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netmover Mar 24, 2006 08:21 PM

ok already with the le tub! they got best in the country props...

1. Jack's Old Fashioned - be sure to top it with self-serve piquant sauce (horseraddish)and other great toppings.(Broward)

2. Scorch (Miami-Dade)

3. Jaguar w/a chiorizo hat (Coconut Grove)

Can you help a bother out?

  1. netmover Feb 11, 2014 05:36 PM

    Burger Fi is a sad excuse for a Shake Skack. A bad and blatant rip off the the SS concept.

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      Cchris Mar 11, 2014 07:49 AM

      Not sure there, been to SS 6 times and still don't care for it, not even in NY when there, heck even my NY friends don't care for it either lol. One by my mothers house in Boca, she went twice (one time with me) and prefers BurgerFi, and same for the one in Miami we've been too, all our friends except for one like BurgerFI better. Burgers are way better, options better, fries are on another level better (parm truffle fries mmmm). Def not saying BurgerFI is the best, but for that "gourmet" fast food style, def tops, even over In N Out as we're in Cali all the time.

      Def agree on Charm City, that was a hidden gem of mine for years now it's so known it's packed all the time. Went there to eat the other night and the inside was shoulder to shoulder and the line was like looping from inside to back the back entrance. 1st time I actually walked in and walked out as we had to be somewhere lol. Gilberts is awesome, as is ROK. I live in Pompano and Jacks is right by me but it's just ok imo, nothing special, though it's cool you can buy their patties to grill at home if your having a party and don't want to do it all from scratch. Tap42 is 50/50 to me, was awesome when they opened then they seem to go through ups and downs, been in there plenty of times where the burgers were just mehh and other times were excellent.

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        theflytyr Mar 27, 2014 06:38 AM

        I wholeheartedly agree. SS is average at best!!!

    2. netmover Nov 23, 2013 07:14 AM

      Charm City & El Rey de las Fritas it was a good week for burgers Maestro aka @burgerbeast

       
       
      1. netmover Aug 15, 2013 07:12 AM

        And the FRITA KING is....http://burgerbeast.com/2013/08/15/el-...

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          Little T. May 30, 2013 04:17 PM

          The Foie Gras Steak Burger from Z Grille in St Pete.

          Haven't had a better burger.

          1. mudcat May 29, 2013 03:11 PM

            The Brown Lantern In Live Oak

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              truffled May 29, 2013 05:10 PM

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

            2. Blind Mind Feb 14, 2013 11:21 AM

              Best burger in Miami and beyond is Lokal in Coconut Grove. Period.

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                flavrmeistr Feb 5, 2013 03:28 PM

                The Brass Ring in Lake Park. Still Florida's best burger.

                1. netmover Feb 4, 2013 06:59 PM

                  Shake Shack is Psyco good...for a fast food joint...it's $$$

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                    truffled Feb 4, 2013 08:30 PM

                    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.

                    1. re: truffled
                      Blind Mind Feb 14, 2013 11:21 AM

                      I'm not in agreement that Shake Shack is the best but it's pretty damn good. Just seems too salty to me. I will say this though, you are wrong that you cant get a burger less than medium. I've got it rare on many occasions.

                      1. re: Blind Mind
                        Sandwich_Sister Feb 14, 2013 11:30 AM

                        It's still a fast food burger if you ask me. Probably one of the best fast food burgers but in my opinion not worthy of a Best of city list.

                        Also I think you are right, it is a bit too salty for me too.

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                    beachmouse May 30, 2012 07:53 PM

                    Up in the Panhandle, I'll suggest Tucker Duke's Lunch Box. Location #1 is in a former gas station on John Sims Rd. in Valparaiso. Location #2 is in the Hurricane Lanes bowling complex on US 98 in Destin. I don't eat mammals, but a lot of folks have raved about their beef burgers. I do eat turkey burgers, and can say they've really got their seasoning and cooking process dialed in on the turkey, and dress it nicely with good cheese and a cranberry chutney. They also do a really nice shrimp & grits as one of their blue plates.

                    Service can be a bit brusque by Panhandle standards, and they do tend to get bogged down on the weekday lunch rush, but we feel like the food is worth it.

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                      30AEATS May 31, 2012 02:18 PM

                      Also in the Panhandle and though I am not a fan of Chain restaurants, Tommy Bahama at Grand Blvd, in Sandestin has a terrific burger, as does Smiling Fish Cafe on 30A at Gulf Place, Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, The Seagrove Village Market in Seagrove, and Summer Kitchen in Rosemary! Also McGuires in Pensacola and Destin. Agree with Tucker's above!

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                        netmover Aug 26, 2012 07:23 PM

                        THUNDER ROAD @BURGER N BEER JOINT

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                      truffled May 30, 2012 11:35 AM

                      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.

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                        truffled Feb 8, 2012 01:05 PM

                        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.

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                        1. re: truffled
                          netmover Feb 10, 2012 08:27 AM

                          Thanks for the head's up...I just checked the reviews and they check out. Sounds like a nice new addition to the FTL BURGER SCENE.

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                            netmover Apr 21, 2012 08:51 AM

                            Smith and Wollensky is offering their Belly Busting Burger for just $7 B4 6pm through the end of April 2012...go get 'em. Thanks Advisor Girl!

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                          bagofwater Oct 28, 2011 08:54 AM

                          In Southwest Florida:

                          1. Sub n Pub, Ft. Myers: It's a dumpy little place in downtown Fort Myers, and they serve a great burger. Hand-formed, loosely packed patties, and always juicy.

                          2. Crave, Ft. Myers: Crave is kind of a high end diner. They wet age Chuck in-house, and it is freshly ground each day. You'll find plenty of flavor in this patty, and it's a generous portion. Mondays burgers are on special.

                          3. Lulu B's, Naples: A diner with some 50s kitsch to it. Standard diner-style griddle cooked burger. The beef is pretty exceptional, with flavor from aging very prominent.

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                          1. re: bagofwater
                            netmover Dec 23, 2011 06:19 PM

                            Nice run down for the SW,FLA!

                            Any good burgers in Boca???

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                              bagofwater Dec 28, 2011 04:33 AM

                              I unfortunately don't know the Boca area too well. If I'm there, I'll choke down a few burgers to see if there's anything worthwhile, though. I'm always willing to take one for the team like that.

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                                netmover Dec 31, 2011 07:00 AM

                                I had a nice Burger at the all new TAP 42 in Ft Lauderdale. And with 42 Micro/Exotic brews on tap you can't go wrong in what was the oldest bar in the FLL, formerly known as Brownie's. Those 10% drafts will make just about anything taste great I'm sure, but couple their extensive beer offering with a very chic atmosphere and you have the makings of a great place. Hats off to TAP 42!

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                                  netmover Feb 7, 2012 07:29 PM

                                  In order to evade the horrors of I95 at Rush Hour up in North Broward, I decided to give Charm City a second try...my 1st visit was just ok, my burger was over cooked and frankly I didn't "get" what all the fuss was about. Well tonight I am happy to report that their little rehab of the place was a very smart move (space wise) and their craft brew barcito is a very nice addition to this burger emporium.

                                  Tonight, I ordered a Cowboy Combo with O-rings and a soft drink, that was b4 I realized that they now offer an excellent selection of craft brews. I ordered the Burger "under" and it was nice and pink, the O-rings were ok, the soft drink was dreadful until I had them change the gas tank which took the chap about 15 minutes to do? Next time, I will surely forgo the combo and opt for one of their "chronic" micro braus, or maybe even two! It was not the best Burger in the FLA, but it sure was goooood! Now if they could just do something about those restrooms! CC ranks up their, but even in Broward they have stiff competition with Le Tub, Jack's Old Fashioned and Char Hut. But one thing is for certain my Burger Buddies, it sure beats gridlock!

                                   
                          2. netmover Oct 25, 2011 06:55 PM

                            I finally tried the Charm City Burger...ordered it med-rare, came out med-well. I was not all that impressed. In fact, there are at least a half dozen SoFlo Burgers I'd rather savour including but not limited to:

                            1. Le Tub
                            2. Jack's Old Fashioned
                            3. Char Hut
                            4. Burger n Beer Joint
                            5. Big Pink
                            6. Keg South

                            1. Sandwich_Sister Aug 24, 2011 10:28 AM

                              Orlando

                              Rusty Spoon - 55 Burger - Grass fed

                              Crooked Spoon Burger - Angus beef

                              Ravenous Pig - Pub Burger

                              Miami

                              8 Oz Burger Bar - The Smokehouse bacon cheese burger

                              Tobacco Road - The Death Burger

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                              The Crooked Spoon
                              University Blvd Metric Dr., Orlando, FL 32803

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                              1. re: Sandwich_Sister
                                askdrtodd Dec 24, 2011 07:18 AM

                                We had a pretty killer (albeit pretty complicated) burger at Pine 22, the Rusty Spoon's sister restaurant.

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                                  Sandwich_Sister Dec 24, 2011 09:24 AM

                                  funny I haven't been there yet. The 55 burger is a bit messy, but it is good.

                                  Next time you are in Orlando you should check out Oblivion. I found it absolutely delicious and they serve great beers.

                                  http://obliviontaproom.com/

                              2. netmover Jul 19, 2011 07:26 PM

                                Has anyone tried 5 Napkins from NY now on Lincoln Road in South Beach yet?

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                                South Beach
                                777 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921

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                                  Blind Mind Jul 20, 2011 07:15 AM

                                  Yes. Had their namesake burger and I thought it was one of the worst burgers I've ever had. Little flavor and what was there was mostly from the sauteed onions. The texture of the burger was mealy and seemed wet around the outer edges to about an inch inward. I got talked into the lobster sliders and they were not good either. The place had just opened so maybe they've improved but after tasting their burger (and the reprocussions the next day) I've not gone back and probably won't. I'll stick with Burger & Beer Joint, Shake Shack, and Love Food Cafe (aka Cheeseburgers on the Beach, aka CBOTB)

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                                    netmover Aug 23, 2011 08:41 PM

                                    I tried 5 Napkins...and although my review is not as bad as yours BM, I was not very impressed. Med Burger was served Welldone. Parm Fries were ok but an overpriced add on for an $11 Burger. The Sushi Roll was (surprisingly) pretty good. Location A+...but for a Burger fix I'll take B&B. Where is Love Food Cafe anyway?

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                                      Blind Mind Aug 24, 2011 09:04 AM

                                      Love Food Cafe is a trailer on the sands of South Beach around 19th street. I guess you could say it's the only "food truck" on SoBe. It's best identified by it's yellow awning. Their Jalapeno Burger is awesome.

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                                      South Beach
                                      777 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921

                                2. senseibear Mar 5, 2011 08:03 AM

                                  This is my first entry since August of last year simply as I have not had anything worthy to mention. But last week I had an excellent Patty Melt at the Texas Rose 13010 West State Road 84
                                  Davie, FL. Quality beef, cooked perfectly on rye. Just perfect. The service and friendliness of the staff is stellar. I know I have only commented on plain burgers in the past but this sandwich combined with the great staff warrants me making an exception.

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                                    aynrandgirl Mar 5, 2011 09:52 AM

                                    Sounds tasty, though I am disturbed by any restaurant calling itself "Texas Rose" that doesn't serve chicken-fried steak.

                                    1. re: senseibear
                                      netmover Apr 15, 2011 10:13 PM

                                      Well that's worth knowing out in that neck of the woods where the pickings are slim! There ain't nothing like a good ole patty melt to quell your burger cravings...wow thx for 400+ replys on this post and making it the quintessential fla/burger guide.

                                      1. re: netmover
                                        OysterHo Apr 17, 2011 02:21 PM

                                        I'm back in love with Charm City again. <3

                                        Their sloppy is too big, so I got a Good 'Ole with an egg on top, no bun and I was happy!

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                                          netmover Apr 24, 2011 11:12 AM

                                          I never "got" that egg on top thing? Just seems too sloppy!

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                                            OysterHo Apr 24, 2011 04:05 PM

                                            Yeah it is lol, but the runny yolk is reminiscent of hollandaise, sort of.

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                                          RubyR Jun 21, 2011 02:05 AM

                                          HIDDEN OFF THE BEATEN PATH JEWEL !

                                          Juicy & Perfect griddled large burger, deep fried bacon and plenty of it, cheddar cheese.

                                          Curly fries & Onion rings to die for. Full bar = Martini's to indulge with burger !

                                          Outside seating - Bella ( my Great Dane ) approved. Worth going to if in the area OR if you

                                          want a burger (and service) that is BETTER than le Tub.

                                          THIS IS NOT A CHAIN - there is only 1 Rooster's in FL.

                                          I have been going here for over 15 years.

                                          ROOSTER'S 7370 W. Atlantic Blvd - Margate, FL 33063 (954) 971-6044

                                      2. senseibear Aug 25, 2010 07:01 PM

                                        Updated Aug. 25
                                        My son Harley and I have checked out a few restaurants for burgers. Before I get to our latest I want you to know that Harley always has his burger plain, meat and bun period. I my name is Ray like mine traditional, (lettuce, tomato and sometimes a little onion). What we both are about, is the patty fresh, quality meat, cooked right, and if seasoned does it compliment the meat. If you want special sauce, goat cheese, American cheese or some other things on your burger you need to start out with the best foundation and that is what I am looking for. Some days I am in the mood for all the toppings, caramelized onions are 1 of my favorites but without that great patty I do not believe it could be a great burger just something hidden from being found out to be inferior. Also as we check out more restaurants I am getting better at reporting more about the places. I hope you find my input helpful. I started doing this cause when I first started looking for places to go I could only find 3 or 4 places listed on the web. Lately it seems the local papers name 2 or 3 every few weeks. At the least I hope I give you a list of places worth checking or avoiding.
                                        Scale from 1 - 10 10 being highest
                                        Flannigan's Sheridan and University Davie 9 Consistently the best burger visit after visit.Fries are not as consistant. A few times were off the mark but the best of all. Service is on and off at times. (Visit 5/10/2010 was terrible. Burger was prepared by some one that should not of been in a kitchen and our waitress disappeared after tossing the burgers at us. We could not get a refill on our drinks to save our lives.)
                                        Flannigan's Tower Shops Davie 8 Consistently a good burger. Good service.
                                        Flannigan's Weston 8 I really liked this. All of the Flanigan's do good burger's at least these 3.
                                        Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors. My son gave this a 7 and I was close with a 6. The bun was nicely toasted. The patty was thick juicy chuck seasoned nicely. A tiny bit too salty for me but Harley loved it. This could have been our best burger ever if it could have been cooked better. I ordered mine medium and my son ordered his well. They both came out a little light of medium. The lettuce, onion and tomatoes were fresh. Sadly our french fries were cooked in oil that was too hot.
                                        Gilbert's off of 17th street in Ft. Lauderdale. 7 The owner was up front and greeted us, I don't remember her name and I am sorry cause she was very nice. Everything about the burger was "How can we make it the best for you." this place was about making the customer happy and that is why I go out to eat to be treated to a nice experience. Harley said it was nothing special and gave it a 6. I loved it! The meat was Angus, Fresh, seasoned with care and cooked to perfection, thick and juicy. The toppings were fresh. I gave the burger an 8. It came with a pickle spear that was tasty but not enough fries. I will be backLong Horn Hollywood 6 On 1 visit we had the best burger ever but follow up visits have missed the mark. Service is always good.
                                        Scorch on Biscayne in N. Miami Beach My son and I gave this a 7 out of 10. The burger was perfectly prepared and the toppings were fresh. Bun was fresh and the burger itself was a quality hamburger.
                                        Long Horn Davie 5 A good burger.
                                        Jacks Diner Hollywood 5 A good burger.
                                        Jack's Hamburgers Ft. Laud. (Brisket) 5 Over rated, Burger was only OK.
                                        Big City Dogs Davie 4.5 (Fresh ground Sirloin) Harley rates 2. I rate 7. THis has all the ingrediants grilled together. The flavors blend into the meat which I love and my son hates.
                                        Ricky's Hollywood 4 (Visit 5/10/2010 was 1 of the worst burgers ever. Meat tasted like what you buy in premade pattys from the frozen section) Old Hollywood establishment and a favorite of many. Many of the other menu items and the low key atmosphere keep a friendly following.
                                        Chuck's Steak House 4
                                        Duffy's Plantation 4
                                        Billy's Tavern Davie (Angus Beef) 4
                                        Falcon Pub Davie 3
                                        Shenanagan's Hollywood 3
                                        Lefty's Davie 3
                                        Wings 9 Davie 3
                                        Kelly's Pub Ft. Laud. 3
                                        Dirty Ernie's Ft. Laud. 3
                                        TGI Fridays Oakwood 3
                                        Quickie Burger Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines 3 Stale lettuce thin tomatoe meat cooked unevenly with to much watery mosture.
                                        Outback Pines Blvd. & University 2
                                        AppleBees Pines Blvd. 2
                                        Chili's Sheridan 2
                                        Lester's Dinner St. Rd. 84 2
                                        84 Diner in Davie. 2 I should have gotten something else off the menu. Its not that the burger was bad as much as it falls into the category of BK, McDonald's, Wendy's ect... It was standard fare and suitable for the type of restaurant serving it. The 84 Dinner has been around for years and is a local favorite but if you are craving a great burger and not just an OK burger look elsewhere.
                                        Sakaya Miami 0 My son ordered the burger plain and they refused to serve it plain. Any place that will not serve a plain burger makes me suspicious of what they may be trying to cover up. We walked out and based on a total disregard to customer service they get my first 0 rating out of 26 retaurants.

