Burgers & Suds opened up rather quietly in mid-February with very little fanfare replacing a burrito spot. Burger Belle ate at Burgers & Suds during National Hamburger Month in May for her “31 Days – 31 Burgers“. She gave it a ringing endorsement so I added it to my Burger Queue. A couple of months later Jeff Eats visited and also took a liking to it, that of course meant that it moved up to become one of my must tries. And so there it sat for a few months til one day I said to myself, let’s do this. Let’s being the cumulative me of course.
I was really caught off guard by the looks of Burgers & Suds when I pulled up. It’s in the middle of a revitalization, that’s something the owner made sure to tell me when I mentioned that Jeff Eats‘ post brought me there. Yes, it’s divey and a hole in the wall but that also brings with it a charm that endears it more to me than another slick overly thought out Burger restaurant. I had done my homework before driving up from Miami and reviewed the menu online. The Pizza & Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs sounded like great ideas if I had someone else with me, which I didn’t. I settled on their Knockout Chicken Wings tossed in Hot Sauce although they were more like drizzled in it. These were great crispy grilled Wings with a very bright tasting Hot Sauce. I wasn’t more than 3 wings in when my Burger and Fries arrived.
My first instincts were to order a Patty Melt. Yes, Patty Melts do count as Burgers regardless of what someone folks think. Burger & Suds’ Patty Melt description reads like this: Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, thousand island dressing, served on marble rye bread. The additions of Mushrooms & Thousand Island dissuade me from ordering it. I go with the 1/2 Pounder Burger w/American Cheese and hold the Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Pickle. The Fries are topped with a nice seasoning that makes me eat them at such a pace that I almost forget there’s a Burger on the plate too. First bite in and there’s a great crunch coming from the toasted bun. It tastes like a awesome summertime Burger. By that I mean, the char-grilled flavor comes through and puts me in a grilling state of mind. It’s a solid Burger, no complaints here.
Anybody out there in Burger Beast land been here? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. Us being the cumulative me of course, lol
Not A Burger Dud:
Burgers & Suds
Facebook: Burgers & Suds
261 E. Commercial Blvd Oakland Park, Florida 33334
PDQ whose mottos are “People Dedicated to Quality” and “Pretty Darn Quick” is a relatively new chain of Chicken Tender restaurants from one of the founders of Outback. They’re popping up all over Florida, even NFL player Tim Tebow is a franchisee. There are also some salads and grilled/fried Turkey on the menu. The drive thru was a little bit different of an experience where you’re face to face with the person taking your order. I felt some extra pressure on me to know what I wanted just because she was right in front of me or maybe because I wasn’t familiar with the menu. I drive to the next window after paying and a few minutes later I’m on my way with my food.
I took a Crispy Chicken Salad home to my wife Marcela who loved it. I parked for one second so I could examine what was going on. Everything comes in these little boxes (excluding the Salad). The Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich comes wrapped up in wax paper ready for eating. I took that as a sign. I had my tenders with Fresh Cut Fries which were pretty good and dipped them in the Honey Mustard meant for the Chicken fellas. Everything is made to order and I’d like to definitely try the Crispy Turkey Breast Sandwich on my next visit. One last thing, that Honey Mustard is ridiculously good.
PDQ’s got a Food Truck that’s about to hit the street of South Florida too so I’ll keep you posted on that as soon as I hear anything else.
PDQ 5 Piece Tender Meal
PDQ Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich
Burger Beast Suggests:
•Either a 3, 4, or 5 Fresh Tenders Meal w/Honey Mustard Sauce
•Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich
3359 N. Federal Hwy. Oakland Park, FL 33306
Funky Buddha’s beers are synonymous with innovation and flavor, winning national acclaim for melding traditional brewing methods with culinary ingredients such as chocolate, vanilla, tropical fruit, and maple syrup. Their new brewery, in Oakland Park, will allow for sudsy stalwarts such as Hop Gun IPA and the delectable Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (our favorite)!
Join Burger Belle and friends as the Funky Buddha Brewery and the City of Oakland Park invite you to come and enjoy the taste of craft beer paired with South Florida food trucks and live music on Saturday June 1st. Funky Buddha’s brews will be poured inside their spacious new tasting room and outside in the new plaza until midnight (last call at 11:45 pm). Activities throughout the day and evening will include a ceremony with guest speakers, bocce ball and corn hole, music, timed tappings, and much more! Food Trucks on site: Ms. Cheezious, Bite Gastrotruck, Taco Fresh & Frankie Dogs. Schedule of Events HERE>>
Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th Street
Oakland Park, FL 33334
If you read the Lucarella’s post, you’ll know that Marcela and I were lost in Oakland Park searching for Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House when we came across Tortilleria Mexicana. Marcela had eaten here years before during her past life in real estate. She had a bought me a Coke in a glass bottle imported from Mexico which is why I remembered the place when she mentioned it. This was years before the Mexi-Coke explosion.
When you walk in to your left is the Mexican Market and straight ahead is their Deli/Meat Counter. To the right is the restaurant area (split between a counter where you can order and sit at stools or an actual sit down area).
The restaurant area was recently expanded as per Marcela’s memory. It was very limited seating before. There was also a rotisserie type of a thing-a-ma-jig spinning some Al Pastor.
Al Pastor Closeup
Marcela says to try the Enchiladas and Tacos but everything on the menu is good and authentic. She ordered some stuff to go and I was able to not only score a few Coke bottles but a Carlos V chocolate bar.
It’s a Milk Chocolate candy bar made by Nestle, tiny but good. Check out Tortilleria Mexicana if you’re in the area or looking for authentic Mexican food, the menu’s below:
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4115 N. Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL
Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House has been around since 1972 and is known for its Burgers that are “Cut and Ground Fresh Twice Daily” on the premises. Jack’s is a South Florida Landmark and one that must be experienced. There’s 3 different sizes available to order a Jack Jr. ( 1/4 lb.) , Original (1/3 lb.) and a Big Jack (1/2 lb.). While I don’t eat Lettuce, Tomato and Onions on my burgers I like how when you order them, they’re given to you in a little clear resealable sandwich bag.
Law of the Land at Jack’s
The Burger had a beautiful crust on the outside which I love in conjunction with the ultra processed Cheese they use. I really didn’t find the burger to be all that flavorful and it might have to do something with the fact that they use lean meat, not really a favorite of mine. But…..if you add Yellow Mustard it brings out the beef taste of the patty.
Jack’s Original Burger
Check out that Burger Crust!
The fries were the standard stuff that taste great with some salt and drowned in ketchup.
Jack’s Chili Dog suffers from “OK” Hot Dog and good Chili syndrome. If you’re fine with that then this is the wiener for you.
Chili Cheese Dog
A few years ago Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House was named one of “The Nation’s 15 Best Burgers”. Jack’s is an institution for some folks and a great part of South Florida Burger history so a visit here is a requirement for you Burger fans out there.
Get Old Fashioned:
Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House
4201 N. Federal Highway, Oakland Park, Fl
Marcela and I are lost in Oakland Park, seems I made a wrong turn looking for Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House. As we’re driving around, we come across the Tortilleria Mexicana which Marcela has been to before and in the same strip mall is Lucarella’s. I figured we’d come in, get a slice and be done with it.
The owner (a really friendly guy) offers us a Chicken Empanada prepared Argentinian style. It was nice, flaky and the Chicken tasted great. We ask for a slice of the Cheese and one of the Margherita.
As we’re waiting the owner’s father comes out and talk to us about his Empanadas. He offers us one and we explain we were already given one. He insists that we must try the Beef Empanada. I’m not the biggest Empanada fan but these guys were excellent.
I didn’t get to take the pic till they were half way eaten because I was so involved. We ask where he got his recipe from and he tells us how he was born in Spain but grew up in Argentina.
By this time, the Slices are good to go. They’re really good. As tasty as I thought the cheese was, I find the Margherita slightly better(Marcela agrees). There is also fresh baked Bread which they’ll slice for you.
I take some Empanadas to go as well as a Meatball Sub. The Meatball Sub was above average. And there’s plenty of things still to try. I just wish I didn’t live so far. I scanned the menu for those who might want to check it out:
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4165 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL