Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Burger Brawl - May 15th


This event has become the official SUMMER KICK-OFF EVENT in South Florida! 20 of the best chefs/restaurants will be grilling their way right into our hearts and stomachs as they compete for the coveted Burger Brawl Title on Friday, May 15th 2015... For the pre-sale price of $30 ($50 regular), you're ALL-INCLUSIVE admission allows you to sample all the burgers, snacks, desserts & adult beverages you can handle. But let's not overdo it on booze... The star of the event is meat. You're taste buds decide the winner. You must be 21 years old to attend.

This years event has moved inside to Stage 305 @ Magic City Casino in Miami.

Stage 305 (Magic City Casino)
450 NW 37th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

For tickets: CLICK HERE

Here are the 20 competitors:











* Here is the full menu for Friday's event!

Desserts, Snacks & Drinks:

Bunnie Cakes
El Mago de las Fritas
Kraken Rum
Liquid N2 Ice Cream
Little Louie’s Italian Kitchen
Night Owl Cookie Co.
Relentless Roasters
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Velvet Creme Doughnuts


180 Degrees At The DRB‘s 135° Truffle Burger: Sous Vide Black Angus Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Torched Swiss Cheese, Truffle Honey-Spicy Lime Aioli on a Butter Grilled Potato Bun.

Barley‘s Born & Raised: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Patty topped with Blonde Ale House Pickle (Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia Beer) + Miami Smokers’ Smoked Bacon + Smoked Florida Cheddar Sauce (Winter Park Dairy) + Pork Marrownaise (South East Family Farms Pork Pipe Bones) topped with House Made Potato Chips tossed in Smoked Sea Salt on a Sesame Seed Medianoche Bun (Pinocho Bakery).

B.C. Cafe‘s Korean BurgerHouse-made Kimchi, Grilled Scallions, Sriracha Mayo and a Fried Egg on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

BTW‘s Swine Burger: Miami Smokers’ Bacon, American Cheese, Special Sauce, & Dill Pickles.

Buns & Buns‘ Knife & Fork BurgerSchweid & Sons Angus Patty topped with Confit Onions, Special Truffle Sauce, Cheddar Cheese on a house-made Brioche Bun.

BurgerFi‘s The BurgerFi Blend: Topped with Short Rib, Tomato & Bacon Jam and Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese.

Charm City Burger Company‘s Damn TastySpecial Beef Blend with White American, Fried Pickle, Tallow Onions, Angry Charm Sauce & Bacon Jam.

Chefs on the Run‘s All America AmericanSchweid & Sons Blend Burger Patty topped with American Cheese, Sweet and Smoky BBQ, Grilled Onions, Lime Ranch, House Potato Chips & Topped with Smoked Brisket.

Da Burger Shack‘s Steak-N-AtorSpecial Blend of Steak & Angus Beef Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Sautéed Onions, Smoked Bacon, Bacon Sauce, Cheddar Cheese & a Fried Egg.

Ends Meat‘s Mitch HedBurgerSchweid & Sons Burger Patty topped with House Cured Bacon, Horseradish Cheddar, Cippolini Aioli, Sesame Bun, and Love

gastroPod‘s Mo’Betta Burger: Short Rib, Brisket & Sirloin Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Pickles & gPod Sauce.

Jersey Dawg‘s Classic Jersey Style Slider: Schweid & Sons Ground Beef cooked on a bed of Steamed Onions, topped with American Cheese and served on a Potato Roll.

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers’ Lady GuavaTempura Battered Schweid & Sons Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Patty Drizzled with Guava Ketchup.

Latin House‘s MadLove ChampSpecial Sirloin, Brisket Chuck Blend (Schweid & Sons) with Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella and Bellavitano Gold Cheese, Applewood Smoked Maple Glazed Bacon, Irish Butter Grilled Mushrooms & Onions, Hass Avocado, Avocado Lime and Creme Mexican Sauce, Candied Jalapeño with a Fried Egg.

The Local Craft & Drink‘s The General LeeMiami Smokers’ Bacon Smear, BBQ Spice, Comeback Sauce, Pickled Red Onion Relish, a House Made American Cheese Croquette on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom‘s Southern GentlemenPimento Cheese, Bacon, Bourbon Braised Onions, Schweid & Sons Patty on a Brioche Bun.

Ms. Cheezious‘ Patty Melt: Prime Chuck and Brisket Patty (Schweid & Sons) with house-made Chorizo Pimento Cheese and House-cured Bacon on griddled Sourdough Bread.

OTC‘s OTC BurgerAmerican Cheese, House-made Pickles, Caramelized Onions and Special Sauce on a Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty.

Pig Floyd’s The PigSchweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, Pig Floyd’s house-smoked Pulled Pork & homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Pincho Factory‘s Quesadilla BurgerChuck, Brisket and Short Rib Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Fresh Pico, Homemade Guac, Queso Fresco, Crema and Cuddled Between 2 Cheesy Quesadillas.

ROK BRGR‘s Drunkin’ “Bacon” Pretzel Burger: Aged Vermont Cheddar, Smoked Pepper Bacon, House-made Beer Mustard, Fried Onion Rings and a Schweid & Sons Patty on an Artisan Pretzel Bun

The Burger Beast Miami restaurants

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Zinburger - Boca Raton, FL

Well... It is Boca. I had to keep reminding myself this while eating. Roughly $10-$15 for every burger on the menu with over 15 to choose from with turkey, veggie or ahi tuna options. And this is a first, alacarte burgers. No side of fries, slaw, onion rings, tots. Just the burger. A side of luke warm over cooked "Loaded Fries" soaked in old frying oil runs you around $5-$7. These were not a star attraction of the meal...

I tried the signature Zinburger with manchego cheese, Zinfandel soaked onions, lettuce & mayo. I was intrigued but underwhelmed. No real distinct flavor from the toppings except for sweetness from the onions. However the meat was great and the burger was cooked perfectly. You can tell they grind the meat on site and hand press each patty. I just found myself wiping my hands after every bite. Very juicy. 

I was joined by buddy Nick from local rock band - FUSE. (Shameless plug: you can find them at Tarpon Bend, Brass Tap, World of Beer & Brickyard- The second burger we tried was The Ringer with applewood smoked bacon, Franks Red Hot sauce, onion rings & pepper jack cheese. Great use of the hot sauce which added flavor. Bacon is always a great touch. This ratio of burger to bun was better. Again the meat was cooked perfectly. 

To end the meal I did convince myself, which is not hard to do, to order the Shake of the Week: Rocky Road. This did put a smile on my face. Whomever is working the shakes is doing them right. I'll be back for dessert. 

Overall rating (1 - Rare to 5 - Well Done)
Zinburger - Boca Raton: Medium (3)

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