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  1. Anonymous

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    Dude its peter. After reading all these blog entries, the only thing I can think is that there should be a counterpart blog that deals with your first bowel movement after every meal you review.

  2. Burger Beast

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    Bowel beast coming up!

  3. Anonymous

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    I second Peter’s motion.

    -Ericka

  4. ruderic

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    Keep em coming.

  5. Dietcolalola

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    i can’t wait for Le Tub!!!!

  6. philipsantamaria

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    ok so this is the best burger you’ve ever had, then i have to go back. i haven’t been to keg south in about 10 years. maybe i’ll take a stop there for saturday lunch.

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  7. Anonymous

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    I still say its just regular cheese just because its made in Ireland means nothing, in that case then I have had tons of Massachusetts cheese. How’s the bowel movement coming, or is it going.

  8. Ericka M.

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    Ah, Keg South. I love the Nachos there! And who could leave the place without having a delicious Xango?

    Not to mention, it where I discovered my love for Derek, according to you.

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  9. Rafael

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    Hey I’m a friend of your sis Michelle… Try the burgers at Five Guys. They are the best!! They are located in Midtown Miami. There’s a future location on US1 near Sunset. Try it you’ll love it.

  10. Anonymous

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    so what do you want me to do up here in philadelphia (jersey and ny)… DON’T POKE ME AGAIN, EVER!!!!

  11. Disowned Shocker

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    This has to be hands down the best kept secret around town. What place can u find $1 dollar Amberbok, Juicy burgers, and delicious Zangos. Only complaint with the place is the out dated pool and jukebox machine. Other than that i am a repeat customer who holds this place very dear in my heart. And i too found my hidden love for Derick..

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  12. GhenghisJuan

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    The Capital Grille
    444 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 374-4500‎

    A little pricey but the burger is sublime. They grind bacon and onions into the meat mix.

    Best to go at lunch, but if you have to go at night there is a less formal bar area with some nice tables. And for X’s sake order it bloody. It tastes so much better when the bun is pink and sopping wet from salted blood. (The Delmonico steak is the funk.)

  13. GhenghisJuan

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    Houstons Restaurant
    201 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
    (305) 529-0141

    Flanigan's Laughing Loggerhead
    http://www.flanigans.net
    2721 Bird Ave
    Miami, FL 33133
    (305) 446-1114

    Al Carbon
    2280 SW 22nd St
    Coral Gables, FL 33145
    (305) 856-3366‎

    El Rey De Las Fritas‎
    1821 SW 8th St, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 644-6054‎

    Fritas Domino La Original‎
    936 SW 67th Ave, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 266-8477‎

    Hooligan's Little Hoolies‎
    13135 SW 89th Pl, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 251-8282‎

    The Bar
    172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL‎
    (305) 442-2730

    The Globe Cafe & Bar
    377 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables, FL
    (305) 445-3555‎

    Substantial Sandwich Shop‎
    10015 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 279-4422

    Best Sub & Sandwich Shop
    9802 SW 77th Ave, Miami, FL‎
    (305) 279-0000‎

  14. Burger Beast

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    All those are on my radar except for the 2 sub shops. Flanigan’s I’ve already had, I just haven’t posted the review yet.

  15. GhenghisJuan

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    I can’t believe I forget to mention:

    Whisk
    4702 S. Le Jeune Rd.
    Coral Gables, Fl. 33146
    786-268-8350
    http://www.whiskgourmet.com/

    Make this one a priority.

    ***Burgers are served Friday only***
    ***Come EARLY! Space is VERY limited and Whisk is VERY popular.***

  16. GhenghisJuan

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    "All those are on my radar…"

    A challenge? I think so! Here's some more places, hopefully there's something new to you here.

    Town
    http://www.townkitchenbar.com/
    7301 SW 57th Court
    South Miami, FL

    Titanic Brewery
    http://www.titanicbrewery.com
    5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd
    Coral Gables, FL
    305-668-1724

    Beverly Hills Cafe
    1559 Sunset Dr
    Coral Gables, FL 33143
    (305) 666-6673

    Sunset Tavern/Deli Lane
    7232 SW 59th Ave
    South Miami, FL 33143
    (305) 665-9996
    http://www.delilane.com

    Sports Grill
    http://www.sportsgrillsunset.com
    10005 Sunset Dr
    Miami, FL 33173
    (305) 598-2227
    (imo: best wings in miami)

    Bill & Ted's Tavern
    5757 S 68 St
    Miami FL
    305-740-4976
    (I haven't actually been here but I've heard a legend about an amazing burger)

    Swensen's
    http://www.swensensrestaurant.com
    1586 S Dixie Hwy
    Coral Gables, FL 33146
    (305) 661-7658

    Fox's
    6030 S Dixie Hwy
    South Miami, FL
    305-661-9201

    Norman's Tavern
    6770 Collins Ave
    Miami Beach, FL
    305-868-9248

    Rocky's Cheesesteak and Cheesburger's
    7401 Collins Ave
    Miami Beach, FL
    305-861-5931

  17. rachael

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    I’ve heard Nexxt Cafe has really great burgers.
    check out the menu here
    http://www.thenexxtcafe.com/
    there’s one on the beach and one in the gables so I’m guessing the gables would be easy for you.
    101 miracle mile.
    and take me with you! =)

  18. Ceasetodream

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    Yo why don’t you slum it a little and do a month of “Mall Burgers” only? I’m sure you’ll have some interesting stuff to say about those bourbon chicken slingers!

  19. Anonymous

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    We need to go back to Hooters. Mike is in town this whole week. This time, no rolling out the door. Let’s try to keep the 8th grade bets to one each 😉
    Malinda

  20. patty

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    Try the burger at michael’s Genuine. They grind their own beef, and serve it on a brioche bun. You can get it with house cured bacon too. They don’t serve a BBQ burger, but you can ask for some of their BBQ sauce, it’s killer. Fries are homemade too.
    Oh, they only serve the burger at lunch.

  21. Anonymous

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    Burger Beast: Great job reviewing all the burger joints around town.
    However, as a Doctor who’s sees patients at b/n the ages of 40 – 45 rountinely die from complications from Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood pressure etc.. you should do yourself, friends, and family a favor and look into eating healthier and losing weight.

    I love a great burger myself which is why i’m checking out your website, but food can be a deadly addiction – no different than drugs, cigarettes and alchol.

    I hope you take my comments to heart (pun intended) and assume a healthier lifestyle so we can all enjoy your posts for many years to come!

  22. Carlos Miller

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    I also thought this place was overrated. So much for the hype.

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  23. Woe

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    I gotta check this place out. This damn blog is making me hungry!

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  24. Carlos Miller

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    I used to go here with my dad as a kid. I used to love the place.

    But I went within the last year for the first time in more than 25 years and realized it wasn’t all that.

    I prefer my hot dogs grilled. They boil them.

    Try the Death Dog at Duffy’s. It’s not bad.

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  25. NatNibbles

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    Best tasting corn dog ever? I’m so there!

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  26. joel

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    Given it’s location I always figured it was a latin place that served Cuban style hot dogs a la Rey’s pizza serving “pizza”… Blech… Now that I know better, I think I’ll swing by..

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  27. GhenghisJuan

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    I can’t believe I regret leaving this place without one of those stupid pies. I am an idiot. IDIOT! If they made one of these with guayaba and queso crema I’d be on a plane to ATL tomorrow. Why doesn’t Versailles stuff the empanadas as thick as that? Or make an empanada de manzana?

    And look at the grease on that wrapper, that certainly doesn’t look a bit like the little Entenmann’s pies at 7-11. Or those crappy baked pies at McD’s. Speaking of which, I hear rumors that there are still some McDonald’s out there that fry their pies instead of baking them. Does anyone know where I can find one?

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    • Only one McDonald’s location in California has the old fried Apple Pies. Oh, and all of the McDonald’s in Hawaii!

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  28. NatNibbles

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    I’m getting SO hungry right now. Now I want to go to Atlanta just to eat there.

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  29. Anonymous

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    The best part of Jack’s is there is NEVER any gristle. Plus you put on your own condiments so it is exactly how you want it. Jack’s is awesome!

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  30. raspywolf

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    As someone who lives in atlanta and has for 28 years. Let me say that the varsity sucks compared to how good it used to be. It’s now just a caricature of itself. A shadow of it former glory. And you forgot to mention that it has become a restaurant chain with locations all over the place in georgia.

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  31. Carlos Miller

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    I never been there and it looks damn good. Send me an email next time you go and I’ll join you.

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  32. ChadC

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    Keg South is a hidden gem down in Pinecrest. Their wings rank up there with Sports Grill. And they make a mean burger. Now I’m craving it big time.

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  33. I Heart Miami

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    keg south is one of my all time favorite places. i’ve only experienced keg south kendall, which has the same menu…but damn, the mozzerella sticks are AMAZING..only to be followed by the wings, burgers and those french fries, and $2 beer….bliss 🙂

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  34. Chef Sherlock-Food Detective

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    Keg South is definately a contender yet you have to get up to WPB and eat at Grease their burgers will get you off-trust me as its my favorite place and I like you have tried them all..

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  35. Carlos Miller

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    I went there tonight and tried the wings and the burger.

    The wings were good but the burger was disappointing.

    It’s basically a frozen patty cooked on the grill, so it’s pretty bland. Nothing really special.

    I like how the wings are grilled after they are fried.

    But I expected better burgers.

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    • Moe

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      Dude, you might have gone at the wrong time or something. I am there every single Saturday afternoon at about 1 or 2 and I must say. It once gave I seen a frozen party that’s just slapped on the grill like at a drive thu joint. The burger has never let me down by far one of the best burgers around and the wings, although fried before being grilled and never tasting the same twice each time a different taste of awesome for lack of a better word. Also, did you order your food to go? Because if you did,, your comment is void. The wings get soft and mushy due to all the steam and the bun in the burder which are put on the grill for a minute just as the burger is ready cools down along with the beef thus making your first encounter not in the best of situation.

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  36. gcbron

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    I heard the hype and made the trip. There was no wait for a table and only 4 other people in the place but it took 60 minutes for the food to arrive. The burgers were just ok. They reminded me of burgers you get at a friends backyard cook out. The staff were inattentive and really, it's just too much time to wait.

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  37. Ceasetodream

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    Oh man, in the eighties, Chuck E. Cheese's on 49th street in Hialeah was the best place my parents could ever take me. I remember playing Moon Patrol and Popeye until my hands were numb!! Does anyone remember how they had a sort of zip line thing that you could hang off of and then drop onto the big inflatable mats? Nobody ever seems to remember it but me. Thanks for the trip down memory lane el beasto, now how bout you send me one of them baseball caps? I'll wear it while I wear my "Oh the Horror" shirt, you can't get any better advertising than that!!

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    • AA

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      I remember the zip line, but it was at Discovery Zone in Kendall (which is now Dandy Bear). I don’t know if they had the same things as Chuck E. Cheese; I never went there when I was little.

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    • S

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      Yes! I do!
      That was so fun.
      I used to watch every move these guys made. I was sad seeing them go and being replaced by Chuck E.

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  38. Anonymous

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    I have to comment on the BEST frita outside of Cuba.For the old cubans, they remember la Plaza del Vapor where a lot of food carts use to sell all kind of food.Their fritas were owesome. El Mago have those fritas.I used to have my auto parts next to him so I know. About the greasie and rough, that's the way to eat them, is nothing that a 400 degree heat couldn't kill. If you have a chance stop and get a frita from El Mago.

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  39. Steve G.

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    I happen to live just around the corner from Le Tub and while the burger and fries are really good, the long wait (45-60 minutes even when slow) for food tends to make this place hard to visit since I usually go into a restaurant to eat as soon as possible.
    The Peter Pan like theme was interesting and the location on the water was also nice. Lastly, do yourself a favor and don't look behind the bar into the grill, the guy sweating over the tiny grill in the tiny kitchen might just make you wonder exactly what is actually in the burgers…. but I'll still eat there!

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  40. Steve G.

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    Not only are the burgers at this place awesome, the large selection of items always makes going there an easy choice. Everything is made with high quality ingredients and has lots of character. A Kobe Beef Patty Melt? What a great idea.
    And while I don't eat salads myself, my girlfriend does and we can both be happy about where we go without having to sacrifice options. I just wished I lived closer so we could take advantage of this awesome concept more often. It's really closer to Boca than Fort Lauderdale, so they just need to open another one further South!

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  41. Blind Mind

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    Damn dude! You beasted that menu! I feel full just reading that!

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  42. Ceasetodream

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    It almost sounds like this place trumps Keg South AND Kingdom from what you're telling us here. Is it true? Do I smell a Burgie Sweep here?

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  43. GhenghisJuan

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    i was lucky enough to be in the neighborhood this last friday and after reading the beast's post i made sure to hit it. this place is great.

    i went with my kids so i was able to try the hot dog and grilled cheese from the menu, both were great.

    i had the cowboy style burger. it was nothing like what you expect "cowboy style" to be. no bbq sauce in sight. instead this one had mushrooms, grilled onions and bacon, delicious.

    also tried the sweet potato fries with my combo meal. those were pretty tasty too.

    i'm definitely going back.

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  44. Anonymous

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    I'm from Miami and I've driven by this place many times. Our family stays on Deerfield beach each summer. I need to check this place out after a day of swimming at the beach. sounds like a plan for next summer.

    Beast: make sure to check out Whales Rib in Deerfield its not THAT far from Charm City. It's closer to the water and its a Deerfield staple. Its been there for years. It was even on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. It's pretty good if your into sea food. Theres actually a Flanigan's right next door, both places are packed with an hour wait line during the summer with all the tourists.

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  45. Anonymous

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    If you think that the fritas there are good, the pan con bistec will blow your mind. This steak sandwich topped with the same thin fries is awsome. I think it is even better than the fritas.

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  46. Richard

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    Durn! I guess I was hoping that the world would leave Charm City alone. Well, the word is out now, so no going back. You can be like me and simply go for the Good Ole and be happy, or you can get whatever you like from this small but excellent menu. Personally, I like the Good Ole without cheese, with fries and a cherry coke on a Friday night after a crazy week of work. I got the double once–once. OK, I am old now and have been living here for almost 35 years, so the double, while amazing, is just a bit too much unless you haven't eaten all day and don't plan to the next day. It is awesome, however. The only advice–get the fries instead of the tots. They are fresh cut, fresh cooked, and just seem to go better with the burger. As for the Big Sloppy, the Cowboy, and all the rest–yeah, I know they are good and people order the heck out of them, but for my $$, the simple Big Ole is the burger you have been waiting for and will truly love.

    Cheers!

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  47. Eating The Road

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    I loved this place! So awesome. They have the best chili….get it on EVERYTHING.

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  48. Sai

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    Beast, visited as per your recommendation and it was spot on. Awesome burgers, awesome joint, and I did see the Burgie hanging proudly on the wall as I came in. Great great find.

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  49. MiamiResident

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    radically overrated. lovely place but i have never had a burger there that's been done to your request; it's always well done in that classic American way: cook it to within an inch of its life. truly, you can get a burger like this anywhere. the only reason i've gone back is because of GQ's raves; i thought it was just me, so gave it a couple more tries. you have to try hard to find a place that, after you send something back, returns with the exact same thing. it would be one thing if they were serving some wide-ranging menu, but all they do all day is think about and make burgers! inexusable. go for ambience, that's all.

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  50. MiamiResident

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    holy cow, that photo of the wings is insane; looks so good…

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  51. DocBob

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    Went to Charm City Burger last night. Drove from Dade. Absolutely will go back. Had The Big Sloppy. Loved it. Better Broward Burger than Le Tub. In fact best of all Broward!! You must try it. Hope they keep their quality and friendliness, cause the're going to be very popular.

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  52. Anonymous

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    Beast, could you throw your weight around and see whats going on at Charm City…I used to love this place…something is going on either with the chef or the way they prep.

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  53. Doc Bob

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    Went back to Charm City Burger. This time during lunch hour. What happened? It was embarrassing how bad it was compared to my previous visit just two nights earlier. The Big Sloppy was nothing like the previous one. No skewer necessary to hold it together because the egg was a quarter the size as was the hash browns and the burger was overcooked. The sweet potato fries were burnt. It was awful. We won't be driving from Dade to go there anymore. Consistency of quality is paramount if a restaurant wants to succeed. This was REAL bad!!

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  54. Joe @ Joe's Burger Search

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    One (maybe two) Frita a Caballo please. How do you not eat this daily?

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  55. Joan Nova

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    I'll have the frita a caballo please. 🙂

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  56. Jimmy

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    I have no problem driving from Davie to Little Havana for a Camaronera sandwich. This place is phenomenal.

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  57. Bob

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    I ate there today after reading all the raves about Jack's.
    The burger was good, fresh and cooked properly. No outstanding flavors or seasoning. 1/2 lb. for 5.95, so it was reasonably priced.
    Fries were terrible, overcooked and cold.
    I would go back, but this does not rate in my "favorite burger" category.

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  58. Carlos Miller

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    why is it so hard for these people to use Cuban rolls? That kills me.

