South Florida’s Best Burgers! #31burgers #31days

May is #NationalHamburgerMonth and SoFlaFoodie and #BehindTheHashtag set out to explore some of South Florida’s best hamburgers. I will cover a geography that includes Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. #31burgers in #31days! The only ground rules I set, were that the burger joint, eatery, bar, restaurant, whatever…Must be local and not a national chain or franchise. That’s it! Crossfit schedule (check), Lipitor (check), bring on the burgers! And follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram and let us know your favorites!

May 1st, 2014
Būccan Palm Beach

My first stop is Clay Conley’s burger at Būccon in Palm Beach. Set just a block from the famous Worth Avenue on Palm Beach, Būccan breaks the mold of your traditional table cloth set-up, men must wear jackets, Palm Beach restaurant atmosphere. Let’s face it, Būccan and maybe Palm Beach for that matter, is no longer your, grandfather’s old Palm Beach. The restaurant’s decor is beachy yet trendy and the food is casually sophisticated.  If you haven’t been, we highly recommend it. A top 10 restaurant in Palm Beach County. For now, let’s just focus on their burger. 8 ounce wood grilled prime burger with two year aged cheddar on a homemade brioche topped with cornichons, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced raw red onion and beefsteak tomato. The burger is simply seasoned with a nice bark on the outside and juicy center. It looks like a lot of bun, but it’s more the lettuce that gives it false height. The burger is served on a round cutting board (we are a sucker for cutting boards) and parmesan fries.

Būccan Palm Beach
350 South County Road
Palm Beach, FL

May 2nd, 2014
IMG_4321The next stop on the #31burgers in #31days series, is to Pubbelly Steak in the Sunset Harbor section of Miami Beach. Pubbelly Steak (opened in 2013) is the 5th creation from the successful Pubbelly team, that took South Beach by storm in 2010 and haven’t looked back since. Their eateries include: Pubbelly (asian inspired gastropub), Pubbelly Sushi (combine a pub and a sushi house and there you have it), Barceloneta (old world Spanish inspired fare), Macchialina (rustic italian, by Scarpetta’s Chef Michael Perolo), Pubbelly Steak (rustic meat and fish house). And another venture set to open on South Beach soon. Allow me to catch my breath. Hope I didn’t miss any. Now on to the burger. The PB Steak, Black & Blue Burger, is 8oz of dry aged black angus beef, topped with cabrales blue cheese and fig marmalade on a toasted brioche. Let me start by saying, we are medium rare burger eaters (We are ok if you order medium, anything more well done than that, you might as well order something else because neither a burger nor a steak should be cooked that way) and this burger was cooked perfectly. The blue cheese and fig work so well together and blended with the flavor of the meat, oh boy!

Pubbelly Steak
1787 Purdy Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 695-9550

May 3rd, 2014
IMG_4268Day 3 of the #31Burgers in #31days tour, exploring the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped into Chef Michael Schwartz’s, The Cypress Room in the Miami Design District. In addition to The Cypress Room, a throw back to the 1920’s and the start of restaurant dining, with linen table clothes and upholstered banquets, Chef Schwartz also has, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman, Restaurant Michael Schwartz in the iconic Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach, Harry’s Pizzeria and a recently announced venture with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Michael’s Genuine Pub. The menu at The Cypress Room is American, casual yet sophisticated with French influences. The Cypress Burger is an 8 ounce blend of Aged Côte de Boeuf (fancy for bone-in rib steak) trimmings and Chuck. It is topped with Jasper Hill Landaff cheese, onion marmalade and served on their house made bun. Have you ever eaten a really fresh, high quality piece of toro sushi? And that feeling of it actually melting in your mouth. Well, that’s the same experience I had when I ate The Cypress Burger.  Enough said!

