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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)

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  1. Is the Stained Glass Pub still on Fed. Highway in Ft. Lauderdale? If so worth a checkout. Classic 1/2lb "pub burger" but done right and (used to be) a real good price too.

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      1. re: jim

        Well they say Joe Allens is in central miami beach so that is minus 1 on the cred scale right there...

        1. re: T. Pigeon

          absolutamente Joe Allens! Here, NY and other jet-set destinations! it's all good there...4 sure. I go from the meatloaf to the veggie stew then back to the burger! Salads are nice and I hear the eggs benedict @ Sunday brunch is A#1...wow, I gotta eat chowhounds!

          send your best bugers (3)

          1. re: netmover

            You really don't take time to read messages do you :). I was not complaining about the fact they ranked joe allens as a top burger, I was complaining about the fact they said it was in "central miami beach", which a) it is clearly in south beach and b) I never heard of anything located in "central miami beach" which lead me to the conclusion that the reviewer had no idea what he was talking about.

            Joe allens has good burgers and meatloaf. Their best dishes are their mussles app, Main dishes: pork chop, chicken breast, sausage and for dessert the toll house cookie with ice cream is addictive.

            Their eggs benedict are good but cafeterias are better. Balans actually has the best eggs benedict I have ever eaten by a long shot.

            1. re: T. Pigeon

              miami beacg goes from -3 street to 88th - so the center is in the 40's THAT WOULD BE CENTRAL PART OF MIAMI BEACH

        2. re: jim

          much obliged amigo!

          may we make our own top 3 ? ? ?

          tag

          URIT -U2! & U & U

          1. re: Bob Mervine

            I gave my top three - 3 - now you give yours....this is how we do it BB ! All over the great state of FLA.

            Please post your TOP 3 BURGERS from wherever you reign from here in the sunshine state! Tourists too!

            BRING IT

            1. re: netmover

              1. Johnny's filling station on Michigan and Ferncreek in South Orlando. Biker bar, converted gas station. Freshly made, cooked perfectly, all the extras, cold beer, no pretense, but plenty of taste and juice.

              2. South Beach burger from Chef Justin Plank at Park Plaza Gardens -- Upscale restaurant on Park Ave. in Winter Park. This one's different. Designed for the South Beach diet. No bun. American Kobe beef topped with melted cheese, salsa (almost a chutney) and avacado on the side.

              3. Nell burger -- Highland Street Cafe, Mt. Dora. Half pound burger with sweet carmelized onions in the center. Beef is mixed with chunks of jalepeno pepper. A little difficult to manage, but very tasty. Cheese is optional. This is a little country diner where locals eat.

              FWIW, I don't claim these to be the best in Florida, nor should you, unless you've eaten your way through the state. Perhaps you mean best burger in town -- statewide, or something similar.

              I simply don't believe the top three burgers in the state are all down your way, nor are they all in Orlando. I suppose I get too literal sometimes.

              Nice of you to stir up participation.

              Bob

              1. re: Bob Mervine

                Good contribution...with help like that...we'll all know where to head no matter what part of this great state we're in.

                At this rate, we'll have the TOP BURGERS IN FLA in no time!

                Keep posting FLA!

                Where's the west coast? Sun coast, treasure coast, Esmerald Coast, Space Coast, Gold Coast? How 'bout you all up there in that Redneck Riviera??? Come on now Upper, middle and lower Keys! Monroe county in the house?

                Everyone post their Top (3) Burgers in FLA already!!!

                1. re: netmover
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                  Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  Now I haven't been all over Florida, but I've said it before on here and I'll say it again: My favorite burgers EVER are at Fuddrucker's, which is a chain. Embarrassingly (although not really, because I love it), I've eaten at Fudd's locations in Illinois and Tennessee as well as throughout Florida, and I just don't think burgers get any better. The meat is freshly-ground in each store (and you used to be able to see the hanging slabs of beef through a window into their butcher shop, although that probably grossed too many people out).

                  The buns are freshly-baked, soft and lightly-grilled, from their in-house bakery that also serves delicious fresh desserts such as cookies, pies, brownies, and the best Rice Krispies Treats I've ever had. They have an expansive bar of fresh toppings so you can dress your own burger (including awesome pico de gallo and hot cheese sauce from a pump), and a variety of delicious menu options other than burgers (although the ostrich burger is quite delicious too). They serve the best onion rings I've ever had, in addition to the flawless burgers.

