) and a side of Lime Ranch Sauce. If I had my druthers, I’d be a Bleu Cheese Sauce but you can’t win them all. The Chicken & Churrasco Pinchos were good too but I would have preferred the BBQ Sauce on the side so that I could control how much each one had. I assumed they would be, but we know what happens when you assume.

I really wanted the Habanero Burger but two spicy dishes is not really the way to start your day. I’m glad I chose the Chef La Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard). It’s beautiful, it really is.

I remove the offensive lettuce & tomato and look at the marvelous crust on the bottom of the Burger, I was sold. One bite and boom, there it was, an explosion. It’s a very well constructed Burger with some equally great ingredients. The Creole Mustard really tied the Pastrami to the Burger. They nailed it.

There’s a Tripleta, a Bahn Mi, & Mofongo which give me multiple reasons to return to Chefs on the Run. Plus, I really need to try that Habanero Burger.

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Herb Butter Bread

Herb Butter Bread

Habanero Boneless Chicken w/Lime Ranch

Habanero Boneless Chicken w/Lime Ranch

Pinchos: Chicken & Churrasco Skewers w/BBQ Sauce

Pinchos: Chicken & Churrasco Skewers w/BBQ Sauce

Fries

Fries

Chef J's Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard) - Side One

Chef J’s Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard) – Side One

Chef J's Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard) - Side Two

Chef J’s Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard) – Side Two

P.S.: FGH had Hummus, one of the few items I have banned from this blog, “thou shalt not be photographed“.

Run To Homestead:

Chefs on the Run
Facebook: Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine
10 E Mowry Dr Homestead, Florida
305-245-0085

Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine on Urbanspoon

This Saturday Catch The Miami Food Trucks At Magic City Casino

Wheelin Dealin - Magic City Casino

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival (which takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month) is this Saturday January 17th from 5-10PM. Magic City Casino (right near the Miami airport) hosts and we have over 20 of South Florida’s BEST Food Trucks attending.

I have been curating this event since the first time it was held back in March of 2011, we’re nearing the four year anniversary. It’s also the longest running Food Truck Event in all of the state of Florida.

Even though the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival takes place at Magic City Casino, ALL AGES are welcome & admission is FREE. And yes, Beer is sold at this event if you wanna throw down a cold one with your grub.

This month you can catch first timers like Ice Cream Express, Killer Melts, Legends BBQ, Rolling Oven & Voolavoo plus regular favorites like Daddy’s Grill, Don Mofongo and Taco Fresh. Check out the entire line-up below.

There’s also a FREE Concert that night by Orquesta Brava at 8PM.

WDSFF January 2015

January 17th Line-Up:

Arepas Las Gorditas
Box of Chacos
Daddy’s Grill
Don Mofongo
FOAR
Ice Cream Express
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen
Killer Melts
Legends BBQ
The Lobsta Guy
The Magic Box
Miami Angels Roasted Corn
Miami Meatballers
Monster Burgers
Rolling Oven
Sugar Yummy Mama
Taco Fresh
Top Fries
Tum Tum’s
Voolavoo
Woody’s Burgers
Xtreme Risotto

The Details:

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival
at Magic City Casino
Facebook: Wheelin’ Dealin’ Event Page
Date: Saturday January 17th & Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 450 NW 37th Ave Miami, Florida 33126
Restrictions: ALL AGES & FREE ADMISSION
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

109 Burger Joint Opening In Sweetwater, Friday January 16th

109 Burger Joint

A collective sadness came over Sweetwater and the hop, skip and a jump away FIU with the closing of A&G Burger Joint last June. It looks like it might be time to turn that frown upside down (yes I borrowed that line from Lionel Playworld) as the new owners of the space are opening up as 109 Burger Joint in that same location.

The menu is compromised of not only 10 eight ounce (half pound) Artisan Burgers with names like The Blue Moon (Blue Moon Beer Aged Patty w/Blue Cheese Crumbles, Sautéed Onions, Mushroom Orange Mayo, Julienne Romaine Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles), The Panther (50% Angus, 50% Pancetta Patty w/Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Leaf Lettuce, Red Onion, & Tomato) and likely to be popular in this Nicaraguan heavy part of Miami, the Nica Burger (100% Angus Patty w/Nicaraguan-style Fried Cheese, Mild Jalapeño Cream Sauce, Fried Sweet Plantains & Nicaraguan Coleslaw).

