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The Fyre Fest Burger Is A Flaming Spectacle At This Outrageous Burger Joint

In recent years, the craft burger movement hasn’t really evolved that much. The creativity behind the toppings, patties, and accompaniments has grown, but how we think about the burger itself has remained constant.

One restaurant in Downey, California, is out to change all that with their flaming tableside burger presentation.

Photo: Reach Guinto // Foodbeast

Aptly named the “Fyre Fest,” this burger from Lock & Key Social Drinkery is changing how we serve the classic American meal. The burger itself comes with a meaty stack of three cheese-covered patties, drenched in an aged Cheddar Mornay sauce. When it arrives at your table, it comes with a gravy boat filled with truffle demi-glace and a shot of overproof Jamaican rum. The fireworks start when it gets lit on fire and drenched all over your burger, resulting in one of the most flavorsome fork-and-knife burgers you can find.

Lock & Key doesn’t stop with the creative flair there. Their menu offers up a variety of burgers that bring something different to the presentation. Whether that’s their literally smokey Doc Holliday burger or their Filet Mignon-loaded take on a Big Mac, the burgers here are starting to change the discussion on how we approach the old-school sandwich.

You can view some of Lock & Key’s most creative burgers in the above Foodbeast YouTube video.

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#foodbeast Cravings Features

Foodbeast Guide To 2018’s OC Fair Food

While I shed a tear for the beach bod I never really got this summer, I take solace in the fact that it’s fair season and I can just try again in the fall.

Yes, that means we’re ready to be buried in fried foods, sweets, and snacks, not unlike that kid from Kazaam.

On Friday, June 13, the Orange County Fair opened its gates to the public and we eagerly high-tailed it into the fairgrounds.

Returning are some all-star vendors like Chicken Charlie’s and Biggy’s — the Deep Fry King and Sultan of Turkey Legs, respectively, and they’ve added a handful of new items that had us wiping drool from our chins.

Check out all the new foods and returning favorites served that this year’s OC Fair. Just be sure to leave some time between snacking, for rides and games.


Deep Fried Filet Mignon (Chicken Charlie’s)

Photo: Peter Pham

This year’s star dish from Chicken Charlie’s booth is the deep fried filet mignon. Hulked out medallions are skewered together, breaded, and deep fried. Imagine eating chicken fried steak on a stick, because that’s essentially what this is. Just wish we had some sausage gravy to dunk those steaks in. Next year, Charlie.

Caramel Crack Fries (Biggy’s)

Photo: Peter Pham

I’ve always been a fan of the marriage between sweet and salty. Give me some kettle corn or a maple bacon donut and I’m a happy dude. Biggy’s new Caramel Crack Fries is a stunning example of sweet and salty that combines salty cinnamon sugar fries, a generous drizzle of caramel, whipped cream, and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Deep Fried Pineapple (Chicken Charlie’s)

Many feel pineapple doesn’t belong on a pizza, but no one said you can’t deep fry it. Chicken Charlie’s is offering freshly sliced pineapples that are plunged into Charlie’s special pancake batter and dunked in a vat of hot oil — the origins of a delicious fruit-themed superhero.

Lasagna Nachos (Pignotti’s)

Photo: OC Fair

Looks like lasagna nachos are slowly making it into the mainstream and I’m totally on board with it. Pignotti’s version takes deep-fried pieces of lasagna noodles and douses them in a bed of rich marinara sauce before being introduced to a second friend…Mister Cheese Blanket.

Spicy Turkey Leg (Biggy’s)

Photo: Peter Pham

Hardcore carnivores will likely go straight for the massive turkey legs found at Biggy’s. This year, they’re trying something a little spicier with a Cholula hot sauce variation of the classic turkey leg. Don’t worry, you’ll still get the same smokiness and girth as a regular leg, just with a extra helping of heat.

Mermaid Floats (Candy Factory)

Photo: Peter Pham

Between all the salty meats and the scorching summer heat, you’ll probably want to track down something sweet and refreshing to cool off with. Candy Factory has a smorgasbord of floats named after mythical creatures, such as the Unicorn and Mermaid Floats. These multi-colored refreshers feature a sweet soda sprinkled stacked with rainbow toppings and a heap of cotton candy.

