New Times' Best of Miami issue is published tomorrow. This week, we will preview a few of the winners to get you really excited. And we hope you are hungry.
At first glance, you might think the Latin Burger & Taco's Latin Macho burger ($8) is a slovenly sandwich. After all, once you unwrap the foil it rests in, you'll find a jumble of bun-oozing cheese, juice, and caramelized onions. As you try to figure out how to tackle this meat monster without wearing most of it, you flip up the bun and discover a veritable puddle of molten Oaxaca cheese combined with a slightly piquant red pepper mayo and plenty of onions.
This is where the burger gets interesting. You figure , "what the hell", and go in for an exploratory bite. The patty, made from hand ground chuck and chorizo, is meaty, spicy, multi-dimensional. You take another, larger bite, then another, before realizing your burger is all but gone. So is your dignity, as you try to lick the remaining juices from the collar of your shirt. But, when a burger this juicy and savory comes along, there is no shame in enjoying it. And as for your shirt stains? That's what washing machines are for.
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