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                                        Big City
                                        4046 Wedgewood Ln, Lady Lake, FL 32162

                                        Steak House
                                        7380 State Road 100 Ste 12, Keystone Heights, FL 32656

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                                          mountdorahound Aug 30, 2010 12:48 PM

                                          Mount Dora has quite the burger selection as well and with 20 eating places within 4 square blocks of eachother the rivalries run high! I have yet to try the burger at pisces rising and sidelines but I have heard plenty and here is the list using bear's grading scale.
                                          1. zellies pub burger only gets a 1 because it is a frozen
                                          2. palm tree grill isn't frozen but it is flavorless and over cooked.
                                          3. NY style diner is a fried burger and also a frozen patty
                                          4. Lisa's kitchen serves fried burgers but good meat.
                                          5. Chili's is always consistant but not the best
                                          6. Highland street cafe has a famous nell burger. fried but thick and seasoned well.
                                          7. Jerimiahs has flame grilled a wide but wont cook to order
                                          8.The frosty mug has flame grilled burgers and usually good depending on the cook.
                                          9. The chew chew express has a fried burger with a big size and seasoned perfectly
                                          10. the frog and monkey has top quality beef(lots of fat) and flame grilled to perfection!

                                        2. senseibear Aug 3, 2010 08:04 PM

                                          My son Harley and I have checked out close to 30 restaurants for burgers. Before I get to our latest I want you to know that Harley always has his burger plain, meat and bun period. I my name is Ray like mine traditional, (lettuce, tomato and sometimes a little onion). We both are about is the patty fresh, quality meat, cooked right, and if seasoned does it compliment the meat. If you want special sauce, goat cheese, American cheese or some other things on your burger you need to start out with the best foundation and that is what I am looking for. Some days I am in the mood for all the toppings, caramelized onions are 1 of my favorites but without that great patty I do not believe it could be a great burger just something hidden from being found out to be inferior. Also as we check out more restaurants I am getting better at reporting more about the places. I hope you find my input helpful. I started doing this cause when I first started looking for places to go I could only find 3 or 4 places listed on the web. Lately it seems the local papers name 2 or 3 every few weeks. At the least I hope I give you a list of places worth checking. This week we went to Gilbert's off of 17th street in Ft. Lauderdale. The owner was up front and greeted us, I don't remember her name and I am sorry cause she was very nice. Everything about the burger was "How can we make it the best for you." this place was about making the customer happy and that is why I go out to eat to be treated to a nice experience. Harley said it was nothing special and gave it a 6. I loved it! The meat was Angus, Fresh, seasoned with care and cooked to perfection, thick and juicy. The toppings were fresh. I gave the burger an 8. It came with a pickle spear that was tasty but not enough fries. I will be back. Thanks for reading my post. Ray

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                                          1. re: senseibear
                                            senseibear Aug 22, 2010 05:47 PM

                                            I was starving when I grabbed a burger at the 84 Diner in Davie. I should have gotten something else off the menu. Its not that the burger was bad as much as it falls into the category of BK, McDonald's, Wendy's ect... It was standard fare and suitable for the type of restaurant serving it. The 84 Dinner has been around for years and is a local favorite but if you are craving a great burger and not just an OK burger look elsewhere.

                                          2. senseibear Jul 12, 2010 01:50 PM

                                            Today my son and I went to Scorch on Biscayne in N. Miami Beach. My son and I gave this a 7 out of 10. The burger was perfectly prepared and the toppings were fresh. Bun was fresh and the burger itself was a quality hamburger. This was recommended by another contributor here and I would like to thank them.

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                                            1. re: senseibear
                                              netmover Jul 26, 2010 09:16 PM

                                              wOw it's been a while since I've checked on my 1st chowhound thread ever! Thank U 4 keeping the best Burger-blog in the FLA up to date! \\

                                              Here's one for U Burger Miesters to come check out next time you are in SOUTH BEACH.

                                              Shake Shack from NYC just opened recently. Single with cheeeeze pleeeeeze!

                                               
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                                                mountdorahound Jul 30, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                OK from central florida the Mount Dora hound found another REALLY OUT OF THE WAY great buger place. Its on the banks of the okalawaha river on Hwy 42 North of Eustis Florida about 15 miles. Its a bar that sits in the campground next to the boat ramp called the Blue Heron Bar. BIG burgers cooked on an open flame and Very Good think 1.5 inches thick cooked to requested doneness. Mushrooms and swiss as well as the traditionals. No store bought patties here! If burgers arent your thing nelsons fish camp is across the bridge!

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                                                Blue Heron Restaurant
                                                387 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL 34113

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                                              willdupre Jul 8, 2010 05:36 PM

                                              Tried Square One Burger in Tampa the other day, had the Decadent Daddy, Kobe beef, caramelized onions, very delicate lettuce, brie, and sundried tomato mayo, on a good kaiser bun, a really spectacular burger (though I really didn't taste the sundried tomatos in the mayo). and what I tried of the other burgers at the table were just as good, and the options were pretty much endless, all in an environment that reminded me more of a high end post modern lounge than burger joint.

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                                                cooljoebay Jul 7, 2010 05:22 PM

                                                Clearly a restaurant's burger makes for different opinions. I have had them all over the years. But none can beat my grilled out burger right here at home. A lot of special attention and consideration has gone into perfecting this beast. Many different people have come through here trying it. By now not a single person can walk out of my house without obsessing over the taste and texture of it. The right size, the right flavor, the right texture, the right bread. Just simply the right impression every time. Burgers should be cooked over and open fire with the right smoke. Onions should always be done in an oven. Spices should be applied properly for just the right affect on the teaste buds. Most importantly, it all has to be grown right here at home. Cut out the middle man. Plus you avoid ingesting the secret filth from restaurants.

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                                                  Mild Bill Jul 7, 2010 08:30 PM

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                                                2. senseibear Jul 6, 2010 02:17 PM

                                                  Scale from 1 - 10 10 being highest
                                                  Flannigan's Sheridan and University Davie 9 Consistently the best burger visit after visit.Fries are not as consistant. A few times were off the mark but the best of all. Service is on and off at times. (Visit 5/10/2010 was terrible. Burger was prepared by some one that should not of been in a kitchen and our waitress disappeared after tossing the burgers at us. We could not get a refill on our drinks to save our lives.)
                                                  Flannigan's Tower Shops Davie 8 Consistently a good burger. Good service.
                                                  Flannigan's Weston 8 I really liked this. All of the Flanigan's do good burger's at least these 3.
                                                  Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors. My son gave this a 7 and I was close with a 6. The bun was nicely toasted. The patty was thick juicy chuck seasoned nicely. A tiny bit too salty for me but Harley loved it. This could have been our best burger ever if it could have been cooked better. I ordered mine medium and my son ordered his well. They both came out a little light of medium. The lettuce, onion and tomatoes were fresh. Sadly our french fries were cooked in oil that was too hot.
                                                  Long Horn Hollywood 6 On 1 visit we had the best burger ever but follow up visits have missed the mark. Service is always good.
                                                  Long Horn Davie 5 A good burger.
                                                  Jacks Diner Hollywood 5 A good burger.
                                                  Jack's Hamburgers Ft. Laud. (Brisket) 5 Over rated, Burger was only OK.
                                                  Big City Dogs Davie 4.5 (Fresh ground Sirloin) Harley rates 2. I rate 7. THis has all the ingrediants grilled together. The flavors blend into the meat which I love and my son hates.
                                                  Ricky's Hollywood 4 (Visit 5/10/2010 was 1 of the worst burgers ever. Meat tasted like what you buy in premade pattys from the frozen section) Old Hollywood establishment and a favorite of many. Many of the other menu items and the low key atmosphere keep a friendly following.
                                                  Chuck's Steak House 4
                                                  Duffy's Plantation 4
                                                  Billy's Tavern Davie (Angus Beef) 4
                                                  Falcon Pub Davie 3
                                                  Shenanagan's Hollywood 3
                                                  Lefty's Davie 3
                                                  Wings 9 Davie 3
                                                  Kelly's Pub Ft. Laud. 3
                                                  Dirty Ernie's Ft. Laud. 3
                                                  TGI Fridays Oakwood 3
                                                  Quickie Burger Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines 3 Stale lettuce thin tomatoe meat cooked unevenly with to much watery mosture.
                                                  Outback Pines Blvd. & University 2
                                                  AppleBees 2
                                                  Chili's Sheridan 2
                                                  Lester's Dinner St. Rd. 84 2
                                                  Sakaya Miami 0 My son ordered the burger plain and they refused to serve it plain. Any place that will not serve a plain burger makes me suspicious of what they may be trying to cover up. We walked out and based on a total disregard to customer service they get my first 0 rating out of 26 reteraunts.
                                                  Senseibear

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                                                  Big City
                                                  4046 Wedgewood Ln, Lady Lake, FL 32162

                                                  Steak House
                                                  7380 State Road 100 Ste 12, Keystone Heights, FL 32656

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                                                  1. re: senseibear
                                                    HabaneroJane Jul 7, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                    I finally had the burger at Bourbon Steak. It very well could be the best burger in Miami.

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                                                      senseibear Jul 8, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                      Thanks. Bourbon Steak will be my next visit when my son and I can get to Miami again.

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                                                        senseibear Jul 27, 2010 07:48 PM

                                                        I am looking forward to trying this. But it looks expensive from the online menu. Can anyone give me an idea of what a burger and coke would cost?

                                                    2. Blind Mind Jun 15, 2010 09:33 AM

                                                      Teh gastroPod's triple decker slider stuffed w/ cheddar and bacon is out of this world good right now!

                                                      1. dmo305 Jun 6, 2010 04:19 PM

                                                        Sakaya Kitchen's Angus Bulgogi Burger is best nontraditional burger in Miami

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                                                          Blind Mind Jun 7, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                          I was so tempted to get that yesterday but opted for the colossal kimchi jun instead. Next time, it's burger time.

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                                                            senseibear Jul 6, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                            Went to Sakaya Tuesday July 6th. My son ordered the burger plain and they refused to serve it plain. Any place that will not serve a plain burger makes me suspicious of what they may be trying to cover up. We walked out and based on a total disregard to customer service they get my first 0 rating out of 26 reteraunts.

                                                            1. re: senseibear
                                                              Blind Mind Jul 7, 2010 11:08 AM

                                                              I know there is a burger joint with the slogan "have it your way" but I dont think its Sakaya...

                                                              1. re: Blind Mind
                                                                senseibear Jul 7, 2010 02:25 PM

                                                                Sure not Sakaya. But it is the other 30+ Hamburger restaurants my son and I have visited so far this year. It makes me a little concerned that they do not think the meat they use is good enough without covering it up.

                                                                1. re: senseibear
                                                                  Blind Mind Jul 8, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                  I dont think this is a huge conspiracy coverup. It's just how they want their product put out there. Kinda like when you go to a Chinese restaurant and it says "No Substitutions" or when you go to an Italian place like Matorano's and the menu says, "This is the way I make these dishes, if you don't like it, dont eat here."

                                                                  1. re: Blind Mind
                                                                    senseibear Jul 8, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                    Just after driving 25 miles and explaining that my son has allergies and they still refused seems like a terrible way to treat people. No substitutions is not the same at all, that is the sides not the entree. Simply I will not eat there and I will relay to every one I come in contact with that they will not serve it my/your way. My own opinion remains that they would gladly like to show off their core ingredient if they were using quality meat.

                                                                    1. re: senseibear
                                                                      dmo305 Jul 11, 2010 09:26 PM

                                                                      The quality of the meat in the burger at Sakaya is excellent. Hand formed angus patty i believe. Certainly not an issue with quality.

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                                                            FloridaFoodie3 May 31, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                            Best burger I've had in all of Florida was in Gainesville, at Mac's Drive Thru. Fresh fast-food style burgers, burgers don't get any tastier than this. Bev's Better Burgers in Alachua, just north of Gainesville, is pretty good too.

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                                                            Mac's Drive Thru
                                                            129 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

                                                            1. senseibear May 18, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                              Here is a list my son and I have put together. My son (22) eats a plain patty on a bun so his opinion is purest. I like the whole show, toppings and all. I got tired of posts that only had 1 to 3 restraunts listed, I hope this list gives you more choices. Enjoy!
                                                              Scale from 1 - 10 10 being highest
                                                              Flannigan's Sheridan and University Davie 9 Consistently the best burger visit after visit.Fries are not as consistant. A few times were off the mark but the best of all. Service is on and off at times.
                                                              Flannigan's Tower Shops Davie 8 Consistently a good burger. Good service.
                                                              Flannigan's Weston 8 I really liked this. All of the Flanigan's do good burger's at least these 3.
                                                              Long Horn Hollywood 6 On 1 visit we had the best burger ever but follow up visits have missed the mark. Service is always good.
                                                              Long Horn Davie 5 A good burger.
                                                              Jacks Diner Hollywood 5 A good burger.
                                                              Jack's Hamburgers Ft. Laud. (Brisket) 5 Over rated, Burger was only OK.
                                                              Big City Dogs Davie 4.5 (Fresh ground Sirloin) Harley rates 2. I rate 7. THis has all the ingrediants grilled together. The flavors blend into the meat which I love and my son hates.
                                                              Ricky's Hollywood 4 Old Hollywood establishment and a favorite of many. Many of the other menu items and the low key atmosphere keep a friendly following.
                                                              Chuck's Steak House 4
                                                              Duffy's Plantation 4
                                                              Billy's Tavern Davie (Angus Beef) 4
                                                              Falcon Pub Davie 3
                                                              Shenanagan's Hollywood 3
                                                              Lefty's Davie 3
                                                              Wings 9 Davie 3
                                                              Kelly's Pub Ft. Laud. 3
                                                              Dirty Ernie's Ft. Laud. 3
                                                              TGI Fridays Oakwood 3
                                                              Quickie Burger Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines 3 Stale lettuce thin tomatoe meat cooked unevenly with to much watery mosture.
                                                              Outback Pines Blvd. & University 2
                                                              AppleBees 2
                                                              Chili's Sheridan 2
                                                              Lester's Dinner St. Rd. 84 2

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                                                              1. re: senseibear
                                                                herbage May 25, 2010 01:38 PM

                                                                Wow, y'all eat a ton of burgers! Keep up the good work!

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                                                                  senseibear May 28, 2010 05:49 PM

                                                                  Thanks.

