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Burger and Beer Joint Review

brandon_w | Aug 20, 200907:46 AM

So last night my girlfriend and I made a second trip down in one day (lunch at Casale); and we were VERY impressed.

We started with "Diesel" chicken wings - the hottest sauce. Flavor was excellent, and the wings are braised before being fried, so the meat is very very tender, almost fall off the bone. The only downside to this process is it tends to make the skin less than crispy, but they were still good. They were served in a metal bucket, with a paper liner, ala Big Pink, and a side of really good, home made ranch dressing. Biggest complaint? They stick the celery in the bucket with the wings, which made the celery warm, bordering on hot. Kind of gross. Overall, really good wings, and there were 10 of them (8 drums, 2 flats) for $8. Not bad for South Beach.

My girlfriend had a Hefeweizen, to her delight, since she can't seem to find it anywhere in SFL. I ordered a Murphy's Irish Red, which they were unfortunately out of, however my second choice, Woodchuck Amber Cider, which I haven't had since culinary school in VT, was fantastic, if very over priced. On a side note, they have $3 cans of PBR, which is awesome. Woodchuck: $6, 16oz Hefeweizen: $8.

On to the burgers:

We both got the Thunder Road, which is the 10oz Kobe Burger (kobe beef in burgers is retarded IMO, but whatever), american cheese, a generous amount of bacon, house made BBQ sauce, LTO (the tomato was ripe, and looked great, even though I didn't eat it, or the lettuce), and a fantastic pickle on the side.

The burger is advertised as served medium rare, and we requested medium, as the texture of medium rare ground meat usually bothers me. The burgers came to the table steaming hot, and smelling fantastic. Since they are so large, my girlfriend felt compelled to cut hers in half, and discovered a textbook perfect medium-rare, not as ordered. She decided to eat it anyway, and since I didn't cut mine, I didn't discover the perfect medium rare in mine until I took a bite. My first bite was an amazing experience. There was a PERFECT sear on the burger, crispy, salty, black peppery, plus the sweetness of the bacon, and the onion I put on it with the BBQ sauce really all worked together. The sesame seed brioche bun was great, nicely browned in butter, with a nice chewy outer crust and a dense enough crumb to hold up to the juices from the burger, and not fall apart, while still being light and squishy.

The fries were shoestring, with a "batter" on them reminiscent of BK fries. They were crispy, perfectly salted, and great.

For dessert we shared a fried twinkie, with vanilla ice cream. I don't really need to describe this any further. It was good.

Total bill? Just over $64 with tax and tip. Not bad for a satisfying dinner in south beach, and you could easily spend that with similar items at a not so good place.

I recommend anyone who loves burgers to give it a try!

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