The Cypress Room
3620 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL

May 4th, 2014
IMG_4249Day 4 of the SoFlaFoodie #31Burgers in #31Day tour. Cut 432 in Delray Beach was is our next stop. Since 2008 owner’s Brandon Belluscio and Brian Albe have taken the stuffiness out of steak houses and delivered not only a trendy south beach style scene, but the food to back it up. Cut 432 is, in my opinion, one of the best steaks in the country! Building off their success at 432 Atlantic Avenue, Brandon and Brian, along with their 3rd partner Chef Tony Pizzo, opened Park Tavern (american comfort food with hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer selection) and El Camino (in a restored garage, serving mexican soul food and lots of Tequila). The burger at Cut 432 is a 12 oz. blend of chuck and top round American Wagyu beef. It is topped with aged Cabot cheddar and served on a house made brioche with lettuce, red onion, a slice of heirloom tomato and a house made pickle.

Cut 432
432 E Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL
(561) 272-9898

May 5th, 2014
IMG_4085Day 5 and the SoFlaFoodie #31Burgers in #31Day tour of the best burgers in South Florida continues with a stop at Rok:BRGR, just off Las Olas in Ft Lauderdale. Co-Founders Marc Falsetto and Charles Hazlett opened Rok:BRGR (review), the gourmet burger bar and gastropub, in 2010 and quickly developed a cult following. With the success of Rok:BRGR, they opened a 2nd location in South Miami and are soon to open a location in Doral. In addition to Rok:BRGR, Marc and Charles, created Public House (a sporting lounge, just across from the Rok:BRGR Fort Lauderdale location), Primo’s (Italian Kitchen in Miami) and soon to open PizzaCraft (an artisan pizzeria). Voted Best Burger in 2011 by New Times, the Rok:BRGR menu is made off unique snacks, salads and hand crafted oversized burgers. You can build your own or choose from over 16 speciality burgers. A few of which are named after the Miami Heats Big 3.  I opted for the “Morning Glory” burger (breakfast on a bun). A 10 ounce “prime blend” of chuck, brisket and short rib. The burger is topped with american cheese, pepper bacon and an organic sunny side up fried egg on a brioche bun. “You had me at fried egg!” The placement of the lettuce under the burger is a perfect touch, ensuring that my bun didn’t get soggy.

208 SW 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 6th, 2014
IMG_4213Day 6! Keeping up with my #crossfit workouts, I continue my #31burgers in #31days, as we stop in at LeTub Saloon, along A1A in Hollywood. With no signage labeling the restaurant, aside from a painted piece of wood directing you to the parking lot, you might just miss it if you drive to fast. Hidden away behind driftwood, foliage, tubs and toilets for the last 32 years,  Le Tub has been serving up salads, seafood and an enormous burger, cooked atop the smallest of grills, just of the bar. Somethings working! For years and years, Le Tub had been an urban legend, a place grown by word of mouth or nearly stumbled upon. In 2006 GQ columnist Alan Richman, declared Le Tub the “Best Burger” in the country and the “20 burgers you must eat before your die”. Then Oprah‘s Gayle King (Yes Oprah), went, and that was all she wrote. The world now knew about the secret of Le Tub.

The Le Tub Burger, is a colossal 13oz. of ground chuck/sirloin blend. It’s simply seasoned, charbroiled (on the smallest of grills) topped with swiss cheese and served on a poppy seed bun with a slice of tomato and onion. That’s it! A traditionalist’s burger. It’s all about the meat, slow cooked with a nice char on the outside and juicy inside, perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked and it’s better than good. Tip: If your a medium-rare guy like me, order it medium. Oh and cash-only!

LeTub Saloon
1100 N. Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL
(954) 921-9425


May 7th, 2014
IMG_4318Day 7 of the #31Burgers in #31days tour and we are back in South Beach with a stop at Chef Jamie DeRosa’s Tongue & Cheek on Washington Avenue. Opened a year ago April, Jamie’s creative palate and infectious smile has made T&C a must stop on any foodie’s visit to Miami Beach. The restaurants bright, casually sophisticated look, serves up dishes that are not only beautiful to look at (and shoot with your phone), but complex in flavor and texture.  But as unique as the food and cocktail preparation can be, Chef DeRosa’s Tongue & Cheek still maintains a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Then there is the T&C’s #burger. It is a 6oz. beef cheek patty, ground to order, seared in a cast-iron skillet, topped with sweet onions and served on a house made brioche schmeared with cheddar pimento cheese. The flavors work so well together. And despite beef cheek being a tougher yet more flavorful cut of meat, DeRosa’s preparation, makes this a deliciously juicy burger.

Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL


May 8th, 2014
IMG_4123Day 8 of the #31burgers in #31days tour, in search of the best #burgers in South Florida we checked out, Chef Michael Saperstein and Evan David’s The Rebel House in BocaRaton.  Saperstein and David are also the creators and owners of the wildly successful, Charmcity Burger in Deerfield Beach and El Jefe Luchador also in Deerfield Beach and a recently opened location at the Town Center Mall. Rebel House, is where Chef Saperstein’s culinary creativity really shines. The renegade style, classual city chic designed restaurant, serves up some incredible delicious unique eats such Beef Cheek and Corned Tongue to Black Eyed Pea Hush Puppies and The Rebel Fried Rice, topped with spicy mayo and a fried egg. The Rebel #Burger is a 7 ounce blend of chuck, brisket and short rib topped with white american fondue, jowl bacon (pork cheek), pickled tomatoes on a bun dressed with a ramp aioli. Well balanced burger with simple flavors the hit you one at a time. For those non-onion eaters, the ramp aioli adds subtle onion/garlic taste without the sharp bite. Best burger so far!!

Rebel House
297 East Palmetto Park Rd
Boca Raton, FL
Phone: (561) 756-9764

May 9th, 2014
IMG_4408If I were to describe, the modern day version of a “greasy spoon,” (minus the health code violations and shitty food) it would be Blue Collar in the MiMo District of Miami. Hence the name, I think. Chef and owner Daniel Serfer (who describes him self as blue collar) serves up classic, no frills, American comfort food, without using chopsticks to plate the dish. Dishes such as Chanukah Latkes with homemade apple sauce, Pork and Bean (slow cooked for 5 hours) topped with a fried egg (#YouHadMeAtFriedEgg), the “Corben” (braised brisket, Portuguese muffin, dijon and dipping jus) and tons of veggie options, keep customers coming back to this small, diner like, cozy eatery.  The Blue Collar #Burger is a blend of 25 day aged NY strip, prime chuck, short rib and clod (beef shoulder). It’s topped with american cheese and served on a Portuguese muffin. The 2014 version of the Cheeseburger Deluxe (you all know what I am talking about), only 100x better!

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
Phone: (305)756-0366


May 10th, 2014
IMG_4106While my HDL cholesterol (I think that’s the good one) appears to still be in the “normal” range, I press on with my #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s Best Burgers. Today I stopped in at TAP 42 in Fort Lauderdale. As the name suggests, Tap 42 features over 42 beers on tap. They currently have 30 non-rotating draft beers and 20 rotating drafts. I am not very good at math, so i confirmed with my 7 year old and that adds up to 50. When they first opened in 2011, they had 42 drafts and 8 taps with liquor, they since converted those to draft beers. Owners and brothers Sean and Blaise McMackin not only take beer seriously, but are committed to great food as well. Don’t let the beer fool you into thinking they can’t cook, their menu consists of unique snack items, salads and craft burgers. The Prohibition Burger, an 8oz blend of brisket, sirloin and chuck is topped with aged white cheddar, applewood bacon, dijon aioli and Tap42 house sauce on a challah bun.

Tap 42
1411 South Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone: (954)463-4900

May 11th, 2014
IMG_4385I don’t remember how old I was or when or where I ate my first hamburger, but I remember as a kid my mom cooking me a burger in a frying pan. The smell would make it’s way into the bedroom, it was infectious. My mom would fill a pot with oil, make home made french fries and my brothers and I would take turns shacking a brown paper bag filled with hot oily fries. It was home! Happy Mother’s Day to my wife, my mom and all the mom’s out there.