                                                                2. re: senseibear
                                                                  senseibear May 28, 2010 05:50 PM

                                                                  Updated 5/28/2010
                                                                  Scale from 1 - 10 10 being highest
                                                                  Flannigan's Sheridan and University Davie 9 Consistently the best burger visit after visit.Fries are not as consistant. A few times were off the mark but the best of all. Service is on and off at times. (Visit 5/10/2010 was terrible. Burger was prepared by some one that should not of been in a kitchen and our waitress disappeared after tossing the burgers at us. We could not get a refill on our drinks to save our lives.)
                                                                  Flannigan's Tower Shops Davie 8 Consistently a good burger. Good service.
                                                                  Flannigan's Weston 8 I really liked this. All of the Flanigan's do good burger's at least these 3.
                                                                  Long Horn Hollywood 6 On 1 visit we had the best burger ever but follow up visits have missed the mark. Service is always good.
                                                                  Long Horn Davie 5 A good burger.
                                                                  Jacks Diner Hollywood 5 A good burger.
                                                                  Jack's Hamburgers Ft. Laud. (Brisket) 5 Over rated, Burger was only OK.
                                                                  Big City Dogs Davie 4.5 (Fresh ground Sirloin) Harley rates 2. I rate 7. THis has all the ingrediants grilled together. The flavors blend into the meat which I love and my son hates.
                                                                  Ricky's Hollywood 4 (Visit 5/10/2010 was 1 of the worst burgers ever. Meat tasted like what you buy in premade pattys from the frozen section) Old Hollywood establishment and a favorite of many. Many of the other menu items and the low key atmosphere keep a friendly following.
                                                                  Chuck's Steak House 4
                                                                  Duffy's Plantation 4
                                                                  Billy's Tavern Davie (Angus Beef) 4
                                                                  Falcon Pub Davie 3
                                                                  Shenanagan's Hollywood 3
                                                                  Lefty's Davie 3
                                                                  Wings 9 Davie 3
                                                                  Kelly's Pub Ft. Laud. 3
                                                                  Dirty Ernie's Ft. Laud. 3
                                                                  TGI Fridays Oakwood 3
                                                                  Quickie Burger Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines 3 Stale lettuce thin tomatoe meat cooked unevenly with to much watery mosture.
                                                                  Outback Pines Blvd. & University 2
                                                                  AppleBees 2
                                                                  Chili's Sheridan 2
                                                                  Lester's Dinner St. Rd. 84 2

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                                                                  Big City
                                                                  4046 Wedgewood Ln, Lady Lake, FL 32162

                                                                  Steak House
                                                                  7380 State Road 100 Ste 12, Keystone Heights, FL 32656

                                                                  1. re: senseibear
                                                                    senseibear Jun 14, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                                    Today My son and I went to our 25th restaurant in the search for the best burger. We wound up at Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors. My son gave this a 7 and I was close with a 6. The bun was nicely toasted. The patty was thick juicy chuck seasoned nicely. A tiny bit too salty for me but Harley loved it. This could have been our best burger ever if it could have been cooked better. I ordered mine medium and my son ordered his well. They both came out a little light of medium. The lettuce, onion and tomatoes were fresh. Sadly our french fries were cooked in oil that was too hot. Senseibear

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                                                                  mr. potato head Mar 24, 2010 01:47 PM

                                                                  Besides Le Tub, my favorites are:
                                                                  Jack's, Ft. Lauderdale
                                                                  S & L, Lakeland
                                                                  Joe Allen's, Miami Beach
                                                                  As for fritas, I prefer the "Magician" to the "King." I'm not too fond of the fritas at Fritas Domino, but they have a hot dog stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, deep fried, and topped with shoestrings and frita sauce that's pretty tasty!

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                                                                  S & L Restaurant
                                                                  2915 S Combee Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803

                                                                  1. Lauracooks Mar 23, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                    Best Burgers in SW FL

                                                                    Unconventional-Burger Bomb at Tampa Bay Brewing company-thay wrap it in Pizza dough and Bake it

                                                                    Gourmet- Square One, Tampa- Try the Ostrich

                                                                    Old School- Skinny Burger on Anna Maria Island

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                                                                    Square One Restaurant
                                                                    1075 Duval St Ste C12, Key West, FL 33040

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                                                                    1. re: Lauracooks
                                                                      netmover Mar 24, 2010 09:58 AM

                                                                      That sounds DEVINE!

                                                                    2. netmover Mar 18, 2010 11:37 AM

                                                                      LE TUB #1 for Burgers and Ambiance! WARNING: Try to go in "off" hours for those in a hurry.

                                                                      Hollywood Beach, FLA

                                                                      1. netmover Mar 3, 2010 06:37 AM

                                                                        I had a nice Jack's Jr. Cheesburger just the other day and it was Top Notch...wish they had one here in the MIA!

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                                                                        1. re: netmover
                                                                          OysterHo Mar 4, 2010 04:20 AM

                                                                          I'm salivating thinking of Jack's... They are still my fav.

                                                                          I was at Charm City a couple of weeks ago and I was NOT charmed. At all. I did love them at one point but I think something has changed in their quality or beef. I ordered it medium because the last time I ordered it medium rare, it was a bit raw inside and not in a good way.

                                                                          This time it was probably medium or medium/well or something in between those. It had no flavor, and was dry. All the cheese, sauce (which I still think is awesome), LTO etc had all the flavor and I could not taste the beef! I also ordered sweet potato fries. They were floppy with absolutely NO crunch.

                                                                          Ugh, at that point I promised Jack I would no longer stray from his love. <3 <3

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                                                                          beartunes Feb 16, 2010 09:49 PM

                                                                          My favorite TASTING burgers in South Florida (Broward) are:
                                                                          1) Jack's Old Fashioned (though i go to the ft.laud one the most, I think the Pompano locations' tasted better and store was cleaner)
                                                                          2) peter pan diner (delish char broil taste. but just about everything else they serve is not worth eating. though ive heard their kabobs are great).
                                                                          3) andrews diner (great taste, very clean presentation, fresh buns, very affordable). everything they serve here is very very good, esp their lunch specials (true blue plate) and their breakfasts. they even have fresh squeezed OJ. old-school looking 1960s decor inside.

                                                                          I do love steak & shake, but, not the ones in broward. I liked the ones in Pinellas cty by clearwater MUCH better.

                                                                          Le Tub - ate there, good burger, almost too big though. not worth the $$ or the hour wait. and they werent even busy. flies everywhere. dirty 'margaritaville' tables with carvings in them. total dive, but, was worth the visit.

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                                                                            netmover Feb 20, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                            I saw where KB Burgers out on Key Biscayne is offering a Billionaire Burger! Ground Filet Mignon Burger for 18 bux. When I was there this well kept guy came in an ordered two! Yet to try any of their offerings...but am saving up for a BB.

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                                                                            Jennifer in Delray Jan 19, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                            We finally got around to driving down to Hollywood to try Le Tub. My fiance ordered the burger and said it was good but wasn't sure it was worth driving all that way. The burger alone was $11 but it was BIG! I decided to be different and ordered the small seafood salad which was unlike any seafood salad I've had before. Very little lettuce, just bits mixed in. The rest was chunks of salmon and shrimp with the bulk being artificial crab. Took it home and got a second meal out of it. We also ordered the cheese sticks and sodas (which came in the can) and managed to blow about $40 on lunch including tip. We sat outside and it was a chilly but sunny day. The seagulls harassed the table in front of us. Much of the decor consisted of bath tubs and toilets (as planters outside.) Inside they had a bathtub with the side cut out that could be used as a seating area. I could see this place as a raucous bar on the weekends at night.

                                                                            Jennifer in Delray

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                                                                            Le Tub
                                                                            1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                                                                             
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                                                                            1. re: Jennifer in Delray
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                                                                              danb73 Jan 19, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                              I just had a really good cheeseburger at Gilberts 17th St. Grill in the Harbour Shoppes in Fort Lauderdale. Very juicy and not one of these thin 5 guys type patties.

                                                                              www.fortlauderdalelunch.blogspot.com

                                                                            2. netmover Jan 13, 2010 05:16 PM

                                                                              Fritas Domino "el original" does a nice Cuban Frita Burger! Miami on Calle 8 and 67ish. I prefered them over el mago's however the king is still El Rey de las Fritas IMHO!

                                                                              BnB may very well be the new king of American style burgers?

                                                                              I did up a nice bacon chzburger at Joe Allen's recently and I must say they are very good as are those Guiness Braised Short Rib Sliders over at Clarke's. Diggity Dogs on Griffin Rd in SOFLA also do a decent burger when in the area of I-95 and Griffin Rd.

                                                                              I must say I have been on a burger binge as of late! Am I missing any standouts down here on the south end of the penninsula?

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                                                                              1. re: netmover
                                                                                dmo305 Jan 16, 2010 04:46 PM

                                                                                We had some great burgers at A Chef's Burger, a truck in Wynwood on 29th between nw 3rd & 4th ave. He is there Mon thru Sat until 330 i think. Burgers were hand formed to order, well seasoned and delicious. Get the crispy burger!

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                                                                                  netmover Jan 16, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                                  Thanks for the update!

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                                                                                bigbillyt Dec 29, 2009 01:04 PM

                                                                                Umm, Morgan's in Sanford, awesome burgers and more.

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                                                                                  mountdorahound Jan 4, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                  OK hounds I found a good burger on the 441 between tavares and leesburg. Not the absolute best but definitley up there! Its at a little road side beer stand on lake eustis called buzzard beach. You see this guy with a charcoal grill on the side of the road under a cannopy. He will immediatley point you to a little covered patio where a girl takes your order and shows you to a table. Burgers and dogs only with your choice of frito lay product. For 50 cents extra he'll throw on onions or sauer kraut. The cheese burger is $4.00 and worth every bite. he cooks them medium unless stated. The beer at this place is Ice cold too! This little cheesburger in paradise gig cost me about $10 for two beers a burger and a spectacular view.

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                                                                                    netmover Jan 5, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                                                    niiice! my kind of place...if it weren't 300+ miles away! I'm sure the O-Town hounds will be all over it now.

                                                                                    What else is cooking in burgerlandia down here in the F L A ?

                                                                                    KB Burgers out on Key Biscayne is due to open, if it hasn't already? Any feed back yet?

                                                                                2. netmover Dec 10, 2009 07:25 PM

                                                                                  Cheeseburger Baby is doing a nice lunch special here in SOBE. 6.99 1/2 pound chzburger, fries and a drink, way better than anything the chain across the street is putting out! 11-1pm only.

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                                                                                    Blind Mind Dec 10, 2009 08:57 PM

                                                                                    Love Food Cafe if youre on the beach. Up until Burger & Beer Joint popped up that was my favorite burger. The jalapeno burger and the bacon burger are tha bomb

                                                                                    1. re: Blind Mind
                                                                                      netmover Dec 11, 2009 03:26 AM

                                                                                      Where is Love Food Cafe?

                                                                                      1. re: netmover
                                                                                        Blind Mind Dec 11, 2009 05:54 AM

                                                                                        On the sand of South Beach. Its a trailer with a yellow & white striped awning located at about 19th street I believe.

                                                                                        1. re: netmover
                                                                                          netmover Dec 30, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                                                          Wow...who knew? I got to make the trek north to try that beachside delicacy.

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                                                                                      elgringoviejo Dec 8, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                                      Just ate at Jack's on Cypress yesterday, and it was GREAT.

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                                                                                        netmover Dec 9, 2009 04:10 AM

                                                                                        I'm jealous GringoViejo! Hopefully you hit it with some of that horsey piquant sauce?

                                                                                        signed...

                                                                                        YanquiViejo

                                                                                      2. pikiliz Dec 8, 2009 10:17 AM

                                                                                        I had lunch on Sunday at a new burger place called heart stoppers in delray, great burgers fries and wings and as sick as It is if you are 350lbs or more you eat free as long as you bring someone with you who pays. food is really great the also have some awesome subs.

                                                                                        1100 Linton Blvd Ste. C4, Delray Beach
                                                                                        East of 95, on Linton Blvd in Target Shopping Center

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                                                                                          Blind Mind Dec 9, 2009 06:06 AM

                                                                                          I believe that place is a clone of a place in Phoenix that has the same deal. Pretty disgusting if you ask me but I believe that FL is one of the most obese states so it makes sense.

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                                                                                            freakerdude Dec 9, 2009 09:14 AM

                                                                                            Heart Stopper resto name with a 350lb+ eat free policy...I hope they have nearby paramedics on hand. How sad to have a policy of that sort.

                                                                                            Yes, Blind, I agree that Fla. is one of the most obese I have ever seen.

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                                                                                              netmover Dec 9, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                              NOT HERE IN SOBE!!!

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                                                                                            dumbinic Dec 8, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                                            Burger and Beer joint is pretty awesome. The burger was fab, the service was decent and the price wasn't too much.

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                                                                                              jessicam29 Dec 7, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                                                              Al Carbon on Coral Way has a pretty awesome blue cheese and caramelized onion burger. Stuffed with blue cheese, topped with the onions and a dijon sauce. Served on a chewy roll. Add a side of salchipapas and you're good to go. Major Plus that they are open late.

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                                                                                                dmo305 Dec 7, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                                                Think i saw that this place had closed down last time I drove by...

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                                                                                                  netmover Dec 8, 2009 03:30 AM

                                                                                                  Good one! They downsized when the city or county tried hitting them with a 30+k water infrastructure bill. That burger sounds 'delish' to quote the double R.

                                                                                              2. Blind Mind Dec 5, 2009 07:48 PM

                                                                                                The Stairway to Heaven & Thunder Road at Burger & Beer Joint are phenomenal. Also, the triple decker slider stuffed with pork belly at the Gastropod in Wynwood is pretty effin awesome. Dont be an idiot like I was though and be sure to get the slider "dirty".

                                                                                                1. netmover Dec 4, 2009 03:31 AM

                                                                                                  I read about Mago de las Fritas the other day and decided to try it. This 25 year old Cuban Burger emporium in Dade is ok, but NOT El Rey de Fritas. Stick to the KING is my advice!

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                                                                                                    aynrandgirl Sep 12, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                                                    California Burgers & Shakes
                                                                                                    1040 Bayview Drive
                                                                                                    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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                                                                                                      RadioDining Oct 10, 2009 04:23 PM

                                                                                                      In North Palm Beach, it's the Brass Ring Pub on US Highway One. This "joint" is nothin' fancy AT ALL. A dive, if you will. Sandwiches served in a plastic platter...but you won't care. Consistantly the best burger in N. Palm Beach County for decades! Not really comfortable seating, though...but, we go back time and time again knowing that we're gonna get a burger that beats all others in this area.

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                                                                                                        OysterHo Oct 11, 2009 05:10 PM

                                                                                                        I was in Wellington/Royal Palm Beach the other day and there was a Brass Ring Pub west of 441. Is that the same company?

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                                                                                                          Alfred G Oct 11, 2009 09:36 PM

                                                                                                          There are two of them. One in NPB and the other on Okeechobee west of 441 in Royal Palm. Absolutely great burgers and super cold beer. IMHO the BEST burger around in PBC.

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                                                                                                            ash0529 Oct 12, 2009 06:17 AM

                                                                                                            Agreed. The wings are great too. Definitely worth getting both.

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                                                                                                              OysterHo Oct 15, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                                                                              Yes, it was Okeechobee Rd! I wish we had gone there!

                                                                                                              Thanks :)

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                                                                                                        Florida Hound Sep 6, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                                                                        300 replies in the past 3 years... I'm catching up on my Chowhound reading.
                                                                                                        Any restaurant that can do a burger the way the customer wants gets my vote. Too many restaurants and chains will not do a medium rare burger. I discount any and all compliments for Steak N Shake on these boards for that reason.
                                                                                                        Citrus County, FL has a very good burger at Stumpknockers, on the downtown square in Inverness- lunch only! Very disappointed they don't have hamburgers on thier evening menu. Shamrock Inn is a very simple looking pub, but all the locals like thier food. My wife raves about their steaks. Obviously, their burger is very popular in these parts. 8343 E. Orange Ave., Floral City, FL. That is actually Hwy 48, about 1 block from U.S. 41. And I was bragging on The Cove's wings the other day on another thread, so I will add The Cove for one of my favorite burgers, too. The Cove is a locally famous pub, always crowded, about 3 miles east of Inverness, just off Hwy 44. (or come west of Wildwood on Hwy 44, about 15 miles) Turn at Molly McGee's Deli and Mini Mart and go down a small side road (like a driveway), that is called CoveCamp Pt.
                                                                                                        If I stop at a hamburger chain in FL, it will usually be a Hardees, so I can order their mushroom-swiss burger.

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                                                                                                          mountdorahound Dec 9, 2009 11:22 AM

                                                                                                          There is something to the mushroom and swiss burger that I love and I cant figure it out. and that is the mushroom sauce. How do you make it? The closest thing I have tasted is campbells golden mushroom soup. I know there is tomato puree and beef stock,,what esle?

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                                                                                                            Florida Hound Nov 23, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                            I found a recipe for Hardees mushroom & swiss, on-line, that has excellent reviews. I haven't tried it, but, mountdorahound, if you're still following Chowhound posts, try it and let us know:
                                                                                                            http://www.food.com/recipe/hardees-mu...

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                                                                                                          ash0529 Sep 1, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                                                          Has anyone tried the Bistro Burger or any burgers for that matter at Big Bear Brewing Co in Coral Springs? The New Times is already claiming it is the burger of the year.

                                                                                                          http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

                                                                                                          It looks great!

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                                                                                                            OysterHo Sep 1, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                                                                            While I hate driving to and around Coral Springs, the pics of their burgers are amazing. I'm salivating and I really, really wanted a greasy cheeseburger for lunch today!

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                                                                                                              OysterHo Sep 1, 2009 01:08 PM

                                                                                                              Ok, I went and it was better than it looked on the New Times web site! $10 for the brew cheeseburger and it was great!

                                                                                                              I was determined to get my cheeseburger fix today and I'm very glad I did. It comes with fries, but I substituted with broccoli, as I'm trying to watch my calories. ;)

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                                                                                                                ash0529 Sep 1, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                I was hoping you would go! Good to hear...I'll put it on my list for when I'm down in the area.

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                                                                                                                  johnmlinn Sep 4, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                  So glad you went to check it out. Big Bear's been a favorite of mine for a long time... the only bad part is trucking to Springs. Then again, I live near by, which is more dangerous than it sounds.

