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The best Hamburger in Miami Fla.

Earl Lawrence Dec 20, 1999 11:38 PM

Folks, forget Macdonalds, Burger King and Wendys. If you want the real thing there is only one place to go and that is Royal Castle located at NW 7th Ave and NW 126th Street. There is also one located at NW 27th Ave and 79th Street not the greatest of areas but will do when your in a hunger Rage!

The Castle burger is a classic. It is the stadard by which all other hamburgers should be measured by. There is no better place for quick greasy finger licking good food. Also the chili isn't bad either. The french fries are not to shabby either. The neighborhood is a little seedy but is worth the drive. The only other palce that comes close to this place is Jacks Old Fashion Hamburgers located in Pompano Beach.

  1. j
    Jim Leff Dec 20, 1999 11:45 PM

    Thanks for the great postings, Earl.

    I spent a year in Miami in the mid-80's, and found some great places. I'm wondering if they're still good (or even still open!). If you or anyone reading along has a sec, please take a look at my long post (use the handy link below)


    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: Jim Leff
      puppychow123 Mar 7, 2010 06:44 AM

      I hope you know that White Castle has New York area locations but White Castle is a Midwest institution. Corporate office is in Columbus, Ohio.

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      Steve Dec 21, 1999 10:57 AM

      My memory of the best hamburger in Miami was always the Ollie Burger from Lums, it was fantastic! But, alas Lums have faded away. Royal Castle is a trip, I remember it fondly from my youth, little chopped onions...same style as Crystals in the South, and as White Castle in New York...but folks Royal Castle is the original! Definitely great all time junk food champ!

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      1. re: Steve
        j gold Dec 21, 1999 01:19 PM

        Lum's! Is that the chain-restaurant Lum's that used to be famous for hot dogs steamed in beer? I jonesed for that stuff back when my age was still in the single digits.

        1. re: j gold
          ChipR Apr 3, 2000 03:38 PM

          I know your post was eons ago, but Lum's is alive!!! In Davie, FL. They are on Davie Rd. extension South of Broward Community College. Weinerwald Chicken and everything.:o)

          1. re: ChipR
            Jim Leff Apr 3, 2000 03:41 PM

            You're KIDDING!

            1. re: ChipR
              Terri Apr 3, 2000 04:26 PM

              You may have found the only Lums left in the free world. Their cheese dog was my entree of choice when I was seven.

              1. re: Terri
                Rodney Hall Aug 4, 2000 01:53 PM

                There are still a few Lums left in the U.S. One of them is located right in Elmira NY. it is still a favorite of mine, and still has OLLIE BURGERS!!!!! they are awesome!!!! here a link to their


          2. re: Steve
            Lisa Peuser Apr 5, 2001 12:51 PM

            We to are from Miami Beach and were reminiscing over the fabulous flavor of the "Ollie Burger". Now living on the west coast of Florida there just aren't any real food places. In search of anyone who might know the receipe so we can enjoy this 8th wonder of the world in our own home. Please email!!

            1. re: Lisa Peuser
              w rowley Feb 7, 2005 02:22 PM

              I too looked for the Ollie burger recipe for years and only today found it ... at www.columbustour.com/rest-history/oll...
              In short - its a marinade of 3 Tsp lemon juice; 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt; 1 Tbs worcestershire sauce; 1 Tbp soy sauce; 1 Tbsp A-1 sauce; 1 Tbsp corn oil; 1/2 cup beef broth; 1 tsp Heinz 57 sauce; 1/4 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp vinegar. Marinade refridgerated for 12 hrs & cook.
              Seems like way too much salt to me. I love garlic and onions (grow 800 lbs of garlic and make garlic pickles and my own powder and mustards) - but this I gotta try - probably will end up tweeking it with less salt.

              1. re: w rowley
                Bob Mervine Nov 18, 2006 03:32 AM

                You forgot to mention the amount of meat that goes into the marinade. I can't get the link to work.