Ramen Burritos (Chicken Charlie’s)

Photo: Peter Pham

Another new addition to Chicken Charlie’s lineup are these chicken and shrimp ramen burritos. Ramen noodles and Funyuns are joined with Charlie’s savory grilled chicken or shrimp in a warm tortilla, offering a trio of textures. Charlie tosses the noodles in his famous House Maui sauce and some Sriracha for a gentle hit of flavor.

Spaghetti Donuts (Pignotti’s)

Photo: OC Fair

I never knew spaghetti could be enjoyed without utensils until I saw Pignotti’s spaghetti donuts. The noodles are formed using a donut mold and tossed into the deep fryer with the love of an Italian grandparent. Instead of glaze, they’re topped with traditional pasta sauces — pesto, Alfredo, carbonara, or marinara.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly (Biggy’s)

Photo: Oscar Gonzalez

It’s not really a trip to the fair without some bacon. Biggy’s bacon-wrapped pork belly serves guests a skewer full of bacon inception. The crispy cured strips are wrapped around hunks of tender Duroc pork belly and slow roasted. Bacon lovers will definitely want to zero in on this item.


If that’s not enough to whet your whistle, here’s everything else you need to keep an eye out for at this year’s OC Fair:

  • Ice Cream Tacos (Bacon A Fair)
  • Truffle Tots (Tater Twister)
  • Mac and Cheese Tots (Tater Twister)
  • Cheeseburger Tacos (Juicy’s)
  • Gouda Wontons (Pignotti’s)
  • Gouda Nachos (Pignotti’s)
  • Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches (Totally Baked Cookie Joint)
  • Big Skillet Cookie (Totally Baked Cookie Joint)
  • Bubble Waffle Cone Sundae (Fried Affair 2)
  • PBJ Sriracha Funnel Cake (Dutchman’s Funeral Cake)
  • Deep Fried Cheese Curds (Tasti Burger)
  • Chili Chamoy Candy Capple (Brander Candyland)
  • M&M Donut (Texas Donuts)
  • Unicorn Cotton Candy Donut (Texas Donuts)
  • Holy Coa’s Boba Tea (Pignotti’s)
  • Poke Bowls (Eddie’s)
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This Uni and Caviar-Topped Filet Mignon Is Surf & Turf At Its Finest

We’ve had surf and turf before, but not like this. Oh boy, not like this.

Salt + Charcoal, a steakhouse located in Brooklyn, NY, is serving a massive filet mignon that’s topped with uni and caviar.

Hand selected by the restaurant’s chef Tadaaki Ishizaki, the 50-day dry-aged cut of beef is grilled over organic wood charcoal on a custom-made crank designed by the chef himself to most effectively utilize the heat and flavor of the steak. What a pioneer.

The steak is spread with a seaweed umami sauce made from a combination of kombu and moshio salt. It’s then topped with a hefty amount of Maine uni and ikura caviar. To say this dish is decadent would be the understatement of the year.

Lowkey hating our NYC family for getting to try this before we did. Lowkey.

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Innovative Restaurant Serves Gordon Ramsay Steak On A Roof Tile, He Was Not Impressed [WATCH]

It takes a lot to impress Gordon Ramsay. The world renowned chef and star of the half the cooking shows on television has seen pretty much everything there is to see when it comes to food. Or maybe he hasn’t.

In a segment from his hit series, Kitchen Nightmares, chef Ramsay visits a restaurant that serves traditional filet mignon in a pretty unconventional way.

The owner came up with a fun idea to serve the steak on a piece of roof tile, calling it the Flaming Tsunami. Placed slightly uncooked on the piece of tile, the steak is finished with a burner and some garlic butter in front of the patron.

Props for showmanship, but apparently this culinary performance led to some pretty chewy steak. As you can see from the video above, chef Ramsay was far from impressed with the flamboyant dish.

Jokes aside, hopefully the restaurant owners turn things around for their business.

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Restaurants

This Whimsical Restaurant Serves You Tuna with a Samurai Sword and Cotton Candy Wigs

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Initially, you might assume that Barton G. The Restaurant is all about gimmicks. I mean, it’s restaurant that serves you a filet mignon with a 3-foot fork and popcorn shrimp out of a popcorn machine? We were recently invited to check out the LA opening of Barton G., which until now, was a restaurant only exclusive to the great state of Florida.