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                                                                                                                    OysterHo Sep 4, 2009 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                    I will probably find more errands to run in CS just so I can go there and have another one. :)

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                                                                                                                      OysterHo Oct 8, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                      I went again, just as delicious!

                                                                                                                      My guy ordered the bistro burger with the brie, balsamic onions, bacon and whatever else they piled on top lol. It was really good and very rich. I tend to be more of a purist so I wouldn't order it for myself. I did manage to snark a few bites of his though. :D

                                                                                                                      Their sweet potato fries are delicious too!

                                                                                                            2. richholl Aug 22, 2009 06:46 PM

                                                                                                              El Cap in Saint Pete. Nuff said

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                                                                                                                fernerobin Mar 27, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                As a St. Pete native (that neighborhood actually!) I can attest to the world that El Cap is nothing but tourist hype. The burger is average as best...and they charge extra for everything...even onion! The 'service' is borderline rude to outright obnoxious. Having watched this rip off evolve from a baseball oriented beer jooint to, well...whatever it is now, we have always been amazed at the phony hype surrounding this below average excuse for a burger joint. There are too any other GOOD burgers available to waste your time & money at El Cap! Indeed, nuff said!!

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                                                                                                                  bigbillyt Mar 27, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                  I am from Orlando, but we frequent the Clearwater and St. Pete beaches area, have friends over there (unfortunately not foodies), and plan to move to that area eventually.. So, where would you recommend a couple of local wannabes go over that way for a really good burger?

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                                                                                                                    fernerobin Mar 28, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Biff burger is always a good choice...and interesting atmosphere! Another hype-joint to avoid is Ted Peters smoked fish (they have burgers too)...another WAY over rated below average overpriced tourist trap! (On Pasadena Ave on way to St Pete Beach)...actually a worse rip off than El Cap!

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                                                                                                                swoll50 Aug 19, 2009 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                OK, finally tried Charm City about a week ago. Been back twice since then. So far this is the best (and most consistent) burger I've had in south Florida.

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                                                                                                                  GottaGo Aug 16, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                  OK, the debate is over. THE best burger in FLORIDA is at Cabbage Key. You can only get there by boat. It is between Boca Grand and Ft. Myers on the Gulf Coast. Can't be beat. It is where Jimmy Buffet wrote the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" nuff said!

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                                                                                                                    dsfoundation Aug 16, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                    BEST BURGER IN BROWARD...IS THE TOAD BAR & GRILL IN CORAL SPRINGS...ESPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE....8oz ANGUS BEEF...$4.99

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                                                                                                                      cavandre Aug 15, 2009 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                      This may sound like heresy, but if you're in a burger-poor area (like I am in East Central FL), try the burger at the Longhorn Steakhouse chain. They do them medium, which in their terminology means slightly charred with a juicy center that sitll has a lot of pink in it. They're not cheap, but they are good.

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                                                                                                                        genuinechef Aug 15, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                        Can someone tell me when it became OK to charge $18. for a bacon cheese burger and fries at a burger "joint"?! Give me a break!
                                                                                                                        And BTW, the 12oz burger at Kingdom was lousy today! Strange tasting meat, totally overcooked, stale bun and unripe tomato!

                                                                                                                      2. netmover Aug 13, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                        BURGER & BEER JOINT in South Beach is making some serious waves! WOW, what a burger...by far the best burger I've had here in SOBE (yet to try Clarkes). Definately gives Le Tub a run for their money. Well worth a trip from wherever you are in South Florida.

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                                                                                                                          tpigeon Aug 14, 2009 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                          Net I am going to try that place today. What burger did you have?

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                                                                                                                            tpigeon Aug 14, 2009 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                            I liked it and will go back but I think Joe Allen has a better burger...for now. This place has potential.

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                                                                                                                              netmover Aug 16, 2009 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                              You know I am not even sure. I let the server pick one for me...it had blue and cheddar cheese. It was amazing, far superior to Joe Allen's IMHO. The bun was way better at B&B as was the meat. Seems there are plenty of ways to order them which can be quite challenging, but by the same token means there should be one for everybody.

                                                                                                                              On another note, I saw someone digging into a Burger at the S&S today and had some serious burger flashback.

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                                                                                                                              BurgerBeast Aug 15, 2009 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                              I went to Charm City this week and loved it. Going to Burger and Beer Joint on Monday and order the 10 lb. Burger. And No, I don't think I can finish it but it's worth trying.

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                                                                                                                                tpigeon Aug 15, 2009 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                I think the 10lb is a turrkey burger btw...I would be worried about how it is cooked. How do you order something like that medium rare?

                                                                                                                                I think charm city is great. I liked it better than burger an beer which I thought had a little too much bun and the patties were not quite juicy enough for me (though others said they had no problems in the juiciness category that I ate with). But I really liked B&B and will go back.

                                                                                                                                I liked the wings too at B&B but I also thought charm city's were a little better.

                                                                                                                            3. pikiliz Aug 4, 2009 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                              I finally got to try charm city burgers today,I ordered the volcano burger . The cheese was perfectly melted pepper jack good flavor not overly spicy though. I thought the bun was toasted just enough to keep things from sliding around. In today's world finding a place that will do med rare burgers is an exception not a rule anymore But mine was perfectly med rare the way I like it Nice and juicy not overly salty, sometimes a place will ramp up saltiness to over come poor quality meat. This was not the case very good execution of a burger and the fries were well done and salted as soon as the came out of the fryer. I am amazed how many places do not salt there fries when they come out. Finally my only wish would be that if the volcano sauce was hotter I did not ask them to make it hotter or add more jalapeno's but next time I will This is possibly my new favorite hamburger place.My good friend tells me doc's soft serve in delray has a great burger we will see I am going Saturday. I will report then thanks to everybody that recommended CCBurgers

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                                                                                                                                truffled Nov 7, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  askdrtodd Dec 24, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                  x2 on that, I felt like a moron because I drove a couple people out of our way to visit this place, they got normal burgers, I splurged on the foie burger, thinking it'd be something special. Picking up the soggy bun and having grease literally pour out of it should've been a hint, but I took a bite anyway. A bite was enough. Ruined my day. Was able to weasel a couple bites of my buddy's standard burger, which wasn't bad but wasn't anything special by any means.

                                                                                                                              2. Blind Mind Aug 3, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                I checked out the Taurus in the Grove last Monday with the intentions of trying this "famous" burger that they have. I guess the old Taurus (this one bills itself as "revisited" or something like that and is owned by different people than the 1st installment) had a killer burger and now the new one claims to as well. I had mine medium rare with cheese. The burger was cooked perfectly and it was a big one. I housed it down without the onion/tomato that came with it but I did keep the lettuce on it (I like my burgers plain). The burger had a nice flavor to it, meaty with a nice touch of saltiness and seasoning. There was a nice mayo based "secret sauce" on the bottom bun that kept things interesting too. While the burger was pretty frickin good, the fries are what did it for me. These fries were awesome, fried up super crispy and dusted with a cajun seasoning. I chowed them down and even helped my friend polish a few off of her plate.

                                                                                                                                The one buzzkill about the Taurus (for me anyways) was that they only have 2 things on the menu at all times for a reason. This night it was a choice of burger or wings. Why? Because they want to allow people to smoke indoors, thats why. I sat by the open door, hoping the breeze would keep the smoke away but it didnt really do the trick, especially with this one guy sucking down cigarette after cigarette like it was his job. Next time I'll choose to sit outside if its not too hot. The barstaff was great. A couple dudes manning the bar and tending to the tables as well. Nice guys. The owner even said hello for a second and seemed nice, especially when he considered increasing their happy hour to 8p from 7p. I recommend giving this place a shot for the burger and fries and if youre a smoker youre in heaven I guess.

                                                                                                                                1. Blind Mind Jul 7, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                  I went to Le Tub for the 1st time last week. After finishing the 1st half, I didnt think I was gonna make it but I dug down deep and annihilated the 2nd half plus some fries and chips & salsa. It was a proud moment. Best burger ever.

                                                                                                                                  Le Tub aside, here are my favorites in SoFL:

                                                                                                                                  Houston's - they do a great burger at the Coral Gables location. Not sure about elsewhere though.
                                                                                                                                  Jaguar - the burger topped with chorizo & cheese is a killer combo
                                                                                                                                  Love Food Cafe - located on the sand of Miami Beach, this place was my favorite burger joint before I visited Le Tub. The jalapeno burger is divine as is the bacon burger.
                                                                                                                                  Bourbon Steak - the place is not for the younger crowd really and the prices are a tad high but the burgers are tasty as hell and come w/ all sorts of toppings.

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                                                                                                                                    netmover Jul 18, 2009 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                    Where exactly is Love Food Cafe?

                                                                                                                                    The Guinness Braised Sliders at Clarkes are insane! Who would have thought chunks of beef braised in black beer would make such a delicious slider? It's not really a burger perse seeing how they really aren't patties, but man oh man those sliders are psychotically good. I am already craving them and only had them for the first time last night! Hold the ketchup, pickles, etc they work well as served. Bravo! ,,,is all I can say. I've been told their actual burger is among, if not the best on Miami Beach. Their Sliders should win some kind of an award though, they are like no other sliders.

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                                                                                                                                      tpigeon Jul 18, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                      Charm City burger in deerfield beach has been mentioned already. I am reiterating it. It is a great burger. Better than joe allens in south beach.

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                                                                                                                                        netmover Jul 18, 2009 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                        Better than Clarkes?

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                                                                                                                                          tpigeon Jul 19, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                          Yes

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                                                                                                                                            johnmlinn Jul 24, 2009 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                            Woa. Even though they're thin-style patties?

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                                                                                                                                          OysterHo Jul 24, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                          I had one of Charm City's burgers yesterday. It was delicious. I wish I could order it medium rare, but I still thought it was very good.

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                                                                                                                                            RickL Jul 24, 2009 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                            For a medium-rare burger, try The Lodge on Federal in Boca. They serve an 8oz. fresh ground burger and the medium-rare is cooked just right. Go for lunch when the burgers are all $6.99 instead of the regular $9-$10 on the dinner menu.

                                                                                                                                            Karen and I went there twice for lunch and while the kitchen can be a little slow, the burgers and sides are good.

                                                                                                                                            They've got over 100 US and International beers to choose from including a good assortment of craft brews on tap and in bottles. The last time we had lunch they had Narragansett Lager on tap. This was a blast from my past. When I was younger there was nothing as good as an ice-cold 'gansett on a hot summer day.

                                                                                                                                            The Lodge: http://www.thelodgeboca.com/

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                                                                                                                                              OysterHo Aug 1, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                              I went there for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Since I was working, I couldn't have beer lol, but I did order a cheeseburger to go.

                                                                                                                                              I thought it was really good. I think they use a leaner cut of beef because it wasn't greasy (I happen to like greasy cheeseburgers lol) but it tasted good. Really good.

                                                                                                                                              And their homemade potato chips... oh my god! Wonderful. Not only am I an oyster ho, champagne ho, but sadly I'm a potato chip ho as well. :D

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                                                                                                                                              tpigeon Jul 24, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                              I order my burgers medium rare at charm city all the time. I never had it not medium rare...They will do whatever you want. Their chicken wings are great too.

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                                                                                                                                                OysterHo Aug 1, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                That's very good to know!!! I don't get near that area as much, but I will go back there anyway. I never bothered to order it that way because someone here said they wouldn't do it. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                  tpigeon Aug 1, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Next time get extra jalapeno sauce on the side (whether you order a jalapeno burger or not) and use it for the fries. It is awesome.

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                                                                                                                                            Blind Mind Jul 26, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                            Netmover - Love Food Cafe is located on the sand of Miami Beach right around 19th street. It's a little trailer with a yellow awning. The burgers are awesome.

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                                                                                                                                          sksmackdown Jul 6, 2009 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                          Obviously none of you have been to Old Homestead in the Boca Resort.

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                                                                                                                                            bizzy_geek Jul 4, 2009 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                            In Orlando -

                                                                                                                                            1. Sam Snead's (Maitland)
                                                                                                                                            2. Houston's
                                                                                                                                            3. Dubsdread

                                                                                                                                            I only went to Johnny's Fillin' Station one time and it was pretty good but I wasn't as impressed with it as all the reviews have suggested so maybe I need to go give it another try. Also I had a fantastic burger at the Gator's Dockside in Metrowest.

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                                                                                                                                              mag062367 Jul 2, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                              When I am craving an awesome burger, there are two I think of. One is the Kobe Beef Burger at Cheesecake Factory in Orlando. Awesome meat, so juicy you won't believe it. Topped with grilled onions and mushrooms, and that fantastic brioche bun. Don't do what I did and give your teenager a bite out of it. You may not get it back.

                                                                                                                                              The other one is the Cheeseburger in Paradise at Margaritaville at Universal Citywalk in Orlando. Awesome atmosphere, great margaritas, and one helluva burger. Very juicy, freshly ground meat.

                                                                                                                                              I give the Kobe Beef Burger from CF the edge, mainly because you can't beat Kobe beef.

                                                                                                                                              Enjoy

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                                                                                                                                                aynrandgirl Jul 4, 2009 03:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                The Cheeseburger In Paradise webside doesn't mention an Orlando location. Is it still there or is the website out of date? Is there a CIP in Broward?

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                                                                                                                                                Cinnamon Jun 30, 2009 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                Yesss! Netmover mentioned (in 2006) that Jack's Old Fashioned in Broward was best. That place is still there? It had killer burgers, the best ever, back in the 1970s.

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                                                                                                                                                  aynrandgirl Jul 1, 2009 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Jack's is indeed still there.

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                                                                                                                                                    Cinnamon Jul 1, 2009 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                    :D

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                                                                                                                                                  rainroosty Jun 30, 2009 03:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                  The best hamburgers we've EVER had (wife & I)...believe it or not, are at Farmer Girl restaurant: 1732 N Dixie Hwy
                                                                                                                                                  Lake Worth, FL 33460-6561
                                                                                                                                                  (561) 582-0317

                                                                                                                                                  Huge, amazing, real home made burgers, with loads of spectacular fresh toppings of your choice! Great fries, too. We told a few friends about it - they just went and tried it this week and came home in a happy bliss! No kidding, they're perfection every time.
                                                                                                                                                  My personal favorite is the burger with swiss and mushrooms....even the buns are super!
                                                                                                                                                  http://frontpage.jumponmarkslist.com/...

                                                                                                                                                  1. cvalcar Jun 29, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Bradenton/Sarasota Area - Councils in Downtown Bradenton, right across from the courthouse. It is an old school no frills awsome grease burger. 3rd generation burger joint that grinds the meat daily and cooks it in front of you. One beer on tap, Bud and pool tables. No plates just wrapped in a napkin, the menu consists of a Burger, Cheese Burger, Hot Dog and Chili. Just get a double with cheese all the way a Bud and then get one to go.

                                                                                                                                                    I like 5 guys and Cheeburger Cheeburger but I hate even mentioning chains when the old school burger joint is by far the best.

                                                                                                                                                    1. netmover Jun 27, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Does 8oz on SOBE merit recognition on this post?

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                                                                                                                                                        HabaneroJane Jun 29, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                        wouldn't say 8 oz is the best at all ..it's ok. not the best. intrigued by Charm City Burger--passed by it this weekend and was mobbed...

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                                                                                                                                                          SaminSFL Jun 29, 2009 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Its worth a stop, I stopped by there 2 times in the last 2 weeks, and both times their burgers were on the money, cooked perfectly,and juicy.

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                                                                                                                                                            HabaneroJane Jun 29, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                            SaminSFL--you're talking Charm City Burger or 8 oz?

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                                                                                                                                                              SaminSFL Jul 2, 2009 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                              HabaneroJane - Charm City - think Im headed there today for another one

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                                                                                                                                                        ash0529 Feb 16, 2009 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone tried Hamburger Heaven on palm beach?

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                                                                                                                                                          aynrandgirl Feb 15, 2009 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I tried Charm City Burger Company today. I had the "volcano" burger, which to tell you the truth wasn't actually spicy (unless you think canned jalapeƱos are spicy) but it was quite good. They also had fantastic fries, fresh-cut and tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. BurgerBeast Feb 14, 2009 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Anyone been to the Big Boy in Sanford?

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                                                                                                                                                            www.burgerbeast.com

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                                                                                                                                                              aynrandgirl Feb 14, 2009 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Any relation to the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank?

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                                                                                                                                                                BurgerBeast Feb 14, 2009 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Yup: http://bigboyflorida.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                www.burgerbeast.com

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                                                                                                                                                                  lax2mia Feb 15, 2009 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Big Boy was a Friday night staple growing up in L.A. Hope they make they're way south.

