Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers – Orlando, Florida

Double Cheeseburger w/Fries

Double Cheeseburger w/Fries

It’s easy to choose somewhere to eat when it’s just two people. Once you hit the four or more range there’s always one dissenter who won’t agree to the rest of the group’s choices. I was lucky this time as my wife Marcela and parents agreed to a last minute u-turn to pull into Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, also I was driving which helped.

I love me a good Frozen Custard and well, you know my thoughts on Burgers. I see a Chili Cheese Dog (Vienna brand) on the menu which means I am required by the Beast Oath to order it. A Double Cheeseburger (Pickles sliced longwise, Onions & Mustard come standard), a Patty Melt and Fries find a way into my order. I wash it all down with some Vanilla Frozen Custard. Continue reading

A Visit To White Castle Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio

White Castle HQ

White Castle HQ

I grew up in the Westchester suburb of Miami in the 1980s where there was no White Castle or any type of slider available. Well, truthfully speaking there hadn’t been a White Castle in South Florida since the late 1960s. Yet, somehow I was aware of who White Castle was and their important place in Burger history.

Over the course of the last 8 years (the Burger Beast Blog’s life) I’ve grown to respect White Castle immensely. White Castle made it safe to eat Burgers when everyone considered it questionable food. They standardized the Buns and things like those Paper Hats everyone likes wearing on their heads was created by them.

As we near the end of the year and the opening of my Burger Museum (the world’s first), I’ve been reaching out to Hamburger Companies across the United States hoping to have their involvement in it. My friends (Miami Meat Machine) and I had been planning a trip to Ohio and when I mentioned it to Jamie Richardson (VP of White Castle) he invited us over to their headquarters for a tour. Done deal. Continue reading

Wendy’s HQ & Innovation Center – Dublin, Ohio

Wendy's HQ - Dublin, Ohio

I can not tell a lie. I am a fan of Wendy’s, always have been and alway will be. The first time I ever spotted a Wendy’s was across the street from Echevarria Printing (my grandfather’s print shop in Miami,Fl…..Westchester to be exact) and from the moment I ate there I was hooked.

I clearly remember harassing (this is the correct word here) via rotary phone el viejo (Cuban Grandfather term of endearment) after getting home from elementary school to bring me a Wendy’s Single with only Cheese, Ketchup and Mayo. After that plan had been used a couple of times and he was ready to turn me down I brought in a secret weapon, my little sister and her love for Wendy’s Frosty. Continue reading

Doce Provisions, Ends Meat Eatery, HipPOPs, Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken and Ms. Cheezious FOOD NEWS

Ends Meat - Hollywood

I’ve been gone for a few weeks and so many great and cool things have happened. I may have mentioned some of them on Instagram but in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of 5 things to be on the lookout for.

Doce Provisions in Little Havana (541 SW 12th Ave) – Doce Provisions by Chefs Justin Sherrer & Lisetty Llampalla should be opening Doce Provisions real soon in the old Little Bread spot. Justin is currently the Chef at Cinebistro in Dolphin Mall, which I love. I’m looking forward to the Chorizo Croquetas, Lechon Asado Tacos and Pan con Bistec Sliders. Check out the rest of the menu HERE.

Ends Meat Eatery Finally Opens (1910 Hollywood Blvd) – I was a big fan of Chef Kevin Dreifuss and what he did on the Pescados Unidos Food Truck. He’s a very talented dude. He can finally show some of those chops and flavor combinations and explosions along with creations by Chef/Partner Kennole Wong. The opening has been delayed for over a year but it’s finally open. I’m dying to get my mitts on the Hot Chicken Sandwich and Mitch hedBurger on the Lunch Menu. Check out the rest of the menu HERE.

HipPOPs in SoBe

HipPOPs Pops into Cheeseburger Baby SoBe (1505 Washington Avenue) – If you’re as big a fan of HipPOPs handcrafted gelato bars as I am, I know it must pain you when you need a fix & they’re not around. Well guess what? Cheeseburger Baby is bringing you ‘Burgers and Bars’, a full HipPOPs experience inside of SoBe’s most iconic Burger joint. And yes, it’s already open for business.

Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken Coming this Summer (Westchester) – Very happy to announce that my friend Jimmy Piedrahita after working closely with Shawn Neifeld (Founder of Mojo Donuts) will be opening Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken in my hometown of Westchester. I’ll have more details for you as soon I’m allowed to share them 🙂

Ms. Cheezious #2 in Coral Gables (1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd) – Ms. Cheezious will open their 2nd Restaurant, this time in Coral Gables where Route 9 was. Opening date? April 12th. Why that date? Not because it’s my Birthday (which it is) but because it’s National Grilled Cheese Day. Make sense to me.

Burger Beast on the Road – March 2016

I spent the better part of the last two weeks on a road trip with my friends the Miami Meat Machine (DaChew, DJ Cow Money & Gertherdriving around in a Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ loaned to me by Chevy (Thanks!).

Now that I got that shameless plug out of the way, let’s talk about all the spots we stopped in. I think it might be easier if I just listed the cities we stopped at and what attractions and/or restaurants we ate at.

Whataburger (Tallahassee, FL) – Stopped in for breakfast on the way to Nashville, TN where we stayed for two days. I ate the Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich w/Egg, Cheese & Sausage, it was a great little number.

Whataburger -Jalapeño Biscuit

Whataburger’s Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich w/Egg, Cheese & Sausage

If you wanna go:

Whataburger #912
1701 W Tennessee St Tallahassee, FL 32304
850-222-4484 Continue reading