Barton G. was known for their theatricality. If you ordered their Samurai Tuna dish, you’d get a dish served with a real samurai sword (though it’s frowned upon to unsheathe it and use it to cut said tuna). Upon first impressions, we thought to ourselves: “Hey this is kind of gimmicky. Cool, but gimmicky.” It couldn’t be further from the truth.

While each dish has a signature prop to accompany it, the food more than made up for the cheese (so to speak). We’ve tried some of the most flavorful dishes we’ve had in a really long time. Honestly, without all the crazy showmanship Barton G. could stand on its own against some of the best restaurants in the LA area.

Then again, you’re probably skimming this, anxious to get to the food porn. Well here it is you gluttonous bastards.

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 Bread

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Served right out of a tray via waiter, each piece of bread is shaped and designed as if it were a donut. However, they feature savory flavors like truffle and aged cheese.

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Lobster Pop Tarts

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Commuting from Orange County to LA can be rough. Especially on a weekday workday. That being said, our eyes immediately glazed over to the Lobster Pop-Tarts. Served out of a faux toaster, the pop tarts were flaky and moist like a pastry sent from heaven. They broke open to reveal a hefty helping of lobster meat swimming in a creamy gruyere sauce.

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The Upper Crustacean

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As children, we’ve all dreamed about owning a personal popcorn machine for our bedrooms the day we moved out of our parents’ house. No? Just us? As we got older, the idea seemed more and more unnecessary and impractical. However, if that dream popcorn machine was to produce crispy popcorn shrimp and lobster with a variety of dipping sauces, then that’s a different story.

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Samurai Tuna

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We had to be careful not to gorge ourselves on the appetizers, delicious as they might be. We were only a third into the tasting, after all. First of the entrees was the Samurai Tuna. A thick, seared tuna patty served rare with a savory rice cracker crust and topped with a roasted Shishito Pepper. It also came with mandarin-laced soba noodles and a Yuzu-Pomegranite sauce.

Oh, did we mention the bad-ass katana that came with the meal?

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The Great American Filet

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Final entree of the night was this behemoth of a filet mignon. Served with braised short rib, bone marrow and roasted snow peas and carrots and whipped potatoes the entire dish was shadowed by the giant that was attached to the serving board. If this is what it feels like to kings, then kings we were that night.

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Marie Antoinette

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Finally, once we loosened a few notches on our belts, we got ready for dessert. The Marie Antoinette was a wig made out of cotton candy and served with an array of strawberry shortcakes. Interestingly enough, Marie’s hairstyle would change frequently much like the historical figure. Unfortunately, if you’re thinking of removing the wig and placing upon your own head, note that it’s not only advised against, but it’s also attached to the mannequin with a caramel coating.

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Like that stopped us.

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To sum it up, Barton G. exceeded our initial impressions by a huge margin. Not only was their food entertaining gawk at, but they also backed it up with amazing flavors that blew us away. Any self-proclaimed foodie in the Miami or Los Angeles areas should make a note to experience this place at least once.

So to slightly modify a popular quote from a very wise person:

Giant forks. Samurai Swords. A foodie craves not these things.

Though it is an added bonus.

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Florida

1427 West Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Los Angeles

861 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Filet Mignon and Jameson Whiskey — Two of the Most Shoplifted Products?

A recent report by AdWeek places choice cuts of filet mignon and bottles of Jameson whiskey as two of the most stolen items during the busy holiday shopping season. The rest of the lest is populated by items like iPhones and Gillette Mach 4 shaving razors.

Along with the list of the most stolen items come some rather jaw dropping shoplifting statistics, such as “one in every 11 people who walk through the door are likely to walk out with at least one item he or she didn’t pay for.” Who knew so many of us were sticky fingers?!

Among the top items for theft, as mentioned before, were choice cuts of meat. The statistic seems to be backed by law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice, citing that the loss rate for “luxury meat”  had risen 21 percent between 2009 and 2011.

Expensive alcohols were next on the list, either a target by people who are hard up for a drink but can’t/won’t drop the bucks to do so, or those who simply get a rush relieving their pre-ID days of running out of a supermarket with a cart full of unpaid liquor. Addiction can also play a role.

The rest of the list is pretty interesting, but none of it is edible (unless you enjoy chomping on AXE deoderants and sucking on the latest ELMO toy).

[via AdWeek]