Restaurants & Food Trucks I’ve Enjoyed that Closed

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Since 2008, I’ve written and posted about hundreds of different restaurants and food trucks. If I found something special about them, then I would take the time to write about ’em on my blog.

Some of the older content from this site has been removed over time. Over the last few years, those that really stood out have once again been added to my comfort food registry.

The restaurants and food trucks below are gone but will continue to live-on here and through our delicious memories.

Rest in Delicious Peace

  • A&G Burger Joint in Sweetwater, FloridaA&G Burger Joint in Sweetwater, Florida
    A&G Burger Joint was South Florida's best-kept comfort food secret tucked away in Sweetwater. A&G Burger Joint had a short run that is still memorable today.
  • Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs in Atlanta, GeorgiaAbdullah the Butcher House of Ribs in Atlanta, Georgia
    My interest in visiting Abdullah The Butcher House of Ribs & Chinese Food lied solely in the fact that I watched wrestling in the 1980s. Abdullah The Butcher was a character that scared me and intrigued me at the same time.
  • Arnold’s Royal Castle in Miami, FloridaArnold's Royal Castle in Miami, Florida
    Wayne Arnold's Royal Castle had a great run, well technically it was actually two. Arnold's RC would ultimately close due to...
  • AZ Canteen Food Truck by Andrew ZimmernAZ Canteen Food Truck by Andrew Zimmern
    During the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 South Florida was a hotbed of food truck activity. Andrew Zimmern's AZ Canteen would find its way to...
  • Betty’s Best Burgers in Pinecrest, FloridaBetty's Best Burgers in Pinecrest, Florida
    Betty's Best Burgers opened as a Fuddruckers in 1984. Initially, there were four owners, including former Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti.
  • Biff Burger in St. Petersburg, FloridaBiff Burger in St. Petersburg, Florida
    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 ...
  • Big Boy Restaurant in Sanford, FloridaBig Boy Restaurant in Sanford, Florida
    I grew up eating at Bob's Big Boy in California whenever I visited my grandmother. I loved going there and was surprised to find one in Florida.
  • Bird & Bone in Miami Beach, Florida – CLOSEDBird & Bone in Miami Beach, Florida - CLOSED
    Chef Richard Hales's Bird & Bone concept was phenomenal. It's a shame it closed down due to issues with the hotel where it was originally located.
  • Bobby’s Burger Palace in Kendall, FloridaBobby's Burger Palace in Kendall, Florida
    I was lucky enough to get invited for a special preview of Bobby’s Burger Palace in Miami. In addition, I also had the opportunity to interview its owner, Bobby Flay, briefly before they opened the doors to the general public at Noon. Dadeland Mall was the location of Bobby Flay’s first Bobby’s Burger Palace in Florida. ...
  • Boyce General Store in Alvaton, KentuckyBoyce General Store in Alvaton, Kentucky
    Burgers and pies are Boyce General Store's specialty. Don't miss out on Fridays when they host a weekly fish fry, the entire community comes out!
  • Bull Market in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaBull Market in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Bull Market restaurant was located right down the street from Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, the site of many events I've curated.
  • Bulldog Barbecue & Burger in North Miami, FloridaBulldog Barbecue & Burger in North Miami, Florida
    Shortly after his appearance on Top Chef Season 3, Howie Kleinberg opened Bulldog Barbecue & later Bulldog Burger in North Miami, Florida.
  • Burger and Beer Joint in Miami, FloridaBurger and Beer Joint in Miami, Florida
    I remember very clearly when Burger & Beer Joint opened in August 2009. My blog was not quite one year old, and the burger scene in South Florida was on life support.
  • Burger Bob’s Diner in Coral Gable, FloridaBurger Bob's Diner in Coral Gable, Florida
    Burger Bob's is one of Miami's hidden gems. It's located right on the Granada Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida. Blink and you might miss it!
  • Burger Freak in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaBurger Freak in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Fort Lauderdale's Burger Freak's circus sideshow freaks hit a nerve with me. Burger Freak had a good run and was open just shy of six years.
  • Burger Heaven in New York, New YorkBurger Heaven in New York, New York
    While wandering around New York, I ran into Burger Heaven, not realizing it was a chain of 6. So I figured I would give it a shot.
