Meet the New 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit: A Fierce SUV for LEOs

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit

Dodge has created another toy for the boys and girls in blue, the new Dodge Durango Pursuit. But just as fun as it is to drive the new SUV, it’s also a very helpful tool that helps law enforcement officers (LEOs) do their job and stay safe. Here’s a look at the new Durango Pursuit and the Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dependability, quick acceleration, technology, and most importantly, safety, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is a nice set of wheels. Outfitted with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the standard version of the Dodge Charger Pursuit cranks out 292 horsepower and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg. If the squad wishes to go up a level, the Charger Pursuit is also available with a larger 5.7-liter V8 engine, able to produce a best-in-class 370 horsepower.

In addition, some high-grade hardware has been integrated to make the Pursuit durable, agile, and powerful. Among the Charger Pursuit’s performance features are a performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, 14.5-inch front and 13.8-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package, 18-inch performance tires and two-mode electronic stability control (ESC).

There’s also some nifty tech. Surprise, surprise. The Dodge Charger Pursuit has a 12.1-inch touchscreen connected to Uconnect 12.1, a user-friendly built-in computer system that has been integrated with advanced law enforcement systems. The specialized UConnect system allows officers to efficiently respond to calls, share their location, and navigate the roads with access to the most-up-to-date information.

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2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger Teased

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Teased

Dodge’s heritage is one of those things that will always make Dodge vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger unmistakable from the other muscle cars in the market. With 2018 heading into the summer, that means vehicles for the 2019 model year will start to make their appearances. With that comes the teasing and debuts of many concepts and changes for some of our favorites. Most recently is the tease Dodge gave us about the new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

From what one can see in the image below, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be getting a new retro dual-snorkel hood scoop inspired by classic Mopar designs to pay tribute to its heritage way back when the Dodge Challenger first began. The first Dodge Challenger made its introduction in 1970. It was the first-generation Dodge Challenger that also introduced the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, along with the R/T (Road/Track) trim. Both of these vehicles were made for racing on the strip or driving in the streets – sound familiar?

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Teased Hood

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Dodge Durango Named Fastest SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Durango Fastest for Money

When did super-powered SUVs and crossovers become the next big thing in the auto industry? There’s the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. They’re all powerful vehicles with amazing racing times, but the cost for any of them will set a consumer back. The MSRP for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is around $86,000. So when it comes to an SUV that’s fast and affordable, U.S. News & World Report put the masses to rest and named the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T on their list for the “Fastest Cars for the Money in 2018.”

When it comes to finding a car with heart-pounding performance, it’s easy. As we already noted, there are plenty of options. Finding a vehicle with performance that gets the adrenaline going but won’t break the bank is a little more difficult. When it comes to the exciting vehicles that consumers love to race, it may seem like having a fat wallet is the only way to go. Luckily, there are actually a number of available vehicles that blend an affordable price tag with plenty of power, nimble handling, and fun-to-drive attitudes. It’s not just limited to sports cars and muscle cars either – SUVs and crossovers have fun too.

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The Perfect Road Trip Vehicle is a Dodge Durango

Aventura CJDR 2018 Dodge Durango

Spring is here, Summer is already barreling down on us with that South Florida heat, and those of you who are still in school, classes are coming to an end soon enough. Once school’s out for summer, that means it’s time for a family vacation, and what better way than to take a long trip for some sight-seeing and making new memories? Even better, why leave home when you can take a piece of it with you by ditching the airfare and taking a road trip to the next vacation spot? With SUVs and Crossovers like the 2018 Dodge Durango, there’s plenty of space, power, and entertainment.

Interior Space

Not just for cargo, the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat up to five or seven passengers. Coming standard with a second-row 60/40 split bench seat, smaller families can can fit a lot of cargo in the back of the vehicle and not feel crowded. If looking for a little more comfort, triple-zone automatic a/c control comes standard and leather upholstery options begin with the Dodge Durango GT trim. When it comes to carrying more cargo, that 60/40 split-bench comes in handy when space is only needed for two passengers, because when the second-row seat is folded down there is 84.5 cubic-feet of space for cargo.

Is this a bigger family expedition? By opting in for the third-row seating group (only possible for the SXT and SXT Plus trims), the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat seven people. If the family is still small and you just have kids who require a little more personal space when sitting next to each other for long periods of time, consumers can opt-in for second-row captain chairs instead of a bench seat on all 2018 Dodge Durango trims except the base (SXT). Changing to captain chairs will limit the seating capacity to four in all trims where the option is possible though, so keep that in mind too.

