Friday, June 15, 2012

Boca Burger Battle "A Grilling Affair!" - July 14th

A Grilling Affair! will be hosted inside Sanborn Square Park in downtown Boca Raton on Saturday, July 14th (7pm - 10pm). WITH YOURS TRULY AS ONE OF THE JUDGES!!! Come on out and show your Burgers by the Beach support... buy tickets ($50 advance / $75 at the door), enjoy the burgers and vote for Boca's Best! - USE CODE BITES for $10 Off Tickets!

All guests will experience grilling sensations from Palm Beach County and South Florida’s Top ChefsCraft BeersSummer WinesSeasonal SpiritsLive EntertainmentGarden MarketRetail Bazaar, and view a prestigious team of Grill Master Judge's (including me) as they sample and savor each entry to decide on the Best of Show, while YOU, the community votes for the Burger Champion!

Contenders Include:
- Biergarten (Boca Raton)
- Super Daves Diner (Boca Raton)
- Gimme a Burger (Deerfield Beach)
- Big Joes Burger & Wings (Boca Raton)
- Red's Backwoods BBQ (Boca Raton)
- Boardwalk Burger & Fries (Boca Raton)
- Brickyard Micro Brewery (Boca Raton)
- Saquella Cafe (Boca Raton)
- The English Tap & Beer Garden (Boca Raton)
- Smash Burger (multiple locations)
- Rebel House (Boca Raton)
- Morton's Steakhouse (multiple locations)
- Brewzzi's (Boca Raton)
- Wave 2700 (Boca Raton)
- 4th Generation (Boca Raton)
- Sultan Express (Boca Raton)
- Sea Level (Ft. Lauderdale)
- HiWay Burger (Delray Beach)
- 2 contenders still TBA

  • Portion of Ticket Sales benefit our participating Non-Profit Community Partner
  • Ticket prices include ALL Food & Beverage Tastings - NO Additional Fees
  • The Retail Shopping Bazaar feature products for sale. So, be sure to bring extra cash!
  • Event is Rain or Shine - No Refunds or Exchanges
  • Must be 21 and over to Enter. Valid ID Required upon entering.
  • Food, Beverage & Spirit selections subject to change due to Chefs and Distributers decisions. Production company not held responsible.
  • To purchase tickets via phone please call 561.338.7594 from 8 AM to 9 PM – 7 days a week
  • We urge all adults to Consume Alcoholic Products Responsibly!
  • Boca Burger Battle, A Grilling Affair!™ is not affiliated with Riverwalk Burger Battle™ in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sunday, June 10, 2012

HiWay Burger - Delray Beach, FL

Hidden just off the downtown strip of Atlantic Ave & Federal Hwy, this little 24 seat burger joint is trying to stake claim to the explosion of burgers joints. Atlantic Ave is full of upscale dining and does lack the late-night bar-leaving food crowd, so I can see where this will for right in.

Logo is similar. Colors are the same. Burgers are not. In-n-Out Burger has perfected it, now HiWay Burger in Delray is trying to copy its success.

Simple menu! Single, double or triple. Topped with the basics but what I can't figure out is why is the "spread" just a thousand island dressing. When did that become the standard burger sauce? Thanks McDonalds but the Big Mac has ruined burger joint sauces.

Challenge issued: Burger joints, try new things. Be creative. Entertain out taste buds!

The meat is solid. Thin, flat top cooked patties smothers with cheese on each layer. Although I do love a cheese smothered burger! Fresh cut onion and lettuce on mine was a good compliment. The potato roll was soft and only 5 napkins later it helped create a sloppy good burger. Also, the fries are cut thin, and seasoned well with salt. Those, I must say, I'd be back for late-night after leaving the bars... Don't leave without a shake!

Nothing but great success to the newest addition to the Downtown Delray family...

Overall rating (Rare to Well-Done):
HiWay Burger - Delray Beach: Medium-Well (4)

HiWay Burger on Urbanspoon

Monday, June 4, 2012

Russell's Blue Water Grill - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Would you walk in here expecting a burger..? We didn't.

But with the help of Palm Beach Restaurant Week, we were given the opportunity to meet with Chef Charles Coe (google him - the Chefs got some serious credentials) of Russell's Blue Water Grill in Palm Beach Gardens to try their $10 Bar Burger. It may sound expensive but lets put this into perspective... Many gourmet burger joints are charging upwards of $14-$15 per burger. Even chain locations are now increasing the options and prices... So sitting at the bar of an upscale "Gourmet Comfort Food" restaurant and being able to order a custom made, yes, custom made $10 burger is a deal!

They focus on the meat... as they should.
A very solid 8oz - 4 meat blend of organic grass fed Chuck, Sirloin, Short Rib and Brisket leaves the burger juicy through every single bite. Yes, still only $10...

Sgt. Sauce and I (Lunchbox), have very different tastes when it comes to burgers. As should everyone. There's no right or wrong way to create one, as long as the meat is cooked to your liking and has a fresh flavor.

Sgt. Sauce: Cheddar, Bacon, Grilled Sweet/Hot Peppers & Shriacha Sauce
Lunchbox: Melted Gouda, Mozzarella, Bacon & Grilled Onions 

Still only $10... Price hasn't changed... Fully customized.

Russell's Blue Water Grill was an impressive kitchen... No Freezers & No Microwaves! Telling us that everything is fresh! Their motto is, "Our answer is yes. Now what's your question?" Chef Charles was seen walking to every table, customizing menu items on the fly & even seating guests as they walked in. Truly taking ownership of the place and giving everyone a sense of comfort which I think is important when you go our to eat. I want to know the Chef cares about the food and what I am eating. "I won't serve a single item unless I know I would eat it once its cooked." Chef Charles told us.

Make your way up to Palm Beach Gardens... East of 95 on PGA Blvd (if you cross the bridge, you've gone to far)... take a seat at the bar... have a drink... don't even bother with a menu. Just ask the bartender for the Bar Burger. They are very knowledgeable and ready to customize your burger just the way you like it... No shortage of cheese, mushroom blends, peppers & sauces... Really channel your inner hunger pains and go for it! We did! And our bellies couldn't of been and happier.

Overall Rating of RARE (1) - Worst to WELL-DONE (5) - Best:
Russell's Blue Water Grill - Well-Done (5)
* This has made the top 5 list of Palm Beach Burgers for us!

Russell's Blue Water Grill on Urbanspoon