  • Burger King’s BK Whopper Bar in Orlando, FloridaBurger King's BK Whopper Bar in Orlando, Florida
    So what makes someone wake up at 8 AM and drive some 220 miles to Orlando to eat from the new BK Whopper Bar? I don't know that there is a correct answer to that question.
  • BurgerQue in Fort Myers, FloridaBurgerQue in Fort Myers, Florida
    I freakin' love BurgerQue in Fort Myers! There I said it. I got it out of my system. What's not to love about burgers and bbq?
  • Burgers & Suds in Pompano Beach, FloridaBurgers & Suds in Pompano Beach, Florida
    Burgers & Suds was an unexpectedly great burger. I didn't see that one coming & after their move to Pompano, they next leveled the entire menu.
  • Captain John’s Steamed Cheeseburgers in Homestead, FloridaCaptain John's Steamed Cheeseburgers in Homestead, Florida
    For a few short months in early 2014, South Florida enjoyed Captain John's Steamed Cheeseburgers, a burger joint that specialized in a regional specialty from Connecticut.
  • Dad’s Favorite Burgers in Delray Beach – CLOSEDDad's Favorite Burgers in Delray Beach - CLOSED
    Owner/Chef Daniel Diaz nailed it right out of the gate with the name Dad's Favorite Burgers. The food also appears to be firing on all cylinders with made-to-order burgers, french fries, shakes, and pies.
  • Direct From Philly in Deerfield Beach, FloridaDirect From Philly in Deerfield Beach, Florida
    Direct from Philly was the home of the Best Philly Cheesesteak in South Florida. But unfortunately, the pandemic shut them down permanently.
  • Federal Donuts & Dizengoff in Wynwood, FloridaFederal Donuts & Dizengoff in Wynwood, Florida
    In early July 2017, chef Michael Solomonov (James Beard winner) opened a Federal Donuts location in Wynwood. At the time, all of the other locations were in the Philadelphia area. The menu’s hot and fresh donuts (tossed in strawberry lavender, cinnamon brown sugar & cookies ‘n cream) were cooked on the spot. The fancy donuts rotated daily ...
  • Fritas Domino La Original is Miami’s 1st Frita JointFritas Domino La Original is Miami's 1st Frita Joint
    Fritas Domino La Original (936 SW 67th Avenue)has been around in one incarnation or another since 1961. It was originally on 8th Street and 12th Avenue in Little Havana. When it closed in early 1982, the same location became the legendary El Rey de las Fritas. The decor and seating have a very 1970s skating rink ...
  • gastroPod Food TruckgastroPod Food Truck
    It's been years since Chef Jeremiah's gastroPod existed in any form but at one point, it was the center of the street food & food truck movement in South Florida.
  • Grandstanz in Calhoun, GeorgiaGrandstanz in Calhoun, Georgia
    I noticed the Grandstanz (1052 Red Bud Rd NE, Calhoun) farmhouse building next door to the gas station we’re at with a billboard that says “Ain’t No Better Biscuit Burger or Fries.” We had stopped for some gas in Calhoun, Georgia, on the way to my book signing road trip’s first stop in Kentucky. Grandstanz Billboard My ...
  • Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers Food TruckJefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers Food Truck
    I've openly proclaimed that the Rolling Stove was my favorite food truck in Miami, but Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers was a close second.
  • Jersey Dawg Food Truck (Rippers & Jersey-style Sliders)Jersey Dawg Food Truck (Rippers & Jersey-style Sliders)
    I remember driving out to a gas station to eat from Jersey Dawg Food Truck on its first day of business. At last, someone had finally brought New Jersey favorites like sliders and rippers to South Florida I thought. The sliders were inspired by White Manna. The food was what I was hoping for and more than ...
  • Joe’s Cable Car in San Francisco, CaliforniaJoe's Cable Car in San Francisco, California
    Joe's Cable Car first came to my attention in George Motz's Hamburger America book. Many folks considered it to be the best burger in San Francisco.
  • John Martin’s Irish Pub in Coral Gables, Florida – CLOSEDJohn Martin's Irish Pub in Coral Gables, Florida - CLOSED
    For more than 30 years, John Martin's Irish Pub in Coral Gables is where Miami folks celebrated St. Patrick's Day. John Martin's closed in February 2020.
  • Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, FloridaJr's Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, Florida
    Jr’s Gourmet Burger is located in Miami Springs (7 Westward Drive). I spent my summers as a kid with my Dad working in that area on his WISE Potato Chips route. One of his vending stops was Piggly Wiggly (now Milam’s Market) across from Circle Park in the heart of Miami Springs. Jr’s Gourmet Burgers ...
  • KINGDOM in Miami, FloridaKINGDOM in Miami, Florida
