Best Restaurant, North Miami-Dade - 2012
Flip Burger Bar
This tiny, unassuming neighborhood eatery just off Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami has no right to be as good as it is. The menu promises the "best burgers in North Miami," and they are magnificent. Try the fireman burger, topped with chipotle sauce, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese, or the Cuban burger, made with a combination of ground beef, ground pork, and chorizo and served with diced sautéed onions and potato sticks. But the creamy macaroni 'n' cheese ($6.50) is the menu's true celebrity. Also worth the trip are Flip's Buffalo wings, which are spiked with the eatery's proprietary hot sauce (ask for it with your burger, or any dish for that matter) and a selection of imported, domestic, and craft beers. Not sure which one to try with your homemade burger? Owner/chef/waiter/bartender Emilio Vega, who took over from previous management less than a year ago, is a font of beer knowledge whose recommendations are right on point.