Jake’s Wayback Burgers just might be hamburger heaven. Poinciana burger restaurant could be first of several in Central Florida
By Peter Covino
The quest for the best burger in Osceola County has ended.
Not that I was on some kind of personal mission, but this week I dined in what is the county’s newest hamburger restaurant, and quite possibly the best.
Jake’s Wayback Burgers opened in Poinciana a few weeks ago, and despite a minimal amount of advertising, this place is really jamming, especially at lunchtime.
The line, while not out the door, was pretty constant at this gourmet hamburger shop, located at 1044 Cypress Parkway.
“It has been like this every day,” said general manager Moises Rivera, of the crowd, lining up for one the restaurant’s signature burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.
I sampled three of the burgers off the menu, as well some of the milkshakes and their Irish Nachos and cheese fries and, well, let’s just say Wayback Burgers is not like those big chains featuring a clown and a royal figurehead.
You will pay more for one of those signature burgers — the Double Bacon Jake (2 patties, 4 slices of bacon, American cheese and an assortment of Jake’s toppings) is $7.29, but it is quite the mouthful.
All of the burgers are made from fresh, Angus beef, which means a trip to Jake’s will make it hard to go back to one of the mega-chains for that hamburger fix.
I also tried the Burger of the Month which is the Patty Melt (2 patties, a buttered bun, with fried onions, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing) and it too was full of flavor.
The third sampling actually wasn’t a burger, but the Buffalo Bleu Crispy Chicken ($6.19). If beef isn’t on your diet, this meaty portion of white chicken, should put a smile on your face. The spicy chicken sandwich comes with lettuce, tomato and Buffalo bleu sauce.
If you want something other than the traditional fries and onion rings, try the Irish Nachos ($4.99). This is a meal onto itself, so it is big enough to share for two or three people. The nachos include their house made chips (quite tasty) with homestyle chili, cheddar jack cheese, jalapenos and onions. The potato chips (kettle style) can be purchased separately for $1.99.
The milkshakes at Jake’s Wayback are very much like what you used to find at the corner soda shop (if your memory goes back that far). There are 12 flavors to choose from, not including the flavor of the month, which is Oreo mint in March. The Oreo mint shake was indeed minty, with lots of Oreo cookie bits. Tasty.
A regular milkshake is $3.99, junior size is $2.79. You can also add malt to give it a real “throwback” taste.
For the very daring, try the Triple Triple Burger. This is one of those for the not feint of heart or stomach specialties. The huge concoction features 9 beef patties, layers of buns, lettuce and tomatoes. Cows must panic at the size of this thing. If you dare, you will even get your photo place on the Jake’s Wayback Poinciana Facebook page, with your giant burger. The mega burger costs $14.99, but it will easily serve three adults if carved up properly.
There are actually other things on the menu besides burgers at Wayback. There is a turkey burger club and Very Veggie burger, as well as signature hot dogs, all made with all-beef. Salad offerings include a chicken Caesar salad and garden salad, and yes, there is a kids option of junior cheese burger, grilled cheese, chicken tenders or hot dogs.
Other drink options include the standard fountain drinks as well as beer on tap.
If you don’t want to dine in, ordering online is a really good option (waybackburgers.com). There is a drive-up window for online ordering only, so you don’t even have to get out of the car.
While the lines are already long, Jake’s Wayback Burgers hasn’t even had its official grand opening yet, said Rivera.
Right now, the big opening, with a ribbon-cutting, a contest and more, is scheduled for May 16-17. There will be more details on the Facebook page as the opening gets closer.
Jake’s Wayback Burgers began in Newark, Del. at just one location. The chain has expanded with many restaurants, most located in the Northeast, but there are now five locations in Florida, but the Poinciana restaurant is the only Central Florida location.
But more are planned, said Rivera.
The Poinciana franchise is owned by father and son area residents Robert and Emaus Santiago.
“Burger lovers in Poinciana are in for a real treat,” said Santiago in a release from the company. “We are thrilled to be bringing a Jake’s Wayback Burgers to the community and hope to open several more locations in Florida in the coming years.”
Food & Wine
It’s a relative newcomer compared to other food events in Central Florida, but the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic has already become a major player when it comes to outstanding food and wine.
The event will return for its fifth year, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Epcot Resort Area Hotel.
The outdoor festival will include food and beverage seminars, food and wine tastings and live music. Seminars will be led by the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts, while the hotel’s award-winning restaurants will showcase signature culinary selections to pair with tastings from more than 30 wineries.
Celebrity Chef Todd English will be in attendance to meet and greet with guests. English is a renowned restaurateur who has gained national acclaim through his line of restaurants and cookbooks, and other food-related enterprises. Todd English’s bluezoo is located in the hotel and features fresh seafood in a vibrant atmosphere.
With 17 restaurants and lounges, and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.
Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are currently available as part of a hotel package or individually. For more information or to book, visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.
It’s dinner and a movie month at participating Boston Markets. Throughout the month of March, participating Boston Markets will be holding blood drives and providing donors with a free dinner, complete with two sides and a drink. Plus, all donors will also receive a free voucher for a movie ticket. For more information about the Boston Market blood drives, including dates and locations visit oneblood.org/bostonmarket.