Burger Beast in Florida’s Gulf Coast

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Sometimes I’m not up for food in South Florida where I live so I make the hour and a half drive to the Florida’s Gulf Coast to check out what’s going on.

A Few Days Worth of Marco Island & Naples Eats

Posted on Aug 26th, 2013

Once a year my family heads over to Marco Island to get away for a week. It's usually earlier in the summer and it coincides with my Dad's birthday…

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All American Shake Shop – Naples, Florida

Posted on Dec 19th, 2016

You just can't drive by an old Dairy Queen building especially when it's looking so sharp and not stop. It piqued my curiosity and while I expected…

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Almost Famous Mel’s – Marco Island, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2009

Almost Famous Mel's was probably one of the best places I ate at last year. I didn't really take pictures because at the time, the birth of the…

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Bennett’s Fresh Roast – Sanibel, Florida

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014

Bennett's Fresh Roast was our third stop in our 4 hour Sanibel/Captiva foodscapade, Schnapper's Hots & the Bubble Room were stops 1 & 2).…

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Biff Burger – St. Petersburg, Florida

Posted on Aug 26th, 2014

Biff Burger was based out of Clearwater, Florida when it opened in the 1950s and had all of its locations on the eastern side of the United States.…

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Bodega on Central – St. Petersburg, Florida

Posted on Dec 12th, 2016

A few years back, Bodega on Central had just closed their doors as my wife Marcela and I had arrived. We were down the street at an antique shop who…

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Brooks’ Gourmet Burgers & Dogs – Naples, Florida

Posted on Aug 26th, 2013

Brooks' Burgers & Dog is one of the restaurants I frequent when I'm in Naples. There's a bunch of options for your Burger (this place was…

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Bubble Room – Captiva, Florida

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014

The Bubble Room is a very interesting & kooky place with lots to look at. I didn't end up eating here as I was too busy walking around and taking…

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Burger Culture – Tampa, Florida

Posted on Sep 4th, 2016

It's been a little over 4 years since I last checked in to Burger Culture. Last time I saw them, they were part of the Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta in…

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BurgerQue – Ft. Myers, Florida

Posted on Mar 13th, 2012

BurgerQue is not a fast food joint. Most folks will take one look at it and assume that which is bad for 2 reasons. First, the food is not fast food…

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Butch’s Famous Burgers, Chili & Dogs – Ft. Myers, Florida

Posted on Jun 18th, 2017

Whenever I'm going to go on a road trip I make sure to mention it on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) in the hopes that someone might…

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Cathy O’Clarke’s – Marco Island, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Oct 30th, 2009

An Irish Pub in Marco Island? That's what I thought when I found out about it. It's the sister restaurant of Almost Famous Mel's (now closed) which…

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Cheeburger Cheeburger – Naples, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Oct 29th, 2009

There was no doubt when I convinced everyone to eat at Cheeburger Cheeburger that my intentions were anything other than eating their Famous Pounder.…

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Coney Island Grill – St. Petersburg, Florida

Posted on Sep 26th, 2016

Coney Island Grill has been open since 1926. Once you step inside you'll see that much hasn't changed except for the booths which were recently…

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Culver’s In Naples, Florida – Eating ButterBurgers & Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2013

*I've been waiting for years to try Culver's ButterBurgers. When I came across the press release with info about their imminent arrival in Florida…

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Doreen’s Cup Of Joe – Marco Island, Florida

Posted on Sep 6th, 2014

My family's yearly trip to Marco Island had a silver lining in the food category and it's called Doreen's Cup of Joe. A few folks in social media…

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Eats & Treats – Ft. Myers, Florida

Posted on Aug 4th, 2015

I'm not one to give up easily when searching online for somewhere different to eat and  Eats & Treats wasn't exactly on the first page of…

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El Cap – St. Petersburg, Florida

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014

The neon sign at El Cap caught my attention when I was driving around St. Petersburg. I dropped my wife Marcela off at an antique shop and headed…

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Goody Goody Burgers – Tampa, Florida

Posted on Apr 29th, 2016

If you live in South Florida like I do then the name Goody Goody probably doesn't mean anything to you. Now, if you mention Goody Goody Burgers &…

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Gyrene Burger – Naples, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Jun 11th, 2012

Months ago I wrote about Gyrene Burger in Naples. It's a new burger delivery concept by the founder of Domino's Pizza with a military theme.…

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Joey’s Pizza & Pasta House – Marco Island, Florida

