Remember These Burger Chains in South Florida?

Some of these restaurants haven't been in South Florida for decades but it might be nice if they returned.

When I’m amongst my burger-loving friends we always discuss burger chains that aren’t in South Florida anymore or those that we wish were. In some cases, a restaurant might fall into both categories.

There are some restos like for example Roy Rogers that were available in the Snapper Creek Service Plaza on the turnpike (Kendall area) for a few years in the early 1990s. It was not a good representation of the chain during its heydey. Others like White Castle (read about White Castle in Miami) which had two locations in Miami from 1959 through 1967 are remembered fondly.

A&W Drive-ins, Fatburger, Frisch’s Big Boy, Hardee’s and Krystal were in Dade and Broward counties for years and now they’re not. There are plenty of folks that would like to see them here again. All it takes is for a willing franchisee to bring them back and before you know it we’ll be good to go again.

You can read about these burger chains, their histories plus many more in my book All About the Burger (get your copy here).


Approximate years of operation

1954 – mid-1980s

CONFIRMED locations

250 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach

30130 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

1800 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

2525 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

225 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

3291 W. Broward Boulevard, Plantation

11101 NW 27th Avenue, Miami

13105 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

10995 SW 40th Street, Miami


Inside the Miami Beach location, 2009

Approximate years of operation

2008 – 2011

CONFIRMED locations

947 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

232 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Frisch’s Big Boy

Approximate years of operation

1958 – 1962 (closed due to bankruptcy)

CONFIRMED locations

441 S.W. State Road 7, Ft. Lauderdale


Approximate years of operation

*1964-? and **1980-2003

CONFIRMED locations

*1645 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

*1705 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale

*5229 Coconut Creek Parkway, Margate

**1149 W 49th Street, Hialeah

**Kendall Drive & 107th Avenue, Kendall

**18601 S Dixie Highway, Perrine

**Flagler & 107th Avenue, Sweetwater

**8700 Bird Road, Westchester


Approximate years of operation

*1967-1971 and **2000-2016

Confirmed locations

*1311 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

*3615 W. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

*1220 NE 8th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

*Another known location was in Pompano

**901 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Please leave a comment, I’m always up for a great burger discussion.

Comments (1):

  1. kim


    When I was little I use to love Burger Chef! Then I think Hardees bought them out.


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