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A Closer Look at the Uconnect Systems and Features

Miami Lakes uConnect Features Theatre

Ever hear of Uconnect? For those unaware, it’s the brand name of the infotainment system used by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). That means every Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram truck, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and, of course, Fiat vehicle can come equipped with Uconnect, depending on the trim and options and/or packages chosen by the consumer. If you never heard of an infotainment system before, it’s a technological combination of one’s stereo system and numerous apps and services that connect the driver to their car and third-party networks. So let’s talk about Uconnect and what it does.

What’s the Deal with Uconnect?

Depending on the type of Uconnect system a car has, Uconnect can include anything from working the stereo to music and games, as well as traffic reports and even car data. There are multiple versions of Uconnect denoted by a number, but in reality, there are only two versions of Uconnect out now. The previous generation and the next-generation Uconnect 4. Past versions of Uconnect one may see include Uconnect 5.0 and Uconnect 8.4, and it is actually the same version of Uconnect (possibly with additional functions) on a different screen size, i.e. five inches or 8.4 inches.

“Uconnect is the feature-packed navigation, entertainment, and communication system that lets drivers live their lives, connected. The award-winning system takes a bunch of great features and drops them into an elegant and customizable 8.4-inch touchscreen.” –

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Is A Lot of Horsepower All That Necessary?


With performance cars as powerful and fast as the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, sometimes people ask us if all that speed really necessary or if all that horsepower really is worth it? Does someone really need all of that power to have a good time? It may be fun on the speedway, but who really needs 707 horsepower to hit the road and have a good time? Sure, there’s a bit of an adrenaline rush, and the feeling of hitting a g-force or two will be one to remember, but is it any better than hopping in a sporty sedan and cruising down the highway?

Someone looking for speed, should look for no other vehicle other than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Powered by a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Demon® engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with 97 new parts integrated into the engine, including a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, new pistons, a new steel camshaft, and a new valvetrain, to read a maximum output of 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, and covers a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at a a max speed of 140.09 mph. Unless visiting the local speedways in Miami often, then what’s the point? It’ll be tough to enjoy all of that horsepower without getting pulled over every couple of minutes.

There’s other Dodge vehicles that are great to get, like the Dodge Charger. One doesn’t need to go too high with it. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting MSRP of $39,995 and is powered by a 392 V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS engine, with an output of half the horsepower (485hp) and is still very fun to drive. Plus, with the Scat Pack Dynamics Package by Dodge and the Hellcat Drag Pack, if speed is really the reason to buy a car, may as well try to do it on a budget with Hellcat style and a boost of power. Your insurance bill will thank you.

The Chevrolet Corvette is known for its speed and prowess, but let’s go a little smaller. Take the Chevy Camaro. Also known for speed and power, but the base trim (1LS) starts at $26,900. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter SIDI engine with variable valve timing, it only has an output of 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. With all the packages and options offered, anyone can make their Camaro look like the high-tier top of the line without breaking the sound barrier.

Other automakers make great vehicles that are fun to drive without break 100 units of horsepower. Mitsubishi Motors has a fun little hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, only able to generate a maximum of 78 horsepower, powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC three-cylinder engine. Due to the low horsepower, not only will insurance get cheaper, but so will the weekly visit to the gas station. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway.

If looking to break at least 100 units of horsepower, Kia Motors is another automaker that makes great cars without breaking the bank or the speed limit. The 2018 Kia Optima is spacious, stylish, and fun to drive. With options like a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 185 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 245 horsepower.

Of course, is looking for that muscle car style while keeping the safety of a sports sedan, then the new 2018 Kia Stinger is the way to go. Dressed up like a coupe, able to generate up to 365 horsepower when powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, this is the vehicle revolutionizing the auto industry. Winning awards from AutoGuide, Roadshow by CNET, and other big names have announced awards for the 2018 Kia Stinger. With a starting MSRP of $31,000*, it’s a great vehicle to get while keeping the pocketbook in check and the tires from melting.

According to, the average horsepower most drivers want is 300hp. It’s enough to have fun without burning through too much fuel or cash. But what do you think? Is more really better? Whatever your fancy, we have Dodge, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, and Kia all at Miami Lakes Automall.


