The barrage of burgers continues unabated. Two more Five Guys are
poised to proffer their patties to the public -- one in the old Dogma
space at Washington Ave. and 15th Street in South Beach, the other in
Aventura Mall. But a bigger burger banner headline is that Govind
Armstrong and the folks who set Table 8 are bringing their 8 oz. Burger Bar from Melrose to South Beach -- specifically, the former Novecento spot on Alton Road.
The signature 8 oz. burger is comprised of hormone-free, humanely
raised Black Angus sirloin, tri-tip, short rib and chuck. The meat is
ground in-house and stored in a locker lined with "Himalayan salt
tiles". Then it gets grilled on "live oak".
Other burgers include those made from grass-fed Estancia beef and free
range turkey. House-cured bacon, house-pickled pickles, hothouse
cucumber relish and homemade heirloom tomato ketchup are among the long
list of cool accouterments; lots of cheeses to choose from too. Burgers
range $8 to $10.
You can also expect small snacks such as mini Kobe corn dogs and fried
chorizo-stuffed olives; salads; sandwiches; shakes; root beer floats;
and a hip bar scene featuring specialty beers. The Melrose specialty is
the suds and slider sampler, a trio of five-ounce beers matched with a
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In related news, there have been rumored sightings of chef Thomas
Keller hawking knishes on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn.