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The following review was written by my girlfriend Nicole. We are both big fans of this place and I wanted to share it with you all!
There is one thing we can’t live without, and that’s food. Food is a vital part of our life. We all have different taste when it comes to foods and we all have various favorite meals. My go to meal is always a big juicy cheeseburger with a buttered toasty bun and a side of crunchy seasoned fries. All the cheeseburgers I have tried are decent but most of the time bland. So I sent myself on a mission to find a restaurant where they served top notch burgers in Miami. I researched online for top rated burger joints in Miami and the first one to catch my eye was Burger and Beer Joint. I arranged to make plans to try out this new restaurant in the hopes that they had my ideal cheeseburger.
The night I have been waiting for has finally come and I was on my way to Burger and Beer Joint. The restaurant is located at the popular tropical South Beach of Miami. The smooth drive was a short thirty minutes and the whole way there I can hear my growling stomach begging for that delicious food. South Beach is a really famous location, so it’s always packed with beach goings and tourist. When I arrived to my destination, to find a parking spot was like trying to look for a four leaf clover. Everywhere I looked for there was no empty spot for me in sight and whenever I see a parking space for me, someone was already taking it. It took me about ten minutes to find a parking space and I had to park a few blocks away from the restaurant. The parking situation did not upset me because I was thrilled for what was about to come.
That night it was hot and humid but not a cloud in the sky. The moon was a big orange circle in the black canvas over my head, surround by stars. As I turned the corner into the street where Burger and Beer Joint was located, it was a low lit and very quiet area. I can see the restaurant was on the other end of the street on the corner so I walked my way toward it. As I walked, I noticed a group of people just having a good time talking outside what looked like a bar. The street was not busy with cars but it was busy with people having a good time. I inched closer and closer to the burger joint and I can see all the bright neon lights on the outside. There were red lights on the outside to brighten up the outdoors for those who would like to eat outside. On top of the entrance to the restaurant was a big bright yellow and white sign with the letters BB. When I entered Burger and Beer Joint, it was jam packed with hungry people and loud music was playing. The place was a bit small but they made sure to add enough tables for everyone to eat. I can see everyone was having a good time with the smiles on their faces and enjoying the food. I loved the atmosphere already. On the right side of the restaurant was a bar filled with hundreds of different kinds of drinks and it was packed as well. All along the walls of the bar were license plates one after another from different states. I put my name on the forty five minute waiting list and sat in front of dark brown brick wall which was filled with peoples name and dates written in crayon. The place encouraged you to write on that wall whenever you wanted. For forty five minutes, I people watched as I waited to be seated to eat the best cheeseburger ever.
When I heard my name to be seated, I was excited to finally see what this burger joint had to offer. I choose the option to sit outside at the wooden tables. The menu was filled with foods that sounded so good like house chili and cheese fries or beer battered onion rings. I started off my dinner with mouthwatering popcorn shrimp, served with spicy garlic mayo. The mayo added a great touch to the shrimp and it wasn’t too spicy. The crunchy golden popcorn shrimp was cooked to perfection. Up next, I had to pick my main course which was a burger. The burger menu had unique kinds of burgers. For example, the Fly like an Eagle is served with two ground turkey patties with home-made stuffing in between, brown gravy drizzled over the burger, cranberry sauce, served with sweet potato fries. This was a burger I have never heard of or seen before in my life and for it to be on the menu, it must be good. The first burger I could decide on was the Thunder Bird. The description of the burger sounded just like my kind of burger, Angus beef, smoked Duroc pork belly bacon, American cheese, sesame bun, bourbon bar-b-q sauce, served with skinny fries. I ate the delightful popcorn shrimp as I waited for my cheeseburger. Out of nowhere, the lights in the restaurant start flickering and everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs. I was confused at first be then I see employees walking around banging pots and pans to this monstrous sliver plate that they are holding. It is The Motherbuger being served to about fifteen happy customers with forks and knifes in hand. The Motherburger is made up of ten pounds of Angus beef, served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a pickle. This is no burger to mess with. Its size is about the size of a manhole cover and buns that resembles a pillow. Now it was my turn to try my cheeseburger. The burger was bigger than my hand and I could not fit it into my mouth. After several tries, I was able to get my first bite into was about to be the best burger ever. The burger was cooked just the way I like it, cooked but not all the way, and the seasoning is so excellent that the flavor exploded in my mouth. The bacon was not your typical bacon, it was meaty and flavorful. The bun was no buttered toasty bun but it was expectable. It was still toasty yet soft. The bourbon bar-b-q sauce added a nice tangy kick to my burger which I liked. I was only able to eat half of my scrumptious burger and I left Burger and Beer Joint full and satisfied.
Burger and Beer Joint is definitely a restaurant I would visit more than once. With its loud and fun environment, it’s a great place for hanging out and eating. If you have the money to spend then I would recommend this place. Some of the burgers can be a bit expensive but it is well worth the money. I would also recommend that you make reservations beforehand so you do not have to wait that long list because it does get pack since it is kind of small. Overall, my experience with Burger and Beer Joint was incomparable to any other place and made my cheeseburger dream come true.
One of my all time favorite sushi restaurants is “Shine’s Sushi” in Eagle River, Alaska. Locally owned and operated, Shines has been serving the town of Eagle River for several years now. I’ve tried every roll they have to offer and I’ve found that each one is delicious. I prefer the cooked rolls myself but their variety of rolls will satisfy any sushi lover. The above picture is my all time favorite, the “Double Dragon Roll”. This roll is made up of shrimp tempura inside, BBQ eel and cooked shrimp on top. My second favorite roll is the “Kiss of Fire Roll” which consists of sliced salmon on top of a California Roll topped with spicy mayo then baked. The staff is friendly and always remembers me when I walk in. They have my usual order memorized (two Corona’s with lime served chilled, no glass, bottle only. One Kiss of Fire Roll and one Double Dragon Roll). Their website is http://www.shinesushi.com and their phone number is (907)-622-8889. They are located on 12400 Old Glenn Hwy #3 Eagle River, Alaska 99577.