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                                                                                                                                                              crackerchick Nov 29, 2008 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Le Tub is the best and, no, they don't need your business. They are proud of and exasperated by the attention. Go when you are not in a hurry and just enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                              Brass Ring in North Palm Beach is close. Dark, hole in the wall that is home to local fishermen and the beer is super cold and the burgers, wings and onion rings to die for.

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                                                                                                                                                                netmover Dec 30, 2008 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                YOU are correct Crackerchick! Le Tub is the best...hands down! I waited for the hype to wear off from them being awarded "best burger in the usa" and wow was I sure glad to have gone back recently. This burger is simply sensational, although I did see where they squish it if you like it med-well or beyond. The burger came out within 10 to 15 minutes and with the laid back ambiance and vista extrodinaire, not to mention a cold beer to pass the time, it was well worth the short wait. At $11+, it's not cheap, but it is (by far) the best burger I have had anywhere...

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                                                                                                                                                                  flavrmeistr Jan 5, 2009 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Also correct on the Brass Ring. Best burger in Palm Beach County and has been for years. Sure could use one about now.

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                                                                                                                                                                  netmover Dec 30, 2008 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  someone out there must have something that kinda compares, no?

                                                                                                                                                                3. BurgerBeast Sep 19, 2008 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Another great burger, and it's from a chain is the Hooters burger. They used to have a double D burger, I believe it was almost a pound, but now they just went back to their single patty. Also, on a topic briefly mentioned, Fritas. I'm a big fan of El Mago De Las Fritas, on 8th Street near 57th avenue. The fritas are amazing, but the owner, El Mago is an interesting and temperamental fellow.

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                                                                                                                                                                    rainroosty Nov 26, 2008 02:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Best burger we've ever had: Gun Club Diner, West Palm Beach, N.E. corner at intersection of Gun Club Rd. & Military Trail.
                                                                                                                                                                    Incredible, big homemade burgers with superb fresh toppings and we can go in and get them even at 8:00 in the morning.........it's heaven!
                                                                                                                                                                    Excellent fries, too.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. melicancook Jul 21, 2008 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    The world famous keg south burger at the keg south off us1.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. non sequitur Jul 19, 2008 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I used to love Cheeburger Cheeburger, mentioned by many in this thread, but have sadly watched them disappear one after the other. First the one near work on Las Olas (the first store), then the one on US1 south of Broward Blvd, then the one on the beach in FLL, most recently Sawgrass Mills, and now I think even the airport one is gone. How can they expand nationwide while dying off here at home.

                                                                                                                                                                      That said, Flannigan's has some good burger moments, and 21 toppings was pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had Le Tub despite close proximity. Will have to do so someday "before I die" apparently.

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                                                                                                                                                                        humptea Jul 19, 2008 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Wow! What a great post. I stumbled upon this while doing a little Burger research just now. Looks like I got some reading to do.

                                                                                                                                                                        Here are a few of my favorites:

                                                                                                                                                                        Char Hut
                                                                                                                                                                        Jack's
                                                                                                                                                                        Lil Caboose

                                                                                                                                                                        Good eats!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. karmalaw Jan 12, 2008 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I tried 5 guys (they are open in Miami midtown). I was NOT impressed at all.

                                                                                                                                                                          Tobacco Road definitely makes a far tastier burger -- with the bonus of being able to have one until 2 a.m.

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                                                                                                                                                                            MtVernon Jan 7, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Letub in Hollywood is the best burger and also the best view of the inter coastal. I don't live in South Florida anymore, but I sure do miss this place!

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                                                                                                                                                                              netmover Jan 7, 2008 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I got to get back to Le Tub, it's been far too long! Ever since they were voted best burger in the usa by Esquire Mag the hour wait hardly seemed worth it. Has anyone been lately that can attest otherwise? 1/2 ok, an hour and they can kiss my ASS! Paella only requires 45 minutes for Pete's sake! How a burger can take an hour is beyond me...it's as if he doesn't want the business.

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                                                                                                                                                                                The Chowfather AKA sobe Jan 7, 2008 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                This time of year can be tough. That said, I think "45 minutes" is their standard response so people don't start complaining after 15 minutes etc. When I was there a few weeks ago I got "45" and it took 20 or so. *don't kill me if it takes an hour...

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                                                                                                                                                                              Kingdom on Biscayne around 67th deserves mention. More here ->
                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/47294...

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                                                                                                                                                                              6708 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

                                                                                                                                                                              1. eatnbmerry Dec 22, 2007 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Finally had a chance to try Jack's Old Fashioned (Federal location) today and quite honestly was underwhelmed. Not a bad burger mind you, but definitely, hopefully please, not near the best one can find in SoFla. I'm hoping that Le Tub is a step up from here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chowfather AKA sobe Dec 23, 2007 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Chart hut beats both. The burgers at Sonny's in Hollywood are great too. Just hard to order that over the cheesesteak... (Warning Sonny's is closed Sundays)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    netmover Dec 23, 2007 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry to hear that ENMB! What size did you get? I used to go with the jr's but have since gone with the 1/2 pounders. I love the accoutriment bar and the beef is top notch.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Le Tub is really a special burger and with that vista, they are hard to beat. Sonny's hogie burgers are good, but I'm with you chowdaddy, I cannot overcome my chz stk temptation once there.....no way! It's been 8 days now and I am jonesing for one to the max!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      eatnbmerry Dec 23, 2007 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      First off, THANKS to you BOTH for always seeming to point the way to good stuff down here.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I had the the 1/3 pounder with cheese (knew as soon as ordered that shoulda had the 1/4 oh well) and like I said, not bad, but I thought the meat was somewhat bland. I realize from your post(s) Net that I should add some of condiments but wanted to try without much the first time just to see. Will give them another try down the road.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Was almost going to head to Sonny's (cheesesteak craving for sure) but my son wanted a burger. Thanks sobe, we'll know next time that we both can satisfy our stomachs at Sonny's (I read 66th and Taft but what is big cross street?). I will definitely add Chart Hut (where is it?) to the list since I really am in search of a "lost burger" from my youth:
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/466506

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                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Dec 23, 2007 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sonny's Burger Hogie is the only beef I found that even closely resembles what Jack's is putting out. Like ChowDaddy said, they are good, but it is virtually impossible to order a burger there knowing what you're about to be missing...the best steak sammie this side of Philly. I would be shocked if anyone's Cheesesteak is better even in Philly! 66th is the cross street, in fact it's on 66th Ave just north of Taft.

                                                                                                                                                                                        There is more than one Char Hut I beleive, the one I frequent is out by Pines Ice Arena also on Taft, just east of Flamingo. I like them, the poppy seed bun is a nice touch, I just think I like Jack's is better when it comes to the Burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          eatnbmerry Dec 23, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          TY as always Net!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            lydiainflorida Jan 7, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Is Char Hut a sit down place (with TV's and beer) or a quick service place?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              The Chowfather AKA sobe Jan 7, 2008 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              It leans more toward a fast food/quick service place. No table service. The Pembroke and Davie locations do have TV's though. Not sure of they serve beer. Don't think so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                amyvc Jun 28, 2009 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Char Hut in Sunrise, on University between Sunrise and Oakland serves beer. I know this post is about burgers, but the hot dogs there are great also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      TIGirl Dec 3, 2007 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      St Pete Area:
                                                                                                                                                                                      #1 The Kerby Burger at the Reef on St. Pete Beach (Angus beef, sauted mushrooms, blue cheese, topped with a slice of Swiss to hold everything on. Delish!
                                                                                                                                                                                      #2 Chattaways - St. Petersburg
                                                                                                                                                                                      #3 Ted Peters - Pasadena

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                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Dec 5, 2007 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        TIG>what Reef? Please school this South FLA-ridian...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          TIGirl Dec 10, 2007 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Reef is a bar and grill located at 6712 Gulf Blvd on St. Pete Beach. Pretty typical beach type place. I just think the Kerby Burger is outstanding...the combination of blu cheese, swiss and mushrooms floats my boat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Rhody Dec 8, 2007 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          TIGirl: Is Chattaways in a fairly safe area? I have been to downtown St Pete and to Tropicana area as well as St Pete Beach. But rarely to St Pete (proper) Some posters say beware of certain sections of St Pete but I am not sure where those areas are.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            TIGirl Dec 10, 2007 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Rhody -
                                                                                                                                                                                            That's a tough call. I feel quite safe there. I recommend going for lunch on Saturday (daylight) eat outside and enjoy the bathtubs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Ashlyn819 Dec 3, 2007 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Conestoga's in Alachua (about 30 minutes from Gainesville) When I was a student at UF, from '02-'05, we would drive out here to eat. It's country, adorable and delicious. If you can eat the 3lb burger, it's free and you get a slice of pie and a t-shirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ted's Montana Grill. I like the bison burgers, and the fries are pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. netmover Dec 2, 2007 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I finally made it to Cheeburger Cheeburger...passed up the Char Hut to do so!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chose the serious burger 10oz. Was going to go with the 7oz semi serious but was talked out of it by a guest at the counter. Interesting concept soda fountain cum burger joint. Like that card hasn't been played already! Anyhow, this regional chain has taken off by the looks of the number of stores they have. Can the rest of America be that burger deprived?

                                                                                                                                                                                            I was sat in the dining room and began bolting when I read the signs proclaiming med-well or well done only. Upon inquiring at the counter the server informed me the menu says you can order them medium too. Ok, I'll stay then. Needless to say this gargantuan burger, they offer two larger ones btw, came replete with all the usual fixins L,T,O,P, choice of cheese with an overgrown bun. I ditched the bottom half of the bun and didn't eat half of the top. I had to eat it with a fork and knife which already disqualifies it as a worthy burger, I know.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Though the Black Angus is good, as was the tomato and onion, there's nothing special about this burger IMHO. And when they kill it with the overcook, it's not working well at all I am afraid to say.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I never ask for a temp at Jack's Old Fashioned and they do not come out med-rare the way I like them there either, however, the meat is so much better at Jack's that I hardly notice it's cooked a tad or two above what I enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Next time I got a burger hankerin' out that a way, I will be checking back into the Char Hut, tried and tested...hard to be bested other than Jack's of course!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              blueridge Oct 7, 2007 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              JACKSONVILLE - Five Guys and Fries - Hand made patties to order, specialty toppings such as sauteed mushrooms, fried onions if you want - Cheap prices and hand cut cajun fries (or regular).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                mdcc81 Oct 7, 2007 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Palm Gardens in Tavares would win this hands down in Florida... laid back atmosphere on the water and great burgers... Orlando Sentinel rated this as one of the best places in Central Florida and they were right... other spot in Central Florida would be Chase's On The Beach in New Smyrna Beach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Punkrock666 Oct 2, 2007 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey all, I'm a newbie but this site is awesome and I signed up 'cause I had to mention what I think is the BEST burger in Gainesville, FL - the New Deal Cafe. For those of you familiar with G-ville, it's related (and right next door) to Mildred's Big City Bistro - same cooks, WAY cheaper prices. There's no special sauce or anything, they're just HUGE, perfectly cooked (my boyfriend gets them medium and I'm a medium-well cat myself), the bun is toasted, the fries are great, and it's about 8 bucks. I agree with whoever said Cafe Gardens; they've got a pretty good burger, as does Farah's on the Avenue. Whataburger is way overrated; but if you want a burger at 6am, there you go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  And I have to say that Johnny Rockets' mushroom swiss burger was just awesome... way juicy and loaded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  New Deal is on the SW corner of University and 34th Street in the shopping strip thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    PDeveaux Oct 6, 2007 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the tip about Gainesville. We go several times a year to attend Gator football games and are always looking for someplace unique to eat before or after.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    SzTampa Sep 28, 2007 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For the Suncoast Area -
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tampa - Skipper's burger is really good - and they have good music and a nice laid back atmosphere. Ballyhoo's in Citrus Park area has a great burger too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    St. Petersburg - Chataway's Chattaburger is messy but GOOD. It's a St. Petersburg landmark. I've been going there for over 30 years. Ted Peter's in Pasadena/Gulfport area has a burger that is really good and their smoked fish spread appetizer is awesome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Palm Harbor - Lucky Dill Deli has good burgers and everything else.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clearwater and Tarpon Springs - Cody's Roadhouse has excellent burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      glowworm Sep 27, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here is another vote for 5 Guys and another vote for Johnny's Filling Station, too (Orlando). Beyond that, hmm, too many to chose from, I think. My coworker piped up with "Holly's and Dolly's" in Castleberry as being her favorite, so I'll throw that in as my number 3 choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob Mervine Sep 29, 2007 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Because this thread has gotten so long, it's impossible -- or at least too much work -- to check on whether I've added two more of my Orlando favorites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry if I repeat myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        One is the burger at the tavern at Dubsdread, Big, beautiful, perfectly cooked and served with great fries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The other is at a place called Friends, It's on Mills south of Virgina on the west side -- sits back from the road a little. Best bleu cheese burger ever, and with a nice tall cold glass of Hefeweizen, it was perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        miza_b Sep 20, 2007 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can only speak for North Florida so here goes

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Col. Mustard's Phabulous Phat Burgers - located at the corner of Southside Blvd. and Baymeadows Road. Great hand patted burgers that are guarenteed to be 1/2 lb, but sometimes larger and cooked anyway you like. The toppings are The Colonel's choice so don't be surprised if you get a snide remark if you deviate from the menu (I know I have). That's another thing, the Colonel is known for giving patrons a hard time, but it is worth it for the burgers. My favorite is the egg burger, but they are all good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/092206/lif_5127982.shtml

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Angel's Diner - located at 209 Reid Street in Palatka, FL has been serving burgers for over 50 years. They serve their burgers in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 pound patties with all the fixins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Not in FL, but I love me some In-N-Out. The meat is fresh ground and the fries are fresh cut. I'm sure everyone knows they have a hidden menu. I love the double-double animal style and the animal style fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.badmouth.net/in-n-outs-sec...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          aynrandgirl Sep 24, 2007 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a California transplant, I must say In-N-Out is divine. Sadly they won't franchise or even expand with a regional manager under their direct control, so their market is limited to about a (long) day's driving distance from LA. A regional hub in Tallahassee or Pensacola could serve all of Florida along with a big chunk of the rest of the South. I think we'll have to wait until the current generation of the family dies before seeing In-N-Out in FL.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            nelsonjazz Apr 17, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Angel's Diner - so the burgers are good? I have heard bad things about this place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just had a Char Hut double Cheeseburger and have to give them their kudos...this Broward institution is among the best in FLA for sure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              EDBM Sep 15, 2007 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have only recently found this board, and as a hard-core foodie, it is awesome. As for the burger issue, I have to agree that Le Tub is it. GQ actually did an article on the 20 burgers that you have to eat before you die. Le Tub was number one in the Country. http://men.style.com/gq/features/full... I also like the Falcon Pub, Cheers in Ft. Lauderdale, and for the faster food side, it is impossible to beat Char Hut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                netmover Jan 12, 2008 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the clarification! I have been saying Le Tub was voted Best Burger in Esquire? I have no idea why...so, I appreciate the knowledge that it was really GQ who dubbed their's the Best Burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It may just be that time of year...for a Le Tub doozy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As for beating Char Hut, well let's just say I am partial to Jack's Old Fashioned. CH's are good, don't get me wrong...very good, excellent in fact. I just prefer Jack's and a little Piquant sauce goes a long way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had the Kobe Sliders tonight at Quarterdeck...don't bother! Ordered med-rare, served well done...if that's Kobe then I won't bother wasting my money on the steaks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ronijeni Sep 12, 2007 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hands down best burger I've ever had is in the Food Shack in Jupiter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. PDeveaux Sep 3, 2007 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The 3-cheese cheeseburger at The Breakers in New Smyrna Beach is the best and most yummy I've found.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i360 Sep 12, 2007 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If anyone is in the Oldsmar section of Tampa check out Daddy's on Hillsborough. It caters to an older crowd but they have awesome cheeseburgers and very cheap... They are the fresh handmade kind not the pre fabbed burgers some places serve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aynrandgirl Sep 24, 2007 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where on Hillsborough? Any relation to Daddy's Grill, 3705 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i360 Sep 26, 2007 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, thats the place... Try the burgers and raspberry iced tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rhnault Sep 27, 2007 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good to know about Daddy's. i have passed that place hundreds of times and would never have thought to stop and try it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i360 Sep 28, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, can't vouch for anything else on the menu but their burgers are excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and cheap!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mild Bill Dec 10, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I stopped in to Daddy's Grill today for the first time to try their burger and it was really good, bordering on great...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite burger so far is from J. Alexander's in Tampa because the beef patty often tastes like it's aged as well as grilled---- but I just called and a manager confirmed that the burger beef is NOT aged, just quality Angus...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So today I ordered a bacon cheeseburger cooked medium rare and that's how it came!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I smelled 'grill' as the waitress placed it on the table, and I was very relieved it wasn't a stupid thin frozen patty...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It tasted as good as it smelled...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's probably a 1/2lb patty, hand-formed it seemed... $6.50...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soft sesame seed bun, generous bacon, juicy, flavorful, drippy, burger...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I ordered fries 'well done' and they were---- just right...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I ate them all first, dipped in ketchup, before taking my first bite of the burger...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's a big, clean, family restaurant, and family owned it seems...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            An elderly couple was running around as well as young waitresses...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Everyone was friendly---- but I also went at 3:30PM...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was just me and 2 or 3 other occupied tables...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Something about the atmosphere, and the quality burger & fries, made me feel a little nostalgic, even tho that's not in any way something they're trying to project in their deco or anything...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It felt like somewhere I might have gone with my parents when I was young...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Like i360 said, I can't vouch for anything else on the menu but their burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (and 'well-done' fries) are excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jmiller07 Aug 26, 2007 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheeseburger Cheeseburger inside teh Ft. Lauderdale airport. One of teh best burgers around and by far the best Airport Chow I have found

