100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Cowboy Burger from Charm City Burgers

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

No. 81: Cowboy Burger From Charm City Burgers

Bringing a change of clothes wouldn't be a bad idea if you order a burger "cowboy style" at Charm City Burgers in Deerfield Beach. The name isn't just indicative of the wrangler-sized hunger it takes to

finish it; managing to eat the falling-apart burger without losing half

of it is akin to lasting eight seconds on top of a rodeo bull.

The standard logic here would be to cut the packed burger in half

and approach it a little at a time. But that only goes so far. The best

tactic is to position your hands opposite your mouth so that when you

bite one side of the bun, the fresh-ground patty doesn't go squirting

out the back. But that just leads to gobs of freshly sautéed onions and

mushrooms running out of the sides, or worse, the top part

of the bun sliding off along a thick wedge of tomato lubricated by

"Charm sauce" (a sort of spicy Thousand Island that is hardly charming

when it's splotched all over your face). Just when you thought it was safe to set down, the thick-cut, black pepper-studded bacon will tumble out of the side, or the yolk from the fried egg will pop, trickling down your fingers and onto your arms. By the time you're finished, bits of burger shrapnel and soaked

paper napkins will litter the table. But one thing is guaranteed: you'll be satisfied.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 82: Corn fritters from Park Avenue BBQ & Grill
No. 83: Milk shake from Jaxson's
No. 84: Chicken from La Granja
No. 85: Kimchi stew from Yama Japanese & Korean
No. 86: Prosciutto roma sub from My Market
No. 87: Anticuchos from Taurus Steakhouse
No. 88: Goat cheese cheesecake from Satoro
No. 89: Pink vanilla cupcake from House of Sweets
No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse
No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi
No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear
No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig
No. 94: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub
No. 96: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie
No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime
No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon
No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich
No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza