Burger King's Japanese Meat Monster Whopper Takes Miami Beach
Carla from Orlando contemplates the BK Meat Monster.
Photos by Laine Doss
Forget nuclear death. Japan has something to smile about this week with the Miami-based Burger King Corp.'s promotion of the new "Meat Monster," a Godzilla-size sandwich available only in the land of the Rising Sun. It starts with a Whopper and piles on three bacon strips, two cheese slices, another beef patty, and a chicken breast. Total calories: 1,160.
But why should Japan have all the fun (and angina)?
This morning, I headed to South Beach's Whopper Bar on Washington Avenue to see if I could really have it my way. Eddie the manager, who didn't want to give his last name, had never heard of the product. Presented with a photo of this creature from halfway around the world, he proclaimed, "I can build this. See? They have a patty, then cheese, then another patty, and the ketchup. Then they add bacon and chicken. Then they put mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomatoes."
Not five minutes later, he presented a beige tower of animal flesh. Then he prepared to dress it.
"Pile it on," I said.
The "monster" was accessorized with onion rings, jalapeños, mayo, ketchup, A1 steak sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The cost: a whopping $9.36. That might sound crazy expensive for a fast-food item, but its Japanese cousin costs $9.70.
Dressing the monster.
Kevin and Robert, two guys visiting from Chicago, were having a bite on their way to catch a Carnival cruise to the western Caribbean. Robert said of the Monster: "It sounds like a heart attack."
Kevin added that it sounded like a deal: "We could share that. Have you been to Five Guys? They charge $5 for one patty!"
The Monster in all its heart attack-inducing glory.
Whopper Bar employee Brandon was sweeping the restaurant as I was about to tame the Meat Monster. He literally did a double take. "Nine dollars for a Whopper? That's more than what I make in an hour."
Whopper Bar's Brandon and Eddie.
At last, when my impromptu show-and-tell was finished, it was time to slay the dragon. I picked it up and took a bite. Though the burger was good, the chicken did nothing to help or hinder the flavor. Would this megameal catch on in South Beach? Maybe not, but I'm sure a story will circulate in certain Miami BK circles about the time the girl came in to tame the Meat Monster.
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