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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash 2009

  • Oct 23, 2009
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  Right before entering the hallowed tent at the Burger Bash, I was handed a menu/program with all of the participants listed as well as any sides they might be serving and wine suggestions. This also included a voting chip to be used for the people's choice award. I, of course lose it before we even get into the tent. Now you may ask, why didn't I go back outside and go get another one? My answer is, once I got a whiff of that seared meat, that lost chip was the least of my worries. We decided to take the amusement park technique and start at the back of the tent and work our way to the front. Since I have yet to mention this, Marcela and DietColaLola were here with me. We had a plan of attack to take pictures of every burger and then try them, but that plan went out the window as the lines got longer. Near the back left was Good Stuff Eatery which was actually what I was looking forward to trying. Their Coletti's Smokehouse Burger was good, it was juicy and their marshmallow shake was great. Next up was Kobe Club, the burger was good but the shoestring truffle parmesan idaho fries (as good as they sound) were a little overwhelming flavor wise. At this point, I discover the Coca Cola stand serving ice cold 8 oz. bottles, honestly, what else could I ask for? I'm right near the Shake Shack which I've heard so many good things about but I didn't think much of it once I tried it (won't stop me from trying it in New York though). I spot the SW Steakhouse Wynn and go for it. It's served on a griddled muffin with a side of potato fritters and some garlic ketchup. Not too shabby, I really like the muffin and fritters and thanks but I'll stick with Hunt's. DietColaLola goes to Rouge and comes back with a medium rare burger, not my cup of tea or hers for that matter. I try it and although it tastes good, I need my meat just a little more on the cooked side (liked the mac n cheese). The gals head out and are gone, for what seems like forever and return with a sampling of Michy's, Bistro One, Morimoto and Every Day with Rachael Ray (Don't Kiss Me Garlic Burger). Of the four, Michy's was a standout as was Morimoto, but they mention he isn't the most personable dude in the world. Honorable mention for Bistro One's side of spiced tostones, which was ridiculously good At this point we decide we're better off moving around as we've pretty much tasted everything on this end. Marcela and DietColaLola decide to go get some wine from the Vibrant Rioja stand. While I'm waiting around I notice a mini mob nearing me. It turns out Guy Fieri is walking around and being followed by some folks. DietColaLola decides she should go try Katie Lee Joel's Logan County Hamburger (which is where it should have been left). Of all the things I tried, this burger had no business being here and that includes some doosies I tried later on. Marcela catches up with Guy, (he's hanging with the Neelys) and we get a pic with him, he was cool with us considering the amount of people attacking him at once. This brings us up to the ridiculous line for Bobby's Burger Shack. While waiting in line, DietColaLola decides to check out Ubuntu's Vegan "Boudin Noir" and Andrew Garrison Shotts's Holy Mole Burger. As average as the Logan County Hamburger was, it tasted better than these 2. Ubundu's tasted like a bad cookie and Andrew Garrison Shotts's Holy Mole tasted almost like a bad cookie (DietColaLola and I both felt the same way). We get to the front of the line and Bobby Flay agrees to pose for pictures (hmmm....nice of him or was he trying to garner our vote?). We liked the burger, it had some nice flavor and the potato chips were a nice touch. The gals descend on the 2 dessert places, Driscoll's and Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor. I tried both of them and was not blown away by either. DietColaLola goes to the Love Food Cafe for the Cheddar Jalapeno Burger. I liked the burger itself but I could have done without the fresh salsa. While sitting discussing which is the best burger, George Duran of Ham On The Street fame walks by. Marcela has her picture taken with him. Cool dude. We also had tried at some point Michael's Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger and Pier Sixty Six Burger and both were winners in my book.We decide (well I don't actually have a vote, remember I lost my chip) that Good Stuff Eatery's Coletti's Smokehouse was the best burger. We head over so that they can cast their vote and Spike Mendelsohn is walking around right in front of his stand. He holds up the box so Marcela can cast her vote. Near the Good Stuff Eatery stand is the Coca Cola stand , where I have a part time job while we wait for the votes to be read. The winner for the People's Choice, Judge's Choice and Allen Brothers Golden Grill awards is Good Stuff Eatery. Clean sweep and well deserved, it was definitely the best burger we tried. After the presentation of the awards, he poses on stage for awhile which gave me some time to get a picture with him. Honestly, way cool guy. Just as I'm about to leave I spot Hosea from Top Chef, I wish him luck on next week's finale (This took place during February 2009) and Marcela snaps a pic of us. As we're walking out I mention to Marcela that we're about to walk over where I lost my chip and would you believe it, she found it. Luckily, Spike didn't need my vote tonight. .

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