Sunday, April 24, 2011

First Tiers of a Burger 2011

With Burger month right around the corner it is perfect timing to unveil my first Tiers of a Burger for 2011.  These are the best of the best in South Florida according to ME and broken down into Tiers. (Listed alphabetically within each tier) 

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TIER ONE

Bourbon Steak (bar/lounge menu)
Burger & Beer Joint
Shake Shack

TIER TWO

Charm City
Le Tub
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Red Light

TIER THREE

Char-Hut
Five Guys
Jack's Old Fashion

TIER FOUR

Burger-Fi (Pompano)
Elevation (Coral Springs)
Rok Brgr (FLL)

A TIER of Their Own (great non-traditional burgers/food trucks that deserve their own tier)

GastroPod-Mo Better Burger, short rib, brisket and sirloin topped with poached egg, slaw and gPod sauce.
Meat Market- American Kobe Beef Slider Duo- bacon/white cheddar foie gras
Sakaya Kitchen- Angus beef bulgogi sliders with spicy goat cheese, pickles, roasted pork & kimchi. 
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill- Kobe sliders with tonkatsu sauce and fried quail egg.
The Rolling Stove (food truck)- steak burger (hold the onions)

Busts (recent disappointments)

The Office (Delray)- went with high expectations and was underwhelmed by a sour tasting burger and roll.

RIP 
Kingdom- I will miss this place and their great juicy burger.

2011 Burgers to Eat List

db Bistro Moderne- sirloin burger filled with short ribs, foie gras and black truffles
Clarkes
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers (Boca)
Bulldog Burger
Sustain
El Mago de las Fritas- I need a Frita!!!

Please let me know if there are any new spots serving great burgers that I need to try.

16 comments:

Rick said...

Gilbert's on 17th Street.

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The Chowfather said...

I've tried it and didn't love. It's been a while and will give it another shot.

C.L.J. said...

These lists are lacking: nobody has made it up to Roxy's in West Palm Beach to sample the legendary Roxyburger.

The Chowfather said...

CLJ, not up that way often but will certainly check Roxy out next time I'm in WPB.

Rick said...

Yeah, these things are subjective. For instance, Char-Hut for me is one nano step above McDonald's.

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Anonymous said...

Quikies not on that list. Thinking MOAB!

The Chowfather said...

Rick, Char-Hut has dropped for me thanks to the influx of new burger spots over the past few years. I still think it is the best fast food burger and deserving of its ranking.

Anon, had Quickies a couple of times and it was okay but not tier worthy.

L2M said...

Great list but what's up with Jack's. I don't know what people see in it but at this point I've just learned to agree to disagree. One place that gets overlooked but has a seriously good burger, albeit a slider, is Morton's. They're only served at the bar but they're outrageous, dressed only with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion on a bun that's made to hold the juiciness.

Juanlb said...

Flannigans Big Daddy Burger, at least at the grove location, is consistently outstanding and noteworthy because of it's $5 price at lunch.

The Chowfather said...

L2M, I'll have to check out the Morton's sliders. I like their happy hour mini steak sandwiches served at the bar.

Jack's tends to be on the under seasoned side but still enjoyable for me.

Anonymous said...

Georgie's Alibi maybe, since they won an award?

Sam said...

Tried Boardwalk Burgers in Boca...wasnt that great, Fries were soggy, burger not much flavor and kind of dry...Charm City much better, and so is Quickies down in Hollywood...

Sam said...

Tried Boardwalk Burgers in Boca...wasnt that great, Fries were soggy, burger not much flavor and kind of dry...Charm City much better, and so is Quickies down in Hollywood...

Anonymous said...

you should try the j.marks burger (pompano and fort lauderdale locations). they have a burgers with and without bacon mixed into the meat. both are outstanding and worthy to be on your list.

crouton211 said...

DaDa's in Delray has an excellent burger. I also still enjoy a good Fudruckers burger every now and again!

Dan Sells Floors Loves Food said...

Go back to Flanigan's and try their new Texas Burger. This one brings it strong: blue cheese, bacon, tumbleweed onions and wing sauce. Through some of their bbq sauce on there too for some extra love.