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Sandwich of the Week: Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US

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The burger, America's quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at 24-hour-roadside joints and ephemeral late-night burgers sold out in mere minutes; burgers grilled in hundred-year-old cast-iron broilers and burgers steamed in state-of-the-art ovens; burgers crafted from Kobe beef imported from Japan and burgers made with Black Angus beef from just down the road. It's clearly a great time to love the burger. Here, we've singled out the 25 best burgers around the country.

Click here for Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Slideshow.

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The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.


The 12 Best Bites from the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

We're back from the beach, now in New York City instead of walking around the seaside tents and tasting all manner of Italian bites, juicy burgers and smoky meat that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival had to offer last weekend. Though the Festival's landmark 15th year may have officially ended with Sunday night's Lucky Chopsticks event, showcasing Asian-inspired eats, we'd still like to daydream about the days and nights we spent digging into fried bologna, burgers dripping with cheese sauce and thick-cut bacon. Join us as we look back on these and more of our most-memorable savory and sweet selects from a jam-packed weekend.

We want to emphasize: This isn't the bologna sandwich you ate in your school's cafeteria in fourth grade. The folks at Joe's Stone Crab, a culinary institution in Miami Beach, made their own bologna for Meatopia and sandwiched it between toasted bread with a smear of pimento cheese — and served it with popcorn and an Adult Capri Sun, aka a lemon-rum cocktail in a portable pouch. Now that's our kind of juice box.

Bacon is good, yes. But homemade bacon is better. And slabs of it, instead of the usual strips, are even more craveworthy than that. At Meatopia, Miami Beach's Quality Meats topped its bacon with peanut butter and jelly — a jalapeno-laced jelly, that is. What resulted was a sweet, savory, creamy and crispy combo that was enough to leave us wanting more.

It just so happened that in a sea of pastas, meatballs and pizza, the first dish we tasted at Thursday night's Italian Bites on the Beach happened to be one of the most-unforgettable of the weekend. The team from San Francisco's SPQR served shrunken gnocchi with Bolognese, but there was no traditional tomato base in this silky sauce. Immediately after finishing our first plate we knew we'd be coming back for more — and we did, grabbing a second helping before the night ended.

Veal Breast, Agnolotti with Truffled Leeks and Sughetto

Smoothness. That was the name of the sauce game at the Dolce Italian Booth at Italian Bites on the Beach. This local Miami Beach eatery finished each plate of pasta purses with a drizzle of richly savory Roasted Veal Jus that not only added flavor but a velvety texture as well.

There was no shortage of next-level oyster preparations at Friday night's Oyster Bash, from smoky grilled half-shells to golden fried nuggets. But perhaps our favorite was the one that required no preparation at all. The raw beauties, shucked right before our eyes, were crisp, clean and briny, and when topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, they were ideal for easy slurping.

Cheese. Sauce. There was a lot of it on this between-the-bun creation from Miami Beach's Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau, and we're happy about that. At Burger Bash, they featured this gooey American cheese-based sauce on top of a moist patty stacked with crispy bacon for even more decadence.

Popsicles — I mean, how special can they be, right? Wrong. These frozen treats from Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith proved to be next-level inventive. Not only did she freeze them in what she called "a traditional Thai Popsicle maker,” pictured above, but she also opted for anything-but-ordinary flavors. We picked the pineapple-based flavor scented with Thai basil and lemongrass, and it was just the refreshing bite we craved.

Like Goldsmith, Duff Goldman, too, brought pops to his Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, but his weren't frozen. Built inside individual canisters, Duff's Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops weren't just a novelty to look at they boasted smooth, tangy flavors that complemented each other well. We were especially excited about the crumble on top, as it offered a welcome bite of texture to the dessert.