The gourmet burger trend is escalating wildly, as evidenced by the chain of burger joints popping up all over South Florida. I’ve got no complaints here: hand me a burger (medium-well please!) and a side of crisp fries, and you’ve got a happy girl.
But when I heard about Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, I had to pause — burgers…with wine? Well, I was able to try out this rather curious concept at the Sawgrass Mills location (the Boca restaurant doesn’t open until October), and now I’m wondering why I ever doubted it would work.
There are 16 different burgers on the menu. The buns, made without any refined flour, are sent to the store from NYC seven days a week, and all beef (Angus or Kobe) is ground in-house daily. The restaurant prides itself on serving only the freshest meat. We won’t go into any details, but let’s just say nothing is more than 10 days old — use your imagination.
There are chicken burgers for the non-red meat eaters, a vegetarian burger that can also be turned vegan when served with greens instead of a bun, plus an array of salads, sides, floats and shakes that are topped with house-whipped cream. There are also massive slices of pie for only $5, so save room for dessert.
Now when it comes to the drinks menu, Zinburger really won me over. Glasses of wine start at $5, and pints of beer start at $4. There are 18 different types of wine, including one exclusive to the properties of Fox Restaurant Concepts, Zinburger's parent company; 17 beer selections, with some local beers of course; and seven delicious-sounding cocktails. Note: on Wednesdays, bottles of wine are half off.
The Town Center at Boca Raton location couldn’t come any sooner. My personal recommendations: the Breakfast Burger, the Seared Ahi salad and the Bars of Zin shake.
P.S. Please don’t leave this establishment without trying the zucchini fries.