                  Best of all, they're not terribly expensive. I always order the one-pound burger for $7 and change, pile it high with toppings, and eat the whole thing in one sitting, plus rings. You'd pay that much for a half-pound burger at any generic "casual dining" restaurant such as Friday's, Bennigans, or my personal favorite, the "Six Orthodontists In Search of a Tax Shelter Cafe," and the quality at Fuddrucker's is so much better.

                  So if I'm eating out, I'll very rarely order burgers at other restaurants because I don't expect them to be as good as Fudd's. Jungle Jim's in Orlando, off I-4 near Disney World, also has some tasty burgers, with an entire menu page full of different varieties. Theirs are char-grilled, so they aren't as moist and juicy as Fudd's, but my friend likes the faux-tropical jungle atmosphere at Jim's more. They offer the Headhunter, a 1 1/2-pound burger with three buns, two half-pound patties, cheese, bacon, and all the usual toppings, plus a mound of fries, for $15 and change. If you eat the whole thing, fries, pickle, and all, you get a coupon for another Headhunter free on your next visit. I tried this, and failed miserably. I was so disappointed. I knew I should've skipped lunch before going! But like I said, I can do Fuddrucker's one-pounder no problem, and you don't win any prizes for that, aside from possibly getting your picture taken and posted on the wall. I am forever immortalized at Fudd's location at the Festival Bay mall in Orlando.

                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    I second the love for Fudd's. I haven't been to the Orlando location but I loved the one in Tucson, thus the curse of the chain. I always get a simple burger and head to straight to the condiment bar and load up with that cheese sauce. Yum.

                    1. re: frienetic

                      I also love Fudd's. We were in Orlando this weekend and went out of our way to go. The only thing I would keep in mind is that I ordered medium-rare and got closer to medium. We also love the Frings!

                  2. re: netmover

                    Halfway between Gainesville & Tallahassee in small old-FL town of Mayo is Mayo Cafe run by a lady named Shirley who makes a large or small hamburger, full of jucy meat and covered with all the fixins. A tad messy to eat but oh my so good. Brings back memories of NC drive-in's in my youth. Dry county so sweet tea or soft drinks only. Not fancy, a locals place with lunch buffets daily.

                    1. re: netmover

                      If your ever on the Emerald Coast you should check out a place called Hammerheads Bar located in Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. They have the best burgers I've ever tasted. They cook them to order. They only have a grill so all you get is cheese on them, but it's ten ounces of pure heaven!

                    2. re: Bob Mervine

                      Bob, I have to say I finally after living 40+ years in Orlando had a "fillin station Burger". I though the meat was juicy, well proportioned and quite tasty, but the lettuce (shredded??), onions (I needed a magnifying glass), tomato (I could read my menu through it) were, as you can tell quite disappointing. Fries were average. Good atmosphere and good people. So my experience has led me to question, should a burger be judged just on its meat alone or should the whole "experience" be a factor in your opinion, ie accompaniment's.

                      As for your other 2 recs I haven't had the good luck to try them, but now seem as if I must.

                      Love the topic, but must admit I do NOT see the whole "Love Affair" with In-N-Out Burger that so many on this board have. Must be a California thing. Something I equate with good acting and Paris Hilton. Just MY OPINION!

                      1. re: theflytyr

                        My five fatorite Orlando burgers in that column were:
                        *Johnny's Fillin' Station - ranked best (your'e right, fries just average -- but order the tater tots)
                        * Friends - a small neighborhood restaurant in the ViMi District on Mills, ranked second
                        (TOSSUP)
                        * BJ's Restaurant & Brewwhouse - a new national chain that recently opened near the Mall at Millenia
                        *Citrus - CAB burgers offered two different ways at lunch only
                        * Houston's - 'nuf said, but it was based on more than just the great burger

                        I did not include restaurants outside of the Orlando area. However, I mentioned as worthy of inclusion: Casey's Grille in Tuscawilla, the Highland Street Grille's famous Nell burger in Mt. Dora and the selection of burger choices at Toucan Willie's in Oveido.

