BurgerFi’s food is excellent. Everything from their burgers and fresh-cut fries to their hot dogs and onion rings, all worthy. Since their first location in 2011, BurgerFi had a growth spurt where they expanded rapidly into other states. Then it seemed as if they took some time to grow into the locations they already had. It was during this time that the phenomenal CEO Burger was added to the menu.
More recently, BurgerFi added a super tasty chicken sandwich and tenders to their already loaded menu of greats. Now, they’ve partnered to create a series of delivery-only restaurants (Ghost Kitchens) across the U.S. If properly executed; many new folks will be turned onto the BurgerFi experience that South Floridians have known about for almost a decade.
I took all the food pictures at different BurgerFi restaurant locations in Aventura, Coral Gables, Delray Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, and delivery.
BurgerFi in Aventura, Florida
September 3rd, 2012 – As I normally do when I’m gonna check out a restaurant, I like to go in the afternoon, right after the lunch rush. This morning my breakfast was a coffee and some plain white toast, which meant I was ready to go once at the new BurgerFi (18139 Biscayne Blvd) in Aventura. And by go, I mean eat, not leave.
I stood and took in the menu just in case I had overlooked some new item on it online. Of course, I ordered the classic cheeseburger, which includes 2 patties, 2 slices of American cheese, & a slathering of their secret sauce (which the first time I had it, I didn’t care for). I opted to go lettuce and tomato-less as usual.
There are also some FREE toppings like grilled onions or jalapeño peppers, and Premium Toppings like a sunny side up egg will set you back a buck. Those are all fine and dandy, but this burger is just so good alone that you’d be doing some major van damage by doing that. I can also confess that I’ve never ordered any of the toppings, be it FREE or Premium, so what the hell do I know. Well, not true, I have had bacon. You gotta do what’s right for you, but cheese & the secret sauce are it for me.
Cry & Fry are for Two?
It clearly states that Cry and Fry are for two people. If you’re a fan of both onion rings & fresh-cut fries, then I say, don’t share. The onion rings are gigantic and seasoned, and irresistible. The fries are so awesome; I almost cried when I ran out of them. Almost….
After mourning over my fries, I moved onto their Wagyu Chili Dog. Yes, the regular dog is good but pay a little more a get a way better-tasting dog. So ask me, I know you’re dying to. Why would I then add chili & cheese to this spectacular wiener? Cause I could.
I did not order the Parmesan and Herb Fries with garlic aioli smothered on top off the Secret Menu, but Fred did. He also ordered the VegeFi Burger served in lettuce, but this post is not the place for such blasphemy. The fries looked great, and there are a few other items on their Secret Menu you may want to know about and try. I’m not sure that it’s too secret but hey, to each their own.
Now that BurgerFi is finally in Miami Dade County, we need to find a way to convince them to open a little bit farther South, like near my house.
BurgerFi in Ft. Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
September 19th, 2011 – BurgerFi has been open for a little while now, but I put off checking it out since all I would really hear about it are the Shake Shack comparisons. There is no doubt that this is indeed a Shack Shack clone down to having Concretes (frozen custard). However, they have more options when it comes to dressing your burger, but how does the food stack up to the Shack?
I love fries, and I love onion rings, so it’s great that the Cry and Fry option is available. I didn’t necessarily want to order 2 full individual orders of these guys. Both were solid and not greasy. If I had to choose, I’d tell you to go for the fries as fresh-cut fries can’t be beaten in my grubby book.
Do I really need the Chili Dog?
I saw a chili dog on the menu, and I to myself, “BB, Do you really need this?”. Well, maybe I didn’t say the “BB” part. The answer, of course, is yes. I loved this thing but could have done with a little less of the Rex Hot Sauce on it. If it had been Frank’s Red Hot, then it would have been a different story.
The burger was great. It’s served in the little wax pocket like you know who, but it’s bun is stamped with the BurgerFi logo. The patties had a nice little crust and were very juicy. They aren’t large either; they’re only about 4 ounces. I would have enjoyed the burger more had there been no secret sauce. I didn’t care for it at all as it seemed to be coming through a little too much. Don’t get me wrong; I would have another burger here in a heartbeat—a great place with some great food and welcome addition to the South Florida burger scene.