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Aug 14, 2011 09:24 PM

"'re no Danny Meyer, Mr. Manero."

My dining experience at Burgerfi reminded me of a scene in Eddie Murphy's Coming To America where John Amos' character, Mr Mcdowell is trying to explain his jumpiness at hearing that there were "people here to see him." Mr Mcdowell: " Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds." Oh my... where do I begin? Should I start with the total ripoff of Danny Meyer's Shack Shack which is not the worst offense, I mean imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and burgers were not invented by Mr. Meyer but when the staff coyly denies knowing what Shack Shack is, that's kind of lame and weak. It's best to give props where props are due, graciousness is a becoming trait. So aside from lifting the total menu concept, layout, font, line for just cold stuff... with added on mediocre cupcakes and ultra greasy onion rings the burgers were decent. Nowhere near as flavorful as Shack Shake but I guess ok for those who don't know any better.

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  1. You should check out Milk Burger in NY. They basically just changed the color of the font from a Shake Shack Menu. They even put a photo of a Shake Shack burger on their website.

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    1. re: Auger

      That was a very funny scene and people rarely think of John Amos when it comes to comedy......and he was also funny on 2-1/2 men......So...where is this place?

      Ft. Pierce, FL

      1. re: LargeLife

        One is in Ft. Lauderdale and another is in Delray on Atlantic and A1A.

        Also, I tasted a Burgerfi burger at the Burger Battle in Ft. Lauderdale and wasn't impressed especially compared to Georgie's Alibi and Gilbert's 17th St. Grille. Both of those were infinitely better.

    2. I 100% agree with you on this being a knock off. This was especially apparent after being in a shake shack again last week in NYC.

      I've had shake shack a few times and enjoyed it. Though this last time was kind of 'meh'. The bun was kind of soggy, the lettuce was limp, and there was hardly any shack sauce on it.

      I'm going to go out on a limb ,but I think shake shack while good is very overrated. Shake Shack has built such a loyal rabid following that everyone seems to become blinded by the idea of anything else being good. Plus when everyone says it's soo great people start believing it (social proof).

      IMHO... I've liked in and out a lot better. Even on this most recent trip to NYC I found the burger joint at le parker meridien to even be better than shake shack.

      Just my two cents.

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      1. re: coffeyucf

        While you're at it, would you kindly tell Mr. Manero to shutter Vic & Angelo's on Ocean Drive? For the first time in my life, a restaurant actually made me angry. In fact, I'm still seething.

        I posted a review a few weeks ago. Food was oversalted and mediocre and service was reserved only for the strippers located at the nearby table. A couple actively making out at the table next to ours almost knocked over our pizza. My dining companion narrowly averted splinters from the jagged wood lying on the windowsill that abutted our table.

        If dinner is going to take three hours, at least let it be halfway decent. Let the show be the food, not the two 40 year old strippers the managers are desperately trying to bed with pasta and Long Island Iced teas.

        I apologize for the rant. I'm just heartily disappointed. The Vic & Angelo's in Delray is pretty good. Why does Miami get the low rent version?

        1. re: jessierandall

          "please shutter Vic & Angelo's on Ocean Drive"

          Eater Miami has a report to this effect, but I can't find confirmation.

          Morton's The Steakhouse Shutters Miami Beach Branch

          Thursday, February 2, 2012, by Lesley Abravanel

          Vic & Angelo's isn't the only chain to close in Miami.

          Morton's The Steakhouse just shuttered its Miami Beach location on Wednesday, according to the South Florida Business Journal. And it's the first of many, apparently. This after Tilman Fertitta, president and CEO of Landry’s, bought the steak chain back in December. According to a generic company statement, “Over time, demographics shift, and so do the areas in which businesses thrive, and it’s because of this that we must close the Morton’s location in [you can fill in the blank]."

          1. re: CFByrne

            V&A SoBe closing would appear to be confirmed... "For Rent" sign on front door...


        2. re: coffeyucf

          On the plus are beers / fries. The burgers / dogs blow. That being said, it will survive and thrive bc of location. Snowbirds coming! I'm done w it and have too many other preferred burger spots.

          1. re: coffeyucf

            ok the best Burger in NYC actually Brooklyn Peter Lugers.... Difficult to get in but lunch @ the bar 10 years ago $5.95 burger and oh so good. Check it out next time your up that way!

          2. Stories circulating of gigantic shakeup within this management group.

            Solid link anyone?

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            1. re: CFByrne

              "Tongues are wagging and texts are flying after news that David Manero has been ousted as managing partner of Vic N’ Angelos, The Office and Burger Fi restaurants in Broward and Delray Beach leaked out. "

              1. re: CFByrne

                Confirmed... Manero is out.

                "Noted local restaurateur David Manero, whose two Vic & Angelo’s, The Office and BurgerFi eateries are among the area’s most successful, is no longer affiliated with the restaurants after a dispute with his partners."

                Deets here from Bill Citara: