Celebrate 4/20 with a Hot Taco Contest & Chimi Grande Eating Contest at Latin House

Latin House Chimi Burrito

Latin House Chimi Burrito

Ok, so here’s the deal.

If you’re looking for somewhere to curb your munchies attack this Wednesday (4/20) then you might want to check out Latin House (9565 SW 72nd St Miami, FL 33173) in Kendall. They’ve got a “Hot Taco Contest” & a “Chimi Grande Eating Contest” for your entertainment.

Orrrrrrrr….of course if you’ve got what it takes, you can be one of the participants by texting 305-562-6929 to sign up.

There’s also a $4.20 Special Menu featuring all Muffin Tops (Mini Burgers) and since it’s Wednesday, there’s Micheladas and Mariachis. It all starts at 8PM.

Chef James Croqueta Challenge, This Thursday

Chef James Croqueta Challenge

Who’s up for Chef James’ Croqueta Challenge?

This Thursday (7-11PM) Chef Carlos from The Lunch, Chef Eric from Toro Toro, Chef James from Sabores by Chef James and Chef Leah from Alter will be serving up their Croqueta creations for you to try and judge. As a plus, they’ll be paired with unlimited Rum Cocktails. Tickets are $27.37 per person through Eventbrite.

The Details:

Chef James Croqueta Challenge
Date: Thursday April 21st
Time: 7PM – 11PM
Where: Sabores by Chef James (4100 West Flagler Street Miami, FL 33134)
Tickets: On Sale Now

Son Of A Pizza Pub – Homestead, Florida

I normally don’t go so many months in between visits of a restaurant I really like. In this case, it might have had something to do with Son of a Pizza Pub being about 40 minutes away from my home.

My first time was just about 9 months ago with Chunktronics in tow, we ordered Garlic Rolls, Loaded Fries (topped with Cheese, Jalapeños & Pepperoni), Hot Wings, Meatball Sub, a White Pizza and a Pepperoni Pizza. I also snapped a picture of their fried Mozzarella block.

The things that stood out in my mind were the Loaded Fries which included Pepperoni (something I had never tried before) and the White Pizza, which was perfect.

On the second visit I had my buds Alex and Steve along for the exercise in excessiveness. The Garlic Rolls topped with Cheese were winners but even without the Cheese they should be an important part of your order.

While we’re talking next level greatness, the Wings tossed in Buffalo Hot and Garlic/Parm Cheese were just that. If you can skip on sharing them then go greedy, it’s worth it.

We saw a Patty Melt on the Daily Specials board so I had to find out what the deal was.  I started by asking a very important question, Fresh or Frozen Burger Patty? Now, with the question answered properly I moved onto finger crossing and hoping it was on point. If you look up Patty Melt in the dictionary it should mention and picture Son of a Pizza Pub’s version, it was right on. By the way, the correct answer always is Fresh.

We opt for the Sicilian Style Pizza topped with Pepperoni, Sausage and Bacon. I prefer their regular style Pizza but I did like the topping combination chosen by Alex.

Visit 1:

Garlic Rolls

Garlic Rolls

Loaded Fries

Loaded Fries

Hot Wings

Chicken Wings tossed in Hot Sauce

White Pizza

White Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Meatball Sub

Meatball Sub

Fried Mozzarella Cheese

Fried Mozzarella Cheese

Visit 2:

Jalapeño Poppers stuffed w/Cream Cheese

Jalapeño Poppers stuffed w/Cream Cheese

Deep Fried Mac N' Cheese

Deep Fried Mac N’ Cheese

Loaded Fries

Loaded Fries

Garlic Rolls topped w/Cheese

Garlic Rolls topped w/Cheese

Wings tossed in a Hot-Garlic/PArm Cheese Combo Sauce

Wings tossed in a Hot-Garlic/Parm Cheese Combo Sauce

Patty Melt

Patty Melt

Patty Melt Beauty Shot

Patty Melt Beauty Shot

Sicilian-style Pizza w/Bacon, Pepperoni & Sausage

Sicilian-style Pizza w/Bacon, Pepperoni & Sausage

Menu:

Son of a Pizza Pub Menu Page 1 & 4 (click to enlarge)

Son of a Pizza Pub Menu Page 1 & 4 (click to enlarge)

Son of a Pizza Pub Menu Page 2 & 3 (click to enlarge)

Son of a Pizza Pub Menu Page 2 & 3 (click to enlarge)

I need to visit again, sooner rather than later and get the Hamburger Sub. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be killer.

A Chip Off The Old Block:

Son Of A Pizza Pub
30390 Old Dixie Hwy Homestead, FL 33033
305-247-0555

America’s Best Breakfast Brunch w/Full Menu

America's Best Breakfast - Brunch

SOBEWFF® continues with Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager as he celebrates the launch of his third cookbook, America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast (Clarkson Potter, April 2015), which pays tribute to the most delectable meal of the day.

