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TOP BURGERS IN FLA

I will give this place a try the next time I am up there.

May 29, 2013
truffled in Florida

TOP BURGERS IN FLA

I have to respectfully disagree, except for the part about it being overpriced for semi-fastfood. Any place that will not cook a burger to less than medium is immediately crossed off any potential list of top burgers, plus they cook them on a griddle that is barely hot enough to give any sear to the outside. I was hoping that it would be better, but I was completely baffled by all of the hype.

Feb 04, 2013
truffled in Florida

TOP BURGERS IN FLA

Another new promising entry, in an unlikely location, is Quickie's Burgers and Wings in Hollywood. They are on 441 [State Road 7] south of Hollywood Boulevard. 1000 South State Road 7, Hollywood, FL

I read a local review about the place, and decided to head over there. They are somewhat similar to Char Hut [still the best semi-fast food bargain burger around]. The burgers are larger, clearly from freshly ground beef, and they will cook it exactly how you want it. They cut their own fries, and there is an extensive list of burger options, including a 4 lb Titan burger, which if you eat it all, is free and your name goes up on the wall. There are no names up there yet, despite a number of challenges.

They also do wings, chicken sandwiches and cheesesteaks, among other menu options, but first and foremost, this is a burger joint, that won a gold medal Burgie award in 2010. Definitely worth a detour off 95 if you are passing through Hollywood, or very easy to get off the turnpike at Hollywood Blvd, and it is just down the street and around the corner.

May 30, 2012
truffled in Florida

Top Ribs in FLA

A hearty AMEN. BTW, there is no "Tom Jenkins." It was a name picked by the two guys who started the restaurant years ago,

Feb 08, 2012
truffled in Florida

TOP BURGERS IN FLA

ROK:BRGR burger bar + gastropub 208 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale

This is one of my new favorites. It is in the middle of the Himmarshee Village clump of bars and clubs, but this is a standout not to be missed. The burgers are simply epic. Huge Angus beef,(with an American Wagyu option), with an assortment of top shelf toppings, from aged cheddar to gruyere, bleu or plain American, with too many other toppings to list.

Trust me on this one, and report back. BTW, they have turkey, veggie and Ahi tuna options, as well as blackboard "specialty burgers," and a solid microbrew selection taboot.

Feb 08, 2012
truffled in Florida

tentwenty in Darien

I usually only write reviews for either rants or raves. This is a rave. I was born and raised in Stamford, and my mother still lives there. We were deciding where to go out for dinner, and were looking at the Elm Street Oyster House, but I then clicked on the link to Ten Twenty Post, and was enticed just by the menu. It was a Sunday, and it was hard to miss the 50% off all bottles of wine, so the decision was made.

The place is large. The front room is more like a bar, with tiled floors, and is somewhat louder. We opted to sit in the side room, which is carpeted and much quieter. Our waiter was extremely attentive from the moment we sat down. Water, great bread, and butter appeared immediately. He mentioned the wine deal, which I already knew about, but it was refreshing to note that they did not try to hide it from people who might have walked in less informed.

We shared the tuna carpaccio appetizer, which was phenomenal. It was thinly sliced tuna on a wafer thin piece of lavosh, with little dabs of wakame salad, some bits of pickled ginger and some wasabi cream sauce lightly drizzled over it. It was a very generous serving, but I probably could have eaten a ten by twenty [pun intended] foot piece of this culinary treat. The flavors blended perfectly, and would normally be something that I might expect to find in a very creative high-end sushi restaurant, but it would be hard to beat this presentation and quality.

Both my mother and I were somewhat set on mussels, which come in your choice of five or six sauces. I ended up with a combination of mussels and clams in white wine and garlic, and my mother had the mussels in saffron-cream with bacon, mushrooms & caramelized onions. Each was extremely flavorful, and the mussels and clams were perfectly done, plump and juicy, without any closed shells in either bowl. Both were served with a large chunk of grilled garlic toast which was used as a sponge to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

Our waiter steered us to the TB Winery, "The Sum" Cabernet-Petit Syrah. It was nice to buy a $48 bottle of wine for $24, and it was perfect for the meal. We both prefer red, and it was just a touch lighter than a straight cab.

Neither of us had room for dessert, but if I did, I probably would have ordered another bowl of mussels. I am already planning on visiting again the next time I am here next month.

