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Lokal, located at 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133, combines two things that we love here at Food Before Love – burgers and beer! The Hungry Crew joined me for some of the best burgers and fries Miami has to offer.

THE RESTAURANT

Lokal is a great casual spot with a laid back vibe. When I arrived, the outdoor seating was packed. Luckily, there was enough indoor seating for the Hungry Crew, tucked in the corner under their recognizable “Lokal” sign. The décor was unique and there was enough space for patrons not to feel cramped while still feeling cozy.

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Unmistakable Lokal Signage. Photo by Lokal.

THE FOOD

I have a taste for lighter beers, so I ordered an apple ale while other crew members ordered a Russian Imperial stout and rosé (Yes, wine! Yet another fave here at Food Before Love). Other members of the crew were all about the burgers and passed on the beer.

I wanted to order one of each burger on the menu, but I knew that was not the practical thing to do, so I asked our waitress for her top three burgers. Without hesitation, she named the “Frita by Kush,” “Juan’s Fidy-Fidy,” and “The Lokal.” The crew ordered all these and the “Miami Blues” and “My Childhood Dream.” Each of these burgers had something unique about them. The “Frita” features guava jelly (different – I know, but it’s amazing). The “Fidy-Fidy” features ground beef and ground bacon. The “Miami Blues” is loaded with crispy bacon and salty blue cheese. The showiest burger, “My Childhood Dream,” uses an artisanal donut as a bun!

The wait for our food seemed like forever. However, I tend to exaggerate because I’m always hungry. To pass the time, the Hungry Crew engaged in great conversation. The noise level was perfect – not too loud and not deathly quiet. When our food arrived, all conversation stopped. That’s the hallmark of a delicious meal. I had “The Lokal,” described as “Florida grass-fed burger with a homemade honey mustard using local honey, melted jack cheese, Florida tomatoes, sliced red onions, arugula, and Homestead avocados.” The beef was perfectly seasoned and all of the dressings were super fresh because all of their ingredients are locally sourced. Even the ketchup and honey mustard that’s served with the fries are made in-house.

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Lokal Burger, half french fries, half sweet potato fries, and a refreshing beer to wash it down with. Photo by Chris Molina.

BOTTOM LINE

Overall, I would give Lokal a rating of five out of five french fries. The burgers were perfectly cooked to order, the service was timely and friendly, and the ambiance matched the food – comfortable and casual. If you’d like a delicious burger in Miami, definitely go to Lokal.

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Luckys Burgers
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Aside from drooling over Chef’s Lucky’s #YumCam, I had the pleasure of working with him for our appreciation bbq this past summer. Chef Lucky is actually an excellent photographer who just always been in the kitchen, since he was a kid. With mom’s encouragement and mouths to feed, I would say he had his own Le Cordon Bleu training program growing up.

Chef Lucky

Before I get into how perfect his burgers are, I want to highlight how meticulous Chef Lucky is. He insisted on having fresh flowers in his home weekly, only the best, fresh ingredients in his kitchen and is all about presentation. I was indeed starting to feel like the lucky one when he first invited me over for lunch.

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Disclaimer: This is still one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted in my life.

Chef Lucky toasted mini Hawaiian sticky buns as he mixed peppers with ground beef into mini burgers to toss in the saucepan. He also seasoned turkey bacon (I won’t reveal his secret about this) and fried it to a crisp and laid it over the burger once cooked through. With panko crusted shrimp frying and hash browns cooking, I was grateful I skipped breakfast that morning. He then melted cheese over the burgers, layered the hash browns, added the shrimp and told me he was just getting started.

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He also made an avocado spread for the top bun, added tomatoes and fresh spinach to my now sliders. It was in this moment that I considered marriage. Chef Lucky also took his time plating the dish for me and adding potato chips on the side. He even packed me some to go and that’s why he’s a chef worth telling you about.

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I love meeting chefs like this who truly care about food, what they put in it and how they make people feel with it. Those sliders were some of the best to touch my tastebuds and Chef Lucky’s personal touch made them even better. Check out his newest venture with a few pals @LuckysKitchen where he may even share the full recipe.

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