LoKal Burgers in Coconut Grove, Florida

LoKal Burgers in Coconut Grove opened up to much fanfare and burger hype from the usual folks. I’ll be honest I was kind of turned off to checking this joint out because of that.

LoKal‘s owner, Matt, is a big proponent of purchasing ingredients that are sustainable and locally sourced. His passion for it convinced me that I should give it the old college try.

Great Quote

Recycled Sign?

Burger Beast & Matt Kusher LoKal, Coconut Grove, Florida
Burger Beast & Matt Kusher at LoKal in Coconut Grove, Florida

The LoKal sign made from corkboard, the cassette tape wrapped bar, and the wooden pallet tables use all recycled goods.

Starter Talk

The fresh alligator strips called my name, but the New Mexico-style chili had my attention the minute I looked at the menu. Riveting is how I can best describe the chili topped with Monterey jack cheese and diced onions.

New Mexico-style Chili

I almost channeled my inner Johnny Depp (Once Upon a Time in Mexico style) and went back to the kitchen to take care of the chef. It was so good I was eating as if someone was going to rip it away from me.

The next thing I knew, it was gone, and I still kind of miss it to this very moment.

LoKal & KUSH Burgers, Different and Yet the Same

Chili Cheeseburger

On their original menu, I remember reading that Matt’s favorite burger is LoKal‘s version of a frita. The Frita by Kush with guava jelly, melted gruyere, potato sticks, and bacon, their Lokal sauce is pressed and cut in half.

I will typically go for either the house specialty or just the restaurant’s straight-up regular burger on my first visit, in this case, the Classic.

Classic Cheeseburger with Bacon

I didn’t; though, I chose Juan’s Fidy-Fidy (50% Florida ground beef & 50% Florida ground bacon, served with mayo, Monterrey Jack cheese, tomato, and sweet onion marmalade). You can choose one side, and I went with the 50% sweet potato fries & 50% french fries with a side of homemade ketchup and honey mustard dipping sauces.

Take your pick; you won’t go wrong with either the regular or sweet potato fries. That honey mustard dipping sauce is stupendous.

The burger was everything you might expect and more. What got me was the smokey taste that ran throughout the burger and how fresh it felt. The sweet onion marmalade added an excellent sugary component that cut through slightly and complimented the meat.

Get the Key Lime Pie and Next Time at LoKal?

Key Lime Pie from LoKal Burgers in Coconut Grove, Florida
Key Lime Pie

I’m sold, and I’m looking forward to some more chili and classic burgers in my future, or maybe the Alligator Strips and the Royale with Cheese?

I’ll figure it out.

3190 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL
(305) 442-3377

Website – https://kushhospitality.com/locations/lokal
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lokalcoconutgrove
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LoKalMiami

Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

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