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  59. Jimmy

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    I guess it's hard to stock Cuban rolls with so few Cuban bakeries in Miami…

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  60. Carlos Miller

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    Never been to that one but I went to the Little Havana one a few weeks ago for the first time ever and was expecting a good frita and was not impressed.

    Funny thing is, I ordered less than ten dollars worth and I tried to pay with my debit card, which they didn't accept unless I ordered more than ten bucks, which I refused to do because I wasn't impressed.

    The chick allowed me to leave to go to an ATM, which means I could have just never gone back because I have no intention of returning anyway.

    But I did go back and pay my bill because she was nice enough to trust me.

    But damn, I wasn't impressed with their fritas at all.

    I will definitely give this one a try. Let me know when you're going again. I'll join you.

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  61. The Burger Beast

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    You might not like this one. It's very similar in taste to the other Morro Castle.

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  62. Carlos Miller

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    But they use Cuban bread here, right?

    Remember, I grew up with La Palma.

    Say what you want about their fritas but they've always used Cuban bread.

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  63. Beth Gilbert

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    Thank you so much for coming in and checking out our burger!! We are so glad you enjoyed it and look forward to having you back again. We can pretty much make anything you request and while cheesy fries with bacon may not be on the menu, please let us know it is something you would like when you come in and we would be happy to make it. Also, we are constantly trying new burger creations, any suggestions or inspirations are always welcomed!

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    • Renee Wright

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      Well if I’m ever down your way from Atlanta, I’ll have to give your burgers a try…. Your old friend Renee

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  64. fr8d

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    Beautiful Burger Pictures!

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  65. Anonymous

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    have to agree across the board, the batter for the corn dog is amazing, the dog itself on the other hand, not so much

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  66. Hector

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    gone 2 days in a row …sooo good

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  67. Vern

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    Went yesterday after several rave reviews and when the Burger Beast says go… you just have to try it. I will say that it was a "good" burger but was not blown away. After reading several other newer comments/reviews, I'm really wondering if there has been a shift in ownership and/or management because I wasn't blown away. Don;t get me wrong, this was worth the drive but I'm definitely not running back. I could actually go to Capital Grille and get a burger and truffle fries for the same money and have a 5-star burger.

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  68. Anonymous

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    Good evening

    Definitely gonna recommend this post to a few friends

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  69. Anonymous

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    My neighbor told me about Gilberts and I tried it last night. First off…service is excellent. Nice setting. Burger was very good. Love the portion size of the slaw too. Bun was nice and fresh…I did think it was a bit pricey. I had a mushroom/onion/cheeseburger and a small fountain drink and it was $13…then a tip for the wait staff…good burger though.

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  70. gynell

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    My kind of food!

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  71. jcgti

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    If you guys think this frita is good you obviously haven't tried El Rey de Las Fritas which blows El Mago away!!! El Mago's fritas are ok but there's no comparison!

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  72. tonyfalcon

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    another place of note is Fritas Domino. it's on 8th street anbd 68th avenue. the last store on the shopping strip. it's a dive but DAMN those are some good fritas. they do al the regular ones, too.

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  73. J.J.

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    The Cuban Bread Roll appreared only in recent years. Growing up in Miami during the sixties all of the fritas used soft rolls. The cuban bread I think was a matter of necesity in cuba when they no longer were able to produsce the softer rolls and all they had available was the cuban bread due to lack of ingridients or local demand. The new generations grew up with the cuban bread rolls and got used to it. However unless the cuban bread is very fresh, it gets hard and dry which takes away from the taste.

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  74. patrick

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    there was a pizza time thealter in akron ohio

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  75. Bianca

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    i’ve been craving a chili cheese dog from arbetter’s so much lately. used to go once a week while in high school at st. brendan. definitely miss it.

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  76. Scott K

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    Just had dinner…..a Wednesday night in the summer and the place was full. Had the Emperor which was delicious although wish they had grilled the bread a bit better. Great burger though, huge and cooked just right. My dinner partners were equally impressed. Great find BurgerBeast!

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  77. Alberto Jara

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    Demasiado ricas……….Las quiero todas!!!!!

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  78. savvannaa

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    charm city bugers…just the most awesome!!
    good food great folks so amazing ly perfect!!!!!!!yummmooo!!

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  79. Tracy

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    I miss Showbiz-I really wish they would of stayed in business.

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  80. I could say a lot of things that I like about Gilbert’s 17t Street Grill. But seriously, the Brownie Burger (and all of their desserts) needs some recognition…!!!

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  81. Paul

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    Does anyone remember the Morro Castle that used to be on East 25 st (NW 79 st) Hialeah… about a block or two east of LeJune Rd.?? I think that one was around way before the one @ W. 44 Pl Hialeah

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  82. Mutant Supermodel

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    I’m a frita fanatic. These posts get me all excited. 🙂

  83. Cesar Moreira

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    I agree 100% with the Burger Beast. I was there earlier and had the Frita also and it was excellent. My wife had the steak sandwich and she said it was the best one she has had. I know Cuban Guys Restaurant will do well. I can not wait until they open their othe projected sites in Kendall and Westchester.

  84. Yami Vazquez

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    I’m very excited for them… Great Food and Excellent Frita’s. I am a Cuban Gal 100%

  85. Joel Benes

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    Had lunch there today and it definitely lived up to the hype the owner Jorge has been pressing since he developed the concept.

  86. ruben suarez

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    awesome frita and pan con bistec sandwich! nice, clean, family friendly environment, especially economically friendly. quick and friendly service.

  87. Ilicia Stotzer

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    I am visitng from Switzerland, missing the Cuban taste and flavors, Cuban Guys has the best Cuban food in Miami, great taste, wonderful place, and excellent service. Don’t miss it. Great prices too!

  88. Belquis Rabi

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    Awesome!!!
    Service is excellent, anything you pick from the menu is AWESOME ! You gotta visit this place. If you have any cuban blood you will deffenatly feel at home..

  89. AMELIA SANCHEZ

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    YO ME COMI UNA FRITA Y ESTAN DE RECHUPETE!!!!!

  90. EMI

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    I THINK THE FRITAS ARE THE BEST IN MIAMI . I WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE MENU ONCE I TRY MORE ITEMS .
    I GIVE THEM THUMBS UP AND WISHING THEM THE BEST OF THE BEST …

  91. Those PICTURES! Man, I miss that place!! My freakin’ mouth is watering!

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  92. zardeth

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    We had a Showbiz, which is now Chuck E. Cheese in Colerain, Ohio off US27. What I really miss are Rax and Burger Chef!

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    • Stacey

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      Rax is still around in Ohio. There are a few located around the state, mostly south of Columbus. There are 2 in Lancaster and one in Circleville.
      http://raxroastbeef.com/

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  93. They are also willing to build custom burgers for you as well.

    I just can’t convince them to make cinnamon sugar fries.

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  94. hector

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    I went yesterday as well and the chimi burrito we got was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life. the flatton was also delicious but I had to fork and knife it. man that thing is a delicious mess

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  95. Cary Goldberg

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    Hands down this is the best burger in the area. I consider myself a burger aficionado, since I am in the Real Estate Development business and am always talking to new retail tenants. I have been to all the ones on the Beast’s list, and CC is the best. Gilberts is second with a great piece of cow. ROK is good, but the prices are out of line if you just want to have a burger, but fine to go and drink. These guys at CC know what they are doing.

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  96. Gustavp

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    I am fortunate to live a block away from this one of a kind hole in the wall restaurant. Great wings, amazing burgers and lets not forget their mahi sandwich. The staff is fantastic as is the ambiance. Check it out … Wont be dissapointed.

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  97. Siul

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    I think you might be right. There’s to munch coing-kee-ding.

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    • fed pizza

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      well  go to  the  dieppe  mc donalds they  will  put it on  you  bacon cheeseburgers for  you   and  not  advise  you  of  them  doing  so

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  98. Babette

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    They do not list it probably because it is not a sauce but rather a condiment, just like “ketchup” is not listed. Now, I am curious to try that hot mustard (if I find it) as I never had it before; is it like the one you find in Chinese take out bags?

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  99. Nathan Seely

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    Try that mustard on a double cheese burger…..if you still can.

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  100. fed pizza

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    mcdonalds on paul  has  the  hot mustard  sauce
    today  oct 20th  they   decided i  wanted  this  sauce on my bacon cheeseburger because  the  employee working  decided not to  open   the  regular mustard as  it  would  go to  waste
    however   they  neglected to  inform  me  of  the  change making  this  the  second  mistake  on the  order  which i placed
    so yes if  you  want  a   sure  surprise  just  visit this location especially   during the  wee hours of the morning

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  101. fed pizza

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    i  guess  one   should post a  sign  in the  franchise stating   place your  order and  consume  at  your  own  risk

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  102. Jorge Villalba

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    I’ve been to this new frita domino, though I grew up eating the original which was located on 8 street and 12th avenue. Unfortunately, these fritas don’t even come close to the fritas made by the father Dagoberto. Fritas back then were 10 cents apiece and you had to eat standing up but my God they were awesome ! I ordered the raw meat frita in order to cook them myself from home for the weekend. The meat was nothing but ground meat with paprika added. These are not fritas but imitations the original frita contained ground chorizo as well. The same can be said for el Rey de las frita on 8th street nice visual presentation but not a real frita.

