The Miami Dining Examiner happened upon Bobby Flay's Burger Palace quite accidentally while returning Christmas gifts at Dadeland Mall. It's recently opened on the second floor of the new wing at Dadeland.
The dining spot, backed by Food Network star Bobby Flay, was clean, efficient, reasonable and, most importantly, the food was good. The newly opened gourmet burger joint was pretty packed on a recent visit.
The long line allows diners to survey the vast array of ten signature burgers available, including an ever-changing Burger of the month. The burger for January is the Koreatown, featuring a soy glaze, Korean ketchup, kimchee (trend alert!) and topped with a fried egg (another trend). It sounded impossibly delicious, but messy so the Miami Dining Examiner tried something else.
The helpful and cheerful counter server advised on the favorite burgers of diners at Bobby Flay's Burger Palace. Topping the list was the Bobby Blue and the L.A. burger so the Miami Dining Examiner ordered the fresh sounding L.A. burger. Her dining companion ordered the Black and White shake, made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Other burger options included the Palace Classic with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and sliced red onion ($6.75), the Dallas, a spice-crusted burger with coleslaw, Monterey jack cheese, bar-b-que sauce and pickles ($7.75) and the Miami, a take-off on the Cuban sandwich. This one had ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo and pickles for $7.75.
Sides are reasonably priced French Fries, sweet potato fries or beer-battered onion rings, all for three bucks. Any burger can be "crunchified" by adding homemade potato chips. Burgers come in a selection of Angus beef, ground turkey or ground chicken meats.
For diners who want something other than a burger, there are grilled cheese sandwiches with a variety of cheeses ($5.50) and a crunch salad with veggies for $7.50. Online ordering and takeout is also available.
After ordering and paying at the counter, diners sit at lime green revolving chairs at the diner-inspired, winding countertop. Cheerful servers deliver dishes as they are ready and diners can watch the action at the open kitchen area.
The Black and White Shake came in a tall, cold glass, with a long silver spoon and wide straw, all the better for slurping up the decadent liquid. It was kind of like a Frosty, but richer; it was much enjoyed.
The L.A. burger came topped with melted Cheddar cheese and served on a toasted, sesame seed bun. It was cooked perfectly (medium), with a pink inside that was warm and juicy. It was topped with a sliced tomato, a plop of creamy avocado and a pile of crunchy watercress. It came with a big dill pickle half; the burger was delicious.
There are an array of sauces, should diners feel the need, available on a lazy boy on the table. A tasty burger sauce, chipotle, jalapeno and others are available, although the Miami Dining Examiner enjoyed her burger just the way it came.
A fellow diner ordered the Bobby Blue and it looked amazing (although messy). The burger was stacked with two crunchy bacon strips, had lettuce and tomato and hunks of blue cheese dripping off the burger. Another nearby diner, had a "cruchified" burger, with the golden thin potato orbs of homemade potato chips, elevating the burger to a new level.
The Miami Dining Examiner is a fan of Bobby Flay's show Throwdown. On this show, he challenges the best chefs of a certain dish to compete with his version of the dish. Oftentimes, he beats the cooks at their own game. This is because her really understands food, quality, flavors and textures and how to bring a new twist to traditional favorites.
In a city inundated with gourmet burger joints, most much more expensive and less accessible than this one, Bobby's Burger Palace stands out as a place to return to over and over again.
Bobby's Burger Palace
7535 Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33156