***** The GRIND-MIAMI’S BURGER BATTLE *****
Back on February 29, 2012 I did a story on THE GRIND-MIAMI’S BURGER BATTLE…basically- a contest pitting 30 South Florida restaurants (area codes 305 & 954) against each other to “pick” who “makes” the best burger. Since that story appeared, I have received numerous comments, read numerous magazine and blog articles and seen several televison segments about this event. Suffice it to say, this best-burger-contest has generated an amazing amount of interest and should draw an enormous crowd.
Since my story first appeared, a list of the 30-contestants was released.
Below, I have republished the original Jeff Eats’ article and provided the list of the participating burger-makers. By the way, if you check, Jeff Eats has reviews on a number of the burger makers…and I gotta tell you, their ain’t a slouch in the bunch.
If you know anything about Jeff Eats, I really don’t “do” restaurant grand openings, tastings, samplings, family and friends—with that in mind— I’m gonna do to this one!
The Grind-Miami’s Burger Battle sounds like it’s going to be absolutely dynamite and a whole lot of fun. I’m going as a guest of fellow blogger Burger Beast who will be “serving” as a celebrity judge.
If you can swing it, try and get to this one.
If you do come, please if you spot me, say hello—unless you are a disgruntled restaurant owner!
***** THE GRIND—MIAMI’S BURGER BATTLE *****
Just heard about “The Grind–Miami’s Burger Battle”—sounds like it could be a-load of fun.
Printed below, is a copy of the sponsor’s press release about this “best burger” contest scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Miami, Florida.
Wars have been won, but a battle never tasted so good!
A burger showdown will ensue on March 31st, where only the best of the best burgers in South Florida will compete under one roof for the coveted Golden Grinder and title.
South Florida has never seen a burger battle quite like The Grind. Taste 30 of the best burgers in town while washing it down with complimentary open bar including Blue Moon craft beer, wine and spirits. Guests and local celebrity judges will vote for their favorite burgers provided by restaurants in the 954 and 305 area codes. An online competition will also take place where cooking enthusiasts will submit their own recipe for the “Best Backyard Burger”. Judges include TV personalities Belkys Nerey, Adam Kuperstein and Jeff Berardelli; James Beard award-winning chef and director of The Miami Culinary Institute, Norman Van Aken; world-class restaurateur, Steven Haas; food critic, The Burger Beast; co-chair of The Miami Dolphins Foundation, Stan Rudman and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.
The Grind is proud to have the Miami Culinary Institute on board as a partner. Students will be given the opportunity to work side-by-side with Miami’s top restaurants and chefs as they help prepare the evening’s main attraction – Burgers! For those who want to start sampling, voting and mingling an hour before general admission, VIP tickets are available and on sale now!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
VIP: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Admission: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Miami Entertainment Complex (MEC)
50 NW 14 Street
Miami, FL 33136
Purchase tickets by visiting www.TheGrindMiami.com or at (305)461-2700.
Advanced Tickets – $75.00
Door Tickets – $85.00
The contestants are:
8 Oz Burger Bar
Bernie’s L.A. Café
Burger & Beer Joint
Burger Bar by Chef Allen
Charm City Burger Company
Chow Down Grill
Chuck Burger Joint
Cuban Cube (Islas Canarias)
El Rey De Las Fritas
Flip Burger Bar
The Frita Man
Grill Master Café
Joe’s Stone Crab
The Joint Bar & Grill
Latin House Burger & Taco Bar
Lokal Burger and Beer
Quickie’s Burgers & Wings
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
The Best Backyard Burger finalists Ryan Blanski and Roly Masferrer
The “buzz” about this event is enormous in South Florida Blogland.
If you do a drop of checking, you will find that Jeff Eats has reviewed a number of the “contestants”…suffice it to say, the judges are going to have a real-tough time picking a winner, because there are going to be some absolutely amazing burgers for the crowd to sample.
By the way, desserts will be provided by Azucar Ice Cream Shop, Copperpot’s, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies and Mandarin Gourmet Doghnut Shoppe