Every Dawg Has Its Day, Jersey Dawg Retires

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg at Arts Park

I remember driving out to a gas station to eat from Jersey Dawg on its first day if not, one of its first days of business. I was ecstatic that someone had finally brought New Jersey favorites like Sliders and Rippers to South Florida at last. I wasn’t disappointed and instantly hit it off with its owner Rob Goodman.

I always thought of Jersey Dawg as the little truck that could. He won one of my 2015 Burgie Awards for Best Hot Dog and then did the unthinkable, won the Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award at the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. He had a great supporting cast of folks cooking at Burger Bash that included Fred (El Rey de las Fritas), Alex (Palomilla Grill) and Josh (Poblanos Mexican Fusion Truck).

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg wins 2016 Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award

With winning the award comes the added pressure of proving you were deserving and having a plan to next level your business. It took some months after the win to evaluate what Jersey Dawg had become, where it was going and where it needed to go.

I don’t think Rob ever imagined in his wildest dreams that he’d win Burger Bash and it changed everything. Maybe it wasn’t fun for him anymore, I’m not sure he didn’t say exactly what it was but I respected his decision when he called to tell me he was retiring Jersey Dawg.

It had a good run and left a lasting impression on the South Florida Burger scene, not many people can say they accomplished that.

Here are some of the favorites that were served out of that Jersey Dawg window:

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg’s Chili Cheese Fries

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg’s Chili Cheese Onion Ripper

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg’s Chili Cheese Slider

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg’s Slider

Jersey Dawg

Jersey Dawg’s Taylor Ham & Cheese Ripper

Fries topped w/Taylor Ham

Fries topped w/Taylor Ham, Chili & Cheese

Remember, it’s not goodbye but til’ next time.

Babe Froman’s Sausage Fest ’16 Is This Saturday

Babe Froman Sausage Party

What are you doing this Saturday afternoon? I’ve got an idea for you, how about Babe Froman’s Sausage Fest ’16?

Babe Froman Fine Sausages is having an Open House/Biergarten Extravaganza featuring their delicious Sausages, local brews and some special collaboration goodies plus music by the Black Market Sound System.

-This event is 21+ and includes all food and drink for $25:

  • Endless Sausage from Babe Froman
  • Sunshine ProvisionsBurger Beast Blend Sliders
  • Night Owl Cookie Co.‘s Special Edition Cookie Collab
  • Tio Colo Hialeah’s Special Edition Ice Cream Sandwich Collab
  • Sony Pictures “Sausage Party” Movie Giveaways
  • Local Craft Beer from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Tickets are $25 & available at http://babesausagefest.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 3-8PM

Babe Froman HQ – The Haus @Southland Commerce Center (19151 SW 108 Ave. #27, Miami, FL 33157)

Smoke BBQ in Delray Beach and Ft. Lauderdale

A few weeks back I spent the weekend in Boca Raton. Of course, this staycation revolved around food spots. I had Smoke BBQ on my to do list and my friend Jamie confirmed that it was a must do.

I knew that there is another location in Ft. Lauderdale but didn’t realize how different the menus were.

The two reasons I was excited to hit up Smoke BBQ was for the Pastrami and the Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage both of which are only available at their Lauderdale spot.

The Smoke BBQ in Delray Beach is a full fledged restaurant with a liquor bar. The selection is much larger and includes plenty of bar food like Nachos, Wings and Burgers alongside the actual BBQ portion of the menu.

The Ft. Lauderdale can be best described as a chophouse, a no frills BBQ spot enveloped by an intoxicating smoky smell when you walk in.

I much preferred the Brisket at the Delray Smoke BBQ over the Ft. Lauderdale one but that really was my only bone to pick in both locations. The Ft. Lauderdale Brisket was a little too thick for my liking and was fattier than its Delray brother.

My picks for the Smoke BBQ in Delray Beach are the Burger (perfectly cooked & smoky) and the Smoked Chicken Wings (you guessed it , nice & smoky).

For the Smoke BBQ in Ft. Lauderdale the must haves are the Pastrami on Rye (which does run out so get there early), the Baby Back Ribs and that Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage (still dreaming about it).

Oh yes, and get the Cornbread.

Smoke BBQ – Delray Beach

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Pulled Pork Nachos

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Homemade Potato Chips

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Smoked Chicken Wings – Buffalo Style

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Half Rack of Ribs

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Northern Style Sweet Cornbread

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Grandma’s Mac and Cheese

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Brisket

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Smoke Burger topped with some of their Mustard based BBQ Sauce

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Smoke - Delray Beach, Florida

Banana Cream Coconut Pudding

Smoke BBQ – Ft. Lauderdale

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Pastrami on Rye Bread

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Tater Tots

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mac and Cheese

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Cornbread

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Brisket

Smoke - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Baby Back Ribs & Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage

Choose Wisely:

Smoke BBQ
8 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
561-330-4236

or

Smoke BBQ
3351 NE 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-530-5334

Food Truck Fest at Miami’s Magic City Casino This Saturday

Wheelin Dealin - Magic City Casino

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival in Miami takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month which means it’s this Saturday!!!

This is event is a collaboration by Burger Beast and the good folks at Magic City Casino where its held. It is the state of Florida’s longest running Food Truck event (over 5 years!).

Beer is sold at this event and parking is FREE and plentiful.

Here are a couple of great things I ate last month at Miami’s Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festivali:

Jersey-style Chili Cheese Fries topped w/Taylor Ham

Jersey Dawg’s Jersey-style Chili Cheese Fries topped w/Taylor Ham

Miami Roasted Corn's Elote in a Cup (Sweet Plantains, Bacon, Parm Cheese & Corn)

Miami Roasted Corn’s Elote in a Cup (Sweet Plantains, Bacon, Parm Cheese & Corn)

Shotgun Joe's Brazilian Grill's Picanha Steak (cut up for sharing)

Shotgun Joe’s Brazilian Grill’s Picanha Steak (cut up for sharing)

May 21st Food Truck Line-Up:

Arepas Las Gorditas
Che Grill
Da Burger Shack
Don Mofongo
El Rey de las Fritas
HipPOPs handcrafted gelato bars
Ipek’s Wykked Kitchen
Jersey Dawg
Killer Melts
King of Racks BBQ
The Lobsta Guy
Marlie’s Delights
Miami Roasted Corn
RickRey’s Peruvian Fusion ← 1st time at Magic City Casino
Shotgun Joe’s Brazilian Grill
Sugar Yummy Mama
Sweet Blendz
Taco Fresh
The Waffle Wagon ← 1st time at Magic City Casino
World Famous

The Details:

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino
Facebook: Wheelin’ Dealin’ Event Page
Date: This Saturday May 21st & Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 450 NW 37th Ave Miami, Florida 33126
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

Bake Shack – Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

I’ve been waking up super early for the last couple of weeks and was looking forward to sleeping in on Wednesday or so I thought. All it took was a message from a *trusted palate to change my plans for my midweek nap-fest.

Surprisingly, my wife Marcela was up for waking up early to make the drive to Bake Shack in Dania Beach. I wanted to make sure we arrived near opening time (7AM) since I knew they’re only open til 3PM and wanted to ensure the Donuts were not sold out.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Apple Fritters

After a 30 minute drive and a bunch of unnecessary toll charges on I-95 we arrived a few minutes after seven (alright 9 minutes actually). Our friend Tony who owns HipPOPs‘ HQ is right around the corner so I text him to meet us there. He’s already here when we walk in and I’m mesmerized by the Donuts. I can’t really decide so I go the rather safe route of a Glazed, Maple Bacon and an Apple Fritter trio.

They’ve got some sandwiches, Breakfast dishes and a Burger on the lunch side of the menu. For some reason these two decide to get some California Sandwich which includes Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado and an Egg……Lettuce & Tomato for Breakfast? No thank you.