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  103. Heidi

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    I’ve been there 3 times and really enjoyed the food, but did not enjoy the roaches.
    I want to like the place, but all three times I went, I saw a roach crawling on the walls. One time the manager just killed it with his hand and said they they were coming out of the woodwork because they just sprayed……like it was nothing unusual. Didn’t even ask to comp a milk shake or anything.
    I live right down the street, but am afraid to go back eventhough the food IS good.
    What to do???

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  104. Brett Rose

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    The McDonald’s in my area still has the Hot Mustard available for inside dining. Pump it in the little paper dipping cup!

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  105. Homer Jay

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    I miss those jalapeno poppers so much here in the U.S.! Bring them back please!!!

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  106. Jorsh

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    Hot mustard was introduced in the late eighties for a limited time Asian style meal that included chopsticks. I’m not joking. Hot mustard was discontinued and brought back by popular demand.

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  107. Betty Roberson

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    BRING BACK MY HOT MUSTARD!!! they carry it in some stores here, why not all?

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  108. robyn

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    This is right by my parents house.. cantveait to try it

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  109. Bob Big Bo Lynn

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    Always was my favorite even when we were sneaking in there back in the 60’s with fake ids to get a cold one or three! The Tamiami Keg at one time was an expansion and became the family friendly favorite leaving the original Keg to us old crusty types. Left MIA in ’94 and was back once with little time and opted for a memory lane dining at Shortys. Some of the old ambience is still there but like a lot of memories and fantasies they aint what I remember and are sometimes better left fantasy. Next trip back to my hometown my homies and I will do The Key…Bon appetite! Is that 3×5 card still on the back wall that says ‘NO PEEKIE PANNIE’

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  110. Robert

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    As a Jewish guy from Brooklyn, there are some things I just dont get. Once I took a non Jewish girlfriend to Rascal House, and as if in a Woody Allen movie she ordered a pastrami sandwhich on white bread with mayo. She simply could not get the rye bread concept.
    I was very excited to go to this place as it is very close to where I work. I ordered the Frita with cheese and the pan con bistec. the thing is i dont get the bread? Why take a perfectly good bread and flatten and harden it? Its a cultural thing me thinks.
    I thought it very good, as this was my first fritas i didnt know what to expect. worth having again, but i dont have a sentimental attachment.
    The bistec, ultra salty, but good, also worth having again. The fries nothing special.
    They are not open on sundays, so my chances of getting the chicarhones are nil.

    Not bad, but i t hink i lack the cultural attachement to find this place amazing.

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  111. Randomly stopped here for Cafe Con Leche at the window after indulging my hubby in a Fuddrucker Burger for lunch. (He LOVES them. I don’t get it. But whatever, he was happy)

    Was impressed with how nice the staff (and customers, which at the time included some sidearm-packing undercovers in black mercedes) was to a Gringa like me.

    Trying their Frita next time!

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  112. Bode

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    I love hell so did the whole family were coming back and soon

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  113. linda

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    bring back hot mustard my son lovesss it

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  114. Beta Recorder

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    I will NEVER eat at McDonalds again until the Hot Mustard is back, permanently!

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  115. Rd

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    They torture animals, make nuggets with pink slime and quite possibly your mc rib is not even a mc rib… The sauce mix of sweet and sour and hot mustard is the only thing good ever to come out of mc Donald aka Nasty…

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  116. Kerry

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    This news makes me miserable. I emailed McDonald’s myself just this morning when they tried to pawn off gross Honey Mustard on me. HELL NO!

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  117. Kristal Elzey

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    OMG I just found out!!! So over McDonald’s now for certain, this was the ONLY thing I liked.

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  118. tntdaddy

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    When I was a kid, I loved their chili spaghetti. (Side note: Miami transplant from Glendale, CA.)

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      • tntdaddy

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        Let me put it to you this way: When I fly back to see my family, I go to Tommy’s FIRST, then I go see my family. It’s a tradition.

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  119. crystal slaughter

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    Not happy will not eat McDonald’s again until hot mustard is back that’s the only reason I eat there I use it on everything

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    • Beccar

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      SAme here I used it on everything…LOL! NOPE I just eat egg Mc Muffins there, But use Hot Mustard on a egg McMuffin. It was so good. Then They charged me 30 cents extra for it. SO ok I loved it I paid. But went today they said NO MORE HOT MUSTARD! God thing I had one at home. SO no more egg mc Muffins. BYE BYE BYE OLD MCDONALD

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      • Jan B

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        You said exactly what we wanted to say. The sausage McMuffin with egg is made perfect with hot mustard. McDonalds brought HOT MUSTARD SAUCE back before, now is the time to restore a flavorful item with a new promotion.

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  120. Rob Flurry

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    They really messed up. I bet when sales decline it comes back. I can’t eat McNuggets without it. I also dip my fries in it. I am sitting here dipping them in ketchup and its just not the same. Those Bastards! I propose we march to McHeadquarters and go McRiot on their arses

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  121. Duplic8tor

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    I liked putting Hot Mustard on my McChicken.

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  122. thohan

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    As a tender youngster on a cold winter evening, I was treated to a school field trip to the Showbiz Pizza Place on 45th and State in SLC, followed, inexplicably, by a trip to the Capitol Theater to give us kids some culture or some such. This was around ’83. I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a fun time since. Good memories.

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  123. thohan

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    Terrific article! I didn’t understand why the Showbiz folks decided to go with the CEC mythos until now, makes sense.

    By the way, Mr. Cheese will always be a rat to me! The “E” stands for Entertainment, you know.

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  124. BIG DADDY

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    WTF, Just went to MceeDees and asked for Hot Mustard. The kid say it’s no more, I said, WTF, no way, stop playing a joke on me…Came home looked it up and here I am……Well McDonalds…..I guess you will be losing me forever….Can’t stand they end breakfast at 10:30AM where I live, can’t stand the Mc Rib Conspiracy, and now the end of Hot Mustard…..Guess it’s time for a new quick burger joint!!!!

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  125. josh

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    man its good to see this post ….i am in the middle of storyboarding an animation im putting on youtube to ring hot mustard back…..it has deeply upset me…so i am using animation to gather a campaign to bring hot mustard back,,,,,

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  126. mike

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    way to go McDonald’s, you can’t even pay your workers a living wage and now you take away our hot mustard… go f*** yourself McDonalds.. I hope you die in corporate hell along with walmart!

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  127. Michelle Walsh

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    I am sitting at McDonalds with no food in front of me…. Because without the hot mustard sauce what would I dip my fries in?

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  128. davidvoth

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    This aggression will not stand, man.

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  129. Allison

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    Nooooo!!!! Trying to eat my burger as we speak, but without the hot mustard to cover up the dry tastelessness, this burger is DISGUSTING!!!!

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  130. Kellie Whitley

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    I’ve been eating hot mustard with my chicken nuggets since I was a little child I’m now 28 years old….my sister and mom eats it too!!! I can understand if it was a new sauce that just got discontinued, but not “HOT MUSTARD” I don’t eat nothing else with my nuggets, but HOT MUSTARD….I will not be eating at McDonald’s anymore…

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  131. TntAlways

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    How funny, my boyfriend told me tonight he is over McDonalds and i asked him why…long story short= I googled the question “Did McDonald’s discontinue Hot Mustard Sauce”…and found this article! ? It was comforting to see how many other people felt the pain of this sauce going away. BRING THIS SAUCE BACK or you will loose customers McDonalds!!!! How dumb is it for a successful corporation to discontinue something that’s been a staple for almost 3 decades! Who’s the new 20 year old dumb ass sitting in the big chair??

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  132. ciDhialeah

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    I didn’t know. Thanks for the read and info.

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  133. TheGameroomBlitz

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    I just found out about this. You’d better believe I called McDonald’s about it. This injustice will not stand!!!

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  134. Geni Holmes

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    My husband picked up some McNuggets for me last night and guess what? I got HONEY Mustard – NOT HOT Mustard. As far as I am concerned, I am never eating another McNugget again! Bring Back Hot Mustard! Who do I complain to about this!!!

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  135. J.D. King

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    Boycott McDonald’s!!! I should give up McShitty’s fast food anyhow, but this just seals the deal.

