Boca Burger Battle 2018 Contenders

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

MEET THIS YEAR'S CONTENDERS FROM SOUTH FLORIDA:
BOCA RATON, CORAL SPRINGS, DEERFIELD BEACH,
DELRAY BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE, LAKE WORTH,
OAKLAND PARK, POMPANO BEACH and SWEETWATER

ROK BRGR Robbyns Martinez

2017 1st Place People's Choice pick for "Best Battle Burger"! Robbyns Martinez, a Cuban native, is the corporate chef of J.E.Y Hospitality Group. Martinez teamed up with restaurateur Marc Falsetto in 2010 to create the menu for ROK:BRGR and from there, Himmarshee Public House, TacoCraft and Pizza Craft which all have won numerous awards. Martinez is also working on a new menu for J.E.Y Hospitality’s newest concept, Proper Sandwich Fine Meats & Provisions, opening in Nov 2017. The ever expanding restaurant concepts have all been recognized on a national level. Robbyns is fulfilling his passion by sourcing local produce and sustainable ingredients and has created the diverse menus that feature modern takes on American and global comfort foods. Catering to a very diverse clientele, Martinez manages a team of 100 back-of-house staff across the group’s 11 locations. The award winning chef has won many accolades during his tenure with J.E.Y Hospitality Group including: “Best Burger in South Florida” on from WPLG Channel 10 news, Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle, Best New Restaurant in Broward and has received a ranking on The Top 50 Restaurants in South Florida from Miami Herald. In addition, ROK:BRGR was also named Top 25 Burgers in South Florida from Burger Beast and was featured in Paula Dean Magazine as one of the ten burgers to try in the country. Robbyns has also competed in the SOBEWFF in Miami in the famous Burger Bash. His food has brought life back to the historic Himmarshee Village. Every day he strives to be different and is always evolving the menus to change with the seasons.

ROK:BRGR | 4 E Atlantic Ave Delray Beach, FL 33444 | 561.808.7220
208 SW 2nd Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 | 954.525.7656
600 Silks Run #1210 Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 | 954.367.3970
5800 SW 73rd Street South Miami, FL 33143 | 305.663.6099
Doral Location Coming Soon! | Web

MEAT Boca Raton MEAT Eatery and Taproom

2015 / 2016 CHAMPION for Judges' 1st Place pick for "Best Grill Master" and 2017 3rd Place Judges' pick for "Best Grill Master"!
Chef George Patti is Chef/co-owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom and the soon to open UNION 27. He was the Chef and Co-owner of the top rated Upper Florida Keys restaurant, Tasters Grille, from 2009 to 2015. These restaurants have been featured in USA Today Travel 10 Best.com, Travel + Leisure, Tasting Table, Social Florida Guide and Florida Travel and Life. In the past five years he has won local awards for Best Chef (three times in the Keys and once in South Florida’s Burgie Awards), his Yellowtail Entrée and Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Best Overall Restaurant (Tasters Grille), Soups (twice),Desserts (twice), Burgers (twice) and four years in a row for his Smoked Fish Dip. Chef Patti has been featured in Bon Appétit Magazine for his grilled filet mignon with chocolate port wine sauce and tempura battered bokchoy. In 2003 during his time as Executive Chef and partner at Sweet Sop Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, he received glowing reviews in both the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald newspapers. He has also been featured on the national television show, Finer Living, which showcased him preparing his signature dish, pan-seared scallops with sweet potato rum sauce and roasted scotch bonnet. Chef George was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that aired on Friday, April 22nd, 2016. Be sure to catch the re-run of the episode. George Patti’s prior culinary experiences include positions as Chef de Cuisine at Louis’ in Charleston, SC under James Beard Award winning Chef Louis Osteen; Sous Chef at Sfuzzi Italian Restaurant, Executive Chef for Odyssey Cruises and at Ten Penh all in Washington, DC. He is a Johnson & Whales culinary graduate.

M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom | 980 N Federal Hwy Suite 115 Boca Raton | 855.545.1290 | Web

Tucker Duke's Lunch Box Tucker Duke Lunchbox Menu

2014, 2015 and 2016 1st Place People's Choice pick for "Best Battle Burger"!
Chef Brian Cartenuto is owner and creator of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, with three locations and a food truck division now open. His philosophy on food is one of refined simplicity. Shop LOCAL first. Use local, seasonal ingredients to create a twist on old classics. He believes food has the power to create and invoke memories and that is precisely what he has set out to do. Brian's culinary resume is rather impressive, ranging from schooling at Johnson & Wales University to a number of Executive Chef positions at restaurants such as Anthony Bourdain's Brasserie and Dean & Deluca in Washington D.C. He is also the only two-time winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, with wins in Season 1 and again in a battle of the Champions in March of this year. Brian continues to use his culinary prowess as he impresses and inspires critics across Florida with his take on burgers and southern comfort food at Tucker Duke's Lunchbox.