I do the only sensible thing and order their Breakfast Sandwich which brings Eggs, Cheese and your choice of Sausage or Bacon or in my case Sausage AND Bacon. So here’s the kicker, it’s served on “Donut Bread” which was a nice touch but maybe a light glaze on the top bun might be an even better idea.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

California Breakfast Sandwich (Egg, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato)

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Breakfast Sandwich (Egg, Bacon, Sausage & Cheese) on Donut Bread

There are no faults to find with these Donuts. They’re nice, airy, light and flavorful. The Glazed Donut took home my award for best of the day but I really should have given the Bacon Chocolate Donut a shot, it looked like a possible contender.

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Maple Bacon Cream, Smores, Carrot Cake & Boston Cream Donuts

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Blackberry Cream, Blackberry Glaze, Snickers & Cannoli Donuts

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Maple Bacon Donut

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Glazed Donut

Bake Shack - Dania Beach, Florida

Apple Fritter

I enjoyed the Breakfast and Donuts so I need to return to try their Burger. If it’s half as good as everything else then we’ve got a winner on our hands South Florida.

P.S.: I forgot to mention I had a Latte and it was very good.

If The Shack Is A Rockin’:

Bake Shack
238 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004
754-217-4235

*Burger Beast Street Correspondent Vanessa suggested Bake Shack

Leah Arts District Summer Series – Saturday June 11th Block Party & 18th Movie Night

Leah Arts District Crowd

It’s been a while but it’s finally back……the Leah Summer Series presented by Mist TWST with the Second Annual #HIALEAHNOW Block Party happening Saturday June 11th (4-9PM). If you attended last year then you know what to expect: Music, Murals, Food and Live Art (Duh!).

This year they’ve added a second event, a Saturday Movie Night in the Leah showing the film Amor Cronico on Saturday June 18th (5-8PM) with some Food Trucks serving their grub. My suggestion grab a Pincho (Daddy’s Grill), a Frita (The Magic Box), a Roasted Corn (Miami Roasted Corn), a Cupcake (Misha’s Cupcakes) and wash it down with a Mist TWST.

All the details for both nights are below. Continue reading

Food Trucks at the Casino @ Dania Beach – Saturday

Wheelin' Dealin' at Casino @ Dania Beach

Well, if you love my Food Truck Events like Food Trucks at Arts Park (since August 2011) and Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival (since March 2011) thenyou should probably check out my newest monthly recurring Food Truck event, Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival at the Casino @ Dania Beach.

Every first Saturday of the month you catch a bunch of South Florida’s Best Food Trucks from 5-10PM in Dania Beach. Continue reading

Pipo Burgers – Doral, Florida

Inside of the old David’s Fast Food location in Hialeah you can now find Pipo Burgers. I’ve been tracking Pipo Burgers since it started as a *Food Truck last year that parks late night in the Doral area. Every-time that I drove by, it was not just packed but crazy packed which means there’s something definitely happening there.

Now that there’s a brick & mortar location I knew it was time to finally hit them up. I made my way to Pipo Burger full intending to eat only the Burger and possibly the Fries. And then there it was……one of my Venezuelan weaknesses…the Cachapa.

Pipo Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P1 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

Pipo Burger Menu P2 (click to enlarge)

Visit 1:

What’s a Cachapa you say? Well, it’s very similar to an Arepa. You should think of them as a Corn Pancake served Half Moon-style stuffed with their Hand-made Cheese (Queso de Mano) slathered with Butter/Margarine and topped with Cream and grated Cheese. When I tell you it’s unbelievable, that’s an understatement. I love Cachapas so much that if you told you me that you don’t like them then we couldn’t be friends. Honestly though, Pipo Burgers’ Cachapa is a homerun.

Cachapa

Cachapa

I was really at a loss trying to figure out what would be the Burger I’d eat. The waitress suggested I try the FritiBurger. The FritiBurger is topped with Repollo (Cole Slaw), Papitas (Potato Sticks), Salsa Verde (Green Sauce), Ketchup (Yes, there’s Ketchup), Maduros (Sweet Plantains) & Queso de Mano (Hand-made Cheese).

I’m not a Ketchup on my Burger kinda guy but the flavor combinations going on here defy logic. I was convinced it wouldn’t work yet not only did it but it was beyond excellent. This sounds like the late night creation of a drunk. If that’s the case, drink Pipo drink.

