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Apr 21, 2011 10:21 AM

New entry for Orlando's best burger

I've been hearing a lot about Junior's Colombian Burger from blogs and other word of mouth (back when it was in a trailer), but now that they're in a storefront, I had to check them out to see what the hype was about


It's hard to explain, but just go eat one of these - the burger comes in a single, double or triple with meat, tomato, lettuce, grilled onions, cheese, potato chips and garlic, Pink (mayo & ketchup) and pineapple sauces - that's all the sauces not your choice of them. It just works, so for your first try just get it with everything. It's a big, beautiful sloppy mess. It's open very late (until 4:30 am Th-Sun). It also has other authentic Columbian dishes if you're interested. Service is slow as everything is cooked to order. There is barely any seating and all of it is on a small counter that faces a wall. They do not serve fries.

It's located right near Universal Studios on Kirkman in a very small strip mall across from the Hooters - it's only about 3 minutes off of I-4.

Here's a few links to blog post with photos

They're so small they don't even have a website only a Facebook page

With the food truck explosion, Hula Dog and Junior's Colombian burger Orlando just keeps getting more and more unique with great independent choices at the low end.

Eat independent whenever you can!

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  1. I probably speak for all the Tampanians when I say we're pretty damn jealous of all these food trucks you guys are getting. We only have a very few. This is an outrage.

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    1. re: askdrtodd

      we dont have any that i know of....

      and YS... why didnt u try them when they were in the trailer?

      across kirkman near the taco bell and kfc?
      or the same side as hooters?

      1. re: srsone

        Same side as Taco Bell - in between the bank buidling and the little medical plaza - same place as the Quizno's

        The trailer was never there for hours that worked for me (like lunch) - with the permanant spot they are open longer

        1. re: YosemiteSam

          thanks...i know just where that time im in orlando i will try it...

      2. re: askdrtodd

        This one is no longer a food truck/trailer anymore - they now have a storefront

        1. re: askdrtodd

          Just for the record, we did have a Columbian truck on Armenia selling great burgers, arepas, and salchipapas. Sadly, it appears the guy moved to New York. There is a Columbian hot dog place on Armenia. I have been there but have not had there burger (which I assume they have). We should check it out.

          1. re: askdrtodd

            I wish the food trucks would come to each ends of Orlando. There is so many near winter park area and downtown but less over in other areas of Orlando

            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              It's driving me crazy - they seem to be over in the Sand Lake Road / I-Drive area (Red Eye BBQ and Crooked Spoon) but only after 11 PM - like I could get there so late with a family and a job :) Can only single people eat at food trucks?

              From what I hear the issue is that the restaurants with physical locations discourage the landlords from allowing the trucks to park and open until they are closed so as not to create competition with lower expense structures.

              Reality is I still haven't made it to ONE food truck yet - a crying shame it is!

              1. re: YosemiteSam

                How do you find out where they are and when they are there?

                1. re: herbert1

                  Magic of Twitter - just click Follow

                  Red Eye BBQ -
                  Crooked Spoon -
                  Big Wheel Provisions -
                  Treehouse Truck -
                  Korean BBQ Taco Box -
                  Yum Yum Cupcake Truck -!/yumyumtruck_fl

                2. re: YosemiteSam

                  I hear you on that. There is a food truck event at the Plaza Live Theater it's Tuesday May 3rd. It starts at 5pm though, kinda hard to get there if you're just getting out of work. but it looks fun.

            2. That used to be my favorite burger in Orlando until I had a burger from The Crooked Spoon. I still hit it up though if I'm closer or if Crooked Spoon isn't open.

              1. I stopped by Junior's this evening, and it lived up to the hype. The combination of flavors is hard to describe, but absolutely delicious. If I lived closer I'd make it a regular stop.

                I'm glad more of these types of businesses and food trucks are making their way south. My schedule pretty much never allows me to get up to WP or Downtown/Colonial, but at least we have these and the occasional truck on Sand Lake to go along with the Hispanic offerings on OBT.

                1. I finally made it to Junior Colombian Burger and I have to say I was very disappointed. The burger was terribly overcooked. Even doubling the amount of pineapple, garlic and golfo sauce could not save this burger. It was a bad piece of meat made worse by being cooked to death. I would think that I just got a bad burger but my mixed arepa was also a severe disappointment. The chicken and beef were dry and under-seasoned. There was nothing at all special about the arepa except for the fact that it was more edible than the burger. I like the Colombian burgers and hot dogs that I have had in Tampa and Miami, but this place is just exploiting an idea that it is not able to actualize.

