I had a certain feeling about Pincho Factory when I first ate there 4 and 1/2 years ago. There was something very special about this place and two of its owners, Nedal and Kristel who were running the kitchen and front of house.
After having a Pincho Burger and Hot Dog, Nedal and I would sit in the eating area for hours (no customers would come in) discussing his plans for the company. I sat there, listened and believed everything he said, he was that convincing. And more than anything else, he was driven to succeed. He wanted to serve great food at a fair price with awesome service.
In early 2011, my Burger Beastmobile Food Truck had a revolving kitchen and amongst the folks who were on it was Fireman Derek, El Mago de las Fritas, Charm City Burger Company, Shake Shack, Chef Michael Schwartz……..and Pincho Factory?!?!? Yes, that’s what everyone said to me when I said they would be one of the chosen to cook on my Food Truck.
Over the course of the next year I witnessed first hand as a bunch of crazy creations were made and added to the menu:
Double Decker Goober Burger
Frita Egg Roll
Mashed Potato Burger
That’s What She Said
$2 Tuesdays (Meatballs, Mini Fritas, Osso Bucco Wing and ROM Slider)
It seemed like an overnight success to some but it wasn’t really til the birth of the Toston Burger (which for the record, I have only eaten during the filming of the Miami episode for George Motz’s Burgerland) that Pincho Factory seemed to be on a rocket-ship to success.
Then, it happened. Pincho Factory won the 2015 Burger Bash, something that I thought unthinkable. It just never seemed possible that anyone could overcome the amount of votes that the celebrity driven restaurants would get but the little restaurant from Westchester that could, did.
It was a great moment for everyone in South Florida to know they had made that accomplishment, it could not have happened to a better group of people (Nedal, Kristel, Otto, Nizar, Adrian).
Where do they go from here?
I’m very happy to announce that Pincho Factory will be opening up in Orlando (7600 Dr Phillips Blvd #102) and will continue to spread their food message on behalf of all of us in Miami.
And for me it also means, my hometown of Westchester will always be remembered as where it all started.