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Best Hamburger Miami 2007 - Royal Castle

Royal Castle

Royal Castle

2700 NW 79th St.

Miami, FL 33147

305-696-8241

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Burgers stuffed with foie gras; burgers made from ground Kobe beef (destroying the whole point of this already butter-tender meat); burgers made from, and topped with, all manner of horrifyingly healthy stuff; burgers like the $99 double-truffle creation at DB's Bistro in Manhattan.... The chichi burger thing is one of today's hottest food trends. And we're so, so over it. For a taste that'll take you back to simpler, greasier times, hit this burger joint for a six-pack of old-fashioned sliders. Royal Castle's burgers are two-bite burgers — like the Northeast's White Castles, or the Deep South's Krystals, but homegrown. In 1965 there were 287 shops in the chain, founded by Miami's "Hamburger King" William Singer; they were found throughout Florida, Georgia, Lousiana, and Tennessee. The chain no longer exists, but there is still this one independently run survivor in town that serves up classic thin patties sandwiched in comforting cottony-soft buns. The burgers' protein component is, admittedly, minimal. The beef patties are mostly just little edible coasters to hold the fried onions, full of good griddle grease, that are the main flavor component of all sliders. And an honest all-American junk food flavor it is. The price: 80 cents (90 cents for a cheeseburger), a bargain even when you eat a half-dozen.
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Alan Wallace
Alan Wallace

I was born in Miami in 1953 and moved away in 1963. As a kid we ate there frequently, at the counter since there were no tables or booths. The beverage I remember drinking with the burgers was "birch beer" in an icy mug. One form of advertising they used was a local TV show for kids on WTVJ, I think. It was called the "Royal Castle Fun Club" and was hosted by the same guy who played M. T. Graves on the Saturday horror movie matinee. What I would give for a bunch of burgers and a birch beer today!

Bobby  Decker
Bobby Decker

I REMEMBER WHITE CASTLE AS A KID IN THE 6OS IN FLORIDA ...THERE WAS ONE IN DAYTONA AND I REMEMBER ONE ON US # 1 IN TITISVILE.......IF ANYONE OUT THERE KNOWS OF A RC SITE PLEASE LET ME KNOW

tafnathepurplerainman@yahoo.com

jim
jim

the real story of the Orange Julius is it came in a powder, all we did was add the orange juice to the mix and put it in a blinder. we no longer sell the drink . For the same great burger, visit Royal Castle at 2700 nw 79th street in Miami,Florida at this same location since 1950, renovaited in 1965.

Louise Massie
Louise Massie

I was looking for info on �Orange Julius,� a drink I remember from my Miami Florida childhood (late 60's and 70's)�.from Royal Castle....Odd how those flavors of our youth are so vivid and joyous�.I do remember those burgers....perfect for kids, with the onions and all....

I discovered that Orange Julius was created by a man named Julius in the late 20�s, and tons of people on the web have very strong opinions regarding the �special� ingredients. I am thinking a little egg white and cream of tartar will be the trick� opinions vary, I presume, based on store location. I honestly thought the Orange Julius drink was native to Royal Castle ---- to learn the true history today is pretty cool�.

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