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  136. youcanspellthis

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    This is the BEST article. I’m blown away by your investigative skills. 2012! You were ON IT!
    I just wrote in a letter about the discontinuation. Then after googling to make sure i wasn’t the only one who cared, here I am. The line that got the best laugh was “something is definitely up with the hot mustard”
    HhahahahahHAHAHA. Haven’t LOL’d like that in a while. Thank you for making me laugh during this sad time.

    RIP HOT MUSTARD.

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  137. sandy

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    I cant believe this! My daughter just called me screaming and I still thought she was joking. I dont like anything else there, so I guess there is no reason for us to go back. They offered her another kind (she cant remember) and she said WTF. And they told her it is gone! She said she was too!!

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  138. summerham

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    here,here!!

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  139. NEARY

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    HOT MUSTARD = HAPPINESS. MY WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU.

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  140. janell

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    Someone told me that it had human blood in it

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  141. Ronnie Benner

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    they gotta bring it back.. what else am I gonna eat on my MCchicken since I’m allergic to Mayo I will not eat that nasty BBQ sauce on it

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  142. dan

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    Just told manager never eatting here again 5 min ago
    everything i eat there I dipped in hot mustard I HATE MUSTARD hot mustard was the only mustard I liked

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  143. Bob

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    OMG. This is so funny. I get the craving 4-5 times a year for McDonalds and put that hot mustard sauce on everything!! (not just the nuggets). I just got back and found out that it was discontinued. The other sauces are garbage!!

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  144. jim burke

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    OK. I just found out from my 3 children that it was discontinued. My kids are 23,22,18 and they along with my wife and I have been hot mustard addicts cradle to grave. We were all blown away. Great marketing plan if it was to stir things up, bad if not. Please bring back the hot mustard to satisfy another generation of Burke’s.

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  145. jason

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    I have been eating hot mustard for the last 34 years . Man I guess no more Mickey D’s corporate bigwigs are a f****** jokeall they do is look at the numbers not the actual happy customer.

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  146. anistasia

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    This is very unfortunate. I don’t eat McDonald’s but on the rare occasion that I am craving, what? The chicken nugget! And I only eat the nuggets for the hot mustard sauce. All I needed was a reason to quit for good. They are losing a loyal, sometimes customer!

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  147. Lollie4281

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    I rarely eat McDonald’s, but had a craving for nuggets and hot mustard. I found this posting because I couldn’t believe it when she told me they no longer have it. Irritating!! Luckily I have a few at home. Maybe I should put a couple on eBay. Haha

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  148. Todd Brode

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    I will NEVER eat at McDonalds again until the Hot Mustard is back

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  149. Dave Smith

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    Discontinued?!! NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  150. michael granato

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    Bring back my Hot Mustard MothaF**KERS or I’m gunna start breaking sh*t!! Like those awesome new computer screens near the menu! Don’t forget I know where you work b*tch. J/J ……………….. Or am I?

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    • Juan Padilla

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      Just went to McDonald’s I ordered my nuggets and no hot mustard! I cancelled my entire $30.00 order, I won’t be back till the hot mustard is back, the rest of my family will get their burgers elsewhere!

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  151. Kimberly dehart

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    we should start a petition

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  152. Chris Cotta

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    As much as I like your conspiracy theory, it doesn’t make sense. Your not buying the sauce your buying the nuggets. My concern since so many people like the hot mustard sauce would be what’s wrong with the sauce?

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    • Democraticus Agnostica

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      The proper use of commas and apostrophes would’ve rendered your post a bit more readable.

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  153. McDs Suck

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    WTF!

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  154. McDs Suck

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    We just got done berating the famous “it’s not delivery” pizza brand for changing their sauce and seasonings and then just found out md D’s discontinued the famous hot mustard sauce. The ironic thing is that my pizza complaint mentioned how smart companies keep the status quo, like McDs D’s. I said they may add to their menu but they’re smart snuff not to mess with their core menu items. You know, the ones we have counted on for say Decades!!! Imagine my shock to order nuggets with hot mustard and get to the window to find no sauce in the bag. Then I asked the tight lipped drive thru girl where’s my sauce to only then be made aware of the fact they dont have it anymore. I looked at her in total disbelief and settled for some crappie honey mustard which everyone k owns is reserved only for actual chicken strips. Bottom line – NO HOT MUSTARD, NOT F-N MCDONALDS FOR US!!!! To think I actually used them to promote a marketing strategy which was completely false. MCDONALDS WAS BUILT ON PEOPLE FROM MY GENERATION. IF YOUR GOING TO CHANGE AND EXPECT TO SURVIVE IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU BEST WAIT TILL WE ALL DIE OFF!!!!

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  155. Sharon Carter

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    we stopped in mcd in ontario the other day and ordered nuggets. the girl asked what sauces so I said hot mustard…as usual. she didn’t say they discontinued it…just put honey mustard in the sack. So disgusted with them. I told my husband I will never stop at a mcdonalds again. we are not fast food eaters but the nuggets are a good snack when we are on the road. Why get rid of what we like and replace it with a hot sauce that is really gross and sickening!? Come on,,,get a life. It is short enough so give us what we like so we can enjoy what we eat!!!

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  156. Democraticus Agnostica

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    Hot Mustard is the only reason their McNuggets are palatable. The Habanero Ranch they replaced it with sucks.

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  157. sean ramage

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    I loved hot mustard sauce i put it on everything fries big macs cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets the other sauces are either too sweet or too spicy mcdonalds got rid of it because they thought they can make more money with the other sauce this tragedy is almost as bad as getting rid of ketchup

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  158. joey musgrave

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    i won’t be eating at mcdonalds till thay bring back the hot mustard permently

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  159. Edric Estevez

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    But it was average at best.

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  160. jen

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    they need to bring back hot mustard I love that sauce that’s the only reason why I go there is to get that sauce same with my boyfriend so there you lost two customers and also his two kids so 4 and they will keep on looseing them unless they bring them back

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  161. Kevin Peppers

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    You should go just across the tracks to a little place called Red Eye Mule. What Brandi’s is for Hot Dogs, Red Eye Mule is for Burgers!

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  162. actionmoviefreak

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    I gained weight just reading. All of them look really good. Thanks for sharing!

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  163. Michael B.

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    Whatever Exec.or decision maker did this just cost McDonalds a lot of money, Bring the hot mustard back.

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  164. Miami Don

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    Are there any condiments on a typical Pan con Tortilla?

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  165. Connor

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    MY MOTHER WANTS FRIES WITH HOT MUSTARD! BRING IT BACK LIKE NOW LIKE YESTERDAY

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  166. I love a good old school cheeseburger. Looks like a nice crust on the meat too. I’m hungry! 🙂

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  167. obbop

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    The Crinkle-Cut French fry Admirers Association looks on with ravenous eyes while viewing those wonderful crinkle-cut fries. The accompanying burger looks yummy, also, but it is merely an accompaniment to the main part of the feast fest… those awesome oh-so yummy crinkle-cut fries.

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    • Does the Crinkle-Cut French fry Admirers Association have a website or Facebook page?

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  168. Mojave

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    Try this:
    Everyone should go into a Mc Donald’s……Order a 20-piece, and maybe some other stuff……When the food comes, ask for hot mustard……Ask for a refund when they explain it’s been discontinued……The franchise owners will get sick of all the returned orders and complain to corporate……It’s also entirely possible this is just a stunt to get people talking……..Either way, waste their time and money and they’ll eventually listen.

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  169. Linda Lovelush

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    We have it back here in Columbus, Ohio but what I’d like to know is why they made the decision to discontinue it in the first place. Does ANYBODY know???

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  170. Gregg Fitzpatrick

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    Good article, thank you. We had a Burger Castle on S, 109th and W. National Avenue in West Allis, Wisconsin. I could not remember the name of the chain, but when I saw the picture at the top of the article, no one could mistake that sign of the giant. Thanks much.

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    • Didn’t even know the chain made it all the way to Wisconsin. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  171. vatsmia

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    Man o man did I LOVE THIS BURGER. I went to Lear school in NM and lived at the jockey club so this place was just down the street. Amazing juicy burgers. Loved the entire concept. Always ordered it with swiss cheese. The fries were also amazing. big fries. I must of eaten here a dozen times per month from opening till they closed. Last location i remember was the south Miami store which i believe they shared w some other food company. Any way we could get the recipe of the burger? Im sure you could pull this off. Anxiously awaiting your reply…. Vince

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  172. Mc Anthony Kwok

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    Does it need internet to use this app?

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  173. Kevin Collins

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    Box of Castleburgers- no cheese.

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  174. rickybobby

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    We ate there yesterday. Burgers and shakes were amazing. Fries not that good but who cares. Can’t wait to go back.