Posted on Jun 19th, 2012

My family vacations in Marco Island every year at the beginning of the summer. While everyone is in full relax mode I'm scouring the island and…

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Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta in Tampa, Florida

Posted on Aug 6th, 2012

Every 1st Wednesday of the month Tampa's trucks gather for the Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta. Yes, Tampa's Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosts his own Food Truck…

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McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie in St. Petersburg & Tampa Area

Posted on Aug 26th, 2014

Depending on your age the pictures may cause confusion or excitement. In 1992 McDonald's replaced their fried Apple Pies with the baked ones that can…

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Michoacana Ice Cream – Naples, Florida

Posted on Aug 27th, 2013

I had eyed Michoacana Ice Cream on my drive to and from Naples on the previous day but the rain made it impossible to stop. On our way back to Miami,…

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Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery – Cape Coral, Florida

Posted on Jul 16th, 2015

I spent a week in Ft. Myers but found myself in Cape Coral about half the time eating my way through it. I can't lay claim to knowing about Nevermind…

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Old Chicago Pizzeria – Naples, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Feb 27th, 2015

Just my luck that I would arrive at Pastrami Dan's after it's closing time (4PM). I notice the Old Chicago Pizzeria right around the corner which I…

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Orange Bear Restaurant – Bonita Springs, Florida – MOVED

Posted on May 1st, 2016

I've had my beady little eyes on the Orange Bear Restaurant for over a year and now that my car's issues are out of the way it was time to check out…

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Pastrami Dan’s is the Man in Naples, Florida

Posted on May 8th, 2012

When I asked Scott the owner of the Nosh Truck what he thought about Pastrami Dan's his eyes lit up, that told me everything. It was nearing 2 in the…

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Red Robin – Ft. Myers, Florida

Posted on Sep 14th, 2008

The summer of 2008, my family was staying at Marco Island but I had an ulterior motive for being there. I knew that Red Robin was only 45 minutes…

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S’macks Burgers & Shakes – Sarasota, Florida

Posted on Sep 20th, 2016

Whenever I'm on one of my road trips I find that it's very important to check out the surrounding cities to your destination. There's always great…

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Sandy’s Cuban Cafe – Naples, Florida

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014

Every summer my family rents a home in Marco Island for a week. At some point, normally early on I get impatient and go for a drive through Naples. A…

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Schnapper’s Hots – Sanibel, Florida

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014

My old school buddy & pal Joakinn has wanted for me to hit up the Sanibel area for years. He got tired of suggesting it and took matters in his…

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Slice Of New York – St. Pete Beach, Florida

Posted on Mar 27th, 2017

Sometimes in life you're so busy running around that you don't take the time to slow down and just enjoy a great meal with friends. You normally…

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Sonic America’s Drive In – Naples, Florida

Posted on Jun 24th, 2009

My wife Marcela and I are driving around Naples when we come across Sonic. Decisions..decisions.....Do we sit outside? Nope, it's too hot. Do we go…

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Ted’s Montana Grill – Naples, Florida – CLOSED

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009

Back in February when I was in Atlanta one of the spots I wanted to check out was Ted's Montana Grill. It is headquartered there and I figured that…

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The Frog Pond – St. Pete Beach, Florida

Posted on Apr 30th, 2016

We were told at the front desk at the hotel in St. Pete Beach that the Frog Pond is a great locals breakfast spot. I mean, you didn't have to tell us…

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Trackside Donuts And Cafe – Bonita Springs

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

Trackside Donuts and Cafe in Bonita Springs just turned 2 years young this past September. It seems as if every time I’ve tried to visit they’re…

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Ulele – Tampa, Florida

Posted on Aug 11th, 2016

Ulele serves Comfort Food inspired by Tampa's indigenous people. I gotta tell you that I was a little taken by how massive and beautiful the…

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Valento’s Pizza & Hoagies – Naples, Florida

Posted on Jun 30th, 2017

As my fried John and I driving to Pastrami Dan's we see a rather large advert about Pizza Slice & a drink which hooks both he and I. After…

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Waffle House In Naples, Florida

Posted on Sep 8th, 2009

In Miami there is not one Waffle House. As you head up north into Davie and Ft. Lauderdale you will run into a few as well as one in Key Largo. My…

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You Must Stop In At BurgerQue In Ft. Myers

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2014

I fucking love BurgerQue! There I said it. I got it out of my system. Yesterday was my yearly pilgrimage to BurgerQue, that's 4 times if you're…

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