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. OysterHo Aug 26, 2007 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite is definitely Jack's in Ft. Lauderdale. I remember getting L & T in a bag there too and thought WTH? Now I get the burgers with grilled onions and peppers and it's even better than L&T. I've been going there since the mid 70's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While I dislike Ruby Tuesday (service and overall atmosphere), their burgers are pretty good, as are Houston's and Cheesecake Factory (factory burger - never tried the sliders).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For fast food junk burgers, I like McD's, Checkers, and steak n shake. I had In n Out in Cali on a trip and thought it was very good, but the best ever? Not IMO. I grew up in Miami and loved going to Royal Castle - very fond memories!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm in north Broward and will definitely check out Lil Caboose - it's right around the corner from me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I cannot eat BK anymore because I get horrible indigestion from the meat taste. I think they flavor their meat with some kind of smoke or something even more scary to make it taste like it's freshly grilled over a flame. And whatever it is they use makes me feel ill hours later. It's a shame because whoppers taste pretty good going down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Does anybody else get ill from bk whoppers?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Aug 26, 2007 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OH, I just went to Royal Castle (on 27th, the one on 7th is still closed) and it was DREADFUL! 1ST of all, they closed to mop (open 24 hours?), they said ten minutes it was more like a half an hour. The burgers were just gnarly...definately try the Lil Caboose if you're in need of a flashback because you will be sorely disappointed should you head to the hood for those no good Royal Castle Burgers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, let those fond memories live on ... by steering clear of that place now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for Jack's, I am with you, they are hard to beat. Sonny's meat was the closest I have ever seen down here to Jacks. However, it is very hard not to order their steak sammies in lieu of the chz burger hogie. I really want to get back over to Le Tub, but think I will wait for cooler weather.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Suzyummy Aug 26, 2007 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I sure do OH. BK and donuts are maybe the only 2 things that don't agree with my ironclad stomach. It's been years since I've had a burger at BK...but enough to scare me away for life!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OysterHo Aug 26, 2007 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL yes, donuts do me in too! I stopped eating them years ago too but I ignored the BK warnings. I don't think I'll do bk anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                netmover, thanks for the tip - I won't go back to RC. What a shame. I remember going there with my parents after the dolphin games. That said, I can't wait to try lil caboose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well I finally tried Sonny's Cheesburger Hoagie and YES they are devine! Best meat I have found since Jack's Old Fashioned, where Sonny's excels is that homemade hoagie roll. They are worthy of a try if you can just get beyond their delectable Steak Sammies?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dlgc Aug 19, 2007 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where in Hollywood is Sonny's located. We always go to Le Tub but would love to try a new spot

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  netmover Aug 21, 2007 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sonny's is 66 blocks west on Taft. It's actually on 66th Ave, just North of Taft. Throw back ambiance far from the sea and Intercoastal, but well worth the trip. In fact, I've been known to make the trip up and back from sobe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sobe Aug 24, 2007 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good call on Sonny's. Cheeseburger Hoagie and Cheesesteak were excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    netmover Aug 24, 2007 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funny, I was just there today for a late lunch...I must confess, I almost ordered a 2nd chz steak! They are so good it's hard to order the chz burger! They are excellent! I'm glad you think so too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. NY P8ntball Aug 14, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Netmover,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aren't there enough people from the NY/NJ/Ct tri-state area for someone to open a Jackson Hole here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope this Fatburger doesn't turn out to be a Whataburger..... :-0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    netmover Aug 15, 2007 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1st of all, I would like to thank each and everyone of you who has responded to my very first Chowhound thread! I have been awaiting the 200 threshold with great anticipation! March 25, 2006, so just under 17 months...whooee that's alotta burger talk.. SNL had Coffee Talk, we got Boourgherr Taulk!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hear there will be a new NYC Burger joint coming to SOBE in our future...details to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fatburger is coming to sobe...anyone got the goods on this cali burger?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob Mervine Aug 14, 2007 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Haben't tried them yet, and I don't know about down there, but they are headed to Orlando:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Cult worship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orlando burger lovers are in for a treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the country's cult hamburger chains, Fatburger, is heading for Central Florida.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Los Angeles-based chain began expanding outside of the West Coast and is searching for a franchisee in Central Florida to build up to 10 locations here in the next two years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burgers made from never-frozen beef can be ordered fried or flame grilled."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wikipedia has a pretty good write up on them:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatburger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Aug 14, 2007 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks for that Bob...should we all chip in for the Fatburger rights to O-Town?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        aynrandgirl Sep 23, 2007 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not so impressed with Fatburger. Jack in the Box is better. If you're going to talk Cali burgers, I hope to live long enough to see In-N-Out come to Florida.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          herbage Sep 24, 2007 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amen. I pray for In-N-Out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jword2001 Sep 24, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            add Farmer boy's, and Culvers....fast food heaven!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. JonasBrand Aug 1, 2007 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tobacco Road has a tasty burger. Better if you ask for a fried egg on top! (Miami)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Copper Monkey also has a great burger. (Gainesville)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          netmover Aug 1, 2007 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          seeing how you dig the beef and fried egg thing (I do not), you should try Enriquetta's Bifstec al Caballo it's their signature dish up on 2nd Ave and 29th St in Miami...if you haven't already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LesleyEats Aug 15, 2007 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Tobacco Road's Death Burger!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jessicam29 Aug 15, 2007 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i second the Copper Monkey, Jonas. Great buffalo chicken sandwich too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. netmover Jul 28, 2007 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone ever had the Cheeseburger Hoagie at Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies in Hollywood? I got a feeling they belong on this list, but I cannot get myself to try them seeing how I am in love with their steak sammies! The hoagie roll they use is fresh baked and a Godsend. I tried their meatballs yesterday and can atest they are delish as is their red gravy...yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sobe Jul 24, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Kobe Beef Burger at Armadillo Beach in Dania. It's on the lunch menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  netmover Jul 24, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any relation to the Armadillo of Davie?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sobe Jul 24, 2007 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      netmover Aug 1, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sobe, I've heard great things about that place. What else do you recommend there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sobe Aug 1, 2007 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ok off topic..., everything I have had on the lunch menu is excellent. Dinner has been more hit or miss. Apps have been very good. Fried Goat cheese, black and white soup, mozzarella stack. Hanger steak was a home run, yellow snapper good, sea bass so-so and I would avoid the shrimp scampi and pappardelle pasta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386564

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1stmakearoux Jul 20, 2007 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marco Island:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cocomo's: Great burger! Try it with bleu cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kretch's: Incrdible Patty Melt, like none other!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sunkissedbabe43 Sep 18, 2007 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with Kretch's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also love the wings at the Crazy Flamingo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fysa Jul 20, 2007 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    St. Petersburg Burgers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Sand Bar Bill's at the Bel Air Resort in St. Pete Beach -- make sure you ask for bacon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Brisket Basket in St. Petersburg (off 275) -- their brisket burgers are some of the best I've ever had.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. El Cap -- excellent, but I would visit the above two first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .. I'm getting hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      queencru Jul 22, 2007 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I went to El Cap for lunch about a year ago because I heard about how great it was. I don't know what it was, but my stomach was a mess for the rest of the day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        aynrandgirl Sep 23, 2007 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's the _Bon_ Aire Resort Motel. What's so great about the bacon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fernerobin Apr 18, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a St Petersburg native I can soundly attest that El Cap is little more than reheated hype. The Burgers are not horrible but not great either....and you pay extra for absolutely EVERYTHING! Who needs that? The 'service' varies from border line rude to outright hostile....all in an atmosphere much like the bus station! There are MANY better burgers in the area; Just skip this totally overrated hype joint!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rhnault Apr 18, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think El Cap is great and have always had great service there. We always sit at the bar. The prices are so inexpensive that who cares if you pay for extras. It's still cheaper than the fancy new gourmet burger places and it states right on the menu what you are paying for. Not like there are secret hidden charges.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mialebven Jul 19, 2007 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My vote for the best burgers go to any of the Colombian burger joints - they beat the Cuban Fritas and the American burgers, hands down!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Jul 21, 2007 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wait a cotton pickin' second....WHAT?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a Colombian Burger???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please advise soonest!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lover their Ajiaco, head and heels over the Cuban version in fact...but a colombo burger? You got to descibe it in detail + tell us where. I used to live in Colombia and went burgerless for 6 months!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mialebven Jul 21, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is what Hatless, a fellow Chowhoundeer said, regarding Colombian burgers:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crazy toppings piled on. Cuban ones involve potato sticks. Brazilian ones add to the usual American accoutrements beets, corn niblets and a fried egg, for instance. Colombian ones are fairly similar to the Brazilian kitchen-sink spirit. Their key additional contribution is finely crushed pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you're not up to the task of a whole burger done that way, Los Perros give similar treatment to its namesake hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              South America is the current world leader in outrageous/appalling burger and hot dog configuration."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mine had ham (and of course, the ground patty), pineapple sauce, latin american white cheese, fried egg, mayo rosado (pink sauce), and so forth. There's a picture of it in www.yelp.com if you search MAO and it looks like a monster - but sooooo good! Que rico el sabor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They're all over Miami, but I think the most notable is Los Perros in West Kendall, famous here because of it's clubby-looking interior. They're all open late. Also family-friendly Colombian chain (like FROM Colombia) Que Perro also in western Miami is also good! But if you're not in Miami, that doesn't mean you can't get Colombian burgers - they really should already be all over Florida. I found a Colombian burger joint even in Tallahassee!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But while I love Colombian burgers mainly for the unique flavor it brings because of the toppings, I'm sure there's a joint better than others, but as of yet, I've been having a hard time picking one - I have only tried four Colombian burger joints around here. Their similarly crazy hot dogs are really good too! I really need to get out more!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mialebven Jul 21, 2007 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed you're in South Beach. The closest place that should have the Colombian hot dogs (which usually means that they should also have the burgers as well) is Antojitos de mi Tierra at 710 Washington Ave. 305-673-0912. They have takeout, delivery and they're open late, from 10 am to 6 AM. I haven't tried this place out yet so you have to tell me how it is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              franlove Jul 16, 2007 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The best burger in Vero Beach? The Clubhouse Bar and Grill on Atlantic Blvd. just off Route 60 and 40th Ave! Hand-pressed, cooked to order, and you can make it the way you like it..or try one of their specialty burgers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Bob Mervine May 28, 2007 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can't find the original post that Voodoo Lou made, but it was basically to tout his altime favorite burgers -- Fuddrucker's, especially the Orlando location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just finished a column on Orlando's five best burgers, and among the dozen-plus I sampled were Fudd's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They didn't make the cut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The ambiance of the concept has vanished, replaced by food court lighting and decor. Despite the very large dining area, tables are small and cramped. The stacks of dry goods, the sides of beef in the walk in are nearly gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And the food is plain, bland and nearly tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My comments were cut (for space reasons) from the final story, but I wrote.:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "One other chain worth mentioning is Fuddruckers ( in the Festival Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marketplace at 5250 International Dr., Orlando, (407) 352-6464), another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Texas chain specializing in burgers. In the old days, visiting a Fuddrucker's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                was an eye opener. The freezer was loaded with sides of beef and beef slabs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ready for grinding, a display today that has been reduced to plastic wrapped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rolls of burger meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The decor was colorful and the sandwich presentation interesting, with an open-faced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                burger topped with the cheese or sauce ordered. A toppings bar allowed total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                customization of the burger. However, when all was said and done, there was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                little or no rich, juicy beef flavor, a lot of grease, and even the jalepenos were bland."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another note I made was that their old-style method of service needs reworking. It may be quanit and reminiscent of the old days, but when some items are presented, like milkshakes, ando thers require a pick up, it makes for a very awkward situation for a mom akone with small kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lou, if its any consolation, I trashed Five Guys also (also cut) because they REQUIRE that all burgers be served well done -- no exceptions and no explainations. "That's the rule," said they young man who served me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The highly touted fries required salt and malt vinegar or Cajun spice to have any flavor. No thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hitachino May 28, 2007 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i tried fuddruckers once a long time ago and i was not impressed (hence the once) -- it was the one in altamonte, not sure if it's even still there -- i never could understand all of the recs for that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as for 5 guys, haven't tried it yet but well-done isn't a problem for me (can't stand pink) and neither are spiced fries so i'll probably still give them a go next time i'm in that neck of the woods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we're going to have burgers on the grill this evening, and those are always the best ever - never had a restaurant burger that could beat it. (home-grilled, ground chuck -- charcoal)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i do like the lacy edges that someone mentioned up above, steak and shake will often serve them like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i even try to make some good bits of extra crunchy in my ground beef when i brown it for tacos or chili......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thakrza May 29, 2007 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it hasn't been said...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    El Cap on 4th Street N in St. Pete.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gator Tom May 31, 2007 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree - El Cap and Chattaway in St. Pete

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Check Please Jun 1, 2007 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EL Cap used to be so much better than they are now. Such a shame. Used to be you could not even get in the door on Friday and Saturday night. Now you can walk right in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thakrza Jun 1, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am glad to walk right in--their burger is just fine; sure, it could be better, but when it is that good and that cheap? I ain't one to complain!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    frienetic Jun 7, 2007 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is there any way I can read this column you speak of. I'm always on the search for best burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob Mervine Jun 7, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It won't publish until June 15 and the magazine is distributed with the Orlando Business Journal -- it's not online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact me offline after it publishes and I'll send you a copy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Jun 7, 2007 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BOB-U R BIG TIME!!! THEY OUGHT TO NAME A BUGER AFTER U...4 REAL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob Mervine Jun 8, 2007 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's called Bob's Big Boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Jun 8, 2007 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Are they any good???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BBB never made it down here to the bottom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hitachino Jun 8, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i remember eating at those on trips up to / back from NC - FL - never saw any in FL until a few days ago when i saw one over by the sanford mall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i haven't eaten at a BBB since i was a kid, so can't vouch for it now, but i sure did look forward to it back in the day......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob Mervine Jun 8, 2007 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was kind of joking. A sort of riff on my name and the iconic burger chain, known as Frisch's Bib Boy or other names around the country.,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_... for details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favorite Big Boy burger was actually the Brawny Lad, a quarter pound of beef topped with butter and a slice of onion on a toasted rye bun. I added Swiss and some mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  soniamig Jun 14, 2007 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried a good garden or beggie burger any where?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ottjl Jun 14, 2007 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The best burgers i ever had were at Chris Madrids and Bobby J's in San Antonio Texas. An good burger places like that in norther florida sandestin destin area

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mialebven Jul 19, 2007 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really like the veggie burger at Sara's in North Miami Beach. And I'm a carnivore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aynrandgirl Jun 14, 2007 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been to the Bob's in Burbank, CA. It still has a very cool Bob statute outside. Heck, it's a state landmark. A classic and enjoyable 50's diner experience. The famous double-deck Big Boy burger was very good. McDonald's basically stole the idea for the Big Mac.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got to say, they did a very nice job at El Rey de las Fritas on Calle Ocho. They recently moved to the 1700 block of SW 8th Street in Little Havana. I finally made it there this weekend and their Fritas are the BOMB! The place is very modern, nice big counter ideal for solo diners. Mind you, it's not a traditional burger, but it is by far one of the best you'll ever sabor. Viva El Rey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Q: are there any other good Frita places worthy of mention here in the MIA? I'd be surprised if any are as good or better than the Rey...but I am all ears errrr eyes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover May 28, 2007 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            correction, El Rey de las Fritas is on the 1800 block of Calle Ocho, 1821 SW 8th Street Miami to be exact. After writing the above, I had a hankering for another one. This visit, I actually stopped at one...a true feat in and of itself!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jzepp Mar 6, 2007 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Miami Area
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Royal Castle (best of the mini-burger genre)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smith and Wollensky (fresh baked buns and ground filet mignon!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jzepp Mar 6, 2007 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Royal Castle in the North West section of Miami kicks Krystal butt! Far more superior than the Krystal chain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eimac Feb 22, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Schoops - restaurants in Winter haven, Lakeland and lake Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They chop up the meat while its on the grill so it's all lacy crispy edges

