Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, Florida

I celebrated my birthday at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables a few years ago. It’s an Austrian-Bavarian-themed restaurant & bar.

I had chosen this location because of the atmosphere, not because of the food (the movie Beerfest is never too far from my mind). The one thing I remember about that night was that most of the food we attempted to order was not available cause we were there till late at night.

I was hoping that history would not repeat itself. There was a *Beer Tweetup, a Twitter meetup involving beer, and while we’re on the subject, you can follow me at @BurgerBeast at Fritz & Franz.

Chad from Brickell Life was helping to sponsor the event. We had been wanting to get together and talk burgers.

Sausage Platter from Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, Florida
Sausage Platter

We seized this opportunity to do just that. After a lengthy and nearly two-hour burger discussion, Chad ordered a variety of sausage platter whose name escapes me. I asked him how it was, and he said they were sausage.

Burger Talk

I took that to mean that there was no big culinary stretch here. My burger was topped with jalapeños and BBQ sauce. The burger itself was nothing special, just your average affair.

Burger from Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, Florida
The Burger

The BBQ sauce, on the other hand, was delicious, but that alone could not get the burger to the necessary heights. Plus, I had asked for a cheeseburger and received no cheese.

I left the pretzel for last, not because it was terrific. It wasn’t. It was your, I’m at the mall, let me get a pretzel type. The stone-ground mustard in a little pot on the table that I used for dipping the pretzel was stupendous.

Pretzel from Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables, Florida
The Pretzel

If Chad weren’t sitting there with me, I would have devised a plan to take that mustard with me. So, if you’re coming to Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere; burgers are better served elsewhere.

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
60 Merrick Way
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 774-1883

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Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

*This article and pictures are from October 25th, 2009.

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