Day 11of my #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s Best burgers and we stopped in at Swine Southern Table & Bar in Coral Gables. Sister restaurant to the wildly successful James Beard nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House and PatPong Road, Swine Southern is all about the hog (H-A-W-G). From brunch items like pulled pork and eggs, to lunch and dinner, fall of the bone baby back ribs, most every dish has some swine it. But nothing more mouth watering than the burger. The Swine #Burger is a double patty (2.5 oz each) blend of short rib, brisk, and smoked pork. It is topped with american cheese, house made pickles, house made thick cut smoked bacon and Swine special sauce. Pardon me as I wipe my face and the juices running down my arm. This is a good burger (say it as if you had food in your mouth). Sorry Mom!

Swine Southern Table & Bar
2415 Ponde De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL
Phone: (786) 360-6433

May 12, 2014
IMG_4424I would be lying if I didn’t say I am getting sick of burgers, but as my parents always said and I now tell my kids, “finish what you start.” So here we go! Day 12 of the #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s best burgers and we stopped into Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill in Fort Lauderdale. Owner Lenore Gilbert open Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill in 2008, serving everything from grilled cheese to grilled salmon and a few different burgers. Things really changed in 2010, when they were voted South Florida’s Best Burger by the SunSentinal. And the burger menu grew from a few to many, as they continued to get recommendations from customers. The Brie Burger is an 8 oz. blend of certified angus beef and chuck, topped with brie cheese, crispy house made bacon and crispy onions. Perfectly seasoned, great char on the outside and my jaw actually locked up when I tried to take a bite.

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
1821 Cordova Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone: (954)768-8990

May 13th, 2014
IMG_46684.5 mile run this morning and I am feeling good, as I continue the #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s best burgers. Having had some work down in Miami, I stopped in to LoKal Burgers and Beer’s, newest creation Kush by LoKal in the up-and-coming Wynwood district of Miami. Matthew Kuscher opened LoKal Burgers and Beer in Coconut Grove in 2011, and it instantly became a cult favorite. As the name (LoKal) suggest’s, Matthew created the eatery with the concept of using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible. And it instantly became a neighborhood favorite. Although burgers and craft beers are the restaurants focus, the menu also has unique snacks, salads, sandwiches and more. He even created a menu for your 4 legged friend (I shit you not). Earlier this year, Matt (owner), opened Kush (his nickname). A smaller location serving up craft beers and an abbreviated menu of about 15 items. Half of the menu is from the Coconut Grove location and the rest are items unique to Kush. The LoKal #Burger is a 7oz grass-fed beef patty topped with jack cheese, red onions, arugula and avocado, on a bun slathered with honey mustard. I also ordered Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing Company‘s Cafe Ole Espresso Porter. 

Kush by LoKal
2003 North Miami Avenue
Wynwood, FL
Phone: (305)576-4500

May 14th, 2014

20140514-213511.jpgDay 14 of SoFlaFoodie and #BehindTheHastag’s series, #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s Best Burgers and I headed back to the Sunset Harbor neighborhood of Miami Beach. James Beard Best Chef South semi-finalist in 2012 and 2013, Chef Jose Mendin is creating some unique eats at Pubbelly, an Asian inspired gastropub. Earlier this month we profiled the #burger at Pubbelly’s sister restaurant and the 5th creation from the successful Pubbelly Restaurant Group, Pubbelly Steak. Throughout this tour, not only have I excluded national chains (i.e. Shake Shack) and franchises, but I made it a point to order only hamburgers that are on the restaurants regular menu, not monthly specials for #NationalHamburgerMonth. However I had to try Jose’s creation. The Pâté Melt! A blend of suckling pig and dry aged beef topped with parmesan cream, and caramelized onions and pressed between rye bread. #OMG!! I am at a loss for words. All I can say is go to Pubbelly and try this, before the worst possible scenario happens,  Jose pulls it off the menu.

