SOBEWFF: Andrew Zimmern's Giant Hot Dog and Shake Shack Win Best of the Munchies

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All photos by Carina Ost
Andrew Zimmern and providers of munchies.
Closing out this year's South Beach Wine & Food Fest was no easy task. The last few days have been epic. Although if there was one person and one food category to get the job done, it was definitely Andrew Zimmern and the munchies. Other events may have pristine lobster and wine, but this was beer, hot dogs and donuts.

Attendants lined up behind red robes before being let in to a massive food party with carnival games, a rock and roll concert and at the end of the night two awards were handed out. The savory prize went to Shake Shack and the sweet award to Graeter's ice cream.

Although The Munchies: People's Choice Food can still be voted on until March 31.

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Best food truck, according to The Munchies, is Zimmern's own AZ Canteen. Their hot dog was the best thing we ate all night. The Piedmontese heritage dog had that perfect snap and it is was bunned up with roasted vegetable mayo, house mustard, crispy cabbage and topped with mint! The mint was the best part, it added a jazzy fresh flavor and masked hot dog breath at the same time.

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Miami newcomer, Buns & Buns brought tamarind glazed lamb ribs inside their deliciously doughy sweet buns.

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Graeter's, based in Cincinnati, was the winner for Best Ice Cream and also won big last night. They are famous for being the only manufacture to use French pot freezers and their two gallon batches are the smallest in the industry. The result is some unbelievably creamy artisanal ice cream.

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We ran into José Andrés who gave us an air kiss as delightful as his liquid nitrogen cocktails. We asked him about his favorite munchie of the night and his response was, "I'm on a diet." Not acceptable, chef.


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