Taking place at the famed Magic City Casino and curated with the support of local food authority, Burger Beast (that’s me!), this walk-around brunch will feature over 40 of Lee’s favorite South Florida spots, serving up eggs, pancakes, waffles, donuts and everything sweet and savory in between!

Of course, no brunch is complete without the perfect Bloody Mary or Mimosa!

*Come one, come all, as we savor breakfast at its very best.

You won’t find a Food Line-up like this anywhere:

3:05 Cafecito, Airport Cafe & Liquors, Ariete, Azucar Ice Cream Company, Babe Froman Fine Sausages, Barton G., Buena Vista Deli, The Café at Books & Books, Crackers Casual Dining, DIRT, Eating House, Estefan Kitchen – Larios on the Beach, Finka Table & Tap, Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop & Café, FOAR Food Truck, Fooq’s, Haven Kitchen & Lounge, La Fresa Francesa, La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Miami Smokers, Ms. Cheezious®, Novecento, Palomilla Grill, Preston’s Market – Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Rebel House, Restaurant 27, Sarsaparilla Club, Sergio’s Cuban Kitchen & Bar, Sugar Yummy Mama Atelier and Food Truck, Sunny’s Restaurant at The Hall, SusiLicious Bakeshop, Sweetness Bakeshop, The Local Craft Food & Drink, The Magic Box, The Salty Donut, Tropical Chinese, Versailles & Vicky Bakery

America’s Best Breakfasts Brunch Menu:

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Menu in .PDF Format: America’s Best Breakfast Brunch Full Menu

TICKETS:

Admission for ONE (does not include copy of cookbook) – $48.15

Admission for ONE & A copy of the cookbook “America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast” – $64.20

Admission for TWO & A copy of the cookbook “America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast” – $117.70

Get your tickets via this link: Buy Tickets

Read more here about America’s Best Breakfasts in the Miami Herald: America’s Best Breakfast Book

The Event Details:

Brunch presented by “America’s Best Breakfasts
When: Sunday April 24th
Where: Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33125)
Time: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Tickets: Buy Here

*You must be 21 or older to enter

Burger Beast On The Road Part 2 – March 2016

The part 2 to my 2016 Road Trip with Miami Meat Machine guys (DaChew, DJ Cow Money & Gerther) has us staying 5 days in Columbus and then making our way home with stops in Kentucky, Tennessee, & Georgia to our final stop in Miami, Florida.

B Spot (Columbus, OH) – Our first night we went to B Spot by Chef Michael Symon who’s got a couple of SoBeFest Burger Bash wins under his belt. I attended the Burger Bash where he won with the Fat Doug (topped with Slaw, Pastrami, Stadium Mustard & Swiss Cheese). I thought here’s an opportunity to try a larger version of the Slider I had enjoyed a few years back, great Burger. Both the Stadium Brat (Beer Brat w/Griddled Onions & Stadium Mustard) and Chocolate Shake w/Kahlua are worthy of ordering, you will love them.

Fat Doug Burger

Fat Doug Burger

If you wanna go:

B Spot
5091 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
614-337-2455


Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, OH) – We stopped in at Dirty Frank’s a couple of timed but I preferred what I ordered the first time around: a Chili Dog (Meat Coney Sauce, Fresh Diced Onions, Yellow Mustard & Cheddar Cheese) , Puff The Magic Popper & the Cincinnati 4-Way (Spaghetti, Meat Coney Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Diced Onions, Jalapeños & Sriracha Sauce drizzle).

Puff The Magic Popper (Cheddar Cream Cheese, Jalapeños & Real Bacon Bits)

Puff The Magic Popper (Cheddar Cream Cheese, Jalapeños & Real Bacon Bits)

Cincinnati 4-Way

Cincinnati 4-Way

If you wanna go:

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
248 South 4th St Columbus, OH 43215
614-947-0074


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (Columbus, OH) – After hitting up Dirty’s Franks we knew that Dessert in the form of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was in our future. A couple of Salted Caramel scoops on a house-made Waffle Cone was excellent.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream on a Waffle Cone

Salted Caramel Ice Cream on a Waffle Cone

If you wanna go:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
614–228-9960


Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop (Columbus, OH) – Our visit to Tim Hortons was a spur of the moment decision since I wasn’t able to eat there 5 years ago in New York. DJ Cow Money chose a Boston Creme, I ordered a few Timbits (Bite-sized Donuts) w/ a cup of Joe. The snacks did their job and we were off.

Boston Creme Doughnut

Boston Creme Doughnut

If you wanna go:

Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop
1135 Dublin Road Columbus OH 43215
614-487-1631


Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders (Columbus, OH) – I’m not sure how we did it but at our fourth restaurant in a row we each got a Chicken Tenders Platter. I’ve got a big weakness for Chicken Tenders and knew I needed this in my life. There’s a plethora of Chicken Tender restaurants around Northern Florida and near College Campuses in the South Eastern States, Raising Cane’s ranks right near the top.

Chicken Fingers Platter

Chicken Fingers Platter

If you wanna go:

Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders
2823 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43202
614-261-0011


The Thurman Cafe (Columbus, OH) – As punishment for leaving Gerther & DaChew behind on the 4 stop excursion, they head out to the Thurman Cafe. DaChew not only dares to order the Thurmanator (Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, American Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Ham, Sautéed Onions, Mushrooms, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Hot Peppers & 2 – 12 ounce Burger Patties) but he eats the entire thing. The worst part is we’re never gonna hear the end of it from him.

The Thurminator

The Thurminator

If you wanna go:

The Thurman Cafe (since 1942)
183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
614-443-1570


We were lucky enough to have been invited to White Castle HQ and had quite the experience. Check it out: White Castle Headquarters

White Castle HQ

White Castle HQ


Still can’t over that we made it to KewPee Hamburgers, Dave Thomas’ inspiration for Wendy’s. Read about the entire: KewPee Hamburgers Visit.

KewPee Hamburgers - Lima, Ohio

Kewpee Hamburgers
111 N Elizabeth, Lima, OH 45804
419-228-1778


Thanks to an introduction by White Castle VP Jamie Richardson to the folks at Wendy’s we ended up at their HQ for a visit to their Innovation Center. Read about it: Wendy’s Innovation Center & Flagship Store

Wendy's HQ - Dublin, Ohio


We didn’t have Hometown HotDogs in Millersport, OH on our list of planned stops but I wish that we had. We sure could have used another stop or two here. Read about it: Hometown HotDogs – Millersport, OH

West Virginia Dog

West Virginia Dog

If you wanna go:

Hometown Hot Dogs
12031 Lancaster St, Millersport, OH 43046
740-467-1310


Roxy’s Pizza (Millersport, OH) – We laid low on the last night in the Columbus area and picked up some Pizza, along with Cheese Bread and a Chicken Parm Hero from Roxy’s Pizza. It’s a good little neighborhood Pizza Joint.

Chicken Parm Hero

Chicken Parm Hero

If you wanna go:

Roxy’s Pizza
12110 Lancaster St, Millersport, OH 43046
740-467-2989


Sander’s Cafe (Corbin, KY) – It houses a museum of Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken Artifacts. Sander’s Cafe also houses a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. It was right near here where the Colonel created his Fried Chicken in the early 1930s at Sanders Court & Café.

Sander's Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky Sander's Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky

If you wanna go:

Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum
688 US 25W & 25E, Corbin, KY 40701
606-528-2163


A&W Drive-In (Madisonville, TN) – A&W opened their first Drive-In restaurant in 1923. This Drive-In isn’t that old but it’s been around quite a while so that meant we needed to pay it a visit. The experience of being at a real A&W Drive-In that’s stood the test of time enjoying a Burger and a Root Beer could never be replicated for me. But I’ll try again soon.

A & W Drive-In - Madisonville, Tennessee

Papa Burger – Two Burger Patties, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles & their signature A&W Papa Sauce on a Toasted Bun.

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

If you wanna go:

A&W Restaurants
3989 Highway 411 Madisonville TN, 37354
423-442-2128


The Dwarf House (Hapeville, GA) – Staying on the historical tip we hit up the Hapeville Dwarf House, where Chick-fil-A started. The restaurant is half full service diner and half regular Chick-fil-A. We take a seat at the booth and I gotta order the Hot Brown (Chopped Chicken, Cream Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Paprika & Bacon), the Sweet Potato Soufflé and a Cheeseburger. The moral of this story is stay away from the Cheeseburger.

The Dwarf House - Hapeville, Georgia

The Hot Brown

The Hot Brown

Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle

If you wanna go:

Dwarf House
461 N Central Ave., Hapeville, GA
404-762-1746


The Varsity (Atlanta, GA) – No visit to Atlanta is complete without a stop in at the Varsity for Chili Dogs & Fresh Cut Fries. This time it was made extra special since my good friends Droolius & Odessa met up with us.

The Varsity - Atlanta, Georgia

If you wanna go:

The Varsity
61 North Avenue Atlanta, GA 30308
404-881-1706


Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store (Ashburn, GA) – A couple of years ago we stopped in at Carroll’s on our drive back to Miami. We had such an awesome time that we figured we’d attempt to duplicate it and did.

Carroll's Sausage & Country Store - Ashburn, Georgia

Bacon Biscuit

Bacon Biscuit

Mild Sausage Sandwich

Mild Sausage Sandwich

If you wanna go:

Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store
315 Whittle Drive Ashburn, GA 31714 (Off of I-75, Exit 82)
229-567-2355


In case you missed Part 1: Burger Beast on the Road – March 2016