Adam Feigeles loves a good burger. When he opened his original burger joint, The Filling Station, downtown back in 1994 he was definitely ahead of the curve. But locals embraced his crazy creations so the business thrived. Then he sold it in 1998 to take a break. Fast forward 10 years and everyone is on the burger trend, so Adam jumps right back in and reopens The Filling Station, right around the corner from it's original location.
The saying "why mess with a good thing" seems to work here. The burgers are back; there are Mike's Speed Racer, a burger with spinach, mushrooms, jalapeno jack cheese, bacon and a fried egg ($9.35) and Sarah's Supersport, burger with creamy peanut butter, peppered bacon, red onion and lettuce ($8.88). The total? More than 14 burgers and 17 "sedanwiches" -- notice the car theme -- with new creations on the specials board every day.
along with his partners Steve Lantz and Steve Marino were not satisfied
with burgers alon,e so earlier this year they blew through the wall next
door to add the Garage Bar. "It's a dive bar" Steve L tells us. And who doesn't love a good dive
bar? A stage is being set up downstairs for garage bands and they have plans for
an upstairs pool table area. So this could quickly become the hangout of
choice for downtown hipsters and stressed out corporate types alike.
As we sit at the bar that Adam himself built and prepare to dig into
the Gabby's D'Lorean, a burger with nutella, caramelized onions
and peppered bacon ($9.35), we can't help but wonder what Gabby
D'Alenberte was thinking when she suggested this creation to Steve L.
But one bite and our skepticism is gone, who said you can't put
chocolate on a burger?
Garage Bar is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to 9pm (or until
you are ready to leave) with plans for extended hours this fall. The
good news is that since Adam and his family of employees are always in a
good mood, there is ongoing happy hour here with $2 bottles, $3 drafts
and half off appetizers.
So stop by tonight, have a burger, suggest a
sandwich creation and grab a beer. If you mention the NEW TIMES you
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The Filling Station and Garage
95 S.E. Second Street, Miami