As you may have already figured out, every food has a holiday of its own. Some are important: burgers, pizza, hot dogs, tequila -- the four basic food groups.
Things like National Salad Day (May 1), on the other hand: Who the hell cares?
Today is one of those days worthy of celebration. Whether you're willing to admit it or not, cheeseburgers are one of those foods everyone loves.
Obviously, you could fulfill your inner desire with a quick, inconspicuous pass through the Mickey D's drive-through, but that's no way to honor your love. It needs to be savored slowly and out in the open.
To help you on your cheeseburger quest, here are five places across Broward and Palm Beach counties to satiate you fix.
Burger & Beer Joint in Pembroke Pines
The new Broward spawn of the always-packed South Beach haunt, this place offers some of the best ground-meat patty sandwiches in the 305, 954, and 561 combined. Though you can't go wrong with anything on its creative menu -- nonbeef options too -- today is a day of observance: Take some pride. To fully savor the fatty satisfaction, you might want to try the Mustang Sally (eight-ounce Wagyu beef, red onion marmalade, Brie cheese, and sliced prosciutto cradled between a brioche bun) or the Hotel California (ten ounces of certified Angus prime, guacamole, grilled Vidalia onion, jalapeño relish, cilantro sour cream, sharp cheddar, and a sunny-side-up fried egg, stacked in the middle of a brioche bun). You're certainly not going to be able to leave for a while after that one.
Burger & Beer Joint is located at 11025 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. Call 954-367-8980, or visit bnbjoint.com.
Rok:Brgr in Fort Lauderdale
The first gourmet burger shop to reach Fort Lauderdale, this place has some of the most interesting burgers you can find downtown. Whether you're looking to commemorate the simple combination of the Classic's meat, American cheese, LTO, and pickle; or you want to go all out with the King James' decadent toppings, including Brie, Kurobuta pork belly, red onion marmalade, and truffle aioli; or, heck, get a little taste of Southern hospitality with pimiento cheese, tomato jam, fried green tomato, and maple pepper bacon, this place has some combination of meat and cheese that will get your palate juices flowing.
Rok:Brgr is located at 208 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-7656, or visit rokbrgr.com.
Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton
Music can really help to elevate any celebration. If that's what you need to get you in a burger-consuming mood, this place has your number. Not only does it offer a nightly selection but the burgers are pretty damned amazing -- so good, we've had reader requests to write about them. They may not be topped with a hodgepodge of accouterments, but these are a go-to if you're looking for simplicity -- and soulful music to boot. These little beauts are ground in-house daily, sandwiched between a homemade bun and topped with roasted garlic aioli -- obviously, you'll have to throw on some cheese to mark the holiday. Tonight Chieli Minucci & Special EFX is playing at 7 and 9 p.m.
Jazziz Nightlife is located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-300-0730, or visit jazziz.com/jazziznightlife.
The Office in Delray Beach
South Florida's favorite fast-casual burger chain is probably homegrown BurgerFi. You may or may not know that the exponentially growing chain is owned by the same folks who own the Office in Delray Beach. As is the case with most originators, the Office's burgers are even better -- and you don't have to wait in line. While we're pretty satisfied with its original cheeseburger with cheddar cheese, if you're looking to go all out for the national holiday, you might want to try the Prime CEO, with sweet onion and tomato confit, Maytag Blue, Gruyère, arugula, and bacon -- hey, if you're going to do it, do it properly.
The Office is located at 201 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-276-3600, or visit theofficedelray.com.
See Also: Ten Best Restaurants in Delray Beach
Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach
If you're going to eat burgers in downtown West Palm Beach, there's a good chance you're heading to Grease. With ten-ounce patties of meat and a boatload of beer, it's pretty much the epitome of a good old gluttonous -- and glutenous -- time. Obviously, you can order whatever you like, but we're talking about marking an occasion here. Pack on the calories with the Brinkman Burger, with deep-fried bacon, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese, sautéed jalapeños, and sriracha mayo; or really get that stomach churning with the Burger From Hell Fresh, topped with sautéed jalapeños, habanero hell sauce, queso cheese, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions. Just prepare yourself when some Tums when you arrive home.
Grease Burger Bar is located at 213 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-651-1075, or visit greasewpb.com.
Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.