1418 20th Street
Miami Beach, FL
Phone: (305)532-7555

May 15th, 2014
2014-05-14 17.20.05Day 15 and just about half way through the #31burgers in #31days tour of South Florida’s Best Burgers.Today I stopped into Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach. Chef and Owner of Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Valparaiso, Florida (just outside Destin and Fort Walton Beach in the Panhandle), Tucker Duke’s Street Food and an episode winner from season one of The Food Networks, Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. As seasoned Chef, working at such restaurants as Anthony Bourdain’s Brasserie in Miami and Dean and Deluca in Washington DC, Chef Brian opened Tucker Duke’s  (named after his dog, a black Great Dane Lab mix) near Pensacola in 2011, serving great burgers in food all sourced as local as possible. John Cortes, a friend of Chef Brian’s and Jay Oakes, opened the Deerfield Beach location in March of 2014.  With over 14 different signature burger choice, snacks and starters, sandwiches and sales, Tucker Duke’s is off to a great start, mostly spread by word of mouth.

The El Pedro #burger is an 8oz ground beef patty, topped with jalapeño cream cheese, (and if that wasn’t enough heat) chipotle mayo, grilled onions, arugula and tomato on a locally sourced onion challah roll. Very good! Not over the top cream cheesy (which I was scared about) and not to spicy.

Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
1101 South Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach. FL
Phone: (954) 708-2035

May 16th, 2014
IMG_4879Day 16 of #31burgers in #31days tour of some of South Florida’s best burgers for National Hamburger Month. Mostly visited by locals and seldom known by visitors, Brulé Bistro is a hidden gem just off Atlantic Avenue in the Pineapple Grove section of Delray Beach. If you don’t know where Pineapple Grove is, your either a tourist or a snow bird and your auto transport truck is out front, ready to take you home.  See you in November. Quite possible one of the best restaurants in Delray and easily a top 10 restaurant in Palm Beach County, Brulé Bistro, owned by Chef Suzanne Perrotto, is about simple local fresh ingredients without telling you it’s “farm to table.” It’s cozy decor, superb wine list and deliciously crafted eats, Brulé Bistro sets itself apart from the sea of sameness, most local eateries find themselves in.

The #Burger at Brule Bistro is an 8oz grass-fed angus short rib chuck blend, topped with rosemary roasted portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions, Beemstergouda, arugula, tomato and tarragon aioli on a house baked brioche. I might have to go back there again tomorrow for another one! It’s that good.

Brulé Bistro
200 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL
Phone: (561) 274-2046

May 17th
20140520-182525-66325668.jpgA beautiful South Florida Saturday morning and Day 17 of #31burgers in #31days tour of some of South Florida’s best burgers. Today I stopped in at Chef Albert Cabrera’s Cuban inspired gastropub (gastrocounter as he calls it), Bread + Butter Counter in Coral Gables. The restaurant is a throwback to Chef Albert’s memories as a child, eating lunch with his father at a Cuban cafeteria. Walls covered with black and white family (although not his) photo’s, the floor a polished unfinished look and industrial metal chairs line wooded table and countertops, the eatery is Cuban chic. The menu, inspired by his Cuban-American roots, has traditional an modern takes on traditional Cuban dishes. The Bread + Butter Counter’s Frita China/Chorizo burger are two 3oz. ground chorizo patties, topped with napa cabbage kimchi, cilantro, diced onions, shoestring potatoes and house made sriacha ketchup on a potato roll. #Delicioso!

Bread + Butter Counter
2330 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, FL
Phone: (305)442-9622

May 18th

2014-05-14 14.05.29#LetsGoHeat!  Day 18 of the series #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in at Burger & Beer Joint in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood of South Beach. This one slightly boarders on franchise (which is not part of this tour), but that’s barely in its infancy, at the moment.  Serving over 75 beers and craft burgers (along with unique starters and salads), this renegade style, biker chic hangout, opened the beach in 2009 and later on Brickell in 2010, has became garnered a cult following and a must visit for burger lovers. The Mustang Sally is a 1/2lb wagyu beef burger, topped with a red onion marmalade, brie cheese and sliced proscuitto on a brioche bun.

Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL
Phone: (305)672-3287

May 19th
2014-05-13 18.13.21Day 19 of #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in to Chef Michael Shikany’s, Shikany’s, in the Wynwood district of Miami. This minimalist chic meets culinary artistry, is Chef Michael’s first restaurant, but in no means his first rodeo. A Miami native, his passion for cooking was sparked as a young child by his grandfather. Michael attended the culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in New York and has worked with some of the country’s most talented chefs at a number of prestigious eateries. At Shikany’s, its all about the food. Artfully executed and exquisitely presented. The burger or rather sliders at Shikany’s, is sous vide maple pork cheeks, topped with daikon radish shitake cucumber slaw on a house made challah roll with black sesame truffle aioli. #happybelly

251 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL
Phone: (305) 573-0690

May 20th

IMG_4936Day 20 of #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in to the recently crowned BurgerBeast.com Burger Brawl champion, The Latin House Grille in Miami. First started as a food truck and now a unique burger and taco bar restaurant, Latin House serves up unique latin inspired appetizers, taco’s and over 12 signature craft burgers. I went with the award winning Original Burger. A 1/2lb (or you can order 1/4lb) blend of brisket, chuck and sirloin topped with 3 different cheeses (swiss, provolone and mozzarella), a strip of apple wood bacon, another strip of maple glazed bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms and avocado crema on a brioche bun.  That’s a good burger! (say it as if you had food in your mouth).

Latin House
9565 SW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL
Phone: (786)564-5683

May 21st
IMG_4230A 5 mile run and I still didn’t burn off what I’ve been consuming. Day 21 of my series #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of South Florida’s best burgers. Once again I am in the Pineapple Grove section of Delray Beach and I stopped in at Chef John Paul Kline’s 3rd & 3rd. Growth primarily driven by word of mouth and completely off the beaten path, 3rd & 3rd has no signage and except for the bright blueish color building and the fact that is sits on the corner of 3rd and 3rd, you might never find it. A huge local chef after hours hangout is always a good sign. A menu that changes daily, Chef John’s menu consists of some pretty tasty salads, plates and skewers, along with a large selected on house crafted cocktails. And then there is the burger. The burger at 3rd and 3rd is an 8oz ground in house blend, topped with your choice of cheese, I chose blue and a balsamic red onion jam, served on a buttered brioche.

3rd & 3rd
301 NE 3rd Ave
Delray Beach,FL
Phone: (561) 303-1939

May 22nd

IMG_4579Day 22 of #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in to Chef Tim Lipman and the brains behind the operation, his wife Jenny’s Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter. Opened in 2012, Chef Tim is all about sourcing the best quality local meats and produce. While most of the menu is constant, like Chicken & Waffles, Chef Tim, is always adding specials, based upon what products are fresh and seasonal.  An extremely warm and inviting restaurant with an open kitchen, you feel as though you are sitting in Tim and Jenny’s house. The brisket chuck short rib burger at Coolinary Cafe is a freshly ground 8oz patty, topped with grana padano cheese on a challah bun.

Coolinary Cafe
4650 Donald Ross Road
Phone: (561) 249-6760

May 23rd
IMG_4966Day 23 of the #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I am in Coral Gables and stopped in to the Pincho Factory.  With locations in South Miami and Coral Gables, the Pincho Factory is what you might call a self serve, yet not fast food, gastro-pub. Fast casual is how they describe it. Serving up Pincho’s (skewers), Burgers and Hot Dogs. It’s your modern equivalent of the family backyard grill. But very unique burgers at that. Trying to find something different in sometimes what tends to be the sea of samesness, during this series, I opted for the Tostóne Burger. The burger is a 6oz blend of chuck, short rib and brisket, topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and their house made cilantro sauce, sandwiched between 2 fried plantains (tostones).