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox | 1101 S. Powerline Road #102 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 954.708.2035 | 1658 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Web

Shake Shack Shake Shack Burger

2013 3rd Place Judges' pick for "Best Grill Master"! On April 22, 2013, our third Florida Shack opened in Boca Raton’s University Commons shopping center. Boca’s thriving business scene, academic community and world-class resorts make it the perfect spot for our all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. Located on Glades Road directly across from Florida Atlantic University, this is a true “roadside” Shack with an expansive outdoor patio for alfresco dining.

Shake Shack | 1400 Glades Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.923.0847 | Web

Morton's Steak House Boca Raton Mortons Burger Bites

2013 CHAMPION for People's Choice for "Best Battle Burger"! Joe Renta, Executive Chef – has worked in the restaurant industry for years, having served as for other Morton’s locations. In his position as Executive Chef, Joe oversees the daily operations of the kitchen, the integrity of the preparation of all Morton’s Recipes, made fresh daily from scratch. Morton's actually exists today because of...hamburgers! Years ago, before co-founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch really knew one other, they both worked at the Playboy Club in Montreal. The club was changing the menu, and Klaus cooked a hamburger that was sent out for Arnie to try. Arnie burst into the kitchen, demanding to know "Who cooked that hamburger?" When Klaus stepped forward, he wasn't sure if Arnie was going to be pleased or not but was relieved to hear him say that it was the best he'd ever tasted. From that day forward, they called it the "Million-Dollar Hamburger"! Since day one, Morton's has used the same suppliers for our aged prime beef and other meat. They select the best of their inventory for us–and if it doesn't meet Morton's standards, it doesn't get cut for their steaks. Prime Beef at Morton's is aged for 23-28 days and then portion cut by highly experienced Chicago meat cutters. Their meat arrives fresh to your locations ready to partake in the ultimate dining experience!

Morton's Steak House | 5050 Town Center Circle | Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.392.7724 | Web

Burger Craze Burger Craze French Apple Angus Beer Burger

The name says it all! Top quality ingredients come together to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers topped with fresh ingredients to satisfy any craving! All Burgers are made with certified Angus Beef but can also be substituted with a tasty Chicken Breast, Veggie Chipotle Black Bean, Salmon or Turkey Burger! Burger Craze will also have a selection of flavorful wings, fresh gourmet salads and savory hotdogs that will tantalize your taste buds! You’ll crave the craze!

Burger Craze | 2096 NE 2nd St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 954.596.5949 | Web

Flashback Diner Flashback Diner Boca Raton

Welcome to Flashback Diner, where we constantly have deals for any social gathering and even the family! Open 24/7 and all holidays. With delicious American comfort food, imaginative milkshakes and handcrafted cocktails; Flashback is back and better than ever!

Flashback Diner | 1450 North Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.750.2120 | Web

TooJay's TooJay's burger

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~ A little taste of the Big Apple ~ TooJay’s began with a single location on the Island of Palm Beach in 1981. The brand was born out of the passion for creating the classic recipes and flavors of a New York deli served with lots of love and amazing hospitality. Now, with almost 30 locations, our focus is still the same – serving hearty portions of homemade comfort foods, handcrafted sandwiches and made-from-scratch soups, salads and baked goods. TooJay’s is consistently awarded Best of honors across the state and was ranked 8th in the country for Family Dining by Consumer Reports. TooJay’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and also offers a catering menu packed with crowd-pleasing favorites for any size group.
With three Boca locations and 14 locations throughout Broward and Palm beach County you are never far from what you crave. Visit toojays.com to find a location near you.

TooJay's | Regency Court Plaza 3013 Yamato Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.997.2986
Glades Plaza 2240 NW 19th Street Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.392.4181
Polo Shoppes 5030 Champion Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.241.5903
plus 25 additional locations throughout Florida! | Web

Batch Gastropub Batch Gastropub Veggie Burger

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Batch in the Delray Marketplace is a friendly neighborhood gastropub and a go-to for locally-sourced approachable menu selections and an expansive cocktail list. Our restaurant utilizes fresh ingredients and the newest technologies so guests can celebrate any occasion knowing they are receiving top-quality products. Batch is a local hotspot hangout so come on in and unwind, dine on simply good American fare while enjoying your favorite cocktail. We are open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends.

