Before Pipo Ramirez moved to the U.S., he was to open Pipo Burger House in his native Venezuela. However, the crisis in Venezuela changed those plans, and he found himself in Miami, Florida, more specifically, Doral, Florida.
He had a short-lived restaurant in Hialeah, where I ultimately tried his food. But his Pipo Burgers on Wheels is where he made his name in South Florida.
You know his food made an impression on me cause I invited him to participate in my Hamburger House Party in 2017 & 2019.
I was stoked after watching the @TreatYoSelfEverywhere reel on Instagram about the new Pipo Burgers restaurant. It didn’t take me very long to hit up his new spot, and I was happy to see Pipo right when I walked in.
Pipo Burgers Restaurant
January 22nd, 2023 – After grabbing the table nearest the door, Pipo handed me the restaurant menu. I ask for water while trying to make up my mind on what to order.
I was pleasantly surprised by two things. First, the branded out water bottle and, secondly, the cup of nugget ice; both were nice touches.
The Vaca Flaca intrigued me after reading what makes up this sandwich. We’re talking: hand-made cheese (queso de mano), cheese, ham, bacon, cilantro sauce (tartara), ketchup, cabbage (repollo), and potato sticks.
A lot going on, and I usually steer clear of this type of madness, but damn, it was great. And make sure to ask for napkins; you will need them unless you have an exceptionally large mouth.
One of the newer additions to his burger repertoire is a smash burger, the Smashing Pipo. This beauty was perfectly executed and what I loved best about it was the use of sliced red onions; those are my favorites.
Now, here’s the thing, the Triple Cheese Burger blew my mind. My mouth is watering as I type this up.
We’re talking a 7oz burger patty, American cheese, cheddar cheese, queso de mano, pink sauce, and diced onions on a fluffy bun that was custom-made for Pipo Burgers. The layering of the burger and those chopped onions sitting in the sauce just slayed me.
Then for dessert, there’s the Robertina de Melocoton. Named after his aunt Robertina, these pieces of cake (bizcocho) are covered in cream & syrup with peach slivers to add a punch of flavor and color.
The Robertina tastes like a coveted family recipe; that’s cause it is, and Pipo is the key master. My friends, this dessert is a gem.
Speaking of gems, I’ll be talking about that Triple Cheese Burger for the rest of the year to anyone who will listen, and that means YOU 🤣
Pipo Burgers Restaurant
10808 NW 58th Street
Website – https://test.bryancheah.com/476-2/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pipoburgers
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Friday 11:30 am – 3:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am – 3:00 am
Sunday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Pipo Burgers Food Truck
June 2nd, 2016 – I had been tracking Pipo Burgers on Wheels food truck since it started parking late at night in the Doral area. Every time I drove by, it was not just packed but crazy packed.
Which means where there’s smoke, there’s fire. For a short time, there was also a Pipo Burgers restaurant. I finally ate from Pipo Burgers at their temporary location in Hialeah.
I fully intended to eat only the burger and maybe the fries. And then there it was on the menu, one of my Venezuelan weaknesses, the cachapa!
Food Truck Menu
What’s a cachapa, you say? Well, it’s very similar to an arepa.
You should think of them as a corn pancake that is half moon-style stuffed with their hand-made cheese (queso de mano) slathered with butter/margarine, then topped with cream and grated cheese.
When I tell you it’s unbelievable, that’s an understatement. I love cachapas so much that if you said me that you don’t like them, we couldn’t be friends.
Honestly, though, Pipo Burgers‘ cachapa is a home run.
I was at a loss trying to figure out what burger I’d eat. Finally, the waitress suggested I try the FritiBurger.
The FritiBurger is topped with repollo (coleslaw), papitas (potato sticks), salsa verde (green sauce), ketchup (yes, there’s ketchup), maduros (sweet plantains) & queso de mano (hand-made cheese).
I’m not a ketchup-on-my-burger guy, but the flavor combinations here defy logic. I thought it wouldn’t work. Yet not only did it work, but it was beyond excellent.
This sounds like the late-night creation of a drunk. If that’s the case, drink Pipo drink. The bacon cheddar fries were great but a little too much combined with the cachapa and Fritiburger.
I’ll try the truffle parmesan fries on the next visit.
The *Maracucha Burger is topped with potato sticks, queso de mano, housemade green sauce & ketchup. I requested no slaw (repollo) on this one. It’s similar to the FritiBurger I had on the first visit. I prefer it this way, minus the maduros.
WARNING: This is a highly addictive burger.
I’m mostly over the truffle fries movement, but these were pretty good.
*If you were wondering, “Maracucha” refers to someone from Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Last, I drank some chicha, a Venezuelan rice milk drink. It tastes very similar to Mexican horchata, but it’s much thicker.
The flavor is reminiscent of an arroz con leche (rice pudding). I’m not exactly sure if it’s meant to be dessert, but I enjoyed it as one.
There you have it; Pipo Burgers was a great find. Pipo Burgers can get busy during the weekend.
Don’t let the crowds scare you off. Instead, park, order, and eat Pipo Burgers, then you’ll be A-OK.
Pipo Burgers Food Truck
8132 NW 67th Street
Monday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thursday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Friday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Pipo Ramirez is part of a famous band out of Venezuela, the Mermelada Bunch. Formed in 1999, the music is tough to classify, so I dropped my favorite Mermelada Bunch video below for you to check out.