Los Verdes’ Colombian Hamburger: Quail Eggs, Pineapple, and Potato Chips on Top

By Carina Ost Of all the Los Verdes locations in South Florida, we ended up at the one in Miami Lakes next to a head shop. Walking into Los Verdes, the Miami-based chain specializing in fast food with a Colombian flair, we instantly felt like we were in a dorm room equipped with IKEA tables, plastic poufs, large booths, and flat-screen TV sets. We weren’t sure if we were in the right place — it could have easily been the Smoke N Toke next door. As we began digging into the menu, it also read like it could be a tokers’ dream. We settled on the carne hamburger ($8.49), topped with mozzarella, bacon, smashed potato chips, coleslaw, and a variety of sauces (including pink, pineapple, and other special Los Verdes salsas) and served with fries. To add even more variety to these delicious toppings, we ordered three quail eggs for $2 extra. When our burger came, we knew we had just been served something special: a truly deconstructed picnic. In lieu of a red and white picnic blanket, a checkered green and white sheet of paper held our meal. The sauces went beyond those in simple red and yellow squeeze bottles. We lifted the bun and applied a combination of pineapple, pink (thousand island), and spicy green sauce. We then re-covered our burger and got ready for our first bite. Whoa, there was a lot going on. All of a sudden, all the ingredients became one. The coleslaw played beef patty cake with the strips of bacon, and the thick layer of partially melted cheese and the crumbled potato...

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