Nov 29, 2011
truffled in Southern New England

TOP BURGERS IN FLA

This was the most pathetic restaurant experience I have had anywhere in recent memory, like for several years. I had heard about Charm City from this board and others, and am always in search of a good burger, so I decided to detour a little on my way north, and pick up a burger to go. Major error. I really don't know how this place stays in business.

The counter staff was useless in answering a few simple questions, so I confined my order to the most basic, a burger, medium rare, no cheese, no anything. You are given a number and told to wait. I appreciate that they are cooking to order, but it is only burgers, and the place was not that busy. So, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, other numbers are being called, and I am still waiting. The numbers they give you are not in order [for reasons best known only to Charm City], but I went up to the counter to inquire, and was told curtly, that "the numbers are not in order." I told him I knew that, but people who came in after me seemed to be getting their food.

After a few minutes, he came over and asked for the number I had. He then went into the kitchen, and told me mine was the next one up. But then I saw him go back to the register, and start riffling through the receipts, obviously looking for my order. I confronted him and asked whether they lost my order. He lied again and said, "no," but then asked me what I ordered, and disappeared into the kitchen. In the meantime, the kitchen called two other people who got there way after me. He then came out, and asked me how I ordered it cooked, and at that point, I was running really late, having wasted over a half hour on their incompetence and lying, so I just demanded my money back and will NEVER go there again.

You might have thought that at this juncture, someone in charge would have tried to remedy the situation, and make an obviously and rightfully upset customer happy. But, then again, this is Charm City, where they don't give a crap. I even told them on my way out the door that I post on numerous food and restaurant related boards, so here is the Charm City story in all of its splendor. Go at your own risk, but don't say you weren't warned.

While I was sitting there for so long, I was able to observe other people and the food. The burgers looked unnecessarily greasy, and overly gloppy with toppings. I saw several people just losing large globs of stuff as they tried to eat, and heard the people next to me complaining about the same thing. And $3.00 for about twenty french fries, or $4.00 for tater tots? You have to be kidding. For burgers of this genre, I will happily stay a customer of Char Hut, where at least I am watching my food as it cooks, and I don't have to worry about rude, inept and lying employees.

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Charm City Burger Company
1136 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Nov 07, 2011
truffled in Florida

Top Ribs in FLA

Is Tony Roma even still open, with their fake BBQ? If you want the best that there is, head up to Tom Jenkins in Ft. Lauderdale, on US 1, a half block south of Davie Rd. on the east side. Closed Sunday and Monday, and closes at 8:30 during the week and 10:00 on Fri and Sat. It is the lord's BBQ. End of topic. Try the chopped pork, mac and cheese [and I don't eat ANY mac and cheese, except TJ's] the greens. The ribs are excellent, but I strongly recommend the regular ribs over the much smaller baby backs, as they really hold up well through the smoking process. I am getting hungry typing this, and it is Monday. Damn. Have to wait til tomorrow.

Nov 07, 2011
truffled in Florida

Stocking your bar in Miami

Have you been to Total Wine & Spirits yet? Unfortuantely, the nearest one is in North Miami. They stock over 8,000 wines, 1000 beers, and 2,000 spirits, plus everthing else needed to serve the foregoing, from mixers to glasses, etc. I would give them a call to see whether they have what you are looking for. It really is an amazing place, and the prices are unbelievable cheap. http://www.totalwine.com/StoreList.as...

Great sushi in Ft. Lauderdale/South Florida (not Miami)?

Granted, but since I primarily eat sashimi, it did not even cross my mind. OTOH, if people are listing South Beach places, then Toni's would get my vote.

Ice Cream in Hollywood

Jaxson's is a classic. Siciliano's is fine if you just want a simple cup or cone, but they don't have anything like the Kitchen Sink.

Sep 09, 2008
truffled in Florida

Casual Seafood in Fort Lauderdale

Ditto on Kelley's Landing, which is more of a New England Clam Shack than Florida Tropics. Otherwise, Rustic Inn can usually be counted on for great food, fish and non-fish.

Cafe Barcelona - South Beach

There used to be a Cafe Barcelona in Coral Gables years ago. Some of the best paellas down here, but alas, like so many othes, closed and gone. Could not be the same owners, based upon your description, but thanks for helping me avoid making this mistake, which I might well have made.

