This year marks the second annual Boca Burger Battle, and the competition is heating up. The reigning champs from Rebel House took home both the Judge’s Pick and the People’s Choice last year, but the runners-up from Gimme A Burger don’t plan to go down without a fight. Dark horse Justin Flit from the newly opened Jazziz Nightlife trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and Morton’s offers up the burger that inspired founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch to go into business in the first place. Non-beef entrants include fish sliders from Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar and vegan patties from Darbster and 4th Generation Organic Market and Cafe.
Though burgers are the stars of the showdown, they aren’t the only refreshments on exhibition. There will be craft beers, summer wines, and top-shelf spirits from far and near, as well as an array of summer food samplings like gourmet french fries, onion rings, tropical salads, chicken wings, rum cakes, liquor infused ice cream, and apple pie. Meanwhile, judges such as Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5, Sef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez, and The Glamorous Gourmet author Stephanie Miskew will be on hand to offer their insights into what makes a burger stand out from the pack.