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Similarities + Differences Between Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger


Just like some people have a hard time being able to tell twins apart from one another, some people have a hard time distinguishing the Dodge Challenger from a Dodge Charger, but just like twins, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger both have their own unique qualities, but they also have a lot in common, too. If you are one of the people that just can’t seem to ever remember which Dodge muscle car you see whizzing past you, here are a couple similarities and differences between the two.

Size + Doors

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are very similar in size and they are both five passenger vehicles. The Dodge Charger is just over 198 inches and the Dodge Challenger is a hair under 198 inches, however, the Dodge Charger has four doors and the Dodge Challenger has two doors.

Exterior Design

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger have pretty different exterior designs, but one thing that’s for sure is they both have an aggressive look that lets people know they are muscle cars without ever hearing the sound of the engine. Specifically speaking though, the Dodge Challenger has a more of a traditional muscle car look and the Dodge Charger has a more modern look.

From the front to the back, the Dodge Challenger is designed to look like a blocky, widebody muscle car. Just like the original designs of the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Challenger has a front grille, headlights and taillights that stretch the entire width of the vehicle.Just like the original Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Challenger has four round headlights and the taillights are two long rectangles that are separated in the middle of the vehicle by “DODGE.”

Additionally, Dodge took the Challenger’s traditional muscle car look a bit further for the 2018 model year. Instead of just making the Challenger look like a widebody muscle car with its blocky design, wide grille and wide tail lights, Dodge actually made two widebody Challenger models. The new Challenger models that have the wider stance are the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Challenger SRT Demon, and they both have fender flares that are 3.5 inches wider than non-widebody Challenger models.

In comparison to the Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Charger has a curvier front end and the headlights aren’t round, there are only two instead of four, and they don’t look like they are embedded into the grille like they do on the Challenger. In the rear, the Charger has a long strip of tail lights, which is a trait of the original Dodge Charger models.


Up until the 2018 model year, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger had identical engine lineups. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger were both available with the same four engines, the 3.6L V6 engine, 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, 6.4L HEMI V8 engine and the supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine. However, in 2018 a new engine was added to the Dodge Challenger lineup, and it is the most powerful engine Dodge has ever made. The new engine is the supercharged 6.2L HEMI Demon V8 engine and it produces a record-breaking 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.


Starting in 2017, the Challenger and Charger were both offered with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Previous to 2017, AWD was only an available option on the Charger, so that gave the Charger a bit of an edge over the Challenger for consumers living in places that experience ice and snow, but now customers can get the same handling with either model.

Shaker Hood

If you ever see a modern-day Dodge muscle car and it has a “thing” sticking out of the middle of the hood, that is a shaker, and the model you are looking at is a Dodge Challenger. A shaker is a air intake that is mounted on the top of the hood, and it is only available on the Dodge Challenger.

You can come take a look at the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger at Miami Lakes Automall. Once you see both vehicles up close, you’ll be able to figure out which one you want to take home.


2018 Dodge Challenger Engine Guide


Dodge and SRT have worked really hard to make the Dodge Challenger THE muscle car to get, and all of that hard work has resulted in the most powerful muscle car model lineup, as well as the most diverse lineup. The 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup is made up of 16 trims and five different engine options — that’s a lot more than the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang combined! While all of those options give consumers a lot more options and ways to get exactly what they want, all of those options can also make the shopping process a little confusing, at first. So we’re here to take a closer look at the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup.

Power and Performance

There is one major decision consumers need to make before buying any muscle car – do I want a muscle car for the look or do I want the muscle car for power? All three muscle car manufacturers (Dodge, Chevy and Ford) make their muscle car models available with fairly standard engines as well as extremely powerful engines, and the difference between the standard and performance engines results in performance, practicality as well as overall cost. Consumers that want a muscle car that can double as a daily driver and something to have fun in, will likely want to go for a model with a more standard engine, while consumers that want to go fast and cruise around town on the weekends will want one a model with a performance engine. However, Dodge offers three different levels of daily drivers and performance cars, which is not available on the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro lineup.

2018 Daily Drivers

There are plenty of options for buyers that don’t want a high performance model, which is a Challenger equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. Furthermore, the Challenger is the only muscle car that is available with all-wheel-drive, so it is a great daily driver even for those that live in places that experience snow and ice.