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  175. jimwinters

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    awesome article…thank you…growing up down here i had never heard this story… beast #1

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  176. Howard W Fisher

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    I miss Showbiz too…I always preferred it over Chuck E Cheese. ..i had many awesome birthdays in that place, There were 2 or 3 locations in my hometown Houston

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  177. paul preuss

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    I stopped eating or purchasing the mcnuggets once they discontinued the hot mustard sauce. I do not like their other sauces their terrible. Will not go to Mcdonald’s at all until hot sauce returns.

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  178. actionmoviefreak

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    generous Yellow Mustard is a must. Takes it to another level 🙂 and dill pickle on the side

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  179. jimwinters

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    the first neon rotosphere was directly across the street at a car lot too, coincidentally

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  180. jimwinters

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    i thought i was the only one who knew about the legs…funny

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  181. Victor Zeller

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    I lived in Miami (South Florida) up until 1985. I never saw the Royal Carousel at all. When I was a teenager I worked at the Royal Castle on BIscayne Blvd and 86th street across from the Bid Daddy’s Bar.

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  182. Stephen LeQuier

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    I lived across the street from the Royal carousel behind where Krispy Kreme is now. I remember eating at carousel several times and it was enjoyable. It seems like when the tornado hit the area the building was damage and they decided not to reopen.

    Steve LeQuier

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    • Thanks for the info. I haven’t been able to find any information about why it closed down.

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    • Kevin

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      Do you have any pictures of the Royal Carousel please post here.

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    • Brad

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      Hey Steve, just wondering if you went to Sabal Palm Elementary School at 171st. Street and 7th Ave. I remember when the Krispy Kreme opened you lived behind. Do you remember Figaro’s Pizza farther west on 163rd., I always went there after my baseball games for old (ha ha) at that time movies and pizza

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  183. Kelley Flynn

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    I used to work for Rudy’s both in Pembroke Pines and then when I moved a little north to Sunrise and one day I showed up for work and the doors were all locked and we all lost our jobs..so sad! my best friend of 33 years met her husband there and they are still married with 3 kids today. I still have the name tag and I think some napkins and such from Rudy’s good memories my first job ever!

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    • Wow! Thanks for sharing. I’m jealous, I haven’t been able to find anything like that and I’ve looked!

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  184. Cleo Lenora Wolf

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    Why Oh Why can’t they bring back Royal Castle? Especially down South, like Kendall or even Homestead where they have Sonic! I hate Sonic!! We miss our little RC Burgers!!! There’s so much Land for sale around here, in Cutler Ridge & Homestead!!! PLEASE bring back our Royal Castles! Mc D’s is pathetic!!!! hugs….:)

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  185. JACQUELINE DUFFIELD

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    iam 60 years old,,when my family lived in St Petersburg Florida in 1965 or so we use to love to go to Biff Burger,,,best sauce i ever had on a hamburger,,it was always a treat to go to Biff Burger after church…..i finally found the recipe to the sauuce which was soo good!!!Outstanding sauce….on here,,,,wow

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  186. Matthew Newman

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    There were plenty of Royal Castle restaurants in Northeast Ohio but all were gone by the late ’70’s. The local concessionaire used to sell Royal Castle burgers and the heavenly ‘Birch Beer’ from a tavern he owned on Cleveland’s West Side known as the City grill up until a few years ago.
    Will need to make a stop there next time I visit MIA.

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  187. Gus P.

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    Wasn’t bk on sw 8 street and. 2Nd ave Bk #2?

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    • I wasn’t around back then but as per James McLamore’s book The Burger King, BK #2 was at 6091 SW 8th Street

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  188. Roman

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    Went to Magic City off your recommendation on your instagram and was very impressed. You also have to try the Alfredo Pasta with the crispy chicken (instead of the grilled chicken) very good. Also the meat lovers pie was on point.

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    • I will definitely try the Alfredo Pasta with Crispy Chicken next. Thanks.

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  189. Miami Don

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    When I was a teenager a Double Whopper with Cheese really hit the spot.

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  190. RichF

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    I’ve wanted to try a Nu-Way dog since the PBS program in 1999 called ‘A Hot Dog Program’.

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  191. nashvillebassist

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    They’ll likely respond – they’re cool that way. I live and work in Nashville, and hit Hattie B’s about 3 times per month (when they opened, it was 3 times per week for quite a while). There are some other places with hot chicken – Bolton’s (easily the hottest in town, by far), 400 Degrees, The Row, etc, but Hattie B’s is hands-down the best. You’ll need to check out the midtown location next time – it’s the original, and most people think it’s a bit better, though I can’t tell any difference myself. Also – make *sure* you ask for the bottle of honey they keep up front – cover your Shut the Cluck Up with honey next time, and it’ll change your life! 🙂

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  192. Carlos_Miller

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    I believe La Palma was also a Royal Castle at one point. Never knew it was a BK. I grew up in that neighborhood.

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  193. Melissa Mills

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    I love Sam’s!!! Especially the soft fries!!! Maybe it is a southern thing. :). Their sweet tea is awesome too. 🙂

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  194. thebulldog

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    yum

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  195. jimwinters

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    great post

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  196. Tom Dub Yeah

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    That font on the TropiBurger sign is fery similar to Pollo Tropical…

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    • It is but it’s probably about 20 years before Pollo Tropical.

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  197. SuzyQuzey

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    Hot Shoppes on Dixie and Jahn’s in the Gables were childhood staples. Hot Shoppes had a version of a Big Mac that was delish!

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  198. Paul Penegar

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    everything they make tastes like soy flavored cardboard anyhow, so it’ll be no big deal when I keep driving by. Plenty other choices exist. Some genius who perhaps doesn’t like hot mustard came up with the idea that less is more. Just one more way to push something “LIKE GREAT VALUE ” broken potato chips. UMMM Ummm!!!

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  199. Calvin Maxwell

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    There was a burger castle in miami on sw88st kendall drive and 107 ave in kendall mall

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  200. bfowler1000

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    My father owned the company and was the Chairman of the Board and CEO, after having sold his insurance company. Although it seems that a fast food chain couldn’t really fail back then, somehow it did, and it drew him into personal bankruptcy (from which he never recovered). I’ve been trying to find out more about the company, since my father refused to discuss it, and passed away when I was in college. I’d really appreciate anyone sharing any info that they have on the company, or any sites I can use to make more progress!

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    • Doug Turk

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      My Dad & two partners formed the company in Miami when I was a kid. It was a franchise operation & I recall there where stores in Maryland too. They must have sold it to your Dad.

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      • bfowler1000

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        Hey Doug – was Charlie Krebs one of the partners? (He lived four houses away from us, and I think maybe he was involved as well?). Any info is greatly appreciated!

        Thanks.

        Bill Fowler

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        • Doug Turk

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          Hi,
          I was a kid during that period so my knowledge is limited. From what I recall my Dad (an Airline Pilot) was one of 3 partners who was involved in the early stages of the business. He was involved in Real Estate when not flying & his function was to locate new locations. When the company had grown to 15 or so the other partners said he either needed to come aboard full-time or sell his stake. He sold. The names that I recall are Charlie Krebs & Frank Erwin but I can’t say for sure what they had to do with any of it. I remember visiting stores & the main office. Doug

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          • bfowler1000

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            Thanks Doug for your input. As I’m getting filled in a little bit more, I think my father bought the company from Charlie Krebs (and who ever the other shareholders were at the time) after they had built it to a certain size (perhaps not long after your father sold his stake). Of course, it was a sore subject with my father so I never really heard what happened that took it down……. (recession?, poor planning?, law suits with Burger King?). Still curious as to what happened. Please feel free to add any insight or email me at bfowler1000 at gmail.

          • Doug Turk

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            Haven’t a clue as to why the chain went under as my Dad moved on to another venture. He used the proceeds as a down payment on a piece of commercial property on US1 in Kendall. That venture almost sunk him (us) but he was able to sell it at the last second. Used the proceeds from that sale to build a vacation house & got out of the “business world” entirely. I spoke with my brother (who is older) & he confirmed the 3 original owner where Charlie Krebs, Frank Erwin & my Dad -James Turk. Charlie & Frank bought out my Dad & then sold the whole thing to someone who must’ve been your Dad.

          • bfowler1000

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            Well, thanks for helping me piece things together. Charlie Krebs’ son Gary is a few years older than me, but we lived just four houses away. I’m going to try and get a hold of him. Glad your dad dodged the bullet.

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            That would be great if you could get me that! Thanks.

