Bulldog Barbecue and Burger: Now Serving Brunch

Bulldog BBQ
Brisket: light on the smoke, but heavy on the flavor.
Howie Kleinberg embodies the chutzpah of a hometown hero better than most, and who doesn't cheer for the hometown hero?

After competing on Top Chef in 2007, the "Bulldog" decided to come home and do what he does best -- barbecue. And North Miami residents couldn't be happier.

Miami's BBQ might not be as revered or recognized as it is in other places like Kansas City and Memphis, but chefs such as Kleinberg are raising the bar, making locals rethink 'cue. At Bulldog Barbecue and Burger, he combines standard barbecue fare with a gourmet sensibility.

When you visit, be prepared to try staples such as chicken, ribs, and brisket. "It's the best brisket in Miami," says Kleinberg.

And of course, other mainstays such as macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and french fries are also available. But Kleinberg's GQ (gourmand quotient) is most evident in his white chili ($9) -- made with ground turkey, white beans, cheddar, scallions, and Fritos. It's just as obvious in his burgers, such as the hot mess ($12), topped with bacon candy, caramelized onions, crispy onions, roasted mushrooms, blue cheese, and horseradish mayonnaise.

This family-friendly joint has efficient service, and offers diners a big bang for their buck. Most main menu items are large enough to share between two people with average-size appetites.

And locals have something more to look forward to. The restaurant is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. "There'll be breakfast foods," says Kleinberg. "But of course, there'll also be barbecue."

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Location Info

Bulldog Barbecue and Burger

15400 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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I live pretty close to this place and am an avid griller and barbecue-joint goer. Read good things about Bulldog and Kleinberg and thought I'd give it a try. It might be good food but it ain't no barbecue joint. It's kind of snooty hoighty-toity pseudocue that's wet and mushy and lacks that outdoor live-fire taste aficionados love. Yeah, it's kind of smoky, the ribs and such but despite their gourmet twists on familiar 'cue cuisine that would send a purist up the nearest hickory tree the food was...tasty. Just expect to pay high prices for palate-pleasing food that is hardly soul-satisfying. 


This is just what Miami needs.


@teachintv I don't find the food at Bulldog to be pretentious or pricey, in fact, quite the opposite. Prices are on par with Shorty's (which serves a sad excuse for barbecue) and plates are so large that two can share. The barbecue is traditional: ribs, chicken, brisket. Burger toppings are a little creative, but again, nothing even remotely pretentious. So not quite sure what you find to be "snooty." Considering the quality, flavor, and portions, I think Bulldog is a great spot for bbq. 

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