Manhattan Chicago Pizzeria – Kendall, Florida

I’m not an expert in Pizza much less in “Chicago-style” so you’re not going to get the word “Authentic” out of my mouth since too many people throw that word around without really having extensive knowledge about what they’re discussing when using it. I am however well versed in things that I think taste great and Manhattan Chicago Pizza in Kendall falls into that category.

I had someone on twitter complain to me that they had ordered take-out and it took over an hour and a half. I almost felt as if they were trying to lay the blame on me since I had posted some pictures on Instagram about the Pizza a few days earlier. I don’t work here, I only eat here.

I’ve been to Manhattan Chicago Pizzeria on two occasions and ate in. The first time was for dinner and the next time for an early lunch just as they opened. On both occasions I was told in advance the Chicago-style Pizza would take 25 minutes, which it did. We were prepared for it.

Both times we had the Garlic Rolls which you should definitely order. We tried the Wings and I found them to be a little oily and not crispy enough.

I was this close to ordering a Meatball Parmesan Sub but was told by our waiter that the Meatballs are not homemade, pass.

The Manhattan Margherita Pizza while good is no match for the Original Chicago Pizza with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Ground Beef & Italian Sausage. If you’re into Pizza with Cheese that can be best described ooey and gooey then this is the Pizza for you.

It’s a very rich tasting Pie. About 90% of folks will have one slice and be down for the count. I had two Slices on my second visit and didn’t have dinner that night. True story.

Visit #1:

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Garlic Rolls

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Chicken Wings

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

The Original Chicago Pizza

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Visit #2:

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Manhattan Margherita Pizza

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

The Original Chicago Pizza

Chicago Manhattan Pizza - Kendall. Florida

There is also a second location in Pinecrest if that’s closer to you.

Go Deep Dish:

Manhattan Chicago Pizzeria
10481 SW 88th Street Miami, FL 33176


Manhattan Chicago Pizzeria
12715 S Dixie Hwy Pinecrest, Fl 33156

Croquetapalooza 2015 Details – Sunday October 11th

Croquetapalooza Poster

Croquetapalooza is happening again on Sunday October 11th from 12-3PM indoors at Stage 305 in Magic City Casino (conveniently located near the Miami Airport) sponsored by Downstairs Convenience StoresMiami Lakes Auto Mall, & Orion Merchant Solutions.

It will feature 15 Croquetas: Returning 2014 Croquetapalooza Champions Barley, BreadMan Miami, Caribe Restaurant, Cinebistro, FINKA Table & Tap, Fish House, Larios on the Beach, Latin American Bakery, Latin Cafe 2000, Little Bread, The Local, Munchie’s Cafe #2, Palomilla Grill, Pincho Factory, PIRIPI & Sergio’s.

Our Croqueta Judges will be WPLG’s MJ Acosta, City of Miami Commissioner District 1 Willy Gort & Chef/Owner of Latin House Michell Sanchez

While we’re at it, the 2nd of it’s kind, the Croquetapalooza Croqueta Eating Contest sponsored by the peerless Islas Canarias Restaurant with Special Guest Referees Fatgirl Hedonist and the 2014 Croqueta Eating Champion & Mayor of Miami Springs Zavier Garcia.

And if that wasn’t enough Cafe & Cafe con Leche from 3:05 Cafecito, an Ice Cream Sandwich made up of Azucar Ice Cream and Night Owl Cookie Co., Brugal Anejo Hand-Shaken Daiquiris, Flan from Cuban Guys, El Rey de las Fritas’ World Famous Batidos (Shakes), Exquisito Fine Chocolates, Ojala Wine and Tito’s Vodka!

General Admission (12p-3p) – $35Eat & sample all 15 of the Croqueta Competitors plus Desserts, Batidos, Soft Drinks, 3:05 Cafecito, Brugal Anejo Hand-Shaken Daiquiris, Ojala Wine & Tito’s Vodka.

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Buy Tickets:

Barley’s Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese Croqueta Recipe

Aged Serrano & Manchego Croquetas

Serrano Ham & Manchego Croquetas

Croquetapalooza is around the corner so I figured I’d share the recipe to Barley’s Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese Croquetas, winners of the 2014 Croquetapalooza Competition.

Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese Croquetas Recipe

Makes 24 Croquetas

Croqueta Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup finely Minced Onions
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 1-½ cups Hot Milk
  • 12 ounces finely chopped Serrano Ham
  • 1/3 cup grated Manchego Cheese
  • ½ cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • 1 can of Guava


  1. Start with a Béchamel Sauce. Melt Butter in a large Sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in the Flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the heat, and pour in the Hot Milk. Return the saucepan to medium heat, and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  4. In another pan, add chopped Serrano Ham and get it hot. Then add it to the Béchamel Sauce.
  5. Mix well and refrigerate for two hours.
  6. Once it’s cooled, grate Manchego Cheese into the mixture and blend thoroughly by hand.

  1. Put Flour, beaten Egg and Panko Bread Crumbs in 3 separate bowls.
  2. Using an Ice Cream scoop make Croqueta balls.
  3. Roll them in the Flour, dip into the Egg wash and then cover them in Bread Crumbs.
  4. Put them back in the fridge for another 30 minutes, or until ready to cook.

  1. Heat 2-½ inches of Vegetable Oil in a large, heavy pot until it registers 360°F on a deep-fry thermometer.
  2. Fry the Croquetas, a few at a time, until golden brown, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Transfer the Croquetas to a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Fry the remaining Croquetas in batches, avoid over-crowding, as this will lower the heat of the oil, which needs to be maintained at 360°F.

To Plate:

  1. Pour Guava Sauce on plate, put croquetas on top.
  2. Then drizzle on more Guava sauce.
  3. Top it off with grated Manchego Cheese.

-Special Thanks to Chef Jorgie Ramos for allowing me to reprint this recipe

Make Them Yourself or Buy Them At:

Barley: An American Brasserie
9059 S.W. 73 Ct. Miami Fl, 33156
305 397-8678

White Castle Crave Mobile Coming To Miami

White Castle Crave Mobile

Back in 1967 White Castle had two Castle locations down in the Miami Florida area. Most people thought they’d never be back but those folks are about to eat their words.

Here we are 50 years later and White Castle’s Crave Mobile will be gracing us with its presence at the “Welcome Back To Miami, White Castle Party” at Magic City Casino on Tuesday November 17th from 5-10PM 12-10PM.

White Castle - Sliders & Fries

What can you expect? Food Trucks, Music and of course White Castle.

Welcome home my friends!

Stay tuned to the Burger Beast App for more details coming soon.

The Details:

Welcome Back To Miami, White Castle Party
at Magic City Casino
Facebook Page: Welcome Back To Miami
Address: 450 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33125
Date: Tuesday November 17th
Time: 5-10PM 12-10PM

Burger King’s Halloween Whopper With Black Buns Available This Monday

Black Buns Whopper

Yes, a variation of the “Kuro Burger” from Burger King in Japan will be available this Monday September 28th on all U.S. Burger King Menus. The “Halloween Whopper” features Black Buns flavored with A.1. Steak Sauce.


The Halloween Whopper will have the same ingredients as the regular Whopper (Burger Patty, American Cheese, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Mayo, Pickles & Onions) along with A1 Steak Sauce.

It’s got a suggested price of $4.99 and will be around only for a limited time.