Pincho Factory
30 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL
Phone: (305)446-5666

May 24th
IMG_4662Day 24 and what is heating up to be a very hot and humid, South Florida, typical summer day, only it’s not even June yet. #notagoodsignforsummer. Today I stopped at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions in the MiMo district of Miami, for the #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of South Florida’s best burgers. Owned and run by Chef Cesar Zapata and (bar wench/pot stirrer) Aniece Meinhold, The Federal Miami is as they call it a Modern-American-Tavern, serving up a twist or modernized traditional comfort food. The burger at The Federal is a play on just that. A burger similar to the one Chef Cesar eat as a child. Called the “Phat Burger,” it is a 10 ounce blend of grass-fed angus brisket, chuck and short rib and topped with thick cut house made bacon, grilled onions, pickled serranos, avocado, chipotle creme and a fried egg on a locally sourced brioche bun.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
5132 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
Phone: (305) 758-9559

May 25th
IMG_4708Day 25 and just a week left of the #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Not going to lie, looking forward to June 1st and the beginning of #30bowlsofpasta in #30 days, joke. Today I stopped in at the hidden Gem (or maybe the only gem) of Boynton Beach, Sweetwater. Sweetwater, a gastropub, sort of speak-easy throw back with some serious cocktails and food to match. Clint Reed opened Sweetwater 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. In fact rumor has it, he might be opening a sister restaurant next door. The Buffalo at Sweetwater is an 8oz grass-fed Colorado bison burger, topped with bacon bourbon bbq sauce, pepper jack cheese, crispy onions and a cured egg yolk on texas toast. Ask mixologist Sean to serve you up something with it!

Sweetwater Bar & Grill
1507 S Federal Hwy
Boynton Beach, FL
Phone: (561) 509-9277

May 26th

IMG_4288Day 26th and Memorial Day 2014. First off THANK YOU to all the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day. And we remember and honor those who lost their lives protecting us, our freedom and this great country!

Today I stopped in at Chef Michael Schwartz’s flagship eatery and one of my favorites, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, in the Miami Design District. With over 6 different restaurant concepts under the Genuine Brand (The Cypress Room, Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman, Restaurant Michael Schwartz in the iconic Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach, Harry’s Pizzeria , a recently announced venture with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Michael’s Genuine Pub), Chef Schwartz is still a back of the house kind of guy, grounded in his passion for food, keeping it simple and delicious. The burger at Michael’s Genuine is an 8oz angus chuck patty topped with Vermont white cheddar, house smoked bacon on a brioche from La Parisienne in Miami.

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL
Phone: (305) 573-5550

May 27th

IMG_4527Day 27 and the final few days of the #31Burgers in #31Days series/tour (I think the meat sweats might be affecting my brain) of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in at Grease Burger Bar on Clematis in West Palm Beach. Part of the Rocco’s Taco’s family, with exposed brick, working fire place, Grease, serves up unique comfort food style appetizers and sandwiches, along with a list of salad. But with Burger in the name of the place, a salad? really? I ordered thee Brickman burger. A 10oz blend of grain fed beef and select trim, topped with sautéed onions, pepper jack cheese, house made deep fried apple wood smoked bacon strips, jalapeños and sriracha mayo on a local bakery bun.

Grease Burger Bar
213 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL
Phone: (561) 651-1075

May 28th
2014-05-27 12.49.25Day 28 of the #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. Today I stopped in at the popular North Palm Beach dive bar, Brass Ring Pub.  Don’t be fooled by it’s appearance (both exterior and interior) old wooden booths, dimly lit, Brass Ring Pub was voted best burger in Palm Beach County by The Palm Beach Post and has developed a burger cult following. The Burger at the Brass Ring Pub is an 8oz hand shaped local farmed sourced 85/15 patty, chargrilled (heated with lava rocks) and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions. After one bite, I now know why! #fantastic