    The Burger Beast Blog was only a few months old when I hit up Kingdom. I floored by their burger and the vibe of the tiny spot in a then seedy part of town. Marcela and I ate at Kingdom a handful of times over the following month. We were hooked. Kingdom would go on to ...
  • Larry, Curly, Burgers & Moe in Homestead, FloridaLarry, Curly, Burgers & Moe in Homestead, Florida
    I was in Homestead a few days ago when I found out about Larry, Curly, Burgers, and Moe (28838 South Dixie Highway). Being a lifelong Three Stooges and burger fan, it was a no-brainer that I’d have to stop in. The only problem? They were closed by the time I was ready to hit them ...
  • Norman Brothers Produce in Kendall, FloridaNorman Brothers Produce in Kendall, Florida
    Sure, Norman Brothers is first and foremost a market but their selection of prepared food is excellent. Don't miss out on their burgers every...
  • Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel & Pirate Soul Museum in Key West, FloridaPat Croce's Rum Barrel & Pirate Soul Museum in Key West, Florida
    Pat Croce's Rum Barrel restaurant was located next to the Pirate Soul Museum attraction in Key West.
  • Purple People Eatery Food TruckPurple People Eatery Food Truck
    The Purple People Eatery food truck takes its name from a comedy science fiction movie named the Purple People Eater. The initial menu was quirky compared to the more pedestrian street food offerings available at the time.
  • Remembering the Iconic Tobacco Road Bar & GrillRemembering the Iconic Tobacco Road Bar & Grill
    It's kinda hard to believe that Tobacco Road closed for good in 2014. It lasted just past its one-hundred-anniversary party. While it had been around...
  • Restaurants & Food Trucks I’ve Enjoyed that ClosedRestaurants & Food Trucks I've Enjoyed that Closed
    The restaurants and food trucks listed are gone but will continue to live-on here in my blog and through our delicious memories.
  • Root Beer Drive-In in Liberty City, FloridaRoot Beer Drive-In in Liberty City, Florida
    In 1956, when Root Beer Drive-In (11101 NW 27th Avenue, North Miami) opened up, it was an A&W Drive-In, one of many that were all over the United States. I can’t confirm, but I believe it was the early ’80s when the license for A&W expired. One thing has not changed since then, and that’s ...
  • Sakaya Kitchen in Midtown Miami, FloridaSakaya Kitchen in Midtown Miami, Florida
    It’s easy to take something for granted. It’s been years since I first stepped foot inside of Sakaya Kitchen (3401 N Miami Avenue #125) at Midtown. Back then, Midtown was not what it is today. Chef Richard Hales took a chance on opening in a former seafood spot. I remember reading about Sakaya Kitchen and thinking it ...
  • Smacks Burgers & Shakes in Sarasota, FloridaSmacks Burgers & Shakes in Sarasota, Florida
    Grab an Original Double Cheeseburger & some Garlic Herb Parmesan Fries from Smacks Burgers & Shakes in Sarasota, Florida, you won't regret it!
  • Soto’s Kitchen in Jacksonville, FloridaSoto's Kitchen in Jacksonville, Florida
    As I update this post about Soto's Kitchen in Jacksonville, I'm saddened to say that they have closed up shop for good. This pandemic has been brutal.
  • Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue in Downtown Miami, FloridaSparky’s Roadside Barbecue in Downtown Miami, Florida
    I walked into Sparky's Roadside Barbecue and could smell the BBQ goodness in the air. I felt right at home since this isn’t one of those pretentious...
  • Swensen’s Grill & Ice Cream Parlor in Coral Gables, FloridaSwensen's Grill & Ice Cream Parlor in Coral Gables, Florida
    I love eating at Swensen's Grill & Ice Cream Parlor. Ok, normally, I wouldn't use its formal name. My family and I call it...
  • The Cafe 72 in Doral, FloridaThe Cafe 72 in Doral, Florida
    Those of you who live in North Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, or Miami Lakes may know of Boss Burger & Brew. If you’re not, its founder and chief food maestro Frankie opened up The Cafe 72 (7201 NW 36th Street, Miami). He’s no longer at Boss Burger, but he brought his palate full of Miami flavors ...
  • The Rolling Stove Food TruckThe Rolling Stove Food Truck
    On July 7th, 2016 my comfort food world was rocked when the Rolling Stove food truck announced that it had served its last meal.
  • The Stuffed Beaver in Jacksonville, Florida is CLOSEDThe Stuffed Beaver in Jacksonville, Florida is CLOSED
    I stopped in at The Stuffed Beaver in Jacksonville, Florida, with the Miami Meat Machine when I was on one of my yearly road trips. I ended up loving the Stuffed Beaver so much that I went back the following day before we headed back to Miami. While I liked the Double Cheeseburger with chili, the Michigan ...

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