The Local In Coral Gables, Southern Comfort Food At Its Finest

The truth of the matter is that I had lost faith in The Local. After Chef Alberto Cabrera’s (Little Bread) exit there seemed to be a loss of focus on the food. Enter Chef Phil Bryant. I had met Phil … Continue reading

Handy Andy Grocery – Oxford, Mississippi

Handy Andy Grocery is catty-cornered from the antique shop I had just left my wife Marcela at. While I’m always constantly looking for things to add to my collection, Marcela is much more thorough than I am which generally leaves me … Continue reading

Caruso’s Eats & Treats – Ft. Myers, Florida

I’m not one to give up easily when searching online for somewhere different to eat and  Caruso’s Eats & Treats wasn’t exactly on the first page of results. It may take you some digging to find a restaurant worth being … Continue reading

Roxie’s Grocery – Memphis, Tennessee

An important thing to do when visiting towns is connect with the folks who know their cities really well. I’m not really interested in eating at restaurants listed on “Top 10 Lists” created by someone who doesn’t even leave their … Continue reading

Sam’s Super Burger – Grand Bay, Alabama

During our road trip from Miami to Mississippi we needed to stop for gas occasionally. I like the stops to coincide with a town that has a locally owned Burger Joint. On the last leg of the drive we stopped … Continue reading

Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe – Homestead, Florida

I was in Homestead a few days ago when I found out about the existence of Larry, Curly, Burgers and Moe. Being a lifelong Three Stooges and Burger fan, it was no brainer that I’d have to stop in. The … Continue reading

Swensen’s New Menu Is Absolutely Killer

I decided to stop in at Swensen’s (opened in 1977) a few weeks back since the last time I wrote about them was almost six years ago. I noticed some changes to the food and it turns out that they have a new Executive Chef. … Continue reading

Shack Up Inn & RUST – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Over the last few years through many trips I’ve become enamored with the “South” and driving through it and enjoying the scenery. In 2014 I visited Amory, Holly Springs and Oxford, Mississippi and was left wanting more. My wife Marcela … Continue reading

Buns and Buns – South Miami, Florida

I can’t believe I’ve been saying that I’m gonna hit up Buns and Buns for over a year and it’s now that I finally made it, better late than never. I dropped in with Dro from who came along … Continue reading

Chefs On The Run – Homestead, Florida

Chefs on the Run is one of the the restaurants I’ve been telling myself that I need to hit up for over a year. I’m not sure exactly why I hadn’t. When FGH asked if I’d like to accompany her … Continue reading

Quickie’s Burgers & Wings, It’s Been A While

Let me give a quick background on Quickie’s Burger & Wings. I ate at Quickie’s Burgers & Wings for the first time when the Burger Beast blog was just turning one year old. I was instantly fascinated with the Burgers … Continue reading

Woody’s Burgers Food Truck

Last night at the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival we had Woody’s Burgers come out to Florida’s longest running Food Truck event for the first time. I was extra excited since I’m on a wood burning & char-grilled Burger kick and … Continue reading

EDGE Steak & Bar – Brickell, Florida

Do you have ever lie to yourself about something? I’ve been saying to myself this is the week I go to EDGE for almost two years.I got dangerously close to eating here last November and then I don’t know what … Continue reading

A Look Back At Prost Wurstgrill and Bierhouse In Brickell, Florida

Prost Wurstgrill and Bierhouse in Brickell seemed to be all over the twitter-sphere one week and by the following week it was gone. Phil Bryant formerly of Swine was the consulting Chef at Prost and had invited Gio from Chat … Continue reading

B.C. Cafe – Davie, Florida

You got love how Brett Chiavari, the proud papa of the B.C. Tacos Food Truck & its younger sibling B.C. Cafe is able to keep the caveman theme running throughout both of his businesses even including the tip jar. If you’re … Continue reading

BurgerFi – Coral Gables, Florida

This isn’t my first BurgerFi rodeo, I’ve been to a few of them here and there. The difference is now I’ve got a BurgerFi just a few miles from my home with the opening of their Coral Gables location. I’ve worked … Continue reading

Jefe’s Original Soul Shack In North Miami

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers Food Truck is a little over a month away from its 4th anniversary and is there any better way to celebrate than with the opening of Jefe’s Original Soul Shack? Since the day I … Continue reading

El Cap In St. Petersburg, Florida

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 back to check this place out. I’m glad I stopped cause it’s … Continue reading

Rio Cristal Turns 40 And I Revisit

Jose C. Acosta ¨Pepe¨ who not only founded Rio Cristal but also the legendary Lila’s in New York and on 8th Street recently passed away but his legacy lives on in Westchester. Rio Cristal just turned 40 years old this … Continue reading

Shake Shack – Coral Gables, Florida

These Burger Beast lips had not touched a Shake Shack Burger until the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash of 2009 and I wasn’t impressed at first. Shake Shack wouldn’t open in South Beach (its first Florida location) for … Continue reading

Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant & Igloo – Winter Haven, Florida

Whenever I’m in Central Florida I’m always on the lookout for old school restaurants not afraid to be who they are. Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant & Igloo fit the bill so my wife Marcela and I went to check them out. … Continue reading

You Wanna Talk Old School? Check Out Phillips Grocery In Holly Springs

Phillips Grocery is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi (there’s another location in Oxford too). It’s located right near train tracks that were involved in the Van Dorn Raid of the American Civil War. The two story house was built as … Continue reading

Open Letter To Shake Shack About Their Fries

Dear Shake Shack, Why have those crispy delicious new spuds of yours not found a way to South Florida yet? Is it something I’ve done because if that’s the case, I apologize. I only wanted the best for our relationship … Continue reading

Caporal Chicken Opens In Miami, After Achieving Legendary Status in New York

Ever heard of Caporal Chicken? Well, if you’re not from New York or Cuba it’s unlikely. Caporal Chicken had something like 14 locations in Cuba before Castro came along and put a stop to that. In 1968 they opened up … Continue reading

The Lamar Lounge & The End Of All Music Store In Oxford, Mississippi

As a longtime fan of Fat Possum Records I never thought I’d see the day that I’d find myself in Oxford, Mississippi, their hometown. It also happens to be the hometown of John T. Edge who penned a really great … Continue reading