The unassuming hamburger may seem quite simple, but for many, it is a special treat. And the hunt for the perfect one is a quest that some see as anything but a waste of time.
Of course, people have different and strong opinions as to what makes up a "perfect" or "best" burger, but plenty of websites specializing in Florida food and restaurants have weighed in.
Below are some of the Florida restaurants that are mentioned as having outstanding burgers over and over again.
The Best "Hole in the Wall" Burger Joint, According to Cheapism: The website Cheapism recently named what it felt were the best "hole in the wall" burger joints in each state. For Florida, it chose a Miami option that is Cuban-inspired.
The winner, El Mago De Las Fritas, offers a burger that has slim, crispy, fried potatoes atop the hamburger patty. The result is said to be nice and crispy rather than soggy.
MEAT Eatery & Tap Room, Islamorada: This restaurant may look unassuming from the front, but it's extremely popular with both locals and tourists. It's been on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and has been named as Tripadvisor's best burger.
The Le Tub Saloon, Hollywood: There's an interesting story behind this restaurant which used to be a Sunoco gas station. The decor has been described as "quirky" on TripAdvisor and the restaurant's somewhat hidden location meant that it used to mostly be popular with locals who stumbled upon it. However, that all changed when the magazine GQ featured Le Tub and its burger in an article.
T-Ray’s Burger Station, Fernandina Beach: Continuing on with the theme of old gas stations, T-Ray used to sell his food out of his father's Exxon gas station. Eventually, the food became more popular than the gas. T-Ray's burgers have been mentioned in Southern Living and on USA Today.
Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach: There's much variety at this popular Deerfield Beach joint. The Good Ole Burgers is a classic if that is what you prefer, but if you are more of a foodie, there are options such as Kobe beef, gruyere cheese, and truffle aioli (on the Emperor burger.)
Burger Place, Melbourne: When you walk into this joint, you're taken to the 50s and 60s, and the food feels classic as well since the burgers are never frozen and sit atop a homemade roll. Locals love the place. Portion sizes are said to be generous.
Mac’s Drive-Thru, Gainesville: This joint, first opened in 1987, really is a drive-thru, but you can walk up if you prefer (and there is some seating outside.) They serve hot sandwiches, but burgers and fries are a specialty. They're usually quite crowded with locals, so plan accordingly.
Garbo’s Grill, Key West: This little 6 X 8 cart is owned by a husband and wife team. Don't let its small size fool you because it offers big flavors and the specials rotates regularly. The burger has a chipotle gouda option.
Engine No. 9; Saint Petersburg: This joint may technically be a bit of a sports bar, but it has an entire page of the menu dedicated to its burgers, which are made with prime angus beef. Some are classic. Some are not. For example, the "one bad pig" option has pancetta.
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