The Bacon Cheddar Fries were great but a little too much combined with the Cachapa and Fritiburger. I’ll try the Truffle Parmesan Fries on the next visit.

FritiBurger w/Bacon & Cheddar Fries

FritiBurger w/Bacon & Cheddar Fries

Bacon & Cheddar Fries

Bacon & Cheddar Fries

FritiBurger (Burger topped with Repollo, Papitas, Salsa Verde, Ketchup, Maduros & Queso de Mano)

FritiBurger (Burger topped with Repollo, Papitas, Salsa Verde, Ketchup, Maduros & Queso de Mano)

Visit 2:

The *Maracucha Burger is topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup. I requested no Slaw (Repollo) on this one. It’s a very similar Burger to the FritiBurger I had on the first visit. I prefer it this way sans the Maduros. WARNING: This is a highly addictive Burger.

*In case you were wondering, “Maracucha” refers to someone from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

I’m mostly over the whole Truffle Fries movement but these were pretty good.

Maracucha Burger w/Truffle Parmesan Fries

Maracucha Burger w/Truffle Parmesan Fries

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Maracucha Burger ( (Burger topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup)

Maracucha Burger ( (Burger topped with Potato Sticks, Queso de Mano, House Green Sauce & Ketchup)

Last but not least I tried Chicha, a Venezuelan Rice Milk drink. It tastes very similar to the Mexican Horchata but it’s much thicker. The flavor is reminiscent of an Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding). I’m not exactly sure if it’s meant to be dessert but I enjoyed it as one.

Chicha

Chicha

There you have it, Pipo Burgers is a great little spot in one of my favorite parts of Miami, Hialeah. It’s located right off the 826 expressway so you can’t even use that “Hialeah traffic” excuse. Pipo Burgers is back to being a Food Truck located in Doral.

Pipo Is Waiting For You:

Pipo Burgers
8132 NW 67th St, Miami, FL 33166
305-393-9694

*The Pipo Burgers Food Truck is still out and about.

VooDoo Dog – Tallahassee, Florida

On our first night in Tallahassee we went straight to Voodoo Dog after dropping off our bags at the Air BnB home. Last year I had wanted to stop here but it was way too busy, looks like second time is the charm.

VooDoo Dog Menu (click to enlarge)

VooDoo Dog Menu (click to enlarge)

My wife Marcela doing the best to be the anti-Burger Beast chose an Atomic Veggie Dog (Meatless Dog w/Tomato, Cucumber, Onions & Jalapeños) with a Mac-N-Cheese side.

Veggie Dog

Atomic Veggie Dog (Tomato, Cucumber, Onions & Jalapeños)

Mac & Cheese

Mac-N-Cheese

Me? A Bacon Wrapped Dog served on a Fried Egg, their Chili Cheese Fries and the VooDoo Burger (topped with Polish Sausage). We were lucky to hit a big time winner on our first stop, their fountain Coke tasted horrible but they’ll get a pass on that since Mexican Coke Bottles were also available.

The Chili was just how I like it, bean-less, beefy and full of life. If I had to do it over again I would have added Chili to the Wake-N-Bake and next level that guy, take him from good to great.

The VooDoo Burger did indeed cast a Sausage-y Spell on me that I haven’t been able to shake. For the non believers, I took a couple of bites of the Burger Patty without the Kielbasa and it’s worthy, which will be next time’s plan of attack.

Wake-N-Bake (Bacon wrapped Dog topped w/Fried Egg & Cheddar Cheese)

Wake-N-Bake (Bacon wrapped Dog topped w/Fried Egg & Cheddar Cheese)

VooDoo Dog's Chili Cheese Fries

VooDoo Dog’s Chili Cheese Fries

VooDoo Dog's VooDoo Burger (topped with Polish Sausage and American & Cheddar Cheeses)

VooDoo Dog’s VooDoo Burger (topped with Polish Sausage and American & Cheddar Cheeses)

Marcela was happy with her Vegetarian choices, I was overjoyed with my Meaty pleasures, so it was a win-win for Mr and Señora Beast.

They Put A Spell On Me:

VooDoo Dog
805 S Macomb St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-224-0005