Great eateries in Pompano Beach?

I just stumbled (no pun intended) into this gem a few days ago, and have already gone back. It is easy to miss if you blink. It is on the last block of Atlantic, just before you hit A1A, and as indicated, there is free parking at the rear of the building, and you can walk through the kitchen (which is the door next to the sub place.) All of the food is creative, freshly prepared, and so far delicious. I had a grilled chicken sandwich, with salsa, pepper jack cheese, and jalapenos, on great bread. I went with the side pasta salad, which was also very good.

Their beer selection is top knotch. Around four good unusual (meaning no Bud, Miller, Corona) beers on tap, and maybe fifty to sixty or so more in bottles. The selection leans toward Belgian, which is fine with me, but they also have a wide variety of US microbrews, and other European beers, with a few others from more diverse locales. The staff knows the food, and the beer, and could not have been friendlier and nicer to someone that they had never seen before. The chef/owner, Steve, really seems to know what he is doing. Beside the standard menu, which is not huge, maybe a dozen items, there are blackboard specials every day. This will be a new regular hangout, for both the food and beer, for me.

ETA: They are only open Thursday thru Sunday at this time.

Top Ribs in FLA

My top three choices:

1. Tom Jenkin's

2. Tom Jenkin's

3. Tom Jenkin's

I won't even bother discussing the chains, and I really cannot understand how places like Sonny's, Shorty's and many others even stay open. TJs put an end to the BBQ debate the day they opened their trailer on US 1, years before they bought the building. Do I wish they served beer? Yes. Do I wish they were open Sunday and Monday? Yes. Am I willing to put up with every inconveneince to eat the greatest BBQ around? Yes. (as well as their mac 'n' cheese) And BTW, they have been taking credit cards for a while, making things a little easier, and also, call in your order in advance, then you will only have a short wait on arriveal.

Sep 07, 2008
truffled in Florida

Great sushi in Ft. Lauderdale/South Florida (not Miami)?

You do not need to travel very far at all. Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach FL 33160 TEL: 305-947-0064

Amazing fish, authentic other dishes, off the beaten path, but an incredible find. I was there last night. They are open til 2-3 am. Enjoy

TOP WINGS IN FLA

Rickey's, after 30 years of eating there, is still the standard for fried wings. There really should be subcategories for breaded, naked, grilled, and "other." I like the Anthony's grilled wings a lot, but they are not "wings" as I use that term. Shennanigans can be pretty good, but I prefer smaller wings, as long as they are cooked well, meaning not overdone.

Sep 07, 2008
truffled in Florida

Two Bills Seafood - Dania Beach

I am looking forward to checking this place out, as it is very close by. I will also give Capt. Mike's and Triar a look as well. Thanks.

Anything newer or on the way to Dade?

I just recently heard about the Yardhouse up in WPB. Being a diehard beer lover, and particulary with respect to draft beers, I am planning on making a sojourn up there soon. I will probably book a hotel room nearby. Coral Gables would be a little closer, but not by much, and I don't plan on waiting that long to visit the place.

Beefeater Steak House

Have not eaten at Beefeater, but have dined several times at Argentango on Young Circle, and the food, particularly the Churrasco and Hanger Steak were excellent.

Pacific Time - Reopening 2008

That is wonderful news, as I used to live right around the corner from the Lincoln Road location. Looking forward to checking out the new version. Here is the address and phone number: 35 NE 40th St., Miami; 305-722-7369

Sep 07, 2008
truffled in Florida

Le Tub - Does it live up to the hype?

I have been eating at Le Tub for over 25 years. Yes, the burger is really really good. It is fresh, cooked on a grill, and served up at the requested level of doneness. It ain't fancy, quick, the beer selection is way too short, and as someone noted, the waitstaff kind of carries that Keys/Caribbean "soon come mon" attitude. That being said, it is a great place to kick back on the water, watch the sun set over the lake, have a drink, and not worry about when the burger arrives. When it does, the time seems immaterial. BTW, to the best of my knowledge, it was actually a converted gas station. Also, somehow or the other, they were number one in an article entitled "The 20 Burgers You Must Eat Before You Die." http://men.style.com/gq/features/full...