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Almost everything on the menu at one-week old Brgr Stop in Coconut Creek is like a challenge straight out of the Food Network's Man vs. Food.
There are burgers loaded with macaroni and cheese, a colossal onion ring tower stacked nearly a half-foot in the air, and milkshakes made with a combination of cereal-soaked milk and ice cream. Most decadent of all, however, is the fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
As if the idea of a deep-fried PB&J isn't enough to bust open your arteries right then and there, Brgr Stop co-owner and menu creator Michael Buchinski takes it a few steps further into calorie crushing territory with some stoner-inspired additions.
First, he uses thick-sliced brioche — because why not use a butter-based bread for this deep-friend monstrosity? Next, he adds potato chip sticks to the mix, which lend a salty, crunchy note to the rich, gooey combo. And he doesn't stop there.
Before serving, the whole creation is given a cream soda tempura batter (is that even a thing?) and deep-fried for several minutes, giving the brioche a smooth, grease-oozing crust that gives way to a molten peanut butter and warm jelly-coated potato chip center.
Last, the sandwich — like some breakfast food that somehow makes sense for both lunch and dinner, too — is topped with a sprinkling of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Just in case you were thinking "the only thing that would make this sandwich better is some cinnamon and sugar."
It's a rough estimate, but Buchinksi says the sandwich averages around 1,800 calories. Add one of a dozen milkshakes or a pint of craft beer (there are six on tap including limited edition picks like Strawberry Fields from J. Wakefield Brewing and Last Snow from Funky Buddha Brewery) to your meal, and you're in for one indulgent evening.
Warning: this menu isn't for the faint of heart, and there isn't much in the way of healthy eating going on here. But is it worth it? Hell yes.
Think you can take down this whole fried feast in one sitting? The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and will begin local delivery service in the coming weeks. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.
Brgr Stop is located at 4301 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek. Call 954-975-8459, or visit brgrstop.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.
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