There’s also their signature Burger, the 109 Super Burger. This over the top creation includes American Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Guava Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings, French Fries and Mini Mac Balls on a 1/2 pound Burger patty. And of course you can choose to Build Your Own Burger option if you’re not into their pre-made creations.

For you Beer folk there’s an extensive selection of Craft & Local Beers. What I really like is that there’s a Beer Sampler available for us rookies too.

109 Burger Joint opens up on Friday January 16th at 6PM.

The entire Menu is below so you can start figuring out what you’re gonna order.

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Opening Details:

109 Burger Joint
Facebook: 109 Burger Joint
Instagram: 109BurgerJoint
Date: Friday January 16th
Time: 6PM
Address: 646 SW 109 Avenue Miami (Sweetwater), FL
Phone: 305-228-0109

*Picture & Menus courtesy of 109 Burger Joint

Burger King & The First 10 Miami Locations #ThrowbackThursday

Burger King Logo from 1955 - 1968

Burger King Logo from 1955 – 1968

If you live in Miami and drive with any frequency to the Airport or Miami Beach, I will assume you’ve seen the giant Burger King building located right off of the Dolphin Expressway(SR836) on the NW 57th Street exit. I would also like to assume that you know that Burger King has been headquartered in Miami since 1959 and that it was originally called Insta-Burger King when it was founded in Jacksonville, FL in 1953. But, maybe you don’t.

The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL opened on December 4th, 1954 at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot, the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.

Besides Burger King #9 (I have yet to find out where that was located), of the original 10 locations 6 are still operational in the same spots they opened at in the 1950s.


The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami:

  1. 3090 NW 36th Street –  now Cladd Motors
  2. 6091 SW 8th Street – now La Palma Restaurant
  3. 8995 NW 7th Avenue – now a Snapper’s
  4. 30390 S Dixie Hwy (Homestead)
  5. 7975 NW 27th Avenue
  6. 9201 South Federal Highway (Pinecrest)
  7. 3051 Coral Way
  8. 18240 South Dixie Highway (Perrine)
  9. Unknown
  10. 775 E 9 St (Hialeah)

One last fast fact that might interest you, the Whopper was not always on the menu. The Whopper was the creation of James McLamore in 1957. It sold for 37 cents. He was one of the two men who brought Insta-Burger King to Miami and eventually became the co-founder of the Burger King brand a few years later.

When you were a kid, what was your favorite Burger King Burger?

Burger King's Double Cheeseburger
Mine was Burger King’s Double Cheeseburger

Main Source: The Burger King: Jim McLamore and the Building of an Empire – 1997

Frita Showdown Wins The305’s 2014 Best Foodie Event

Frita Showdown 2K14

In 1962 my Grandparents Gollo & Maruca Echevarria decided they were going to uproot & leave behind their lives in Cuba to look for something better for their children Gregorio & Caridad (my Mom) in the United States.

Echevarria Family in New York City, 1962

Echevarria Family in New York City, 1962

A few short years later the Gonzalez family (which included my father Serafin Jr.) would find their way to New York also as my grandfather Serafin Gonzalez Sr., who wrestled professionally under the name Cruz Diablo found himself without a job because of the Castro regime in Cuba.

My parents met in the early 1970s right after the passing of my grandfather Serafin, married in 1972, had me in 1974 and my sister Michelle in 1975. The newly created family unit (Gollo, Maruca, Serafin, Carded, mini-me & Michelle) moved to Miami in 1975 and settled in the Westchester area to be with the rest of our family who had already also left Cuba in the hopes of something better.

I was lucky to have spent over 30 years with my maternal grandparents who told me about their lives in Cuba, what a beautiful country it was and all about the culture.

My grandmother Maruca cooked and I was introduced to Cuban cuisine through her. She is responsible for my addiction to Black Beans & Rice. And much like many of you feel about your grandmother, I believe she made the Best Flan in all of the land with Lila’s a close second.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my grandfather Gollo was the palate of the family, years before all these crowd sourcing sites existed to find out where to eat. He was the man. He had his ear to the ground and always knew where we should eat or when some restaurant was past its prime. His obsession was Pastelitos and you could find him daily at his favorite bakery La Suiza picking up Pasteles de Carne (Beef Pastries) in the afternoons.

One of my favorite memories was sitting with them and watching the Buena Vista Social Club documentary about the forgotten musicians of Cuba filmed in and around Havana (Capital of Cuba).

In 2001, my Abuela passed away and then a few short years later in 2004 my Abuelo passed on. It was heartbreaking for us.

Abuela & Abuelo - May 1999

This is how I remember them, Abuela & Abuelo – May 1999

When my wife Marcela and I began creating Food events I knew that one had to revolve around everything that I grew up with. I wanted to capture the spirit of being Cuban and really wasn’t sure if it would be possible at all. We knew we had to be meticulous about the decor, the food and of course the music…..so Frita Showdown was born.

Frita Showdown is, was and always will be dedicated to not only the memory of my grandparents Gollo & Maruca but to all of those who sacrificed themselves so that their families could have a future and better life in the United States.

2014 Best Foodie Event

Why would I give you this long introduction to Frita Showdown winning The305’s 2014 Best Foodie Event?

This is more than just an event to us and we are very proud to see it receive this accolade.

Thank you to Schweid & Sons, Goya Foods and Magic City Casino for sponsoring the 2015 Frita Showdown.

Thank you to all the restaurants & food vendors, everyone in Team BB who worked on the event and of course to those of you who attended.

See you in August for the 2015 Frita Showdown.

A Little Patty Melt History

Patty Melt from The Bar

Patty Melt from The Bar

 

I discuss Burgers a bunch and one topic that comes up rather often is whether or not a Patty Melt should be classified as a Burger. I’ve always felt that a Patty Melt was a Burger. I also feel that it’s almost impossible to mess one up.

The “official” ingredients are rather simple:

  • Burger Patty
  • Rye Bread
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Grilled Onions.

I can’t say that I ever remember eating a bad one anywhere and I’ve had them in many cities and states. I do encounter variations on the Cheeses (American Cheese, Cheddar Cheese) and occasionally on the Bread (Sourdough), rarely on the protein (Turkey Patty Melt). Another thing, most Patty Melt Purists say that the Rye Bread is never to be toasted only griddled on the flat top.

The Patty Melt should taste like the child of a great Burger & Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

"Turkey Patty Melt" by Ms. Cheezious

“Turkey Patty Melt” by Ms. Cheezious

Where did the Patty Melt come from?

Unlike the Burger or Cheeseburger where you’ve got a bunch of folks claiming to be the creators, the Patty Melt was birthed in California. Tiny Naylor owned a chain of Biff’s and Tiny Naylor restaurants in the late 1940s and 1950s. It was there that the Patty Melt made its debut.

Tiny passed in 1959 but his son Biff (yes the restaurants were named after him) now owns the Du-Par’s chain (with a pretty mean Patty Melt on the menu) and his granddaughter Jennifer now a caterer was a former executive Chef for Wolfgang Puck.

While I haven’t come across the recipe for Tiny Naylor’s original Patty Melt, I did find one for the Patty Melt Jennifer served at Wolfgang Puck’s. Remember, beggars can’t be choosers.


Jennifer Naylor’s Patty Melt Recipe:

Patty Melt Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 4 slices Rye Bread
  • Salt and freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pound fresh Ground Round (divided and shaped into 2 Oval Burgers)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small Red Onion, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 2 to 3 slices of Swiss Cheese

Patty Melt Instructions:

  1. Melt butter over flat top griddle/large cast-iron skillet to toast Rye Bread slices.
  2. Season Burgers w/Salt & Pepper, then grill on flat top.
  3. Cook to Medium-Rare or desired doneness.
  4. Put Olive Oil on griddle and grill Onions until caramelized.
  5. Melt Swiss Cheese slices over each Burger.
  6. Assemble Patty Melt by placing Cheeseburgers over one slice each Rye toast, top with caramelized Onions and then remaining slices of Rye toast.

Sources: ChowhoundHamburgers & Fries, Jennifer Naylor & my brain

Top 10 Food Truck Dishes of 2014

Top Lists

Every few weeks I like to unleash a new List or Best Of on the Burger Beast site and with 2014 coming to an end I thought a Top 10 Food Truck Dishes would be the ideal one.

