If their candied-bacon baskets, peanut-butter hamburgers and cereal milkshakes aren’t a dead giveaway, Brgr Stop in Fort Lauderdale likes to play with its food.
The burger joint opened Oct. 10 in Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway Shopping Center, in the spot once occupied by the revered Sukhothai restaurant that closed in 2015. This is Brgr Stop’s second location, after owner Michael Buchinski opened his Coconut Creek flagship in 2015.
But unlike the Creek location, the 3,600-square-foot Fort Lauderdale Brgr Stop boasts an expanded menu of upscale steaks and salads along with a full-liquor bar, where those armed with antacid can order alcohol-spiked milkshakes. That’s in addition to Brgr Stop’s usual heart attacks on a plate, which include white-truffle-bacon cheese balls, root-beer-sriracha barbecue wings and peanut butter-and jelly-topped burgers.
“This place is sick,” says Buchinski, of Parkland. “No one else has a menu like ours. People come in and their jaws drop.”
There are seven boozy shakes so far, including a strawberry shortcake with rum and banana liqueur and a mint chocolate-chip infused with Stillhouse Mint Chip whiskey, Jägermeister, chocolate-chip ice cream and Thin Mints. The spiked shakes will be offered starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Buchinski says.
The 150-seat restaurant’s over-the-top decor dares to match the carnivalesque food. Parked inside near the entrance is a custom 1968 Ford cargo van, which flashes neon-green headlights and displays Brgr Stop’s milkshake menu on its windshield. Behind the bar is a tapestry of colorful graffiti, 150 metal traffic signs and a custom-built 1947 Ford cabover truck embedded in the wall on a raised platform. The truck’s chrome-plated grill is attached to 10 craft-beer taps, which will dispense local brews, says Buchinski, who assembled both trucks with his business partner, Devin Cahow. (There will be 60-plus craft beers on tap.)
Buchinski says the restaurant will host a grand-opening ribbon cutting on Oct. 27. Check Brgr Stop’s Facebook page for more information.
Brgr Stop is open 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday at 1930 E. Sunrise Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-533-8621 or go to BrgrStop.com.
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