The Brass Ring Pub
200 US Highway 1
North Palm Beach
Phone: (561) 848-4748

May 29th

2014-05-15 12.45.22Day 29 of the #31burgers in #31days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. The meat sweats are really begin to settle in now and I need to do some serious marathon training to run this off. Just 3 days left, Just 3 days left. I can do this! Today I stopped in at the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton. In case you are wondering what SYBARITE means (I was). Owner Daniel Naumko opened his place a little over a year ago serving craft beer and what he likes to call craft grub. I am not a beer guy, so dropping into Daniel’s place, I got a real education on his beer selections, beer trends and most importantly beer and grub pairings. He The Duck Fat Burger at Sybarite Pig is a 1/3lb of ground Wagyu beef infused with duck fat #YouHadMeAtDuckFat. It is topped with aged cheddar, bacon, house made red onion jelly and aioli, finished with a fried egg and served on a freshly baked house made kaiser roll, baked by wife Roxy. Check this place out, especially if you are a beer drinker, you won’t be disappointed.

Sybarite Pig
20642 State Road 7
Boca Raton, FL
Phone: (561)883-3200

May 30th

2014-05-29 14.47.20Day 30 and I have to say, I am looking forward to the end National Hamburger Month. It was fine around day 6 or 7, even day 15, no problem, but this was an extremely under thought out project. Nevertheless, I have met some really excellent people, passionate creative chefs and small business owners (both tenured and new to the business) and tasted some excellent burgers. Isn’t that what life if all about? (minus the eating a burger for 31 consecutive days) #notrecommended. Today I stopped in at American Social on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. This bar meets living room, meets American memorabilia eatery opened in early 2012, a welcomed addition to the flailing eating scene on Las Olas. A 2014 champion of the River Walk Burger Battle , I had to try the winning burger. The Miami “Heater” Burger is an 8oz blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, blended with caramelized onions and house marinades. It is stuffed with Boursin cheese then wrapped with jalepeño bacon, chargrilled and served with truffled shiitake mushrooms on a locally sourced onion bun with pesto mayo.

American Social
721 East Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone: (954)764-7005

May 31st

IMG_4603So many places, so little time. All good things (or excessive eating habits) must come to an end. Day 31, and the series finale of the #31Burgers in #31Days tour of some of the best burgers in South Florida. For the last 31 days I have circled Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, stopping in at everything from dive bars to classic burger joints to finer dining eateries. As you may know, or might have forgotten since I wrote it 31 days ago, I was only visiting local, non-chain or franchise restaurants (sorry Shake Shack). Today for my final burger, but by no means my last, I stopped in at Chef Michael Saperstein and Evan David’s first creation, Charm City Burger Company in Deerfield Beach. Earlier this month, I shared my burger experience at their newest restaurant, The Rebel House in Boca Raton. The Cowboy Burger at Charm City Burger Company is a 6oz blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, peppered bacon and charm sauce. An excellent burger to finish the series with!

Charm City Burger Company
1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL
Phone: (954)531-0300


There are a lot of burgers out there and I am sure that I missed more than a handful of them. Let me know your thoughts! Who’s burger have I missed? Where us you favorite burger?



5 replies »

    • Tracy,
      Thank you following and commenting on the blog. I am glad you enjoy it. I had thought about it, but sometime the burger on the menu changes and the prices change. It’s not in all cases, but had come across it a few times on articles I had written a few years back. So kept things consistent.

  1. We want you to invite you to try our Verdolaga burger at Los Verdes Weston, 8oz of Certified Black Angus beef, 4oz of chicken breast grilled to perfection, one slice of ham, Bacon and Mozzarella Chesse, topped with crushed frito lay potatoes, Pink sauce, home made Pineapple sauce, a choice of lettuce and tomato or our home made coleslaw and french fries, you wont regreat it!

  2. The Pub Grill off of 184th ave and US1 in Palmetto Bay is a great place to grab an awesome burger and a beer. My husband and I are skeptical about trying any other burger place for fear of being disappointed! They have daily specials that are as good as the permanent burgers on the menu. You won’t be disappointed!

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