You can find these Food Trucks at events I curate in Miami every 3rd Saturday (Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival) and in Hollywood every Monday (Food Trucks at Arts Park).

The Top 10 is in alphabetical order.


  • Arepas Las GorditasPocahontas Arepa: What do you get when take a freshly made Venezuelan Arepa and stuff it with some Thanksgiving love? An unbelievable Arepa that is unfortunately only available during season or maybe not, fingers crossed.
Arepas Las Gorditas' Pocahontas Arepa: Turkey + Stuffing marinated with Gravy/Cranberry & Homemade White Cheese (Guayanes)

Arepas Las Gorditas’ Pocahontas Arepa: Turkey + Stuffing marinated with Gravy/Cranberry & Homemade White Cheese (Guayanes)


  • Box of ChacosBang Mai Buns: Chaco‘s Bao Buns are always changing and evolving. I’ve seen BBQ Short Rib, Duck, SPAM and even Vietnamese Crab Salad Bang Mai Buns. These are some buns I love banging (get your thoughts out of the gutter).
Box of Chacos' Bang Mai Buns

Box of Chacos’ Bang Mai Buns


  • FOAR‘s N.Y. Egg Sandwich: An excellent breakfast sandwich is hard to come by in these parts so imagine my surprise when I ordered the N.Y. Egg Sandwich from FOAR and it was a specimen. And it’s pretty too!
FOAR's N.Y. Egg Sandwich  w/Eggs, Cheese & Bacon on a Kaiser Roll

FOAR’s N.Y. Egg Sandwich w/Eggs, Cheese & Bacon on a Kaiser Roll


  • HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato BarsSalted Caramel Brûlée: It was midsummer, hot as hell and I want something not only refreshing but flavorful, enter the Salted Caramel Brûlée POP. When HipPOPs debuts a new flavor people listen as they know a lot of care has gone into creating it. This one was a Grand Slam in the bottom of the ninth at the World Series.
HipPOPs' Salted Caramel Brûlée (in the front) & Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Crunch (in the back) POPs

HipPOPs’ Salted Caramel Brûlée (in the front) & Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Crunch (in the back) POPs


  • The Lobsta Guy‘s Original Lobster Roll: I’m no expert in the realm of seafood but I can’t imagine a Lobster Roll that could be better than this one. If the lines at this food truck are any indication I’m not alone in those thoughts.
The Lobsta Guy's Original Lobsta Roll on a Toasted Buttered Bun

The Lobsta Guy’s Original Lobsta Roll on a Toasted Buttered Bun


  • Marlie’s Delights‘ Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie: I love Cinnamon Rolls and I’m also an Apple Pie-o-holic. When Chef Leslie of Marlie’s Delights mentioned that she was creating a Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie I thought it might mean the coming of the Dessert Apocalypse. Zombies watch out, these are my brains.
Marlie's Delights' Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Marlie’s Delights’ Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie


  • Ms. Cheezious‘ Croqueta Monsieur: I’ve been making Grilled Cheese Croqueta Sandwiches for years. When Catalina Foods came aboard as a sponsor for my event Croquetapalooza I suggested they supply some of their Croquetas to a few folks, one of which was Ms. Cheezious. I knew they would create something really special with them and so the Croqueta Monsieur was born. It will be King of the sandwiches one day, trust me.
Croqueta Monsieur: Ham Croqueta, Tavern Ham, Bechamel & Swiss on Sourdough Bread

Croqueta Monsieur: Ham Croqueta, Tavern Ham, Bechamel & Swiss on Sourdough Bread


  • The Rolling Stove‘s Cuban Sandwich: I’d to think it was all my talk about Cuban Sandwiches & Medianoches that pushed the Rolling Stove‘s Troy Thomas to create their take on the classic dish. It was only available at a couple of events in July 2014 but here’s to hoping that we’ll see it make a few appearances in the new year.
The Rolling Stove's Cuban Sandwich

The Rolling Stove’s Cuban Sandwich


  • Tum Tum’s Thai Fried Chicken: TFC = Chicken Chunks marinated in Thai seasonings, fried and tossed in a Sweet Chili Sauce. You ever agree to share something and then realize you made a bad mistake? Don’t share these ever.
Tum Tum's Thai Fried Chicken

