Burgers and beer are besties, so don’t miss this exclusive dinner.

If you love a delicious hand-crafted burger and have got a thing for quality craft beer, the $55 you’d spend on this exclusive, four-course dinner will be worth it.

Burger Bar is holding its final Summer Tasting Dinner on Wednesday — an exclusive event limited to only 20 guests.

Expect a four-course tasting menu that features Twisted Trunk’s craft beers, which pair perfectly with what’s on the chef’s menu for the evening.

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Burger Bar is at Donald Ross Village, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file).

Want to know what’s on the menu? Here’s a preview:

Second Course: Twisted Trunk’s Watermelon Saison served with a chili-glazed pork belly slider, pickled watermelon, sea salt aioli and micro cilantro.

To reserve your seat at the table, purchase a ticket here or call 561-630-4545.


Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)
Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)

The Deets:

What: Burger Bar and Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. Craft Beer & Food Pairing

When: Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Burger Bar, Donald Ross Village, 4650 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens

Cost: $55 gets you a seat at a table for 20, and a four-course meal.

Memorial Day 2016: Where to find the best burgers in Palm Beach County

The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)
The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)

Perhaps you’ll want a good burger as you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are some of our top badass burgers:

Grease Burger Bar

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Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach.

You’ve got 19 drool-worthy burgers to choose from at Clematis Street’s favorite burger joint. We are partial to the Black and Blue, a burger that’s boldly seasoned with blackening spiced and topped with crumbled blue cheese and apple wood-smoked bacon.

Grease Burger Bar: 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-651-1075

The Grille Fashion Cuisine

For "The Burger," chef Clayton Carnes of The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington uses a special blend of Bush Brothers' beef and serves the patty on a brioche roll with proprietary sauce. (Contributed by Clayton Carnes)
For “The Burger,” chef Clayton Carnes of The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington uses a special blend of Bush Brothers’ beef and serves the patty on a brioche roll with proprietary sauce. (Contributed by Clayton Carnes)

Chef Clayton Carnes is a meat guy. Slab of beef searing on a grill? That’s his jam. The Wellington chef who won an episode of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” one burger – The Burger – at his eatery. He uses a special blend of Bush Brothers’ beef and serves the burger on a brioche bun with his own special sauce. It’s pretty spectacular.

The Grille: 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110

The Cooper

The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)
The Cooper Burger. (LibbyVision.com)

This Gardens hot spot serves a burger with considerable drama. You get this delicious burger with hand-cut fries or slaw. You can top it with a fried egg or avocado for a $2 upcharge, but it’s yummy on its own.

The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561- 622-0032

Duffy’s

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Duffy’s Angus Cheeseburger with cheddar cheese, pepper crusted bacon and sauteed mushrooms. (Palm Beach Post staff photo)

Duffy’s: For locations, visit DuffysMVP.com; 561-683-5151.

MEAT Eatery & Tap Room

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An Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger prepared at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room restaurant located in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Chef George Patti’s “Inside-Out Juicy Lucy” is a burger with a pimento cheese soul. The burger’s smoky char encloses a melty center of rich, peppery cheese. It’s messy as all heck, but unforgettable. Add a side of the burger joint’s duck fat fries if you dare indulge in more decadence.

MEAT980 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600

Here is our full list of the best 15 burgers in Palm Beach County

 

 

 

Restaurant news: Park Avenue BBQ in Jupiter to open within week

The chalkboard sign outside Park Avenue BBQ's Tequesta branch says farewell to customers. (Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
The chalkboard sign outside Park Avenue BBQ’s Tequesta branch says farewell to customers. (Photos: Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

Saturday was the last call for barbecue, wings and burgers at Park Avenue BBQ in Tequesta.

The long-time branch of the local restaurant chain has closed as it gets ready to open a new location on Indiantown Drive in Jupiter, in the old Applebee’s near the I-95 interchange.

Wait staff said the new Jupiter location should be open in about a week.

There are a couple of questions for long-time customers of the old location:

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What happens to the Pabst Blue Ribbon ceiling mural? It apparently won’t fit in the industrial-style ceiling of the new location, but wait staff said Saturday that it might end up in another Park Avenue location.

And here’s hoping they don’t forget the Elvis sign:

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Burger King’s new hot dog: We try it in the name of journalism

Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post reporter Carlos Frias tries out the new Bugrer King Grilled Hot Dog, February 23, 2016. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

I’m eyeing the new Burger King grilled hot dogs on the ad behind her when the girl at the register gives me a little push.

“They’re good. Go ahead and try one. You’ll be back,” she told me.

It was inevitable.

As the newsroom Mikey, they ask me to eat every crazy thing around here in the name of food journalism: Burger King’s doomed bacon sundae, Taco Bell’s waffle taco, and, unblinkingly, BK’s grilled hot dogs, which debuted on its menu today.

Why a Burger King hot dog?

I was wondering just that as I waited for my takeout order when another man ordered one. Check that: He ordered a second one and took it back to his seat inside a surprisingly chic Burger King (brownstone brick, stainless steel, modern booths). So I asked him: Why come to Burger King for a hot dog?

“Well… I’ve never had one before,” he said.

Seemed like a good enough reason to me.

Back at the office, I unleashed it for our photographer Greg Lovett who did not immediately recoil.

