Name: Marvin Tapia
Occupation: Digital Journalist/Local Food Enthusiast
Lives In: Miami, Florida
Restaurant Pick: Pincho Factory
Reviewed: Pincho Factory
Pincho Factory is a casual diner located in a shopping mall. It serves skewers grilled to perfection with a number of sides. The big draw there is actually their burgers. Go for their special “Toston Burger”. Two fried plantains replace the buns and a special cilantro sauce. I know the patty blend is top quality and it definitely tastes like it. It all has great flavors, especially the house made sauces. 627 Ale is locally brewed beer and pairs perfectly with burgers. The décor includes small wooden tables with chalkboards, an industrial looking design. It is causally and family friendly.It is affordable and easy on the wallet, especially considering the quality. The “Croquetessa burger” stood out to me the most, croquette patty with swiss cheese, mustard, mayo, and pickles on a brioche bun, currently Burger Bash Champion.
Name: Juan C. Reyneri
Occupation: Sales Consultant
Lives In: Hollywood, Florida
Restaurant Pick: Rok Brgr
The restaurant is tucked in a strip mall on the south side of Bird Road. It’s accessible from the Palmetto or the Turnpike. Thank goodness I used my GPS because the sign for the restaurant is easy to miss when you’re traveling on Bird Road. Parking was easy. The restaurant looks more like a pizzeria than a burger joint. It’s a small rectangle of a restaurant (only holds about a dozen tables), and they’re clearly not into fancy décor, that doesn’t mean it’s unattractive or dirty. I think it’s just part of their concept.
You walk up to a counter and order. They give you a number and clip it to a stand that you take to your table. When your food is ready, someone delivers it to you. They have a soda fountain but they also have a decent selection of beers. I tried a Belgian-style beer that was cold and refreshing.
The young lady behind the counter who took our order was very friendly and helpful. So, we found the service to be terrific.
When the food arrived and my wife tasted ONE French fry, I knew by the way her eyes popped out of her head that the food was delicious and we were in for a treat. Indeed we were. We had the Cajun fries as an appetizer and it had a nice zesty, peppery sauce. We shared the burger and kabob and simply put, we can’t wait to go back there and try something else.
With the kabob you have the choice of how to “build it.” A little like how Chipotle does it. We chose a sandwich and it was interesting piece of bread. It looked and even tasted a little bit like the bread used in ‘Media Noche’ sandwiches, but it was longer and more narrow than media noche bread. It was cut in half and thankfully not stuffed with lettuce and peppers and all the usual things you find in a sub. This was the essentials: the meat, the sauce, and the bread. We had the steak kabob and I swear I thought I was eating chorizo. It tasted that good.
My burger was equally amazing. Being Cuban, I absolutely had to try the Toston Burger. I was skeptical of how anyone could replace the two buns on a burger with two tostones and try to pull that off, but oh my goodness did they succeed. The tostones were thick, golden, crispy and crunchy and, most impressively, they didn’t crumble to pieces when I cut the burger in half. My wife wanted to put fried cheese on it and that took the experience to new heights. We had never tasted anything like it. Absolutely loved it.
Name: Kristina Francillon
Lives In: Weston, Florida
Restaurant Pick: Moon Thai and Japanese
Reviewed: Pincho Factory
I had never heard of this place, but I loved it so much that I had to come back the next day. On the first night, I walked in alone, and the place was not yet busy. The team was friendly and unbelievably welcoming. At first, I wasn’t sure they were addressing me because it is unlikely at a burger joint. In any case, they walked me through the menu and made some recommendations, from burgers to beers. They were genuinely happy to work there. In fact, even one of the cooks, stepped away from the oven, just to tell me about his favorite beer in stock. I ordered the Toston burger, with two tostones as the bun. In addition to the beef patty, it also contained jack cheese, cilantro sauce, lettuce and tomato. I am a big fan of plantains and thought that it was such a creative take on it, yet so Miami. I love Miami and thought that Pincho should be almost a landmark, because its dishes truly embody our diverse culture. However, I could have used less salt on the tostones, they were a bit too salty for my taste. The patty though was moist. Although they don’t ask for a preferred temperature, I believe it may have been at medium well, which was good for a mainstream burger.
The service, however, is what blew me away. They remembered my name when I came back the second time. In turn, I remembered one of their other suggestions and ordered that, the Frittanga burger. The patty was topped with fried cheese, cabbage slaw, and an unbelievably rich crema. I was scooping it off of my plate with my finger, that’s how good it was. This time around, I asked for no seasoning on my tostones, and again used tostones as the bun, fusing two burgers into one. Priceless! They granted my request, no questions asked.
Location: 9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (Jack’s Shopping Center)
Type of Cuisine: Burgers and Kebabs with heavy Latin American influence
Meals Served: Lunch & Dinner
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