BURGERLISCIOUS: The Second Course Results

Last night was the 2nd Annual BURGERLISCIOUS Burger Competition in Coral Gables. “The Second Course”  presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce featured 20 restaurants flexing their Burger muscles to become either “Best in Bun” or “People’s Choice” winners. I along with some fellow bloggers (Fatgirl Hedonist, the Food-E and South Florida Burger Overload), local dignitaries (the Mayor of Coral Gables) and some Burger fans judged. Shula’s 347 Grill ended up taking the Best in Bun aka the judge’s award with The Dome winning the People’s Choice.

@Burgerliscious_ Tweeted Pic of People’s Choice

It was a blind tasting so I really couldn’t tell you what I absolutely loved and which exactly were bad. I will make a suggestion to the restaurants who competed: While your Veggie, Turkey or Seafood “Burger” might be good, it won’t ever win an actual “Burger” contest. It also throws off most of the judges who won’t see it coming.

Partial List of the Burgers I tried:

Angelique Euro Cafe – Ultimate Euro Burger: Mix of Ground Lamb and Angus Beef marinated with Fresh Rosemary and Wild Moroccan Thyme, Topped with Grilled Sweet Yellow Onion, Fresh Goat Cheese and Basil Pesto Aioli

Batting Cage Sports – Bleu & Bacon burger

Café at Books and Books – Veggie Burger with Portobello Mushrooms

Christy’s – Famous Burger with Sautéed Onions, Crispy Bacon and Gorgonzola Cheese.

CRAVE – (1) Signature CRAVE Slider with Certified Angus Beef, Hawaiian Buns, Caramelized Onions & Secret Crave Burger sauce (2) Spice Asian Pork Sliders with Super Aromatic Ground Pork, Asian Slaw, Hawaiian Buns & Jalapeño Aioli

Elevation Burger – Cheeseburger with Lettuce, Tomato and Elevation Sauce

John Martin’s Irish Pub – Irish Burger with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Irish Cheddar

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Mini Cheese Burger with Broiled Primed Beef with Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion on a Mini Onion Egg Roll

Pao Town – Wagyu Slider with Snake River Farms American Wagyu and Caramelized Onions Topped with Wasabi Ranch and Served on a Toasted Hawaiian Sweet Roll

Rok:Brgr Burger Bar + Gastropub – Bacon Jam Slider, American Kobe Beef, Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam, Creamy Brie Cheese on a Brioche Bun

Shake Shack – Shack Burger: Cheeseburger topped w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Shack Sauce

Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill – Turkey Burger

Best #BURGERLISCIOUS tweet of the night was by fellow judge Johnny of South Florida Burger Overload:

He was probably right.
K.I.T. for Next Year:

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Comments (5):

  1. Dave

    November 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Stupid question. You said it was a blind tasting but Soflbrg overload made a specific comment about Pincho factory? I’d be willing bet the charcoal #15 might have been competition? Voting seems fishy.

    My wife and I had great time at the event. Loved shake shack, pao town, route 9, and Pincho

    • Burger Beast

      November 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Voting was blind tasting. If requested after you turned in your votes, you could find out which burger was which. I never asked. Johnny is a stand up guy and does not operate like that.

  2. John Carrascal

    November 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Judging my first burger competition and already my integrity comes into question. Go figure.

    • Dave

      November 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      How did you know “pincho factory killed it”

      • John Carrascal

        November 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        Simple really, after eating there over 20 times I recognized the burger, however that wasn’t the best burger of the night. #13 was!