Best Burger in Miami? Zagat says db Bistro Moderne

 

For $34, it ought to be outstanding.

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By Evan S. Benn | ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

Zagat voters have confirmed what Miamians have known for some time: The signature burger at chef Daniel Boulud's db Bistro Moderne is a force to be reckoned with. The best in the city, in fact. 

The $34 burger — a ground sirloin patty enveloping braised short rib and truffles with a cube of (surprise!) foie gras, served on a Parmesan bun with pommes frites — earned 28 out of 30 points in Zagat's 2014 Burger Survey, based on flavor, ingredients and value.  

That's a better score than heavy hitters like the In-N-Out Double-Double, LA's top burger, which earned 23 points, and the famed Peter Luger Burger from Brooklyn (24 points). 

Some other fun takeaways from the survey: The 3,400-some voters reported eating burgers an average of 4.6 times a month; 44 percent said they'd happily spend $25 or more for a "mind-blowing" burger; and 66 percent of male respondents said they dig into their burgers with a knife and fork.  

The top big-city burgers, according to Zagat (out of 30 points): 

Austin:  Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes - The Classic with Cheese (25)

Atlanta: Illegal Food - The Hank (28)

Boston: Craigie On Main - Local Grass-Fed Beef Burger (26)

Chicago: Lockdown Bar & Grill - The Lockdown Warden (28)

Dallas: The Grape - Classic Cheeseburger (26)

Denver: Highland Tap & Burger: Shroom Luva's (26)

Houston: Kenny & Ziggy's - In Queso Emergency (26)

Los Angeles: In-N-Out - Double-Double (23)

Miami: db Bistro Moderne  - The Original db Burger (28)

New York: Peter Luger - Luger-Burger (24)

Philadelphia: Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille - Nick’s Bacon Burger (26)

San Diego: Carnitas' Snack Shack - Snack Shack Burger (26)

San Francisco: Nopa - Grass Fed Hamburger (24)

Seattle: Palace Kitchen - Palace Burger Royale (28)

Toronto: The Rude Boy - The Natural (27)

Washington: Le Diplomate - Burger Americain (26)

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