            Bill

    • Jeffrey R. Brant

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      My late father (Harvey Brant) and his business partner, Art Budwig, owned the BC on SW 87th Ave (Galloway Rd) at Coral Way. They were the original owners, around 1963, and sold it a few years later, doing owner finance for the buyers. A couple years later, the new owners quit making loan payments so we took over the store and ran it for a couple more years before selling it again. This time, the new owners tore it down and put a Burger King in its place.

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      • bfowler1000

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        Hey Jeffrey – I’m guessing your father and his business partner were owners with the original founders, which included Charlie Krebs. If you know what actually happened to lead to the company’s ultimate demise, I’d love to hear your thoughts…… (just curious, since it was a taboo subject with my father).

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  201. Shootist

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    We had a Royal Castle in my home town 55 years ago. They had the BEST fricking honey buns. Like Krispy Kreame but better, in a 1963 kind of way.

    Jack: Who put the frick in french fries?
    Customer: There ain’t no frick in french fries.
    Jack: That’s right butt breath there ain’t no fricking french fries. Oh, and have a nice day

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  202. Ceci

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    This is neat, and sad. Wish they were still in Miami, well, Florida. My mom was very moved to see these pics, she was around back then. Thank you for this story, nice to see things back then.

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  203. irenecharlie

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    My favorite burger meal: Two Cheeseburgers with ketsup, Onion and Pickle only and a small fry. Yummmmmm!

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  204. mikelevin

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    I agree wholeheartedly. Pig Floyd’s is the kind of restaurant you want to wind up at when you’re hungry and you want something better than you could make at home.

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  205. Redd

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    I believe the first was in West Palm Beach on Dixie Highway. Originally called The Burger King, It even had the Burger King character, and existed before Insta Burger.

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  206. Gimme_Danger

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    I worked there one summer. Job sucked. Burgers were good though.

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  207. Rafael T

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    It’s called “A Caballo” because the egg is “riding” on top of whatever the dish is.

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  208. pat-ster

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    I can still taste those thick-cut fries and that yummy burger with onions. I’m wondering how close they are able to reproduce the original taste. I’ll be planning a visit soon. They have a high bar of expectation. Can’t wait.

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  209. RichF

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    I read your reviews of these places and get so darned hungry between your write ups and the great pics.

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  210. Lee Irwin

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    i thought one of the first was at about 1350 nw 27th Ave, Miam

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  211. Jesse Lockhart

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    There was one Champ Burger in Ft Lauderdale on Sistrunk Blvd. The building still exists but it’s currently vacant.

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  212. Joel Hernandez

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    yes! I had a roger rabbit themed birthday party here… i remember my cake was jessica rabbit! I don’t know where it is… likely somewhere in my parents house, but I had one of those leatherette keychains with the photo encased in plastic that would slide in-out. Anyone remember those things?!?

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  213. Elizabeth Sanchez

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    Omg, I LOVED Pirates!!! We wentwent there so many times. What a shame that there aren’t any placesany places like that anymore.

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  214. zdiddy888

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    Man, Los Piratas! I remember getting so freakin’ amped crossing the bridge over their man-made moat and opening up the huge double doors into a fortress of fun. The best arcades games were there – it was probably the only place I ever saw a full-out motion version of the classic After Burner game. I was so sad when it was eventually torn down and first turned into a car dealership.

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  215. godspeed843

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    That place was awesome. Anybody have more pictures of the inside? I remember watching some Dolphins games in there. I remember the video games being awesome. Anecdote: I must have been slow on the uptake cuz the older kids would always steal my quarters while they came out of the change machine. Led to me covering the top of where the quarters come out and protecting my loot.

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  216. LOLO

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    Had my Goody burger and butterscotch pie yesterday, the second day of the opening. I enjoyed it but I have a couple of suggestions/comments: My bun bottom was wet, not good(y). Maybe the sauce needs to cook down a bit more? I missed the flavor of celery seed, but maybe my taster is off. I ordered with cheese but it came without, no big deal since I really wanted it original anyway and I understand they’re so busy a few small kinks are unavoidable. Service was OUTSTANDING. Made me want to go back to work as a waitress, or even a busser…they looked like they were having a great time. (so not happening at my age). The pie: The meringue was lovely to look at and very tasty, more dense than a typical meringue but really good. The filling did not remind me of butterscotch, and while it was good, it was basically sweet custard. It needs something. I ate the pie first, and then the burger because I’m just not as big an eater as I once was, so I really had an appetite worked up. I’m going to give them many more tries, because I really, really miss Goody Goody. The place is beautiful, and serving breakfast all day is brilliant. They will be mobbed on Sundays with the church crowd alone, since not too many choices besides the always crowded Village Inn and I-Hop.

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  217. Dorothy Wilson

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    I am also 60 years old and spent the first 9 years of my life in Dunedin, FL. My mother and I also loved to go to Biff Burger and I remember that their burgers tasted like nobody else’s. I have download the sauce recipe and someday I’m going to have to give it a shot at home!

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  218. callmetrip

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    I passed by there for months. Now I’ve confirmed the bad news. Those fries were from god.

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  219. Parrot Boy

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    The Royal Carousel didn’t last long ’60s (See Stephen LeQuier’s comment below). After it closed, Chicken Unlimited moved in. Chicken Unlimited was in that building throughout the 70s and 80s. They closed up in the 90s. The old circular (carousel) building was torn down and the new Taco Bell building was erected.

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  220. Andrew S.

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    I loved this place as a kid! I was born in 1971 and lived in Middleburg Heights, OH. The WUVS location was on the corner of Pearl Rd. and Bagley Rd in Middleburg Hts. After it went under, it became a place called ‘Chuckie’s Chicken’, where you could get a burger, fries, and a pop for $0.99!

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  221. Michael Calderin

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    I remember that pizza place next door being pretty good too.

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  222. ngrealy

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    I loved the onion rings. The batter didn’t overwhelm the sweetness of the onions.

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  223. Mikey7a

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    I was born and spent the first 13 years of my life on 34St. and 32 ave NW Miami. Our Elementary school was called Melrose. It was 2 blocks behind Store #1. I had my 13th birthday party there. I was telling my wife that we lived down the street from the first Burger King, she called me a liar, so glad this article was written.

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  224. Ron Smolen

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    There was a WUV’s at 600 E Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101 built in fromt of the Howard Johnson Motel. The building has been replaced with a small Medical Center.

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  225. Ron Smolen

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    There was a WUV’s at 600 E Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101 built in front of the Howard Johnson Motel. The building has been replaced with a small Medical Center.

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    • Charles Boettcher

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      There were 2 WUV’s Hamburger Restaurants in Metro Detroit. One was located in Redford Michigan on Telegraph North of 5 mile. The building was demolished several years after it closed. The 2nd one that I am aware of was in Taylor Michigan on Telegraph Road as well. The building remains, with the exterior mostly intact except the wood exteriors have been painted. It has been New Hong Kong Restaurant, New Hong Kong, 8695 Telegraph Rd, Taylor, MI 48180. Do a Google Street View to see what it looks like!

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  226. Charlie Kardos

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    Tried the Popeye’s NO To the Cinnamon & Sugar ~ It;s the Pie Filling I want to taste after that crunch of seemingly Rice Paper Dough ! There’s got to be a Home Recipe & or Frozen Option to get these (I’ll ship them from Iran) I just want them !! I Can Deep Fry …

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  227. Brad

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    Born in N. Miami Beach 1958, I lived at 10th Ave and 171 terr. I remember my dad taking me to the Royal Carousel on 6th Ave when it opened. It was in the S.E. corner of the grocery store parking lot my mother shopped at. It was fantastic watching the conveyers start up when you placed your order. I always went across the street to the 7 11 for an Ice afterward and my dad picked up Krispy Kreme donuts across to the south. Great memories. Thanks for writing about it. I’ve been searching for places I went as a kid and hadn’t found anything before your blog on this joint zee. The location closed in under a year. It just was ahead of its time I think.

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  228. actionmoviefreak

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    Best (amazing!!) chocolate eclair: Hofer’s, 8758 N Main St, Helen, GA 30545

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  229. Matthew Hatfield

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    Holman and Finch in Atlanta for a burger. They used to have a gimmick where they only served a dozen or two at 10 at night. I waited for 2 hours once thinking there’s no way it would live up to the hype. Surprisingly it was worth it. They now have the burger on the regular menu of if it’s not for that day – just call ahead.

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  230. RichF

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    What memories of trips to A&W!!

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  231. Amy Shields

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    I remember going as a kid while we were stationed in Montgomery, AL….1979-1980. Yum!

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  232. Cassandra Atticum

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    I worked at a WUVs in FL in 1978-79. I eventually became the night manager. They had the best fast food and I wish I knew the recipe for their WUV juice. It’s true, there was no freezer on the premises. Everything was fresh made (except the chili, which was made from burgers that were made but not sold and were then refrigerated.) When I started there we had to wear super short purple dresses for uniforms. I’ve been looking for a picture of those awful uniforms. That’s what brought me here.