Batch Gastropub Delray
Delray Marketplace 14851 Lyons Road Delray Beach, FL 33446 | 561.865.4613
Batch Gastropub Miami | 30 SW 12 St in Brickell Miami, FL 33130 | 305.808.5555 | Web

Burtons Grill and Bar Boca Raton Burtons Grill and Bar burger

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Burtons Grill and Bar is located in the new Park Place Shopping Center on Military Trail in Boca. Burtons is fast becoming the lunch and dinner spot for locals. And is also a great place for power lunching and socializing after work. We do offer reservations and take-out is also available. Since 2005 Burtons Grill & Bar has one simple goal in a complex and highly competitive business, “Delight every Guest“ one at a time, everytime! Whether it’s our traditional fare you will come to love or our chef-driven innovative local preparations, we promise you'll be coming back for more. In our legendary scratch kitchen we are also able to customize our menu offerings so we meet your dietary needs or wants. Our business provides guests with an array of high quality food and beverages along with friendly knowledgeable staff so that we keep your loyalty. We appreciate your loyalty and we know we must earn it every time you visit.

Burtons Grill and Bar | 5580 North Military Trail Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.465.2036 | Web

Kapow Noodle Bar Chef Tim Nickey

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We know what happens when three of South Florida’s biggest players in the restaurant & nightlife industry come together? Magic! That’s what happens. A restaurant was born that combines contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine with a South Florida vibe to elevate the dining and lounge experience. Vibe & Imbibe at Kawow Noodle Bar in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.

Kapow Noodle Bar
Mizner Park 431 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.347.7322
Kapow Noodle Bar WPB | 519 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | 561.246.3827 | Web

Cheffrey Eats Jeffrey Lemmerman

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The Best Burgers in South Florida! We’re a bad-a** South Florida food truck that has it out for your taste buds – every last one of ‘em. Cheffrey Eats is about creative expression – a platform on wheels where we mash flavors from around the world into American delicacies like burgers, fries, and mac ‘n cheese. Chef Jeffrey Lemmerman entered the culinary scene at an early age and swiftly became a head chef at 26. He then opened Cheffrey Eats during Summer 2016 to create freely and to share his gifts of the grill with his famished followers who crown him Best Burgers in South Florida on the daily.

Cheffrey Eats | South Florida Food Truck | 954.647.4145 | Web

Big Joe's Burgers and Wings Big Joe's Burgers

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Allow us to introduce ourselves...We are Big Joe's Burgers and Wings and we have a simple and straight forward approach to your food: Let's get you some good tasty food fast! We get it! You're busy and you need your food quickly! No worries, we got you covered. We offer FREE delivery to locations within three miles, further only a small fee extra. Even though we are a small mom and pop shop with big dreams, we believe in giving back to the community which is why we are here with you today! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We would love to hear from you about your favorites! We thank you and will see you soon! Luis & Crystal Big Joe’s Burgers and Wings

Big Joe's Burgers and Wings | 2831 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.447.7995 | Web

Crazy Uncle Mike's Chef Tara Abrams

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Hailing from Long Island, New York Chef Tara Abrams has become a respected member of South Florida’s culinary industry. Much like her cooking, Tara started from scratch in the South East and has had the opportunity to train in some of South Florida’s most touted kitchens such as 32 East, Tap 42, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, OTC Brickell and multiple JEY Hospitality Group restaurants. During her four-year tenure with JEY Hospitality, Chef Tara’s expertise and knowledge were applied towards menu design, execution and more. Chef Tara gained her inspiration from watching her mom cook and grew up loving to create dishes in her family’s home. Tara has always abided by her personal mantra which is “to always use the best quality ingredients and put love into each stir”.

Crazy Uncle Mike's | 6450 N Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33487 | 561.931.2889 | Web

Rockn Angels Rockn Angels Boca Raton

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The new owner has only owned Rockn' Angels for the last seven months and he's already a hit in the Boca Raton community. Formally a farmer in Brazil, and still owns the farm, decided that he liked the wings and bought the bar looking for a better life and to support people with jobs. He absolutely lives America and the American flag even has the bald eagle tattooed on his shoulder. He put the food in the hands of Chef Cort Davis Sr. who has been cooking for the past 37 years since his start at a restaurant called Rizzos when he was 15 years old right here in Boca Raton.

Rockn' Angels | 7200 N Dixie Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33487 | 561.372.6314 | Web

Funky Buddha Brewery Chef Jeff Vincent

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About Chef Jeff Vincent - A South Carolina native and graduate of the University of Hard Knocks (still enlisted) -- has at one time worked just about every job there is in a kitchen. Starting as a humble dishwasher in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Jeff has followed his passion across the south, leading him to take on the role of Executive Chef at the esteemed Highland Country Club from 2006-2012. Jeff most recently helmed the kitchen at Beauty and the Feast at the Atlantic Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, where he earned the restaurant rave reviews for its Southern-inspired cuisine (a style Jeff refers to as “simple, with good ingredients”). Jeff is a natural charmer and loves to shag (the dance, of course). He lives with his two sons in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Funky Buddha Brewery | 1201 NE 38th Street Oakland Park, FL 33334 | 954.440.0046 | Web

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I Heart Mac and Cheese I Heart Mac and Cheese Boca Raton

I Heart Mac and Cheese is a fast casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese, salads and tater tots. The menu combines the creativity of award-winning recipes in a grown up approach to this classic comfort food. A simple chef-inspired concept with a low initial investment entry point for franchisees with no hood systems, gas lines or grease traps in most municipalities. All cooking equipment is electric. We have taken traditional gourmet dishes and turned them into specialty comfort foods such as Cuban pulled pork mac & cheese and Philly cheese steak mac & cheese, and my new favorite, the Pepperoni Pizza Mac. The creativeness of our dishes are only limited by the guest's imagination.

This is one of the lowest initial investment concepts in the fast-casual restaurant industry at $197,500-$325,000, and we can fit into any 1600-1800 square foot retail space. One of the things that sets us apart other than the great Mac & Cheese combinations is the fact that we can serve a line of guests out the door with just 3-5 employees total on staff, and our service times range from 3 1/2-4 Minutes.

I Heart Mac and Cheese | 141 NW 20th Street Units C4/C5 Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.405.6187 | Web

A Flair For Fudge Hilary Saporta

A Flair For Fudge will be serving three different kinds of Fudge!
Armed with twelve unique creations such as Cuban Coffee Toffee, Wasabi and Ginger, Key Lime Pie, Guava and Cream Cheese, White Chocolate Blueberry Pie, Black Bean, and Oreo® Cookie, A Flair For Fudge was launched in April, 2011, offering a distinct spin on this classic treat. Owner, Hilary Saporta , started experimenting with additional ingredients such as black beans. “I drew on my mother-in-law’s Cuban roots for that one.” The results are some of the most original combinations and delicious tasting fudge, anyone will ever experience. Encouraged by the quick progress of her exciting new enterprise, orders started coming in almost immediately from old friends, colleagues and the “South Florida motorcycle community.” In fact, she received her first corporate order from a local property of a national hotel chain after her second week in business. In addition, A Flair For Fudge just landed a monthly gift program deal with a major automotive retailer. “I am so flattered and thankful for all of the wonderful support and incredible response to my product. It fuels my dream and determination to take this company nationally. If you love what you do, you’ll love how you live. I’m certainly doing that and I realize how lucky I am,” Hilary said. A Flair For Fudge ships nationally. Treat yourself to the extraordinary. Treat yourself to Real! Unique! Fudge! Order online at AFlairForFudge.com.

A Flair For Fudge | 754.444.0585 | Web

Kanpai Kanpai Boca Raton

Kanpai will be serving Spring Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rice Crispy, Shumai and Garlic Soy Edamame
Brought to you by the original masterminds of Yakitori Sake House and Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar, we are proud to introduce Kanpai. This innovative new restaurant will feature a full liquor bar, and Japanese barbecue tables where you can grill your own meats and veggies to perfection. We still have our famous spinning sushi boats going around the previous Ninja location to satisfy all sushi cravings too.

Kanpai | 20 N Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL | 561.361.8688 | Web

Photo of Salt 7 accepting the award for 2014
Judge's Pick for "Best Grill Master"

Salt 7 Best Burger 2014

Photo of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox accepting the award for 2014
People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox Best Burger 2014

Photo of Bite Gastrotruck accepting the award for 2013
Judge's Pick for "Best Grill Master"

Burger Battle Winner Bite Gastrotruck