Because this does, actually, look like a hot dog you would find at a backyard barbecue: squiggles of Heinz ketchup and mustard, relish and slivered onions atop an Oscar Mayer-made wiener. It’s even split down the middle and has the requisite chargrill marks.

And it tastes just like a homemade dog. A nice snap to the ol’ tube steak and a meaty flavor from the all-beef dog. And since you have a name-brand hot dog and condiments (Burger King’s parent company owns Heinz and Oscar Mayer), you get the flavor your expect from a hot dog.

There’s even a chili-cheese version, if that’s your thing, that tastes no worse than what you’d find at Dairy Queen or Sonic.

The classic hot dog will run you $1.99, and $2.29 gets you the bells-and-whistles chili cheese version. They’ll also set you back 310 and 330 calories, but you’re at Burger King, so who’s counting?

I’m not sure the problem Burger King was trying to solve by adding a hot dog to its menu. But if you have a hankering, here’s echoing a little push: Go ahead and try one. They’re good.

 

 

Honda Classic: Ordering this burger can land you free golf tickets

The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will make a Honda Classic Burger for the week of the eponymous tournament. (Contributed photo)
The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will make a Honda Classic Burger for the week of the eponymous tournament. (Contributed photo)

Any burger can give you love handles, but how many can get you tickets to the links?

Ordering a Honda Classic Burger from The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will do just that. Every order of the Burger Bar’s “burger of the week” earns a raffle ticket for a daily drawing for tickets to this week’s Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the Honda Classic golf tournament

Ordering a Honda Classic Burger or a Tee Time cocktail at The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will earn a raffle tickets to win free passes to the Honda Classic. (Contributed photo)
Ordering a Honda Classic Burger or a Tee Time cocktail at The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens will earn a raffle tickets to win free passes to the Honda Classic. (Contributed photo)

The Honda Classic Burger ($15.50) has a patty made from barbecued meatloaf, plied high with onion rings, applewood-smoked bacon and barbecue “jus,” all between garlic Texas toast.

Maybe a cocktail is more to your liking? The same contest rules apply to ordering the Burger Bar’s Kettle One Tee Time cocktail. It’s basically a spiked Arnold Palmer, with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, ice tea and lemonade.

The burger and cocktail will be available through Saturday.

The Burger Bar
4650 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens
561-630-4545

Which restaurant has the best burger in Palm Beach County?

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An Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger prepared at M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room restaurant located in Boca Raton. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

An excerpt from our Food Editor’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards:

Best Burger in Palm Beach County: MEAT Eatery & Taproom:

When Chef George Patti brought the Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger to Boca Raton from his Islamorada burger joint, he set a new standard in pure decadence. This burger, a brisket and beef patty stuffed with pimento cheese and house-made bacon bits, then topped with a swoon of American cheese, is a thing of beauty in all its messiness.

Meat Eatery & Taproom: 980 N. Federal Highway, Suite 115 in the Cendyn Spaces building, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600;MeatEateryBoca.com

Related: Juicy Lucy! Home wrecker! Boca burger eatery is eclectic experience

Related: 15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

Where’s the beef? Why Shake Shack raised its prices

A double ShackBurger costs between 5 to 15 cents more at most locations, to help Shake Shake pay its workers above minimum wage. (Cox Newspapers)
A double ShackBurger costs between 5 to 15 cents more at most locations, to help Shake Shake pay its workers above minimum wage. (Cox Newspapers)

Where’s the beef in paying a little more for a burger?

Shake Shack raised its prices this year — including at its Boca Raton location — between 1 and 1.5 percent on most items to help pay its employees above the local minimum wage. That amounts to about 5-to-15 cents on burger and fries.

READ WHY THE COMPANY DID IT AND HOW CUSTOMERS RESPONDED

 

15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

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Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach.

There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are Food & Dining Editor Liz Balmaseda’s 15 favorite burgers in the county:

15 best burgers in Palm Beach County

Top food trucks and rallies in Palm Beach County

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The Best French Fries Food truck attracted a large crowd at a Food Truck Rally in Manalapan.
(Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

There are lots of food truck rallies happening throughout Palm Beach County. The ‘restaurant on wheels’ phenomenon has arrived and it is growing! Here we name some of the best and most popular trucks, rallies in our area:

Food Truck Invasion of Palm Beach County

This local brewery just opened a sleek new restaurant inside

Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)
Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)

Dinner is served.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park debuts its in-house, fast-casual restaurant, the Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, beginning today. The brewery, founded in Boca Raton in 2012, is the only brewery in South Florida to offer a full-service restaurant.

PLAY OUR GAME! Find the right Palm Beach County brewery for you

There's a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)
There’s a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)

The brewery that uses culinary flavors in their beer — Hello, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Blueberry Cobbler Ale — naturally has returned the favor to the food. Beer and spent grains used in brewing is used in nearly every dish, from the beer-buttered challah grilled cheese to beer-braised pork shoulder sandwiches. All of the dishes offer a suggested beer pairing. Click here for  sample of the menu: Craft food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha.

IF YOU GO

What: The Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery opens today.

Where: 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park.

Hours: Noon to Midnight every day.

More info: 954-440-0046, http://www.funkybuddhabrewery.com

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