Biff Burger was based out of Clearwater, Florida, when it opened in 1956 and had pretty much all of its locations on the eastern side of the United States with a few in Canada.
Now, some 70 years or so later, only two locations survive. There is this one in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the other restaurant was renamed Beef Burger in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In case you were wondering, there was no Biff. It was an acronym for Best In Fast Food.
ON OUR WAY
As we’re leaving Marco Island and heading home to Miami, I mention Biff-Burger to my wife, Marcela. Next thing I know, our itinerary has changed, and St. Petersburg is up next, a full two hours away.
They don’t make them like they used to, and Biff Burger is a classic example of that with its high arch burger architecture. I loved seeing the restaurant name in tiles before you stepped foot into this landmark.
The seating at Biff-Burger is those old contoured booths that were all the rage in the late 1960s and 1970s. Once inside, you encounter a rather large menu, including breakfast, which sounded pretty good right now since I only had coffee before leaving.
While I don’t think there was a chili cheese dog on the original menu, it was indeed calling my name. The dog comes on a fresh baked and toasted roll, which I didn’t expect with a beefy chili that did have some beans. I didn’t add mustard & onions, which is my standard practice, but it was a very good chili dog none-the-less.
At Biff-Burger, they roto-broil their fresh, never frozen burgers. Here’s a picture of the contraption where it all happens.
I ordered two after the fellow at the counter suggested one might not be enough, and he was right. The Biff-Burger is served in one of those clear sandwich bags. At first, I thought, did they run out of wax paper? Come on fellas no need to get lazy, so rather than assume, I asked and was told it was to keep all the juices inside. It makes sense!
There’s a great charbroil taste permeating throughout the burger. Then you have this tangy sauce that’s almost like a BBQ sauce coming through, loved it. Was this worth the drive? Absolutely.
We’d do it again in a heartbeat, and I regret not taking a couple to go for the now almost four-hour drive home.
BIFF-BURGER SAUCE RECIPE
Luckily, some years ago, a reader sent me the recipe for the Biff-Burger Sauce.
I’ve been sitting on it till now and can’t wait to try making my own batch at home.
Biff Burger Sauce
- 2 ounces of Mustard
- 28 ounces of Ketchup
- 2 ounces sweet pickle relish
- Pinch of ginger powder
- 2 ounces of liquid smoke
Mix everything thoroughly in a mixing bowl or blender.
3939 49th Street N
Saint Petersburg, Florida