For our second month of Bold Bites, where we feature some amazingly badass local dishes, we chose to highlight Flying Iguana’s Huevos Rancheros Chorizo Burger — a dish that you won’t find anywhere else. We spoke with executive chef Joshua Agan to get all the juicy details on the dish. Be sure to check out even more awesome local grub on the Bold Bites Instagram page. Give them a follow and you’ll always be on the cutting edge of culinary delights in the 904. Dig in.
Favorite part about it:
I think the burger itself really stands on its own, however the flavors and textures come into harmony when eaten in combination with the other components. The crunch from the tortillas, the creaminess of the avocado and refritos, and the richness of the egg, combine with the spices in the burger and the tangy salsa to create the total experience.
Where the ingredients come from:
What makes the burger itself so good is the quality of the meat. We use 100 percent Certified Angus Beef hanger steak, which is ground in house. It might as well be called the steak burger! All of the spices used in the burger come to us fresh and in whole form from Blue Buddha Exotic Foods. We toast and grind them fresh, which takes the burger to another level. The salsa is made from dried chile de arbol and fresh tomatillos from Mexico. The refritos are homemade (NEVER from a can!) from Peruvian canary beans, which are pressure cooked to maximize creaminess. We top it all off with fresh avocado, handmade pico de gallo, and a cooked-to-order sunnyside egg!
Clearly the hand-crafted burger craze is in full swing in Jacksonville right now. When you’re a taqueria serving a burger (and across the street from M Shack), you better do something pretty special to it to set it above the rest! Each week, we do a different set for the chorizo burger. Eggs are obviously a popular burger topping these days, so the inspiration for the huevos rancheros chorizo burger was just a matter of putting 1 and 2 together. The best part of my job as a chef is taking a recognizable classic dish and placing a modern twist on it.
Importance of unique and creative foods:
There are so many chain restaurants out there doing the same thing over and over with mediocre ingredients and a lack of proper technique. While creativity is frequently abused just for the sake of being different, it’s important for chefs to practice restraint, and use proper techniques and quality ingredients in their pursuit of originality. Without ingenuity and creativity, dining out would truly just be a means of fueling our bodies. Personally, I believe when a chef stops being creative and original, they should “pack their knives and go.”
The description for the Huevos Rancheros Chorizo Burger: sunnyside egg, crispy flour tortillas, fresh avocado, refritos, pico de gallo, and arbol-tomatillo salsa. Served with fries, it’s $11.