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                    1. re: YosemiteSam


                      I read his review twice and while it's negative on the side of the food and the restaurant I didn't see anywhere that he insulted the Orlando group that do like this place.

                      I know it's tough to read a review of a place we love but I think this can be insightful in a lot of ways. Not everyone taste the same or has the same experience.

                      Over cooked could be an accident ; a new cook etc. Sometimes I have a hard time when people come back and tell me they didn't like the place I suggested but I try to listen to them and understand why.

                      I know we are so passionate about food; and I'm glad to see that; I'd argue my favorite places as well.

                      Did they ask you how you wanted it cooked?

                      As in burger meat how do you decipher you got a bad piece of meat?

                      and what places in Tampa and Miami have you had better?

                      I think this may help us understand the criticism and give us all a better view and idea.

                      btw YoSam you are so dead on, on so many things, so no worries if one person or a few don't like it. Everyone has different opinions.

                      1. re: YosemiteSam

                        Sam, unless you actually made the offending burger (in which case I have some harsher language for you), my comments were directed at Junior Colombian. I do bristle at the suggestion that this could even possibly be a contender for Orlando's best burger but that is another matter. I think the problem is that some of us go out of our way to eat in these places (80 miles) and on that score this place doesn't hold up (in my estimation). I used strong language because I don't want another geographically challenged Chowhounder to waste a meal in Orlando at Junior Colombian. I am not looking for a fight and I would not impugn your taste or your contribution to our board (except in this case). The burger was so bad that my wife beseeched me not to finish it, but her pleadings I denied. Which leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried.

                        1. re: CFishman

                          I removed my post to try and keep this board focused on the food and not clutter it with Internet chat board gripes. I apologize for even bringing it up

                          Your opinion is yours and valid as far as it goes, I'll continue to eat at Junior's and enjoy it as well as recommend it to folks looking to try a (IMO) great burger. Your thoughts will exist right along mine and everyone else's and people can make up their own minds.

                          Ah, democracy.....

                          1. re: CFishman

                            CF - I'm coming into this pretty late. That's because I'm just starting to look at the FL board in anticipation of my trip south in Feb/Mar. I've never eaten at Junior Colombian, and I cannot think of any reason that I would travel 80 miles for any burger, any place, any time! That's incredible to me! I would definitely get on a plane and go to Europe for a long weekend to eat in some some really good restaurants in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany - even the Czech Republic. But for a burger - maybe a 1/2 hour-45 minutes. Beyond that, it would have to wait until I was driving though that area.

                            I had the burger at the Crooked Spoon last Mar/Apr for lunch and really liked it. I'm sure I'll be back there on my next trip. I might even give Junior Colombian a try (YoSam and Sandwich Sis have steered me to some pretty good places. I'm just amazed at your willingness to spend that amount of time to try a burger joint!

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

                        2. re: CFishman

                          my first thought would be...if it was cooked incorrectly or not to your order..

                          why didnt u send it back and have it cooked the way u wanted it?

                          if i drove 80 miles and it was burnt ...first thing would have been to send it back...and make them do it again

                          1. re: srsone

                            It was clear that the patty was not going to be substantially improved by being cooked properly. I have worked in a lot of restaurants and for some reason I am just not that inclined to send food back (particularly in a fast food restaurant. do people do that?). Also, it took an exceedingly long for the burger to come out. When we ordered, we were basically the only ones in the restaurant. After ordering, numerous customers came in and I was not going to wait even longer to have the hamburger remade in the hope that it would miraculously improve.

                            1. re: CFishman

                              after seeing the movie "waiting" i'm not so inclined either ....
                              i have rarely sent food back...but i do want what im paying for tho.....

                        3. Any one had the burger at the Rusty Spoon Yet? the 55? Burger is great, house made pickle is awesome. I don't know if it's the best but its good. Glad to see a decent downtown restaurant up and coming.

                          Same owners own Pine 22 I believe - Haven't been there yet but I've heard great things about their burgers.

