It had been years since I had eaten at Big Pink. What made me return after all this time? Some burger changes to the menu sparked my curiosity.
Big Pink (157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) has been open for over twenty years serving their amped-up diner food. The dishes you usually find at these chain diners are frozen and overly salty foods to hide the lack of quality ingredients. Also, very few of them make their dishes in-house. At Big Pink, you get the exact opposite of that, plus the portions are monstrous in some cases. The hours are great too; they’re open every day from 8 AM till Midnight.
I may have gone a little overboard ordering, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything that touched my lips. There’s an entire burger menu to choose from, but I went with one of their older standbys, the Smash Burger. I love me a great smash and griddled burger, and that’s precisely what it was. If you can save space for dessert, I would, since the Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding is just plain out of control goodness.
You can read about my original visit after all the pictures.
Big Pink Menu
Big Pink Food Pictures
Original Big Pink in Miami Beach Post
October 8th, 2013 – A few people I know have “hyped” Big Pink to me, so I figured I would cave in and check the place out. It has a very cool ambiance about it when you walk in. I expected to see Marty McFly and Max Headroom like the scene from Back To The Future II.
So we take a seat at the bar and order a few beers served up nice and cold. As for the apps, we started with the macaroni with cheese (elbow macaroni with a mixture of cheeses and Parmigiano Reggiano shreds as a topping), which was nothing out of this world.
There was also the chicken chili nachos, a platter of multi-colored tortilla chips with chili, cheddar cheese, salsa, jalapeños, guacamole, and sour cream, which was our least liked of the appetizers. The popcorn shrimp and panko-crusted chicken tenders (coated with Japanese bread crumbs) served with honey mustard and BBQ sauce were great. I loved these, but they taste just like the ones served at the Gables Diner (R.I.P.), and both are served with the same 2 sauces that taste pretty identical.
Of course, I had the BBQ burger (bacon, fried onions, BBQ sauce, and jack cheese). This was a thick burger. The bartender told me that the burger patties are made fresh and hand-pressed daily. There was no doubt after the first bite that these were the real deal and excellent. I have every intention of returning here as they have a gigantic menu, and I’d definitely like to try a few other things.