For six years and counting, local blogger Burger Beast has been honoring the unsung heroes of South Florida's food community with the Burgie Awards. This year's annual award show, which took place on Saturday at Milander Park, rounded up more than 25 trucks and thousands of attendees eager to see if their vote had made a difference.
It was the first time the Burgie Awards were held in Hialeah. Burger Beast says it made him extremely happy to be able to bring the event to the city since most of his readership comes from there. But the sixth annual Burgie Awards were also special because they marked the return of Velvet Crème Doughnuts, which sold 6,000 of their hole in one-glazed cakes.
Readers had their chance to vote for two months for several categories, all of which were announced Saturday. Over 4,000 foodies helped Burger Beast break the record for the most votes out of any other Burgie Awards before. A live award for the best dish of the night for all the trucks present was also given out. And the Burgies went to:
Best Miami-Dade County Burger: Swine Southern
Best Broward County Burger: Rok Brgr
Best Food Truck Burger: Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers
Best Non-Traditional Burger: OTC Restaurant's Green Chili Cheese Burger
Best Hot Dog: Jersey Dawg
Best Dessert: Night Owl Cookie Co.
Best Food Blog: Fatgirl Hedonist
Best Miami Food Truck: Ms. Cheezious
Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck: HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best Taco Food Truck: B.C. Tacos
Best Restaurant: FINKA Table & Tap
Best Sandwich: El Rincon del Coqui's Tripleta
Best Local Food Chain: BurgerFi
Best Wings: Sports Grill
Best 24 Hour Eats: Royal Castle
Best Orlando Burger: B&B Junction
Best Dish at the 2015 Burgie Awards: Yayi's Desserts
Eileen and Jon Andrade from FINKA Table & Tap cashing in on their Best Restaurant award.
>HipPOP showing off its winning pops for the Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck.
Illegal Bakery's marimbero bao bun stuffed with guava-mojo smoked ham, pickle brined pork butt, pickled onions, swiss cheese and roasted garlic mustard dipping sauce. Should definitely be illegal.
Sugar Yummy in her sweet glory.
OTC's green chili cheese burger took the win for best non-traditional burger.
B.C Tacos for the taco truck win.
Curbside Gourmet served up a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, bacon and balsamic mustard.
Something for everyone to enjoy at the Burgie Awards.
What most people enjoyed, however, was the return of Velvet Creme Doughnuts. The longest line at the Burgie Awards resulted in the truck selling out of a whopping 6,000 donuts (people were buying them by the dozens). At which point, Velvet Creme began glazing donuts withouts holes and regular cake donuts to not disappoint. Didn't score one? Don't fret - they're looking for location to open a brick-and-mortar. Donuts come to those who wait.
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