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                          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                            Sandwich_Sister, we had a fantastic Colombian truck in Tampa a year or two ago that unfortunately disappeared. Their hamburguesa was in the same style but was incomparably better. We now have La Perrada Colombiana (7803 N. Armenia Ave.) which I have only eaten at once. By the way, there is a Colombian fruit place that sells Cholados which are superb (CHOLADOS Y MAS. 6729 N Armenia Ave.). I have also eaten Colombian hotdogs in Miami at La Perrada de Edgar (6976 Collins) which I also liked quite a bit. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade - I take no pleasure in doing that - but I thought it was important to register a strongly contrary experience.

                            1. re: CFishman

                              No problem. I think getting different perspectives is cool. and I know we aren't always going to agree.

                              but thank you for your opinion and your honesty... and for the Miami, Collins address. My husband is going to be down in Miami working from july - dec possibly longer

                            2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                              Sandwich_Sister, by the way, we tried to go to Rusty Spoon but they weren't open for lunch. Lots of places are closed in Orlando on Sunday (Rusty Spoon is open for dinner). That is always kind of a bummer for those of us in Tampa who would like to use the weekend to eat around Orlando.

                              1. re: CFishman

                                Doh, Sundays can be a bummer. No food trucks seem to operate on Sundays, and there are plenty of places that don't open at all or only open for dinner or a small amount of time.

                                This might make a good topic here on the Florida boards. We've had trouble on Sundays as well. Every place we want to try seems to be closed.

                                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                  We thought the Maitland Farmers' Market would be a good option but that turned out to be a bit of a bummer too. I was looking forward to the jerk truck but they weren't there. Some of my animus is certainly the result of a totally failed excursion to Orlando.

                                  1. re: CFishman

                                    I think there is also a Lake Eola Farmers Market on Sunday; Orlandonians correct me if I'm wrong, and I've never been. That means I don't even know if its good or not.

                                    Farmers market wise the best I've been to in Orlando is Winter Park Farmers Market but that is on Saturday.

                                    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                      We were at the wrong farmers' market? Now it's my turn to say "D'oh!" Maybe another topic for one of Sam's lists (we good? I hope so).

                                      1. re: CFishman

                                        The Maitland Farmer's Market is nice, but much smaller than the excellent Winter Park Farmer's Market on Saturdays. The jerk truck was there (in Maitland) two Sundays ago when my wife and I were there, so maybe it was just bad luck or bad timing.

                                  2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                    There was actually a huge bazaar up in Oviedo tonight with 19 food trucks. They also have a pod on Tues. at Lake Lily, one on Wens. at Firestone, and Thurs. behind Spatz in Winter Park.

                                    And on the burger thing, Columbian is a great drunk burger for me but not much more. It's like a Columbian Five Guys, greasy thin patties with little taste beyond cheese, grease, and whatever you load them up with. A mess, but hits the spot in that embarrassing kind of junk food way.

                                    Since my last post I've had Pine 22's, Downtown Pourhouse's Black and Tan Burger, and The Crooked Spoon's 420 Burger and those top my list with the 420 Burger edging them's cooked to order has candied spicy bacon, pineapple relish, swiss, and an onion ring on brioche. Amazing. The black and tan has an onion ring, gruyere, and a stout glaze, and it's cooked to order too. Might be too sweet for some though.

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

                                    1. re: tj3image

                                      The Ravenous Pig's Pub Burger is my favorite in town by far, and the regular Crooked Spoon burger is in second place. I used to think the world of Fuddruckers, but the quality has plummeted since Luby's Cafeteria took them over (although they're still better than Five Guys).

                                      5250 International Dr Ste 51, Orlando, FL 32819

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

                                      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                        The burger at Ravenous is my also my favorite. I also like the 420 burger from Crooked Spoon. One place that actually has some pretty great burgers and flies under the radar is Nona Tap Room in Lake Nona. Their burgers are simple, but their meat is of very good quality and always tasty.

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

                                2. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                  I don't care for the food at Pine 22. I've posted this before, and maybe its b/c they just opened, but they had lame excuses for poor execution on a lot of items from their menu (fried egg being over done b/c some pans are hotter than others?).

                                  I've heard good things about the buger at Nona Tap Room. Gonna have to check that out soon since its right near my house.

                                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                    Tried the burger, one of the few items on their menu that I don't absolutely love. To messy, flavors didnt quite work, pickle was good though. Rusty spoon is serving some of the best food in Orlando these days.