Tum Tum’s Thai Fried Chicken


  • Woodys Burgers‘ Alpine Burger: As a kid I loved Char-broiled or Char-grilled Burgers but as I became older I fell in love with Burgers cooked on the flat-top or griddle. Well, like old things that become new again I again returning to my roots. If you’re Char-grilling then I’m listening. Woodys Burgers is char-grilled and they’ve managed to layer the flavors in such a way that I’m breaking all the Burger rules I place on the meat patties I love (no condiments & veggies of any type). One thing is for sure, nothing in my book beats a well crafted and thought out Burger, nothing.
Woody's Burgers' Alpine Burger

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


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MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Coming To Miami

MOOYAH Burger

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is opening their first Florida location in Miami early next year. There are plans to open at least 10 more MOOYAHs over the next ten years.

Yup, the MOOYAH website confirms it

Yup, the MOOYAH website confirms it

The MOOYAH Menu is made up of Burgers (a variety of proteins & a Hot Dog), Fries, Salads & Shakes. You can see the current menu below.

MOOYAH Menu as of August 2014

MOOYAH Menu as of August 2014

As soon as I find out more details so will you.

Source: 1851project

Ask The Beast Column #6 December 24, 2014

You can catch the Ask The Beast Column here on Burger Beast every Wednesday (I skipped last Wednesday, Sorrreeee).

These are all real questions, none of them were created or sent in by me. It would be kinda ridiculous for me to send in questions.

Don’t forget to send in your questions using the form below or using the hashtag #askthebeast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google + or there is no #AskTheBeast column.


Question from Lauren through the BB Blog Form: One day in Orlando with nothing to do… where do I eat? I probably can’t through every spot on your “2 Days in Orlando” post, but they all look awesome. Thanks

BB: I’m gonna have to agree that the 2 Days in Orlando post might be a little excessive. It would really depend on what you’re looking to do but if the plan is just to fill up at one spot I’d definitely suggest the Hash House a Gogo. If you want a great Burger with a hard rock ambience check out the Oblivion Taproom. Pig Floyd’s opened up recently and is definitely worth the drive.

Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Benedict from Hash House a Gogo

Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Benedict from Hash House a Gogo

Half a Rack Ribs from Pig Floyd's

Half a Rack Ribs from Pig Floyd’s


Question from Felipe Alvarez through the BB Blog Form: Have you had a cronught? Can one be had locally without going to Epcot?

BB: Were you a part of the local education system?…And to answer your question, Sure. Cronuts can be found at Mojo Donuts in Pembrokes Pines and Rhino Doughnuts in Ft. Lauderdale. I suggest you call ahead to make they have them available.

Rhino Horn, theRhino Doughnuts version of the Cronut

Rhino Horn, theRhino Doughnuts version of the Cronut


Question from Mario Bava through the BB Blog Form: Why do you hate Asians?

BB: Mr. Bava I’m a big fan of your films. My first thought is why would an Italian Director who created such atmospheric Horror Movie classics like Black Sunday and Kill Baby Kill care about whether I hate Asians. I don’t hate Asians but I do dislike Asians who are taller than 6 feet, they are an anomaly and we need to put a stop to it.

I’m not even sure why I answered that question since it had nothing to do with food but you might as well watch the trailer for Kill Baby Kill:


Question from J. Wellington through the BB Blog Form: Marry Fuck Kill
Michel Sanchez
Jim Heins
David Garcia

BB: J. Wellington……I see someone is trying to make a funny. J Wellington = Wimpy of Popeye’s fame. I understand the question and see that you mention Michell Sanchez of Latin House and David Garcia of La Camaronera but I don’t know who that third person is. It wouldn’t be fair to answer cause all that would happen is he ends up getting fuck’d. P.S.: This is a thinly veiled plot to make you look up the name to someone I don’t particularly care about.

Did you know? There is a Burger chain called Wimpy in the United Kingdom. It was founded in the United States at Wimpy Grill in 1934.

Here is a Wimpy's Coffee Jar from the 1940s that I own.

Here is a Wimpy’s Coffee Jar from the 1940s that I own.


Question from Fernando l pineda through the BB Blog Form: Where is the best salmon burger in Miami

BB: There is no such thing. Please stop blaspheming.

Don't You Blaspheme In Here! - Aretha Franklin in the Blues Brothers

Don’t You Blaspheme In Here! – Aretha Franklin in the Blues Brothers movie


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