                        I recognized separately -- in my wine column which paired wine and burgers -- the Kobe-style Waygu beef sliders with caramelized onion and gorgonzola sauce at Midnight Blue in Thornton Park. Everyone is making Kobe sliders now -- it's that sauce that makes these stand out.

                        I tried a number of others that did not make the cut. Those that come to mind include Fuddrucker's, too bland, Five Guys, well-done burgers only (and greasy fries), Back Yard Burgers, great food, lousy service experiences, Logan's Bistro, same thing. Very slow, complacient service at What-A-Burger trumped a pretty good sandwich. The fact the place was empty at the two I went to contributed to my uneasiness.

                        There were others -- my notes are at the office.

                        Two that I missed and that may have made it were Dubsdread CC -- they were closed two times that I tried, but previous visits had been list-worthy and the Capital Grille burger, honestly overlooked, but again worthy of the list from previous visits.

                        I tried several of the purely QSR restauants -- but didn't include the nformation. Of the big three, for my money, the Whopper with cheese at Burger King is still the king. They also offer an awesome spicy onion ring sauce -- you must ask -- that is killer on fries, onion rings, the burger, my sandals . . .
                        There is something inedible (for me) about MCDonald's meat. However they win for best fries.
                        I have enjoyed Hardee's Thickburger series and the new Wendy's Baconater seems to fit in that category. We opted not to go in that direction, however in light of the more upscale nature of our readership.

                        Like any list, other people are entitled to their opinions about mine. If I redid it today, I suspect several might change.

                        To answer your question, the burger is the prime, but not only thing I grade. Ambiance, service, consistancy, quality of sides as well as price are measured on top of the meat texture, flavor, moistness, the quality of the bun and the condiments, the ability of it all working together, etc.

                        Sorry you had a bad day at Johnny's. Some people like shredded lettuce instead of a leaf (I do, Houston's also served chopped lettuce.) Some people hate onions. That's why we have servers who we tip to handle those things.
                        Don't get me started on tomatoes in Florida. They universally suck and I almost never eat them -- one look is enough.

                        Bob

                        1. re: Bob Mervine

                          Bob, you recently mentioned going to LeTub in another post. How did it fare against Orlando's best? Have you ever tried a burger from Char- Hut?

                          1. re: Sobe

                            Not Char Hut -- yet -- nor Prime 112 either. I have a list and they are both on it.

                            Since my sis and her hubby are in Ft. Lauderdale, I hit at least one or two of my places when I visit, which isn't often enough.

                            That said, LeTub was great. And I can get a martini with it -- although we had some good old bloody Marys to start. Great seat on the water, and interesting to see how many rich folks seem to congregate there.

                            Burgers are huge, man, and they do taste like steak, not like a hamburger. There's apparently no seasoning other than smoke and salt and pepper -- I thought I tasted some thyme but our crusty server (not as in the Simpson's clown, but as in been here awhile) said absolutely not -- although if they are using MSG you couldn't taste it.

                            Service started at abysmal, I'm sure there's a reason, as if they need more business, but we coaxed our server into almost being nice.
                            Fries were great. Fish dip was above average. Key lime pie sucked.

                            I don't mind their attitude, part of the charm -- like New York waiters -- and it isn't hard to get in if you know the flow and get there just ahead of opening on the weekend.

                            Also love reading the AOL City Guide (and other Internet services) user comments -- all the more reason to go if those people hated it . . .

                            Bob

                        2. re: theflytyr

                          Flytr:

                          I should have looked at the post you referenced before writing the previous post. Please note that it is almost a year and a half old and does reflect a broader geographic area than my column for Executive Living.
                          Not sure if PPG still serves that South Beach burger -- and I mentioned the Nell burger.

                          The other burger that sorely dissapointed me was the one at Beaches 'n Cream at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club.
                          What had been a hand made patty, juicy and fresh, has turned into another commissary-frozen sandwich not worth crossing the street for.

                          Bob

                        3. re: Bob Mervine

                          I second Johnny's Fillin Station in Orlando!

                    3. Le Tub-Hollywood
                      Haulover Shark & Tarpon Club-N Miami Beach
                      Ye Olde Falcon Pub-Davie
                      Uncle Al's-Davie

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                      1. re: Beachbum

                        top 4 4 U !

