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2015 Food Network Burger Bash Champs
- Best Fries in South Florida 2011 by Local 10
- Best Specialty Burger 2011 - Burgies Award
- Best Hotdog in Miami 2013 - Miami New Times
- Best Burger in SFL 2013 - Burgers and Beers
- Best Specialty Burger 2012 - Burgies Award
- Best Specialty Burger 2013 - Burgies Award
Pinchos, or grilled meat kebobs, were the culinary specialty of Otto Othman’s mom, while his cousin Nedal Ahmad was the Miami family’s official burger chef. While consuming both foods at a Fourth of July barbecue, Othman, Ahmad, and the latter’s brother, Nizar Ahmad, began kicking around an idea that would eventually become Pincho Factory.
Jonathan Vilma, a longtime fan of the Pincho Factory brand. The former NFL star and Coral Gables native has signed a five-store deal for new franchise locations in Aventura, Miami Beach, Midtown Miami, and Fort Lauderdale and Brickell. Exact sites have not been released.
About six years ago, Nedal Ahmad and Othman were grilling at a family barbecue. They decided that Nedal’s tasty burgers (a family favorite) and Othman’s delicious meat and vegetable kebabs, based on his mother’s recipe, could be the starting point for a restaurant enterprise.
As more and more chefs embrace the world of fast-casual cuisine, it begs the question, which chain will become the next Shake Shack? We attempted to answer this question in our first-ever Fast-Casual Chains Survey. We looked at the very best counter-service-only restaurants in cities all over the U.S. that had between two and 50 locations nationally. And we’re focusing in on spots where you can get a full meal, not just coffee, juice or dessert. Here are the No. 1 hottest spots in 14 locales around the U.S. as determined by you.
First-time winner Pincho Factory, a Miami-based restaurant, scored this year’s People’s trophy, as guests spoke loud and clear that its Croquetesa (pictured above), featuring a three-meat patty blend, plus gooey Swiss, mustard and mayo toppings, was the best of the Bash.
The Fastcasual.com Top 100 Awards Dinner took place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Chicago. The Pincho partners were in attendance to represent the brand as they were recognized for their growth and accomplishments. The brand was awarded 11th place among the top 100 fast casual concepts in the nation. “To be ranked 11th amongst the likes of ShakeShack, Blaze Pizza and many other high profile brands with hundreds of stores nationwide is definitely a sign where our brand is headed,” says Othman.
Could Miami’s Pincho Factory become the next Chipotle? Co-founders Otto Othman and Nedal Ahmad say their South Florida-born concept is nearly neck-and-neck with the famous fast-casual’s revenue per square foot. The founders told the South Florida Business Journal that their stores rake in $807 a square foot — close to about $850 for Chipotle, which is ranked among the most profitable publicly traded companies.
Chef Nedal has flipped quite a few patties. He did it for Rachael Ray at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, on the Today Show for Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe, and for George Motz’s Burger Land on the Travel Channel. To my taste, the Pincho outshines all those sandwiches that helped make the place famous, a dense brioche bun layered with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a house-made secret pink “flamingo” sauce.