Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Burgie Awards

Join me Saturday November 19th at Magic City Casino for the 3rd annual Burgie Awards. Well known food blogger Burger Beast will be handing out over 20 awards for the best comfort food in the South Florida area. Add to that over 40 food trucks from South Florida, Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers; it’s sure to be a fun filled event! Also some of South Florida’s best burger restaurants will be working hard serving up some of the best burgers in town. The festivities start at 5pm with plenty of parking… see you there!

Burger Restaurants:
 Burger & Beer Joint (South Beach)
Charm City Burger Company (Deerfield Beach)
Georgie’s Alibi (Wilton Manors)
Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (Ft. Lauderdale)
Jr’s Gourmet Burgers (Miami Springs)
Pincho Factory (Westchester)
Quickie’s Burgers & Wings (Hollywood)
Sakaya Kitchen (Wynwood)
Tobacco Road (Brickell)

Food trucks:
 Big Kahuna
Bite Gastrotruck
Catered Bliss
Chamo’s on Wheels
Che Grill
CheeseMe Mobile
Cold Stone Creamery
Cucina Al Mare (from Cape Coral)
Daddy’s Grill
Dim Ssam a Gogo
Dog Eat Dog
Dolci Peccati
Fireman Derek's World Famous Pies
The Fish Box
Grill Master Cafe
Guiseppe’s Italian Sausage
Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers
Latin Burger & Taco
Latin House Grill
Lemon Man
The MexZican Gourmet
Miso Hungry
Monster Burgers
Mr. Chimi
Mr. Good Stuff
Ms. Cheezious
Nacho Bizness
Nana's Stromboli
The Nosh Truck (from Ft. Myers)
Palate Party
The Philly Grill
Pig Out
Pisano Food
Purple People Eatery
The Red Koi
El Rincon del Coqui
El Rey de las Fritas
The Rolling Stove
Slow Food Truck
Stocked N' Loaded
Sugar Rush
Sugar Yummy Mama
TreeHouse Truck (from Orlando)
Wicked Wiches (from Tampa)
Yellow Submarin

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cheeseburger Baby

Cheeseburger Baby is the oldest burger joint in South Beach, located at 1505 Washington Avenue.  Open until 5am on weekdays and 6am on weekends, it’s a hot spot for late night, or in some cases early morning dinners leaving the club seen on SoBe.  I made my visit on a laid back Thursday night and was quite surprised at what I found.

This place has a 50’s style diner feel to it, a bit ghetto & cramped with all types of good music playing.  Add to that a really cute girl behind the counter, and I really thought we where in for a win-win situation.  One thing I noticed besides the sticky floors was how hot it was inside.  I thought it was just me but both of my friends agreed.

We sat at the bar, ordered our drinks, and looked over the menu.  We received our drinks in 5 minutes but for some reason our server didn’t come back for another ten minutes to take our order.  My friends ordered the 1lb double cheese burger & a turkey burger, while I went with 1/2lb bacon cheese burger. My burger was 100% certified Angus beef piled high with bacon, pepper jack cheese, grilled onions & jalapenos.  It’s hard to believe it, looking at those pictures, but I wasn’t wowed at all.  My burger was over cooked, tasteless & the tomato slice was way too ripe.  My friend’s double burger was so greasy he could not finish it. Funny thing was, the turkey burger was pretty good, but I’m not going to a burger joint to eat turkey!  The best thing by far was the cheese fries but they could have been easily replicated at home in fifteen minutes!

One thing that really disgusted me was the restroom.  When I walk into any restroom and notice a glaze all over the floor, that means one of two things; it was freshly cleaned or dry urine is the culprit.   Judging by the smell, I knew it wasn’t clean.  I don’t know if they let vagabonds in there, but a dirty restroom says a lot. I started thinking, if the restroom is like this just imagine the kitchen, yikes!

My advice, there is a 5 Guys Burger and Fries right across the street. If it’s not too late, 8oz. Burger Bar or B&B are not too far away.  I don’t know why this place is so famous but one and done here!