                        who's next ?

                        1. re: Beachbum

                          You are so right on! I was trying to think of the best burgers in the Ft Laud area while scrolling thru replies and you definitely got 2 top places. Le Tub and Falcon. Not sure about Uncle Al's and or Haulover. Another good place in FL when traveling is in Captiva Island, FL. The Mucky Duck is an awesome place to eat and their burger (even take out) is top notch.

                        2. t
                          thatisatastyburger

                          steak N Shake
                          Crystal's
                          big pink

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                          1. re: thatisatastyburger

                            WOW

                            NICE TOP 3 ! ! !

                            ANY STEAK&SHAKES IN DADE YET?

                            KRYSTAL'S R CONTAGIOUS!

                            BP IS IN THE HOOD GOOD NEWS!!!

                            gimme more. . . (3)

                            1. re: netmover
                              b
                              Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              There's a Steak 'n' Shake in West Kendall, on North Kendall Drive and SW 162th Avenue (I think) -- basically, right across from the Wal-Mart, whatever avenue that is. It opened a few years ago, but it's the only one I know of around Miami.

                              Last I checked, there still weren't any Sonics down there, though.

                            2. re: thatisatastyburger
                              t
                              thatisatastyburger

                              There is a Steak N Shake across from Gulftsream Racetrack in Hallandale.

                              I'd grab one there then hit Le Tub

                            3. s
                              s.m. koppelman

                              Some honorable mentions in Broward:

                              - I've had really good burgers at the Billabong Pub in Hallandale, but that was a coupla years ago.

                              - L'il Ole Caboose, Deerfield Beach: Good White Castle-y sliders and obsessive replicas of Nathan's fries as they used to be before the Coney Island flagship switched over to the franchises' equipment and recipes, right down to the wooden forks. If only they had the orangeade.

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                              1. re: s.m. koppelman

                                LIL OLE CABOOSE yes siree! I finally tried them a month or two ago, that place ROX! Them cows are holy!!! I could slide a six pack right now...good one!

                                POST YOUR TOP (3) BURGERS FLA

                              2. 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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                                1. re: steakman55

                                  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.

                                  Bob

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

                                  1. re: Bob Mervine
                                    b
                                    Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                      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 overkill than anything else (do you really need chopped boiled egg on a burger?). I haven't found anything in S.FLA to match west coast burgers. Tobacco Road is OK. At least the fritas we can get in Miami are unique (basically ground beef and chorizo served on cuban bread with onions and julienne potatoes). Okay, it's not technically a burger, but it's realllly good.

                                      1. re: lax2mia

                                        In-N-Out is good and I agree the west coast burgers did seem to stand out. Plus In-N-Out has such great business practices that it's easier to like them even though it's a chain. And with a limited menu, there's no confusion on what to order (except for that famous hidden menu), though I was never a fan of their fries.

                                        Unfortunately I haven't been around Orlando enough to sample its best burgers. I had a good burger at Froggers grill. The complete burger including condiments and additions made it good but the burger itself lacked a bit.

                                        The best I've actually had so far was from Pauly's. Can't describe why, other than it was juicy and well priced. The burger is comfort food and it hit the spot.

                                        I did once have a burger at Johnny's Fillin' Station but it was extremely dry. I think it was just a bad night, we were there late. So I'll definitely be back there to try again.

                                        Bob, which burger from Johnny's is your favorite, or do you just get a plain old hamburger?

                                        1. re: frienetic

                                          Medium rare bacon cheese burger with Swiss.

                                          I've tried the variations, the barbecue, the Philly and the mushroom, at least, and I always go back to the original.

                                          Love the cheese fries and/or the fried mushrooms also . . .

                                          Bob

                                    2. re: Bob Mervine

                                      Is there still a Friendly's near UCF?

                                  2. j
                                    Jennifer in Delray Beach

                                    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.

                                    1. 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.

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

                                        1. I forgot charhut

                                          1. 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.

                                            Bob

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                                            1. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                              1. re: netmover

                                                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 . . .

                                                Bob

                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                    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.

                                                  2. re: Bob Mervine

                                                    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.

                                                    John

                                                    1. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                                        1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: bkhuna

                                                            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 . . .

