Thursday, May 30, 2013

Grand Tavern - Delray Beach, FL

I originally wanted to title this post "Turnover Tavern" but after a solid 2 year stay, Grand Tavern has built quite the reputation in Delray. These days, its uncommon to see a local bar hang with the big boys. Grand Tavern hosts college night parties, 2 4 1 burger nights, trivia nights and with all the team flags hanging around the place its easy to imagine a large crowd on Saturdays & Sundays during football season.

I just so happened to pop in on the 1st day of 2 4 1 burgers to check out the menu... Pretty solid pub burgers to choose from; Ground chicken burger, sliders, BBQ burger & even a Breakfast burger to name a few. I decided to go with the Corned Beer Burger. Topped with corned beer, swiss cheese and house-made bistro sauce.

The corned beef on top of the burger was an interesting treat. Tasting borderline Rueben-like, the saltiness of the corned beef kept enhancing the overall taste of the burger. Cooked slightly above where I asked but I wasn't letting that stop me. The burger was also accompanied by some house-made chips. Always a plus.

Overall Rating: Rare (worst - 1) to Well-Done (best - 5)
Grand Tavern - Medium-Well (4)

710 Linton Blvd  Delray Beach, FL 33444

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Grille - Boca Raton, FL

Seriously? With all the competitions going on in and around South Florida... You name your burger "Boca's Best Burger"... Well then, we have to try it! And we did. Best in Boca? No, sorry. Even though there may not be too much competition in Boca. It didn't crack the top of our list.

However, I was impressed with the solid 10oz portion of ground chuck. Seasoned and open flame grilled very well. Nothing impressive. Just a solid burger. The bun was a giant soft potato roll which held the burger together very nicely. I don't know why you would add $1 for cheese (only 3 options: Cheddar, Swiss & Provolone).  Seems like a typical Boca thing to do. Although, the place for lunch was slammed. It is right in the heart of the business district in East Boca off Yamato / 95, so that is to be expected. Burgers may not be their specialty but to advertise it as the "best"... Time to rethink your marketing.

Overall Rating: Rare (worst - 1) to Well-Done (best - 5):
The Grille - Medium (3)

The Grille On Congress on Urbanspoon

"Sharing our leftovers..."

Food Truck Invasion will be celebrating National Hamburger Month on Thursday May 23rd from 5-10PM in WellingtonAll the Food Trucks are coming up with “Specialty Burgers” for the month to celebrate plus they’ll still have their full menu! The Dessert Trucks are also creating specialty desserts  too! The panel of judges (Burgers by the BeachDine Out With Mike & WalkAbout Wellington) will decide who has the “Best Food Truck Burger” and “Best Themed Dessert”. If you love Burgers & you love Food Trucks then you NEED to be here!
A special thanks to Custom Food Truck Builders (builders of Grill Master Cafe, Miami Press Truck, Cold Stone Creamery and Da Burger Shack) who are sponsoring this event.

BC Taco: Caveman Burger – Burger Patty topped with Steak and Braised Beef Shortribs with Lettuce, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese and Half a Hard Shell Taco.
BITE Gastrotruck: BAMF – Burger with American Cheese, Bacon Jam, Chipotle Mayo and for Dessert – Apple Pie Milkshake
Che Grill: Gaucho Burger – 8 oz. Beef Burger topped with Mozzarella Cheese, Ham, Egg, and Bacon on a Fresh Bun.
Da Burger Shack: Bomb Burger – 8oz Angus Beef Patty seasoned with our special seasoning,Topped with Caramelized Onions, A thick slice of Pepper Jack Cheese, Apple Smoked Bacon,Lettuce, Fresh guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and jalapenos, Served on a lightly toasted kaiser bun.
The Daily Special: Hoisin Glazed Tuna Burger with Fresh Avocado and Mango Salsa.
El Rey De Las Fritas: Frita La Criolla – It’s an Original Frita a Caballo with a Sweet Tostone
Grill Master Cafe: Deep Fried Burger
The Health Nut on Wheels: Free Range Antelope Burger with Lettuce, Wild Tomato, Avocado & Brie.
International Classic Cuisine: Maui Wowie Burger – Our Specially Blended Ground Beef, Ginger, Water Chestnuts, Secret Sauce, Garlic, Shredded Chinese Cabbage, Hawaiian Glaze, Manchego Cheese. Handcrafted Taro Chips as a Side.
Killer Pasta: Grim Reaper Burger – Freshly Ground Beef, Bacon, Chipotle Aioli, Cheddar Mac n Cheese, Jalapeño Jelly on a Toasted Bun.
Loaded Burger: Loaded Baked Potato Burger – Black Angus Stuffed with Chunky Garlic Potatoes, Bacon, Chives and Cheddar Cheese injected with Sour Cream.
Lucilles on Wheels: 2 Four Ounce Patties with Melted Cheese, Paprika infused Pastrami & Mesquite Ranch Dressing.
Miami Press: The Post – Ground Angus Sirloin, White American Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Crispy Hand Cut Onions, and Spicy Mayo served on Ciabatta Bread.
Monster Burgers: Monster Burger – 8 oz. Beef Burger with Bacon, Extra Mozzarella Cheese, Onions, & Monster Sauces.
Palate Party: The Egg Big Macn’ – Mac’n'Cheeseburger with an Over Medium Egg.
Parabas Grill: Bacon crusted Bleu Cheese Burger on a Truck Baked Bun.
Pescados Unidos: El Chupacabra – 12 oz Sirloin/Chuck Blend, Peppered Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Roasted Poblano Pepper, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Chive Aioli on a Brioche Bun
Purple People Eatery: The Succubus – All Natural Grass Fed Beef Burger with Fois Gras, Caramelized Shallots, Quail Egg, Aged English Cheddar and Truffle Aoili.
The Rolling Stove: Duck Bulgogi BBQ Burger – With Crispy Honey Sriracha Glazed Ginger Pork Belly, Orange Marmalade, Raw Red Onion & Wasabi Mayo served on Brioche Bun.
Slow Food Truck: Green Burger – 1/2 lb Burger, Served with Grilled Queso Fresco, Bacon, Avocado, Mixed Greens dressed with White Balsamic Vinaigrette and Cilantro Lime Aioli. Served on a Martins Potato Bun
Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes: Red Velvet Sundae Burger – Red Velvet Bun Perfection with an Ice Cream Patty of your Choice.
HipPOP’s Handcrafted Gelato Bars - HGB (HipPOPs Gelato Burger) – Gelato Burger Patty with Dulce de Leche Lettuce on a Macaroon Bun.
Joji Yogurt: Special Hamburger Pop – Imagine our Chocolate Fudge layered on both sides with our Salted Caramel & Mini Candies on both sides to resemble Sesame Seeds.
Munchcakes: Burger Macaroon – Sesame Seed Shell, Chocolate Ganache with Mint Leaf ‘Lettuce’ and Strawberry ‘Tomatoes’.
Potoffee: The Whiskey Bent & Heaven Bound –  A decadent Dark Chocolate Burger with Whiskey-Glazed Bacon, Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Creamy White Chocolate Mascarpone Mayo on a Sesame Pâte à Choux Bun.
Sweet Sensations: Funnel Cake Burger

The Details:
National Hamburger Month edition of the Food Truck Invasion
at Wellington Amphitheater
Date: Thursday May 23rd
Time: 5PM – 10PM
Location: 12150 Forest Hill Blvd Wellington, FL 33414