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  blondie23 Feb 22, 2007 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have to chime in for Gainesville - for my money, the burger and beer night at 3rd Place in Haile Plantation is one of the best deals in town! Great and consistent burgers and fries (other great food, too!) and friendly staff knows their regulars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bengaliwife Feb 22, 2007 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mississippi sweets in boca raton on federaql highway has a good burger too

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bengaliwife Feb 22, 2007 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      where is the Fuddrucker's located in south florida? The one on Sunrise is closed. Char hut is good. It reminds me alot of cook out, a char grill chain in NC. yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        exotec Feb 21, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh. Yum. Biff Burger in St. Pete. :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Buffy's BBQ next door, but I can never get that far. Smells good, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.biffburgers.com/MenuMaster...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jakamofena Feb 18, 2007 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hideaway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Orlando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Virginia between Orange and Mills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          great burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also chicken quesadillas and BLTs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you Hideaway for keeping the cold beer flowing for its neighbors following the hurricanes of 2004! We will not forget you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bob Mervine Feb 19, 2007 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is that the place painted in Miami Dolphin colors near Logan's? I've heard about it -- mostly after the hurricanes -- but never made it in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's on the list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mitchowski Feb 16, 2007 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fusion, in Tallahassee, has the worst burger in town. Guess the other reader back in June 06 got lucky or the cook who made that one skipped town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              clanlamond Feb 14, 2007 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              #1. Newberry, FL Can't remember the name of the little diner but considering it's about the only place in the town it wouldn't be hard to find again...if you can find Newberry! Somewhere near Gainesville. Cheap and delish singles, doubles, and triples. Called hubby...Ranch Burger is the name. #2. The Nell burger, Highland St. Cafe in Mt. Dora. #3.Used to be the Rexall Drug Store in Apopka but they closed and may have re-opened with new management. Hopefully they still have the same great burgers. If not, check out Angel's Diner in Palatka, FL the oldest diner in Florida! It's dumpy looking but the food is traditional diner stuff with shakes, fries, burgers...about 2 blocks after the bridge over the St.John's River.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. HeatherFL Feb 13, 2007 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it's still open on Drew Street in Clearwater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. yummyinmytummy Feb 13, 2007 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For Spring break my freshman year I went to Clearwater/Sarasota...there was this dive of a place called Duffy's...hands done the best burger I had at that time...I talked about it for years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know...is Duffy's still open and are the burgers still good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. HeatherFL Feb 13, 2007 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another vote for the Chattaway in St. Petersburg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. drjimdolan Feb 9, 2007 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lord! No chains please! Best hands down is the restaraunt at the Ft. Pierce airport by Customs and Immigration -- the Tiki Hut. Perpetual winner of the "$100 Hamburger" (a pilot joke.) Second best airport burger was at Tailwinds in Ocala, but they've changed owners since I've been there so can't vouch for sure. If you decide to go Island and come down here to the Keys, for the classic it's Chillie Willies on Plantation Key and Hungry Tarpon at the north end of Lower Matcumbe (love the jalapeno burger with peppers melted under the cheddar cheese). Upscale would be the burger at Morada Bay on Islamorada or "The Barge" at Buzzard's Roost in north Key Largo. The best of all time though would be that one at the Lobster Trap at Walker's Key in the Bahamas just after you've made the run from the states, put the lines on the boat up in the slip, cleared customs and showered and cleaned up. With a cold Kalik of course. Several actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JAC13 Feb 5, 2007 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh! I almost forgot about Lindburgers- yummy! http://www.lindburgers.com/locations....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAC13 Feb 5, 2007 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Houston's in the best- I realize it is a chain but I when I crave a burger, that is where I go. Cheeburger Cheeburger is also decent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. clean plate Feb 5, 2007 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OH! sorry "cheese burger in paradise" Cabbage Key. How could ya go wrong there ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. netmover Feb 2, 2007 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheeseburger Baby on South Beach. The Black Angus 2.5oz Baby Burgers or the 1/2 pounders excel and are priced very right in a town where a simple burger can cost you an arm and an eye! Washington Ave and 15th St. And though I have never done it, I sure as heck would be tempted were I a tourist slepping around South Beach on a Saturday or Sunday...$5 all the draft you can drink! In fact, it may be every day? Not a bad place to get your buzz on whilst enjoying a great burger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. donh Feb 1, 2007 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By far Five Guys in Tampa outstanding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                El Caps I don't get left there and said what am I missing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Biff's also very good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SouthWaltonFoodie Jul 2, 2009 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I ate a Five Guys cheeseburger with tons of fixin's for the first time the other night and must say it was phenomenal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mhill95 Feb 1, 2007 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mango's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  904 East Las Olas Boulevard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  954.523.5001
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great Burgers, Great Rings

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HOW ABOUT "CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE??? YUSEPPA ISLAND ????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tobacco Road - Miami ... the oldest bar in the bottom ... Liquor License # 1 Throw in some Blues and the Burgers & Brews taste better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tampa Chrissie Jan 18, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is it possible no one has mentioned Ted Peters?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's on Pasadena Ave in the Pasadena/St. Pete area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Awsome burgers and smoked fish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          specialkdb1 Jan 15, 2007 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love Five Guys in Orlando . There burgers and fries are both excellent. I have only been to the Dr. Phillips location. OUTSTANDING!Do wish they had shakes though

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. netmover Jan 4, 2007 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I got to throw Joe Allen's into the mix. Wow, that's a big burger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. srcusa Jan 3, 2007 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's still a Ranch House Restaurant on West Hillsborough in Tampa. Don't know if it's the same chain, but it looks like the place has been there forever. Never gave it a try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flavrmeistr Jan 17, 2007 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worked at a Ranch House as a kid. Great burgers and breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stridge Jan 3, 2007 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone remember the Ranch House chain the best burger I EVER ate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I noticed someone mentioned Jimmy Mac's in Tampa. Unfortunately, they closed the South Tampa location about a year ago. The owner's promised they would be back in business after taking a hiatus, but no word yet. I've yet to find anything that can match the burgers Jimmy Mac's used to serve and would love to hear from someone who has an update.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    njbbqman Jan 1, 2007 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i need to add a vote for new pass bait shop and grill in sarasota--had great cheeseburgers with grilled onions last week--with fries for under $7.00! def worth a try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gfctampa Dec 30, 2006 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are opening a "Five Guys" restaurant about a mile away. It has about 4 menu items- the main food is hamburgers. One price (I think 3.99) includes whatever of the numerous fixings they offer you want on the burger -with only bacon and cheese costing extra; comes with fries. Has had a lot of write ups as one of the best burgers and values (Zagats). Anyone heard or eaten at one? They have one in the Brandon Mall and are opening another in North Tampa too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rebecca.kukla Dec 31, 2006 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to eat at "Five Guys" regularly when I lived in DC, where the chain started, and I was excited to see it come to Tampa. Their burgers are delicious and their fries are the best I have had in the USA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bob Mervine Dec 27, 2006 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All right, netmover, we're coming up on the new year. You started this post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Time for you to compile a statistical summary of the top ten and start a new thread from that information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And no, repeating Le Tub three times in a post only counts for one vote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          netmover Dec 27, 2006 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's for the chowhound team. I ain't got that kind of time! They may have a database administrator who could compile that list with a couple of keystrokes. Top 3 or ten in FLA that were mentioned in this thread? I must say I am pleased to see this thread surpass the century mark!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, I saw where they moved my TOP Pizza in NYC to a different board altogether called "best"? Even when you search Top Pizza within NYC the thread will not appear? I just try to contribute and hope it's worthy. A "best" board in FLA is probably in our future?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IMHO Jack's Old Fashioned are still #1 FLA with Le Tub #1 in the USA...go figure that one out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have a Happy New Year!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bob Mervine Dec 28, 2006 02:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree, and I'm just ragging on you. I didn't get what you were up to when you first started the "Best of" series, but it certainly has made for a lot of interesting reading this year. My hat's off to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd love to see them do a "Best of" Florida board . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We haven't done fried chicken, or breakfast or buffet or lobster, even.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stuartlafonda Dec 28, 2006 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A few weeks ago I had a chance to try Jack's and thought it was very good, my favorite in Florida, though serving my let and tom in a plastic sandwich bag on top of the burger was more then a bit strange. As for Le Tub, I'm a contrarian. I am not a fan of huge when it comes to burgers and Le Tub's is about 3/4 pound. Throws off the meat to bun relationship amd just is not my style. It does get my vote for best place in America to eat a burger. I got a prime table right on the water at sunset, wow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alex613 Dec 27, 2006 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Le Tub Le Tub Le Tub

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lyn Dec 26, 2006 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Inn (Lodge?) on Cabbage Key...boat access only. North of Pine Island. Jimmy Macs in Tampa. Also on the water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kjtdrt Nov 24, 2008 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We've been there a few times with family and friends who are visiting, it's more hype than anything else. The burgers are not good, the prices are high, and, you have to go on a boat shuttle to get there, which costs more. We have been told that Jimmy Buffet wrote "Cheeseburger in Paradise" there! When we asked the waitress, she said it isn't really true, but makes for a good story! We don't particularly like to go there, and after our last experience, it was crowded and we had a long wait for high priced burgers ond overpriced drinks The staff was miserable with each other, and when the shuttle boats come, the waiting is awful, it isn't big enough to accomidate large amounts of people. We won't be going back any more!! Instead, we will go to one of the other local restaurants; on Useppa (another island across from thatm, or up to Millers restaurant and marina on Gasparilla Island or one of the restaurants on Captiva, the island south of there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. netmover Dec 25, 2006 02:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                as per the original post...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                'ok already with the le tub! they got best in the country props'...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                'you are absolutely 100% correct SIR'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they really are the best burgers...le tub A1A HOBE!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alex613 Dec 25, 2006 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Le Tub is in Hollywood....blink and you will miss it from the road...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    netmover Dec 25, 2006 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HOBE=Hollywood Beach - just look for the place with lush tropical growth and abandoned toilets...you will have arrived in Burger paradise. Tip, also try their twine still on the ends chili dogs for an americana meal like no other.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Covert Ops Dec 25, 2006 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL netmover, I thought you were saying Hobe Sound. . .if there's one decent chow place in all of Hobe Sound I haven't found it. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        starvin marvin Dec 26, 2006 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hobe Sound has CJ's BBQ, Catfish House, and Harry and the Natives - all on US One, and all worthy of chowhound repute...Harry has a decent burger (which I mention because it's the topic here).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Covert Ops Dec 26, 2006 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh I forgot Harry's was down there. . .for some reason I thought it was somewhere else. I stand corrected!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flavrmeistr Jan 17, 2007 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The smoked prime rib at CW Barbeque in Hobe Sound is something you won't forget any time soon. Friday and Saturday nights only.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kimocorb Dec 25, 2006 01:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried the new Checker's Steakhouse burger? Their 2 for $4 double cheeseburgers with crispy bacon, lettuce, pickle onion ask for tomato which is extra. Good value and they are really pretty yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bob Mervine Dec 25, 2006 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ever wonder how they can profitably charge $2 for a burget that would cost three fiddy anywhere else?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gfctampa Dec 28, 2006 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is so true! It does make you think............. Even if it is financially possible to serve such a burger, besides it being good for a quickie on the road, how can you rank any burger as one of the best (Top burgers in Florida) if they can't - or won't (like Chili's)- prepare it to your liking? (i.e. rare, medium rare, etc.) I am not knocking fast food for I am a serious junky and my husband really likes Checkers but one of the "Top Burgers"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kimocorb Dec 31, 2006 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well I have eaten at the Keg and the burger and wings are really yummy. I have eaten at Ruby Tuesdays and theye were pretty good too. Flamingo Diner used to have huge greasy burgers that were to die for. I guess I like the Checkers Steakhouse burger because the hamburger looked like real beef and was nice and juicy, it was a double burger with cheese. the lettuce, tomato and onion were fresh, the bacon was plentiful and crispy AND....it only cost 2 for $4. Just because it is not an $8-10 burger doesn't mean that it can't be a really good burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alex613 Dec 24, 2006 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      absolutely Le Tub in Hollywood....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        smokedbutt Dec 22, 2006 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sarasota - Try a place called "Home Cooking" at the NW corner of Tuttle and Bee Ridge - its the 2nd or 3rd store in from the Bee Ridge entrance in a somewhat hidden strip mall. They have "tasty burgers", 3 for $1.69. White Castle sort of mini square bun, but more and better meat, cooked to order with a bit of a char, and simply better than most around. My favorite way is classic - burger, cooked onions and pickle. Ketchup, mustard and other crap only masks the sublime combination inherent. At least try the burger before saucing it. You'll like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fernerobin Dec 21, 2006 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've lived in St Pete near all my life. WHAT is the hype about El Cap? The burgers (though not nasty) are not great or even especially good...untoasted bun, and you PAY for every single extra you want, even onions. The'service' is rude to the point of hostility...not on an 'off' day, but always. Forget the good burger nonsense...not so....just a loud beer joint with an undeserved reputation...and evidently taking in a lot of people! With so many REALY good burgers (ie Biff Burger on 49th St N) who needs this phony hype?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gfctampa Dec 28, 2006 02:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am with you on the El Cap opinion- not that great and the service is really bad. Actually, Outback has a really good burger as does Grillsmith. I gladly pay the extra for a good burger. Haven't eaten at Biff Burger but will defintely give it a try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rhnault Jan 3, 2007 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess I find the servers entertaining. Had I not known prior how it would be I might have been irritated. But I empathize with them having to explaing the no free refills policy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They may charge you for the extras but the burger is still only like 3 bucks. The best trip we have had there was back in August and we sat at the bar and I believe it was the owner who served us. The burgers were juicy and terrific and the beers ice cold.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another good burger I had was at Kokopelli's out in Dade City. Kobe beef cooked medium rare with bleu cheese. YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love El Cap in St petersburg!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. netmover Dec 19, 2006 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This one is on So. Dixie in MIA. I wouldn't ordinarily recommend a place like this, it's an old chain form what I understand, but when in south Dade after midnight the pickins are slim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am more interested to hear whether the Keg South still has great burgers. It used to be THE place for burgers and a brew down yonder. Any one been lately?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. netmover Dec 17, 2006 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I stopped by Keg South last night for a burger at about 10 to mid-night and they had already closed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They used to have one of the best burgers in Dade. Anyone been lately and are they still any good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We wound up at some chain named Swensons or Swansons? They do a very nice Patty Melt and although I am not a big fan of steak fries, theirs were the best I have ever eaten! Nice and crispy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On another note, I went for a Frita today and both the old and the new Rey de las Fritas on Calle Ocho were closed...I had forgotten it was Sunday, but the sign on the new store says "coming soon"...so it would appear they have not officially opened their new location yet and have already closed the old one on 12th Ave.?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aynrandgirl Dec 18, 2006 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Swenson's, the ice cream sundae place?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      netmover Dec 19, 2006 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, that's it...Swensons. Thank you. After midnight it sure beats the rest of the slock available when in search of the perfect patty melt!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hatless Dec 19, 2006 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only Swensen's I know of remaining in South Florida is the one at 5000 N. Federal in Lighthouse Point, the narrow strip of a town tucked into Pompano along the Intracoastal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Until about 3 years ago, there was one in Sunrise in the plaza at Pines and NW 44th St. Now it's a lackluster diner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Covert Ops Dec 25, 2006 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a Swensen's just south of UMiami, I think near Sunset. Big student hangout. I agree the sourdough patty melts are awesome. (As are the sundaes, of course.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gzberg Dec 29, 2006 10:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Netmover- im surprised it took so long for someone to mention The Keg- it is the best burger in So Fla- tho never been to Le tub- the meat is always fresh and cooked on charcoal grill, also the fries are cut fresh from a whole idaho when ordered. 2-3 branches-`1 on So Dixe and 104th st is original

