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SouthFloridaFoodNerd Feb 8, 2011 08:12 AM

Has anyone tried BurgerFi in Fort Lauderdale yet? I've tried twice. It was supposed to be open on Jan 31, I went the day after. Ghosttown. I went again last Thursday, they said to come back over the weekend. All the reviews I've seen that are glowing are from prior to the opening date which makes me suspicious about their origins. (owners posting much?) and the only one i've seen after the actual opening was NOT glowing, but that reviewer seems to hate everything.

Any actual unbiased opinions of BurgerFi?

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    eventfarm Feb 10, 2011 02:09 PM

    I went there last night. the place was PACKED. I didn't have food - just a shake. The burgers looked really good and smelled great, but can't tell you if they were good or not.

    It was a nice place to sit and hang out a little - busy, lots going on and trendy building.

    I, personally, didn't like the shake. It's a custard shake and the mouthfeel just didn't sit right with me. But I think that is just personal taste.

    If you're looking for a good burger and fries, you should try da Campo Osteria at the il Lugano just south of Burger Fi. I was very pleasantly surprised with having this for a meal. The fries (with fleur de sel and a *very* light dusting of truffle oil) were perfect. The burger was cooked perfectly and had the homemade mozzerella and an onion compote on top.

    Sounds all "froo-froo", but it wasn't. It also was big enough for me to eat 3 meals off of it!

    Jennifer

    1. The Chowfather Feb 10, 2011 03:59 PM

      It's a wannabe Shake Shack. Not a bad place to try and copy.

      I went for lunch yesterday and the line was long but most tables were empty. The two people on the register were really slow and inefficient. After ordering it took 15 minutes to get my cheeseburger and fries. Burgers were coming out at snails pace. Not sure what they were doing on the grills and the manager wasn't concerned by the delay. Anyway, the burger was actually good, a little heavy on the cheese but you were still able to taste the meat thanks to the double patty.

      It's on par with 5 Guys, maybe a little better but it's not as good as Shake Shack.

      www.burgerfi.com

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        advisor_Girl Feb 11, 2011 03:00 AM

        ChowDaddy>

        Your wannabe Shake Shack review sounds good - but Jennifer's fleur de sel truffle fries and onion compote ???

        SCHWING!

        Road trip.

        AG

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          LiveRock Feb 14, 2011 06:39 AM

          "a little heavy on the cheese..."

          What? Didn't know there was such a thing! ;o)

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            danb73 Feb 14, 2011 07:13 AM

            I tried it late Friday night around 11pm. Was empty when we arrived but the line was 10 deep by the time we left. Burger was a pretty good Shake Shack copy, but a little on the small side given the nearly $6 price. It was late so the burger and fries was enough for me then, but had I gone for a full lunch or dinner, I think I would have felt unfulfilled.

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          DrDMC Feb 14, 2011 11:36 AM

          Went there on Friday night. It was packed. Service was slow but I got the impression that the burgers were NOT made to order. Ordered the double cheeseburger with some toppings and the fries/onion rings combination. Burger was above average but not great. They really are stingy on the toppings especially since you have to pay for some of them. The fries were OK but not hot when served. The burger is small for the price and slightly overcooked. The fries combination contained 4 little to medium sized onion rings and they were nothing to get excited about. This place does not compare to 5-Guys or come close to Le Tub. If you want the best burger on the beach, go a little north of Commercial Boulevard on A1A to Stingers. They have a great burger, cooked to order. There is no way this place can call itself a "gourmet" hamburger joint. It is a glorified Mcdonalds. By the way, have you tried the McDonald's Angus Beef Burger, it is as good as if not better than Burgerfi's.

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          1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

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            aynrandgirl Feb 14, 2011 10:22 PM

            Is that Stingers Bar & Grill, Pompano?

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            SouthFloridaFoodNerd Feb 15, 2011 03:58 PM

            i finally went. the onion rings & custard shakes are pretty good. the burger is a dry version of five guys and the fries were just okay. i wouldn't schlep all the way to the beach for it, but if i went out there for Keese's and Keese's was closed and I was really hungry I might go back. But their burgers are gourmet as their selection of beer is "craft". meh.

            http://southfloridafoodnerd.blogspot....

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              mrmagee Mar 28, 2011 12:41 PM

              Went yesterday with wife and kids. Wasn't quite sure what to expect, but overall really enjoyed it. Double cheeseburger was good, similar to 5 Guys but not nearly as greasy. Better than Shake Shack. Fries were ago, but the wife liked them a lot. Onion rings were very good - great batter and not too greasy. Good banana shake with small pieces of banana constantly making their way up the straw. Surprise was the Vegi burger, which my toddler had. Excellent, and would likely only be better with some mushrooms on top.

              1. CFByrne May 3, 2011 06:54 AM

                Rumor has it the new Delray store (A1A and Atlantic) is set for a July 4th opening. From the outside it looks like the remodeling from Surf Sliders in only just beginning now.

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                  CFByrne Jun 22, 2011 06:15 PM

                  I'll be shocked if the Delray location opens on July 4 (12 days from now) as rumored. Still bare concrete and hardy board all over the place, unfinished electrical conduit, etc. I suppose it's possible if most of the tough work is done - hard to tell from outside - but I guess we'll see...

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                    CFByrne Aug 2, 2011 11:07 AM

                    Delray store opening tomorrow 8/3 at 11AM

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                      coffeyucf Aug 2, 2011 12:08 PM

                      Cool can't wait to check it out. Tried the ftl location a few months back and thought it was pretty good. I think this could be a nice fit over by the beach.

                      Now Atlantic Ave will have two fast food burger joints as the bookends. Docs to the west and Burgerfi to the east.

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                    hollys May 6, 2011 07:51 PM

                    This place is horrible. Food was mediocre and pricey. $45.00 for 3 single hamburgers, 3 fries, 3 ice teas and small cups of custard. The portion size for the small custards was laughingly small for $3 each. I complained to the manager/owner who was rude and condescending. He gave me larger portions of frozen custard after I complained - after he told me this was the last time he gave me larger scoops - don't ever expect it again- he is the decision maker! Ha! He then lectured me that this was not ice cream but frozen custard - like I did't know the difference. I told him I go to Shake Shack all the time and I am very well aware of what frozen custard is. He then went off telling me they are not Shake Shake, don't want to be, on and on. This place is a joke with overhyped food, slow service, and indifferent staff members.

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                      freakerdude May 7, 2011 07:15 AM

                      $12 to $15 is what most of the premier type burger places are running for a burger, fries, and drink.

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                        hollys May 8, 2011 12:53 PM

                        I don't mind spending those prices at all for a delicious product. I would go to Shake Shack, Le Tub, Trulucks, Capital Grille, etc. any day of the week. I just don't like getting ripped off for unimpressive, average food with painstakingly slow service and rude counter people.

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                        Le Tub
                        1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                        Capital Grille
                        444 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

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