                1. re: w rowley
                  ShyC Jul 1, 2010 10:09 PM

                  To w rowley, I ate at Ollie's atleast 2,500 times. The recipe you post is NOT the recipe in my opinion. There were seeds and other flavors that have nothing to do with what you list. I just ordered some from a man who used to be operations manager of Lums. I'll let you know if it is the real thing. I recently tried the Ollie's resturant in D.C. and in my opinion the burgers did NOT taste anything like the real thing. The seasoning on the fries ( which is and should be a different seasoning was in my opinion kind of similar. )

              2. re: Steve
                lov2trav Nov 17, 2006 04:42 PM

                I used to have Ollieburgers for lunch at least 2-3X a week when I attended Beach High...and that was before Ollie sold to Lums. They were much better than when Lums took over! What I wouldn't give for one now! As for Royal Castle, the were scrumptious. I made my husband drive up to I-95 & 125th St. bacause I heard there was still one there. Well, when we got there (Arnolds Royal Castle) it was closed with a sign saying they will re-open soon. The building was the same square little building like all the RC's but the area is run-down and I don't think we'll check it out again.

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                Jim Leff Apr 4, 2000 08:31 PM

                It's been a LOOONG time since I was down there, but I used to love the burgers at the Hungry Sailor in Coconut Grove. Good raw bar and beer selection, too.


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                1. re: Jim Leff
                  netmover Apr 21, 2006 12:05 AM

                  Hungry Sailor is long gone...unfortunately! The had the best reggae too! It's now called the Sand Bar, the original is out of San Diego. Try the new place across the street called Jaguar if you want a killer burger, it's black agnus topped with ground chorizo and a chipotle ketchup!

                  1. re: netmover
                    Jim Leff Apr 21, 2006 11:20 AM

                    Very very sad. Please post more, netmover.

                    Also, other long ago faves (still good?):

                    Canton on rt 1 in coral gables (near tony romas) for honey chicken

                    Biscayne cafeteria on miracle mile in coral gables (southern food)

                    the breakfast-only place downtown

                    la carreta chain of cuban cafes for plantain omelet

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                  Lee Martines Jun 28, 2000 06:13 PM

                  Just ran across this board. I'm sure glad to hear that Royal Castle is still alive and well. Growing up in Miami in the forties and fifties gives me fond memories of Saturdays spent at either the Shores theatre in Miami Shores or the Rosetta theatre in Little River with the open-countered Royal Castle next door. Three burgers for 30 cents and a ice-cold birch beer for a nickle made a great lunch. I'll have to make a special effort to hunt up one of these remaining Royal Castles the next time I visit Miami.

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                  1. re: Lee Martines
                    paddy mullin Nov 6, 2000 12:27 AM

                    Cold Birch Beer? Nothing better in the world: Left a a tinge of Castoria in the nostrils! It was the frosted heavy mug it was served in that was special, too. Used to go on empty bottle hunts to get enough money together to buy a couple of burgers and a "beer" -- on Coral Way near 22nd Avenue: that's where I grew up in the early forties. Parkway Theatre, Tarzan, Abott & Costella, John Wayne -- movie 15 cents, popcorn an dime.

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                    joyd405 Nov 16, 2006 04:30 PM

                    Does anyone remember Royal Castles, in Cleveland Ohio, and they had frozen mugs and served Birch Beer? does anyone know where to find birch beer now? help me in san diego, ca

                    1. netmover Nov 18, 2006 04:09 PM

                      cubano style at "El Rey de las Fritas". Nice rendition of a good old american standby! 3 locations; little havana, hialeah and west bird rd. Did the first two back to back this week, and may go again today for lunch! Torn between there and Jaguar...one of the New 7 wonders of the world!

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                      1. re: netmover
                        DaveInMiami Jun 23, 2007 10:34 AM

                        I grew up in Miami and practically lived at the Royal Castle on SW 8th ST and 15th Ave right down the street from the Tower Theater where us kids went for the Saturday matinee. Burgers were 7 cents and Birch beer was 15 cents. Fritas are not hamburgers, but a kind of suasage patty piled high with shoestring fries under the bun. The famous one on "calle ocho" was Fritas Domino on the corner of SW 12 Ave. They were delicious! But they are not traditional "bombers" or "belly sliders" like White Castle and Royal Castle burgers. There are still 2 RC shops in Miami.

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