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Dec 30, 2006 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ya that's what I recall...I got there just shy of midnight and they were already closed. I am glad to hear The Keg burgers still rule the roost in South Dade. It's been a long long time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      garifw Dec 11, 2006 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think Florida is the only state in the country that can boast a $100.00 burger (Boca Raton Resort). If that's not the best burger in Florida, than I don't know what is. Anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob Mervine Dec 12, 2006 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm going to cautiously venture the thought that the price really bears very little relation to the quality of the burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have not had this one, but have had several of the uber-burgers with the Waguu beef shortrib stuffing, the truffles, etc. Biggest problem is that they fall into shreds when you try to eat them. Rich, disparate tastes that have nothing to do with what common folks call a good burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No vote from me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          garifw Dec 12, 2006 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for me personally, I was raised on White Castle and now a fan of In-N-Out. But at 10 times the normal price, the priciest burger in all of the U.S. carries alot of weight on its hocks and I would hope that at that inflated price it would be the best. Was hoping to hear from someone who actually ate one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aynrandgirl Dec 13, 2006 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I too am a big fan of In-N-Out, but since they won't franchise I see no hope of them expanding into Florida. Their limit is how far they can truck fresh (not frozen) meat from Los Angeles, which is basically southern and central CA, Reno/Sparks, Las Vegas, and western Arizona.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tbone927 Dec 5, 2006 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Scrubby's in Pembroke Pines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (University Drive and Pines Blvd)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DH and I get an order of baby backs (best in town) and a deluxe cheeseburger and split them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. netmover Dec 3, 2006 01:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's the chorizo/beef mix coupled with the cheddar, chipotle ketchup and red onion relish or some such concoction. other styles of interest are bejing, med, itza. all available in chicken, beef, shrimp or veggie. fresh salads are ready to go and also very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. netmover Dec 2, 2006 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I got to add Mari-Nalli's Cheeseburger Quesadilla to this list...unbeleivable! Coral Gables, FLA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob Mervine Dec 2, 2006 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are being unusually reluctant to provide the juicy details . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. floridan Nov 15, 2006 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had some pretty good sliders (mini-burgers) last Saturday while watching the football game at the Old Key Lime House on the Intracoastal in Lantana (Ocean Avenue).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                restaurantelite.com Nov 15, 2006 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am definitely not someone who will tell you that Prime 112 is even among the top restaurants in South Florida..but I will say that their sliders at lunch are out of this world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  netmover Nov 15, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's good to know! What do they charge for their sliders there $25???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    restaurantelite.com Nov 16, 2006 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lunch isnt nearly as ridiculous as dinner...that doesn't mean its cheap...but they give huge portions (lobster cobb will leave you with a week of leftovers)...i dont remember the exact price of the sliders, but i think they're in the $15 range for 3 good sized sliders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tandoori Girl Nov 15, 2006 01:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  those tahitian inn burgers used to be good, glad to see them in the ranking w the rand girl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  el cap is really the goods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steak n-shake is like little dainty sandwiches for bridge clubs with those snooty little toasted buns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chattaway is great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ok, a secret -- i'll go for a Checkers burger every time i drive by one...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JFla Nov 15, 2006 12:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jack's are my absolute favorite, but for slider-style Lil Caboose in Deerfield and even Cheesecake Factory are good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stuartlafonda Nov 15, 2006 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When forced to go to the Cheesecake Factory on Glades in Boca, the sliders are the only thing I will order. They are really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      El Rey de las Fritas on Calle Ocho in Little Habana for an authentic Cuban style burger could take the cake! In fact, "The King of Cuban Burgers" gets my new vote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Hatless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob Mervine Nov 15, 2006 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pray tell, what makes a Cuban burger distinctive?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hatless Nov 15, 2006 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In its most basic form, a frita is a smallish, heavily seasoned hamburger with potato sticks on it. You should be able to find them at some old-line cafeterias. It was common pre-Revolution street food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          El Rey de Las Fritas makes a great old-school, messy, spicy, stuff-spilling-out-onto-your-shirt version several orders of magnitude better than what many otherwise good cafeterias pull off. The shoestring potatoes are razor thin, the meat is red with paprika and whatever else and greasy in a good way, countered just enough by onion and torn-up iceberg. They also do a bunch of variations on it and similarly unabashedly junky (in a good way) pan con bistec and other sanwiches and respectable juices and batidos to go with.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Nov 15, 2006 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I swear to GOD, I think I'm going back again today! (went for the first time just yesterday). I woke up dreaming with those darn Fritas this morning...man they are sloppy-licious! For an extra quarter they throw on some of that fake orange cheese! Yummy and nasty all together now... Oh and what a dive(not that I mind). I hope the new digs are a little nicer. How's the other stores compared to what I beleive is the orignal on Calle 8?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Nov 15, 2006 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hat's definition sums it up quite well. To that I would like to add this: the bun is phenomenal! It's like cuban bread, only roll size and they definately squish the whole mess in one of those cuban sandwich presses giving it a crunchy on the outside soft on the inside sensation. I am surprised by the lack of proliferation of this pre revolutionary delicacy, it is WAY better than any american FF burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob Mervine Nov 15, 2006 11:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never seen it on any of the menus here in Cuban restaurants, but believe me, I'll track it down if it's here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone in Central Florida know of a place that serves fritas?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          starvin marvin Nov 9, 2006 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1) Brass Ring Pub in North Palm Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) Jack's Old Fashioned Ft Lauderdale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3) Big Pink SoBe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Honorable Mentions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Jupiter Beach Resort (was the best, but they changed the bun and the fries - meat still run-thru-grinder-once-good)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Le Tub...Good burger but lose the attitude. Listen guys, I lived in NYC for 17yrs...you don't get the joke.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Steak n Shake...If more people tried this place McD's would fold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcanni Nov 9, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is my first post and I'm looking forward to participating and adding my 2 cents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with comment about Steak and Shake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had a burger at Ruby Tuesdays called the "Triple Prime" - it was really good but I'd order it with the garlic mayo on the side .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At $9.50 I'm glad I did't pay for lunch butit was very tasty and LOJ [ lots of juice]!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was my first visit but I'm told this chain has a great rep for all their burgers. True??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Covert Ops Nov 9, 2006 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hello, mcanni!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruby Tuesday does have a reputation for their burgers, but I think it's because they just have so many choices. Look them up (and any other chain restaurants) on the Chains board, there are several discussions both about them and their "Triple Prime" burger, like this one: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Again, welcome a-board! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aynrandgirl Oct 5, 2006 02:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tahitian Inn Cafe, South Dale Mabry, Tampa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When visiting Gainesville, I like the Garden Cafe (across from the campus on University Dr., but hidden from view).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very good burgers served on an English muffin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Garden Cafe dates back to the 1970s and still has that laid back feel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also second someone's mention of St. Pete's Chattaway -- I haven't had one of their burgers in, oh, twenty-five years, but the good memory lingers. I assumed it had succumbed to "progress," but will have to see if it's still going next time I'm in the Tampa Bay area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can't beat Char-Hut (Broward Co.), though. I'd give it a nod over Jack's (Pompano Bch).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jessicam29 Aug 15, 2007 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think the place you are talking about is called Cafe Gardens. It is right behind the Swamp Restaurant on University Dr. across from Campus. They have amazing burgers, they are actually my favorite. They also have delicious sweet potato fries!! try some if you're in the area!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                olebikerdude Oct 4, 2006 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saddle Jack's on N Us Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach uses Black Angus Beef, mmmmmmmmmmm, delicious. Best burgers we've had in FL.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cheeseburger baby on south beach doles out these handpatted baby burgers which are worthy of a try when out and about on the sobe party scene. They are much bigger and juicier than the Krystals or White Castle's skinny minnies...they also dice up the pickle, tomato and onion to order and pile it high...not bad for 2.50 each.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    zenana Aug 27, 2006 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LAKE WORTH: I had an amazing char-grilled burger at PRIME 707 recently -- I couldn't believe it! Incredibly juicy (run down the chin juicy) on a very soft bun with salty melted cheese, cooked a perfect medium rare. This is a family run operation and they know what they're doing in the burger dept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bette Ferne Aug 20, 2006 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wagons West in the Suniland Shopping Center, Miami, has the best burgers. Old fashioned diner atmosphere, long waits for weekend breakfasts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        netmover Aug 21, 2006 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh wow, I love that place! It's been years since I savoured their Patty Melt. They just opened a Flanigans in that mall, so maybe it'll be easier to get a table? Well, not during breakfast...but maybe lunch and dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wendileigh Aug 18, 2006 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Pensacola everyone must eat at The Blue Dot. I hole in the wall dive but great burgers and ribs. They don't have a menu you just tell them what you don't want on the burger and they make it for you. Last time I went all they had was shasta cola in the can out of an ice chest behind the counter. I real chowhound place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          30AEATS Apr 29, 2012 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Dot is great and a Pensacola institution! Also the burgers at McGuires Downtown Rock, as do the ones at The Tin Cow on Palafox!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mountdorahound Aug 18, 2006 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'll agree with Bob about the Nell Burger at Hiland Street cafe in mountdora. Other good burgers in the area are found at T-Bones in Eustis Fl. If your in MountDora after 4:00pm and Hiland street cafe is closed, try jerremiah's down the street. Their burgers are pretty good too! I also like eduardo's burgers. I wouldn't order anything else there though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flanigans (although a small FLA chain) does great burgers. And their ribs remain unbeaten!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Covert Ops Oct 4, 2006 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Better than the ribs, are the Rockin' Rib Rolls. . .YUM!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                netmover Oct 5, 2006 01:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and where pretell do you think those rockin rib rolls get their gusto from??? The best baby backs in the FLA...FLA-NIGANS baby backs that is. No shananigans at Big Daddy's Joint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NOW, back to them Old Fashioned Burgers at Jack's....whoooeee...I just got done devouring one, and a chili dog for good measure! NO beans in Jack's chili...and definately a step up from Skyline down the road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when the rolls are a rockin' ... chow down C.O. ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Covert Ops Oct 5, 2006 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I interrogated DH one time after a (very short) stint working at a SoFla Flanigan's. . .I had worked for Sysco and had seen egg-roll type appetizers like that for sale, and he insisted they were hand rolled on premises, not made from frozen. That alone (and the blacked dolphin cheesesteak) were enough to keep me going. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The best burger in the Tallahassee area is made at a little known palce called Fusion. OH-My-God it is sooooo good you cannot help but eat the whole thing! It's one half pound of fresh ground ribeye, beef tenderloin, and brisket. It is served on a grilled roll, with melted swiss cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of homemade dill mustard relish or a sweet red relish. For six bucks it's a mighty fine burger and my choice for one of the, if not the, best in Florida.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                irwin Jun 26, 2006 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love the award winning burgers from "New Pass Bait Shop & Grill" in Sarasota...... Its on the water, and the cost is $4.75 loaded or $6.75 with fries.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  drjimdolan Feb 9, 2007 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh God. I lived on Lido in the early 70's. Heaven in a bag. Is "Tail o' the Pup" still there? Ummmmmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flavrmeistr Jun 26, 2006 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The best burger in Florida--The Brass Ring Pub in Lake Park. Perfect run-down-your-arm juicy deliciousness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jfb130 Aug 25, 2010 12:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I couldn't agree more. The restaurant is a run down place but the burgers are phenominal. I found them on Best Palm Beach Restaurants at http://www.bestpalmbeachrestaurants.c... and have been back so many times since. If you are looking for fine dining this is not your place but if you are looking for a juicy burger this is the place to go in Palm Beach County.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sobe Apr 1, 2006 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Char Hut wins hands down. Went today after reading all the burger talk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      netmover Mar 31, 2006 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NEED MORE TOP BURGERS IN FLA - PLEASE GIVE YOUR TOP 3 NOW

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        andy huse Mar 31, 2006 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        seems like we have a lot as it is. why the push for so many? are we striving for an arbitrary number? what if those are all the good burgers in the state? The best i know of i make at home on my smoker...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lulu Jun 5, 2006 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1-Abe & Louis Boca Raton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2- Jacks Pompano & Ft Laud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3- Houstons Boca Raton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All of these three grind meat fresh daily. Abes is the very best. Large and juicy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stuartlafonda Nov 15, 2006 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Never heard of Abe & Louis, and a google search revealed nothing, what can you tell me about the place?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2.Any difference between the two branches of Jack's?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              netmover Nov 15, 2006 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never heard of A&L either so don't feel bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for the two Jack's - they are the same. There are only two Jack's as the sign says and they both ROCK!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stuartlafonda Dec 12, 2006 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I finally located Abe and Louis. It is in Boca, on Glades, just west of 95 south side of the street. It looks like another Brewzies and is part of a restaurant group. I did not try it as I was on my way to Jack's. Loved Jack's. One odd thing about my visit was that I ordered lettuce and tomato and it came in a small sandwich ziplock bag sitting on top of my burger,absolutely bizarre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jambrosio Jan 12, 2007 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  abe and louie's is an expensive steakhouse. think mortons but more expensive. not a place i'd suggest for a burger... if you go there, you get a steak. that's like suggesting to go to prime 112 and getting the kobe hot dog

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob Mervine Mar 31, 2006 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Royal Castle?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They were Florida's answer to White Castle. The original sliders. I seem to recall the chain had some connection to the Singer family (Miami Beach pioneer).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I grew up on them in South Florida in the 50s thru 70s.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fluffy white bun, pickle, ketchup, mustard and fried onion on top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They were open around the clock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What I remember most was breakfast. I had a job that started at 5 a.m., and a breakfast there -- full breakfast -- cost about 50 cents. They made honeybuns, breakfast swirled rolls, out of the leftover burger buns.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            netmover Mar 31, 2006 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still there just off 125th on I95. NW 7th Ave, one block west of the I.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob Mervine Apr 1, 2006 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Really!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Same menu and the same atmosphere? I'm sure the prices have changed. I cannot imagine some genius hasn't decided to update things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gotta' go next trip south to see family . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sobe Apr 1, 2006 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, that's the one

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  keysrat Jul 20, 2007 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Royal Castle in North Miami has been closed for ages after a fire. They have a sign in the window claiming they will reopen soon. That was months ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The RC on 27 Avenue and 79 Street is still there but the burgers I had there recently were poor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RibDog Mar 31, 2006 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember them down in FL when the whole family would come down for vacation. We would stop at an RC on the way home from the beach. I do miss them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sobe Apr 1, 2006 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think there still is one on 441 in North Miami area

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sobe Apr 4, 2006 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.miaminewtimes.com/Issues/2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bkhuna Dec 3, 2006 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What a coincidence. I lived in Miami when I was young, right near the intersection of Bird and Red roads. There was a Royal Castle right off of Eighth Avenue going towards Coral Gables that still exists in my mind as the quintessential hamburger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob Mervine Dec 3, 2006 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ate many breakfasts at Royal Castle -- not that one, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you recall the sweet cinnamon "sticky rolls" they used to make out of the left over burger buns? They were so good . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whitecastle Mar 30, 2006 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I forgot charhut

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flagal Mar 28, 2006 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't keep track - has anyone mentioned Chattaway's in St.Pete?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            andy huse Mar 28, 2006 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            el cap in st. pete. i always go for an extra burger after i eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sadly, Tampa's Goody Goody is now gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i don't know of any others i would strongly endorse.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jennifer in Delray Beach Mar 27, 2006 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had a really good burger at the Johnny Rockets in the Loop in Orlando. I also like Lindburgers - usually go to the one in Boca Raton. And sometimes we go to Cheeburger Cheeburger in Delray Beach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steakman55 Mar 26, 2006 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In North Florida, at least, it is What-a-burger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By popular demand!! Try the double meat and cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Puts Stekk-n-shake to shame. Also better than Fudd ruckers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bob Mervine Mar 26, 2006 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Orlando finally got the first one open about a year ago, out near UCF. It's owned, I'm told, by the same family that founded Beefy King (another story).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I honest don't see what all the fuss is about at What-A-Burger. Not bad, but nothing great. Decent flavor, but again nothing that many of the other chains do just as well, with nothing distinctive about any of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We could use a place like Hamburger Hamlet in California -- see link below -- or the In-and-Out Burger, if we are talking chains.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At least Steak 'n Shake burgers have some unique qualities, such as their shakes are made to order, they have the fruit shakes, and they serve great, fresh shoestring fries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or like Backyard Burger. Great meat and charcoal grilled. Still a chain, but I'll eat there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hell, I'll eat at Burger King . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm a Fudd fan too, but I don't care for the new one that Lou likes out near I-Drive. Some of the older shops, where the meat is haning in the case, had a lot more cachet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Link: http://www.hamburgerhamlet.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 26, 2006 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've always wanted to try In-N-Out Burger (I love the name!) and Fatburger, the two that my West Coast homies brag about. Funny, Jack in the Box doesn't have that "exotic appeal" to me, even though I've never been there either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, even though I've drastically cut back on fast food and junk food in the last few years, I'm currently reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, so I'm wondering if I will ever patronize fast food joints again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lax2mia Mar 27, 2006 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nothing tops an In n Out burger as far as chains go and there's none west of Nevada. Oh well. Jack in the box is actually nasty and Fatburger is more o