                                                            Bob

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

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                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                            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...

                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                              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

                                                              1. re: Lulu

                                                                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?

                                                                1. re: stuartlafonda

                                                                  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!

                                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                                    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.

                                                                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                                                                      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

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

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

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                                                                1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                  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.

                                                                2. 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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                                                                  1. re: irwin

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

                                                                  2. 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.

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

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                                                                      1. re: netmover

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

                                                                        1. re: Covert Ops

                                                                          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. ...

                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                            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

                                                                      2. 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!

                                                                        1. 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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                                                                          1. re: wendileigh

                                                                            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!

                                                                          2. 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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                                                                            1. re: Bette Ferne

                                                                              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!

                                                                            2. 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.

                                                                              1. 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.

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

                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                    1. re: floridan

                                                                                      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!

                                                                                    2. Tahitian Inn Cafe, South Dale Mabry, Tampa

                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                        1. re: starvin marvin

                                                                                          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??

                                                                                          1. re: mcanni

                                                                                            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! :-)

                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                                            Pray tell, what makes a Cuban burger distinctive?

                                                                                            Bob

                                                                                            1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: hatless

                                                                                                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?

                                                                                              2. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: netmover

                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                  Bob

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

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                                                                                              1. re: JFla

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                              2. 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...

                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: restaurantelite.com

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

                                                                                                    1. re: netmover

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                  2. 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).

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

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                                                                                                      1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                        Bob

                                                                                                      2. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                            1. re: garifw

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              Bob

                                                                                                              1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: garifw

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                Swenson's, the ice cream sundae place?

                                                                                                                1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                    1. re: hatless

                                                                                                                      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.)

                                                                                                                2. re: netmover

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  1. re: gzberg

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                3. 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. I love El Cap in St petersburg!

                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                      1. re: fernerobin

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: fernerobin

                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                        2. 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.

                                                                                                                          1. absolutely Le Tub in Hollywood....

                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: kimocorb

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

                                                                                                                                Bob

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                  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"?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: gfctampa

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: alex613

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Covert Ops

                                                                                                                                        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).

                                                                                                                                        1. re: starvin marvin

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

                                                                                                                                        2. re: Covert Ops

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

                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: lyn

                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                            1. re: gfctampa

                                                                                                                                              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. 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.

                                                                                                                                              1. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: srcusa

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

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

                                                                                                                                                      1. 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. 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.

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: donh

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Another vote for the Chattaway in St. Petersburg.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. #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. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jakamofena

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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......

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hitachino

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If it hasn't been said...

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: thakrza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree - El Cap and Chattaway in St. Pete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gator Tom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Check Please

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: frienetic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's called Bob's Big Boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are they any good???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBB never made it down here to the bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hitachino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: soniamig

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: soniamig

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Bob Mervine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fysa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fysa

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fysa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fernerobin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with Kretch's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also love the wings at the Crazy Flamingo.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1200 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sobe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any relation to the Armadillo of Davie?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sobe

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      626 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JonasBrand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JonasBrand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love Tobacco Road's Death Burger!

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bob Mervine

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herbage

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: NY P8ntball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dlgc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: netmover

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1857 NW 66th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sobe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Suzyummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PDeveaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: i360

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aynrandgirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: i360

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rhnault

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and cheap!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rhnault

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EDBM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: miza_b

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: glowworm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Punkrock666

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rhody

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eatnbmerry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lydiainflorida

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good eats!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BurgerBeast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: crackerchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: crackerchick

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BurgerBeast

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BurgerBeast

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1136 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Has anyone tried Hamburger Heaven on palm beach?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Does 8oz on SOBE merit recognition on this post?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SaminSFL

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mag062367

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tpigeon

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RickL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikiliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: truffled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: netmover

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tpigeon

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cavandre

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. El Cap in Saint Pete. Nuff said

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: richholl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fernerobin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bigbillyt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ash0529

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ash0529

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: OysterHo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ash0529

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: johnmlinn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mountdorahound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. California Burgers & Shakes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RadioDining

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: OysterHo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Alfred G

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Alfred G

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dmo305

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pikiliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pikiliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: elgringoviejo

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              signed...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YanquiViejo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: netmover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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