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  233. Jamie-Jay

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    I’m so glad I’m not the only person that remembers this place. I had my 6 year old Batman themed birthday there and it was my best birthday as a kid. The arcade was incredible and the rides in the back (mini ferris wheel, bumper boats, carousel) were awesome to have indoors. I would ride them for hours. The pizza was good too from what I remember. My abuelita took me there every other Saturday until it closed.

    Was there ever reason why it closed because this place and Riverboat Playhouse seemed always busy with kids and parents? The kids today will never know how awesome that place was…

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  234. Maria Herrera

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    Bumped into this post and immediately had croquet flashback moment. Exactly the way I remember it too. I too would ponder to open or not to open….I also have the same feeling for tamales.

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  235. Equalman

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    Wuv’s in Ramsey, NJ!!!!!

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  236. Glenn Tec

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    Wuv’s in Mid-Island Shopping Plaza Hicksville NY

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  237. L. Greene

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    The hot mustard sauce is back! They finally brought it back! I don’t know why no one has made an announcement at McDonald’s, but I’ve had it three time at two different McDonald’s this week.

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  238. keith peru

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    I was online looking this up. Glad this article is here. I was a kid, 3 to 6 years of age, and my family and I use to dine at a Wuv’s in Fort Myers Florida. I kept searching online for “Wuz,” which is obvious the wrong spelling, due to my my preschool age not recalling the proper name. What I do recall at that age was that I preferred Wuz’s over McDonald’s at that time. Also the insides are described just as I barely can recall. My parents are deceased and I had no one to ask about this restaurant, so I took to the Net. Wow, who even calls the internet the Net these days? Time flies.

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  239. Mucho Confused

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    How I wish that we would get a White Castle in Colorado. The closest one is in Columbia MO and now in Las Vegas, both locations are about 750 miles from Denver. I was surprised to hear that they opened in Las Vegas because I thought that they only opened up in clusters so that they could have an distribution network. Any insight into how they supply the one in Las Vegas?

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  240. Cece

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    I remembered the Wuv’s restaurant in Tallahassee Florida. I was very grateful for the hiring manager, because that’s who gave me my very first job and I was 16, pregnant, and in high school. I worked there until they closed the doors. I must say they what you read about the restaurant about everything being fresh and made from scratch is true!!! I wished that this restaurant was still around.

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  241. Rose Kriberscheck

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    Try The Crazy Flamingo on Marco Island. They serve the best Burgers and wings on the ISLAND. Don’t let the
    Dive bar atmosphere scare you. Fresh seafood and the oyster are shucked to order right in front of you.
    A must try.

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  242. Troy Gelinas

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    I never knew it was a chain. I always ate at the one in South Miami. There was a violent robbery and I assumed that was why the place closed

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    • The South Miami location was the one I ate at too, then it became a Miami Subs.

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  243. Mario.

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    My father in law was Mr Mclamore’s attorney and prepared the incorporation papers for Burger King here in Miami.

    He also felt the Whaler was a better sandwich than the Filet-o- Fish , but he may have been biased.

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  244. Jim Webster

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    Once I had a car during my senior year at Miami Edison High School (1962-63), my friends and I got away often during lunch break to the Burger King at NW 54th St. and 7th Avenue.

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  245. Hank

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    The 9201 S. Federal/Dixie/US1 location was my neighborhood location. When it was the original building for a while it had a sliding screen window on the north side where you could order from your car (the dining room was on the south side of the building)-sort of a proto-drive thru.

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    • I just saw a picture of a Burger King with that type of sliding window.

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  246. Boone Barnes

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    My mother always said she went to high school (Edison) with the guy who founded Burger King. Our local BK was #8 on South Dixie in Perrine (not Palmetto Bay).

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  247. Stephanie Grosman

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    Will the photo booth pictures from the event be available online anywhere?

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  248. Hamilton Burger

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    The one we could ride our bikes to near our house in South Miami was on the east side of South Dixie at about 84th Street. My brother and I didn’t go there because we preferred the Royal Castle a few blocks up the road.

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  249. Juan

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    The one in South Hialeah on 9th Street is not the original location. It was on 6th Avenue.

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    • Juan, the addresses were taken from James McLamore’s book the Burger King. I went back and checked through some newspaper archives and found that you were correct. Thanks, I updated the address.

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  250. David Arbetter

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    The Havarti Burger was exceptional! I also loved the teriyaki grilled wings. I also tried their Kale Salad. I really liked it too as it was fresh with garbanzo beans, raisins for a little sweetness and some different nuts and a dressing that I grew to love. The dessert I liked the best was the baked apple pie with vanilla ice cream, sooo good! Lastly, as good as the food was the best part about this place is how great the owners and the employees treat you! BTW, we split everything just to try different things.

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  251. Kevin

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    There was a Wuvs at 9400 Griffin rd in Cooper City FL. Use to there all the time in 79 & 80.

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    • You were close, it was 9700 Griffin Road. I looked it up in an old yellow pages to confirm. Thank you.

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  252. kim

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    When I was little I use to love Burger Chef! Then I think Hardees bought them out.

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  253. Ron

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    I remember that I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and I became OBSESSED! That’s when I wanted my own NES for christmas! I went there with my cousins and one of them started to shake the ferris wheel and I was dying! I thought we were going to fall and die! LOL!!! I also LOVED their pizza. I loved all their arcades! It was fun! I remember as I grew, I no longer was able to participate in the little kid rides or games which I became upset. But then a year later they closed. :(….. I will always remember!

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  254. Bobbi

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    Thanks for the review. Look again though under sandwiches there’s a hotdog and footlong . We have one of the best chili dogs around.

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  255. Bobbi

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    It’s ok!! Lol just want to make sure you get to try one.

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  256. Have you ever been to the Dixie Drive In in Greenwood, SC? Order the chili cheeseburger with half fries/half onions rings. How about Buddy Freddy’s Country Buffet in Plant City, FL? The stuffing is so awesome! Fried chicken, etc. All good.

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  257. What a masterful piece of writing! Seriously! Your enthusiasm and drive for “the whole story” makes historical research sound like a blast!
    (I have personally been known to find it so, and it’s great to find a fellow freak exploring a little known but important aspect of our collective past.

    Thanks, Burger Beast–

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  258. Stephen Friedmann

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    Over the years, Friendly’s Restaurants were my go to place for Patty Melts. Recently I ordered one at a Friendly’s and was told it was removed from the menu, but the chef had the ingredients on hand and the know-how, so I could have it if I special ordered off he menu. Any idea why Friendly’s removed this iconic sandwich from their line up?

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  259. James

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    I remember the location in Chattanooga Tenn, great food.
    I also remember the Chattanooga stations playing the commercial with the We Wuv Wuvs jingle in 76-78 or around that time period.

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  260. Austin Ewachiw

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    The best!

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  261. Joe

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    Pinecrest Pincho super! Food & service!

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  262. Always an enjoyable read. Surprisingly (or maybe not LOL), I have had a lot of these.

    Arbetter’s-I don’t care for the hotdog itself. Meat is too mild/bland/soft, tastes like it’s made of turkey.
    Burger Fi-Never cared for the burnt. Like ketchup, it’s not right. Browned in butter is awesome, burnt is bad.
    Fritas Domino-I know it’s sacrilegious but I’m not a frita fan. Too greasy. You can have too much of a good thing.
    Monster-I have not tried, but I don’t like bacon or mozzarella or a toasted bun.
    Pepitos-Have not tried but looks amazing (add pineapple and skip the shaker cheese but then it looks like Pincho . . .
    Pincho-I love it, but it’s not my favorite
    Sweet Dogs-I had big hopes and took my family for my birthday but was disappointed.
    Swenson’s-Bun no, cheese sauce no. When “restaurants” do hot dogs, they are often just weird.

    The best tasting plain hot dog (just the hotdog + bun) is the big fat one “Big BIte” at 7-11 . . . greasy good!

    My perfect hot dog is the Sabretts from a stand with not toasted bun, those onions cooked in red (whatever that is) sauce, and YELLOW mustard.

    Used to be a lady with a hot dog stand outside the WalMart in Doral (87th) who would be there like after 10PM til crazy hours. A hot dog with everything, but no dill pickle, no ketchup, no sauerkraut was the bomb! Pepitas, pineapple, etc. I think it was Columbian style. Haunted by these!

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  263. If it had pineapple then it’s more than likely going to be Colombian. You may want to try MAO’s on Bird Road, it might be right up your alley plus it’s open late!

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  264. Norm X.

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    How come Costco didn’t make the list? :-p

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