Food & Drink


Published On 12/23/2011 Published On 12/23/2011

Something that’s grassroots: the popular '60s/'70s American rock band who had the hit song "Sooner Or Later", and was named the Grass Roots. Something else: Coconut Grove’s LoKal, a graffiti-/recycled bicycle wheel-lined burger joint -- which almost looks like where a garage band would record a demo that's much less awesome than the hundreds of cassettes (Thriller, Dre, Biggie...Locomotion!!) covering the bar -- from a local dude who's "tapping Floridian farmers, dairies, and brewers" in order to keep his deliciousness as Sunshine State-y as possible.

Beef's the main event, as they're throwing Florida grass-fed/Ocala ranch-sourced meatiness into crafty burgers like the potato sticks-/bacon-stuffed Frita topped w/ guava jelly and melted Gruyere, the My Childhood Dream, which the owner made as a kid in his dad's donut shop, and pairs a donut with a 7oz patty, American, and bacon, plus a sweet onion marmalade-covered guy with half ground beef and half bacon dubbed the 50/50, also a cancelled television program on which John Stossel’s mustache was 150% bigger.

Beyond burgers they've got a hoagie stuffed with battered and spicy mayo-smothered Gulf rock shrimp, New Mexico Chili, and "My Wife's Tuna Fish Sandwich" (whoa, easy, guy!) packed with herbed-up white albacore, sweet gherkins, and Jewish mustard, aka Oy Vey Poupon.

Burgers love beers more than Joanie loves Chachi (which was a LOT, Baio was a pimp), so they're heavy on the suds including drafts like Stone Arrogant Bastard and Cigar City Hotter Than Helles, plus local and import bottles spanning from England's Wells Banana Bread, St. Bernardus Abt., and Kwak to Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Laughing Skull, enough of which will have you making your own Midnight Confessions, sooner or later.