Living in Orlando has given me the ability to test a variety of foods from other cultures and improve my culinary knowledge quite considerably. With more than a few high quality establishments dotting the city, it’s safe to say that Orlando truly knows five star luxury foods.
Yet for a city with such a passion for culinary excellence, an odd new trend has started becoming quite apparent. At first it was lingering in disguise, masquerading as overnight indie dive bars with no intention of creating a ripple in the food scene. It was at these hole in the wall establishment that the fast food revival was beginning.
The idea is simple but the concept in serving the customer an established favorite is sound. Burgers are the primary dish in this intriguing brouhaha. Every single one is being served as a main entry on a bed of wax paper and a slew of premium quality ingredients garnishing the one hundred percent beef patty. So why exactly is this taking off and should I even bother trying it out? Hopefully I can provide you with enough insight so as to aid you in making a decision.
Who’s Buying It?
Upon observing these food establishments with gourmet fast food dishes it became apparent that one crowd dominated the scene. I am specifically speaking about the 24-35 year old crowd. It makes perfect sense seeing as this demographic has been rather willing to try new things. Still are the burgers even worth it? Or are all these people buying into another fly by night food trend.
I visited a couple different locations in order to assess the quality of this fast food revival. One such location is known as Colombian Burger and it’s located in Orlando, Florida right off of Kirkman Road. After having visited some friends I drove on over to Colombian Burger to get their signature dish, a Colombian burger with everything on it. After paying the shocking price of eight dollars for my hamburger (shocking when compared to fast-food) I found a quiet place to eat and began nibbling away at my feast. Upon the first bite it became painfully apparent why this trend was taking off. The Burgers are amazing!!! With a unique blend of sauces, including a house made garlic sauce and buttered and toasted buns the burger was out of this world. That was just one of the locations I visited.
Another establishment named Burger 21 served a wide array of burgers with the choice of either regular or sweet potato fries. As if that weren’t enough Burger 21 also had a myriad of sauces to choose from and some of them were truly unique. For instance a marshmallow sauce was present and it truly was sublime when paired with their sweet potato French fries. Needless to say the Black & Bleu burger I order was delicious although a tad bit pricier than Colombian Burgers dish.
You have nothing to lose by giving into this current phenomenon. At every establishment I visited I was presented with a dish that was truly exquisite and most importantly created with passion. If you are getting tired of stale old fast food then you owe it to yourself to get a burger that’s actually made with quality beef and sauces that are created in an actual kitchen and not a factory. While it might not exactly be eating right, at the very least it’s better than actual fast food.
This article was contributed by Eduardo Dieguez, blogger for New Urban Farms. Eduardo is is a 1st generation American born Cuban ans lover of all foods. He also spent time living in Switzerland as a child helping to foster a culturally open mind from an early age.