It turns out Miami is home to two of the very best burgers in the country

Miami.com

BY CARLOS FRÍAS

February 24, 2018 09:23 AM

Updated February 24, 2018 02:11 PM

If you grill them, they will come.

Smoke clouds from grilling meat rose above the illuminated white tents perched on Miami Beach, as diners swept onto the sands Friday night for the annual burger bacchanalia known as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash.

They came not only to gorge on 45 different burgers from around the country. Ultimately, they came to find out which grill master would take home the award for the best burger of the night — and hold that title proudly for a year.

It turns out, if you’re from the Miami area, you’re not far from the very best burgers on any day of the week. Two Miami-area restaurants won three of the major awards, including the coveted People’s Choice award.

Swine Southern Table & Bar, led by Miami born-and-raised executive chef Seth Barrs, won the $5,000 People’s Choice award for the burger they put on their menu in Coral Gables every day, the Swine Burger. The restaurant is owned by John Kunkel’s Miami-based 50 Eggsrestaurant group that also founded Lime, Yardbird and Spring Chicken.

Swine Southern Table & Bar, led by Miami born-and-raised executive chef Seth Barrs, won the $5,000 People’s Choice award for the burger they put on their menu in Coral Gables every day, the Swine Burger. The restaurant is owned by John Kunkel’s Miami-based 50 Eggsrestaurant group that also founded Lime, Yardbird and Spring Chicken.

“The people are the ones who speak,” said Barrs, 46. “There are only a handful of judges, but thousands of people here who voted, and that makes me happy.”

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