Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vortex - Atlanta, GA

If Pee-Wee Herman's Biker Gang friends all decided to open a burger joint, this would be it. It's like the Sons of Anarchy took over a TGI Fridays. The decor is all non-sense. A scavenger hunt would take you 3 days to find what you were looking for. Dark lighting. Skulls everywhere and to be a server, I think you need a minimum of 4 tattoos. But I must say, this place attracts people of all kind. Atlanta is kind of a melting pot of stylistic cultures. So I proudly present to you The Vortex!

If you can read that, you probably have heartburn already...
This was incredible and just as advertised!

An original on the menu and what really made The Vortex one of the most popular burger joints in Atlanta, the Double Coronary Bypass (yes its trademarked), is out of this world. It almost tasted like a full course Brunch Burger...

You're seeing that right... In between the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches you'll find a mountain of meat (we asked for medium but we got this). Then topped with 2 fried eggs, bacon, a ton of cheese... Messy. Delicious. (Used to be) One of a kind. They claim to have been the first with many years of imitators trying to be the best. This truly was the best!

Lunchbox's rating of The Vortex - Atlanta, GA:
Well-Done (5 out of 5)

Vortex Bar & Grill (Little 5 Points) on Urbanspoon

Friday, September 16, 2011

Big Joe's Burgers & Wings - Boca Raton, FL

FAU STUDENTS! Listen up!
Need a quick burger fix after a long night out? We found your hangover cure!

12 different burgers to choose from: The Big Joe Burger (Thick Homemade Blue Cheese & Bacon), Chef Betsy Burger, Onion Ring Burger, Chili Burger, Double Cheese Burger, Mushroom Burger, Hickory Bacon Burger, Cajun Burger, Plain Burger, Cheese Burger, Patty Melt and of course The Hangover Burger (American Cheese, Sauteed Mushrooms & Bacon).

Just North of Glades on US1 - Big Joe's packs a big punch for a small operation. Mainly a lunch hot-spot for deliveries around the area, this 8 seat establishment puts out solid food.
What you're seeing there on the side is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mashed Potatoes. Another perfect side dish for the hangover cure.
The bacon was perfect and the Home Made Blue Cheese was thick, creamy and outrageously delicious! As for the meat... well, the Angus Beef is good but cooked to well done for my liking (when asked to have it medium) and the flat top grill took away some of the juiciness this burger needed. Could use a rub or seasoning to lift it up a bit...

Lunchbox's rating of Big Joe's Burger & Wings:
Medium (3 out of 5)
Well-Done (5) on the side dish!

Big Joe's Burgers and Wings on Urbanspoon

2831 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sonic - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I was pleasantly confused... Does that even make sense?

The actual meat tasted like an overgrown Mc Donalds burger. While the toppings were very similar to those of Burger King. Hmmm... This left my taste buds confused but satisfied.
(Anyone else have feel the same way?)

Sonic Drive-in on Urbanspoon

Friday, September 9, 2011

Turkey Burger Awesomeness

Another homemade sensational burger... As summer comes to an end, we want to keep our bodies in "Beach Shape" right? Here's how...

This one comes from our loyal follower Joe Ramos in NY. He is a health nut and part of Team Beach Body & the Beach Body Coaching Program, kind enough to share his latest creation:
The Turkey Burger Awesomeness

- Start with Jenni-O Turkey Patties
Toasted Whole Wheat Buns
Lil bit of ketchup
Plum Tomatoes cut
1/4 Avocado Sliced in half
Add about 1/2 a cup of Spinach
Place Turkey Burger Patty One on Spinach
(Note: All burgers were baked)
Reduced Fat Cheese
Add Second Patty and BAM Turkey Burger Awesomeness is DONE!
Nutritional Info:
‎-Whole Wheat Buns - 220 cals/41 grams carbs/8 grams protein
-Jenni-O Turkey Burgers - 200 cals/0 carbs/16 grams protein (per burger)
-Reduced Fat American Cheese - 70 cals/2grams carbs/4 grams protein
-Raw Spinach - 7cals/1 gram carb/1gram

We want to see your creations... 
Email us @ burgersbythebeach@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BurgerFi (Round 2)

We couldn't resist the temptation to go back to BurgerFi. Yes. I know. I know. There are so many burger joints but this place really stood out to me. They have a "Secret menu" with burgers, fries, shakes, etc... I need to conquer this menu before someone else to let the burger public know all about it!
I decided to go with the 'Supreme Burger' off the secret menu: Bacon, Double Meat, American Cheese & Mushrooms - Another home run for BurgerFi.

We are also introducing the newest member of our Burgers by the Beach family... Vegmaster - He will be bringing you the finest reviews of the Veggie Burgers when sampled. Yes. We now have a Vegetarian in the club. We feel its important to give everyone the opportunity to try burgers where ever we go. If there's a Veggie Burger on the menu Vegmaster will be there for you!

Veggie Burger rating of BurgerFi:
Vegmaster: Medium-Well (4 out of 5)

They cook everything for the burger fresh everyday!!! Huge plus. But he felt the overall flavor was missing something. The bun was great & the sauce was a bit light. Maybe if they pumped up the amount of sauce it would of been a solid Well-Done. Still very good and well worth the try if you're in the mood for a veggie burger.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The 'Leesburg-er'

Thank you for sharing your leftovers!
When you've got loyal followers like this, we can't pass up the opportunity to say thank you the best way we know how... By showcasing their personal burger creations on our website!

P. Chuck Bennett sent us photos from his Labor Day weekend BBQ. We couldn't help but love the name of his creation... 'The Leesburg-er' - He and his wife are from Leesburg, FL (just North of Orlando). So how appropriate!

Want to make his delicious burger on your own? Here's how...
(We just love sharing home made recipes)

- 1lb Ground Chuck
- 1lb Ground Sirloin
- 1 bag of Cream of Leek Soup
- 4 tbs of Soy Sauce
- 2oz of Crumbled Feta
- 1 Small chopped Red Onion
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Topped with a slice of Munster Cheese & Sliced Cucumber, Tomato & White Onion

Friday, September 2, 2011

"Sharing our leftovers..."

Thank you to the Paul and Young Ron Show on Big 105.9fm!
We were able to get some quality airtime to help promote the Most Valuable Blogger contest (click the play button below to listen to our call). We are nominated for Best Food Blog & would love your support... Click the link over on the right of the screen. --->
Contest ends September 9th. 

Thanks for all your support!