BURGER AND BEER JOINT
Like a lot of the rest of the country, Miami has had a boom in the number of hamburger restaurants in the past few years. There was a time when I would have been hard pressed to come up with many burger joints in town, other than local bars, but now there are more than I can possible eat at. Some have even closed before I could get a chance to try them!
One that has received acclaim from reliable sources is Burger and Beer Joint
. There are two here, one in the Brickell area of downtown south of the Miami river, and one in the northwest corner of South Beach. A restaurateur friend told me that the South Beach one was better, so I met with an out-of-town Roadfood friend there last Saturday.
It's in an area that I thought was residential, but actually has a couple of auto body shops and a couple of well thought-of restaurants about a block from the bay and a public boat ramp. It looks pretty plain during the day, but night photos show some neat red lighting below the illuminated logo. Burger and Beer Joint
We sat outside to enjoy the beautiful autumn South Florida day. Roadfoodie Ellen Fried and Menus
We split some tempura-beer battered onion rings and some Hebrew National mini corn dogs. The rings came with a jalapeno-cheddar sauce, and the corn dogs came with some conventional mustard. Onion Rings & Mini Corn Dogs
Thumbs up on both of them!
They offer burger patties from prime angus beef, wagyu beef, turkey, chicken patty or ahi tuna patty. There are several kinds of rolls, toppings and sauces. You can "Pimp your Burger" (design your own), or select from several "Signature" combinations that come with a pickle and fries.
We both chose the fairly conventional Thunder Road
burger, which is a 10 oz. prime angus beef, hickory smoked bacon, american cheese, sesame bun, bourbon BBQ sauce served with skinny fries and housemade pickled cucumber relish. Thunder Road Burger
I loved it! Very good quality meat, cooked and seasoned perfectly. I actually ate most of it without the BBQ sauce, which is served on the side. The bacon was smokey and slightly sweet, and cooked so that it was chewy, not greasy or rubber, nor crumbly/burnt. Nicely -toasted bun, too. The pickle was good, too, but looking back at the photos I realized that I forgot to try the house-made relish. Halved burger, showing plenty of pink:
This was one of the better burgers that I've had anywhere. Ellen liked hers a lot, which she ate without the bacon.
The "skinny fries" were frozen food-service fries. They had some sort of thin coating on them (starch?) that I believe is there to keep them crispy. I found them tolerable, although Ellen was disappointed. They do offer fresh-cut truffle fries. They were good for dipping in the extra selection of sauces we ordered, though! The garlic-parsley sauce was particularly good.
There are a lot of interesting things on the menu, so if you are in South Beach with the hankering for a fancy, large burger (they also offer one-pounders), I recommend Burger and Beer Joint. Oh, I forgot to mention - they have 99 beers!
Burger and Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139 http://www.burgernbeerjoint.com/
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