Jamie ordered the Mediterranean burger ($13.50), a patty made of beautifully gamey, grassy lamb. The tzatziki sauce on the side gave it a gyro-like flavor that, again, would be pretty perfect street food after the bars close.

George had ordered a short-rib grilled cheese ($10). There's always a fear ordering the nonburger from the burger place, but this was spectacular. The fat, buttery, toasted bread, the fontina cheese, the caramelized onions, and the tender short ribs melted together in a bite comforting enough to cure the common cold.

I had hit up Rok:Brgr for lunch the day before and had already tried its quintessential item — the Las Olas burger ($15). It came slathered in garlic mayo, aged Gruyère cheese, fat caramelized onions, and a patty of that wonderfully meaty Kobe. So tonight, I ordered the tuna burger ($14). It came with Asian slaw and a slightly spicy wasabi mayo that pulled it all together. A fine substitute for anyone not in a burger mood.

The Black Angus burger and fries.
Candace West
The Black Angus burger and fries.

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ROK:BRGR Burger Bar and Gastropub

208 SW Second St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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Rok:Brgr, 208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Open 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 954-525-7656, or click here.

In between bites, we went back to our debate about burger joints. Not surprisingly, conversation turned to Le Tub, the waterfront eatery in Hollywood that's renowned for its massive burgers, Old Florida setting, and notoriously cranky service. It did make GQ's list of the best burgers in America, I offered up.

"There was one time I had a good experience there. Every other time, I left mad," said George. "How do they think they can treat you so terribly?" he wondered about Le Tub.

I had an answer for that. I told George about the first time I had gone there. The burger came out perfect, all charred on the outside from the charcoal grill yet pink in the middle. It was served simply, with just onions, lettuce, tomato, and a poppy seed bun. That beautifully charred patty will keep bringing me back to Le Tub, even when I'm faced with cockroaches approaching the tables and waitresses who point angrily at the Igloo cooler when anyone asks for water.

Here at Rok:Brgr, things couldn't have been more different. Chevy the bartender remembered me by name when I came back. The beers were cold. The fries were crispy. And the burgers? Yeah, Rok:Brgr is good enough to survive the trend.

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Primo
Primo

Love this place!!! Best burger in south Florida!!

knowme
knowme

Just ate there first time. Great service, staff is friendly and good knowledge of the bar and food menu. Enough choices and drinks for you to stay and eat like a champ.My girlfriend loved the specialty beers (Magic hat) and the draft beers are great as well.See you guys soon for more of that great burger menuThanks

Yvonne
Yvonne

First, I'd like to emphasize..I'm thoroughly disappointed in the food and service at Rok Burger. Burgers have no taste to them..lack seasoning...onion rings are tasteless and greasy...and the staff bring out the food is consistently confused as to where to deliver the food. I'm a foodie.. and enjoy a good burger and fries (onion rings) and Rok Burger lacks flavor....too much hype and doesn't live up to expectation. Bar food at its worse.... Don't waste your money....Burger King tastes better :) BTW...several hours later both my date and I are sick...major indigestion.

Buddha305
Buddha305

Its really tough to copy a concept these days. Luckily, these guys didn't have to go to far. Nice copy of Burger and Beer Joint on South Beach. You should at least give them some credit since they don't get any franchise fees. The menu, the interior, etc. Be a little creative.

Dennis C
Dennis C

@AVG why should we believe that a place that can't put up a web page and who doesn't know how to run a facebook page and who doesn't answer emails can make a good burger?

Dennis C
Dennis C

Interesting that you came to the exact same conclusion after you visited the place as you did before you went there. I usually formulate my opinions based on the experience rather than in advance.

What relevance does the George comment have to anything? Did you promise to mention him? There aren't 2 burger places in the area, so it seems like one of those "If the earth had 4 moons the tides would be different" kind of comments.

Interestingly I was there the day they shot the photos. I guess Marc saved all of the good tomato slices for the shoot. I still think that readers prefer to see the food actually served to anonymous diners. Staged photos are just that: staged. You'll never get a bad tomato slice on a staged photo.

AVG
AVG

Try the burger at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery (the old Ft.Lauderdale Taverna Opa) Simply delicious!

Tadege
Tadege

who but an idiot would eat in this trash city, all should be condemed.

Ashley
Ashley

Oh, Dennis. It must be difficult to satisfy you. "That's what she said."

Carlos
Carlos

I've never heard a chick say "That's what she said". That's a bonehead dude comment. Very suspicious.

Dennis C
Dennis C

It's called being objective. It's a new concept in South Florida. I'm quite sure there's a market for it.

freakerdude
freakerdude

Next time I need a bite in the area before a show at Revolution, I will check it out. I'm tired of Tarpon Bend.

 
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