3.6L V6 Engine

Dodge Challenger SXT x Dodge Challenger SXT Plus x Dodge Challenger GT AWD

The 3.6L engine produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is an excellent amount of power for traveling on the highway or in the city. The 3.6L engine makes the Dodge Challenger a great daily driver because it is powerful, but not so powerful that the Challenger is a gas guzzler. When equipped with a 3.6L engine, the Challenger averages 30 mpg on the highway, which is excellent.

Since Dodge intended the Challenger trims equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine to be more practical daily driver options, they come standard with an automatic transmission, which is not a standard option on the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro.

5.7L HEMI V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger R/T x Dodge Challenger R/T Plus x Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A x Dodge Challenger R/T Plus Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A Plus

The other engine that makes the Challenger a practical daily driver is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine increases the Dodge Challenger’s horsepower to 375 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque, which definitely improves the Challenger’s acceleration and speed in comparison to the 3.6L engine, but its not an overwhelming amount of power. Dodge Challenger models equipped with a 5.7L engine average 25 mpg on the highway, which is great for such a powerful vehicle.

Dodge designed the Challenger trims that are equipped with the 5.7L engine to feel a little more like a muscle car than the trims that are equipped with the 3.6L engine, so these models come standard with a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, which makes drivers feel more in control of the vehicle, but the 8-speed automatic transmission is an available option.

In addition to the manual transmission, all of the Challenger trims that come standard with the 5.7L engine feature some type of unique design that pays tribute to the Challenger’s muscle car heritage. R/T stands for “Road/Track” and all of the Challenger R/T trims come with R/T badges, a badge that goes all the way back to 1970. Challenger Shaker models feature a shaker hood, which adds a vintage look to the Challenger, while also increasing performance. Finally, the 2018 Challenger T/A trims are inspired by the original Challenger T/A model created to compete in drag races in 1971 and they feature unique T/A badging and a couple extra special details.

2018 Performance Models

The 2018 Challenger lineup is more powerful than ever and it includes three different SRT performance engines, and two all-new Challenger performance models, which brings the entire Challenger performance lineup to a total of seven trims!

All of the Challenger trims that are equipped with a performance engine also have some high performance equipment. The performance equipment includes high-performance Brembo brakes, improved tires and wheels and SRT Performance Pages, which provides drivers with important car information as well as track times and driving performance.

6.4-liter HEMI V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack x Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker x Dodge Challenger T/A 392 x Dodge Challenger SRT 392

The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine was reintroduced to the Challenger lineup in 2011. 6.4 liters is the equivalent measurement of 392 cubic inches, and that is why many of the Challenger models that are equipped with the 6.4L engine have “392” in the trim name. The 6.4L engine produces 485 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and it gives Challenger models a 0-60 mph acceleration time in the low four-second range. Challenger trims equipped with the 6.4L engine come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but there is an option of the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat x Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Introduced in 2015 is the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, which produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Until the 2018 model year, the SRT Hellcat engine was only available on one Challenger trim, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, but a second trim, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, joined the lineup in 2018. The new widebody model features 3.5-inch wider fender flares, which provides more room for wider tires, and that means the vehicle has more grip on the road and can accelerate faster. The Challenger SRT Hellcat accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds, and the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds.

Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 Engine

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Introduced for the 2018 model year is the all-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its all-new supercharged 6.2L HEMI Demon V8 engine, which produces up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Though the Demon engine sounds similar to the SRT Hellcat model, it is actually quite different and significantly more powerful. Some of the engine features that make it possible for the SRT Demon to produce so much power include the Air Grabber, which is largest functional hood scoop of any production car, the TransBrake and the SRT Power Chiller.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, making it the most powerful and the fastest factory production car in the world.

Want to come see how all of these Dodge Challenger trims look in person? Come by Miami Lakes Dodge to see all of these 2018 Dodge Challenger models and trims and even take them for a test drive!


Dodge Expands HIP Colors, Adds New Shakedown Package + New Stripes


Dodge likes their vehicles to stick out, and whether that means with bold color choices, unique designs or powerful engines is up to the buyer. Not only is the 2018 model year the most powerful lineup of Dodge vehicles, but it is also one of the most unique looking thanks to the new HIP colors, the new Shakedown Package and the new stripes and interior package available on the Dodge Durango.

New Shakedown Package

In 2016 Dodge debuted a new set of stripes on an old school 1971 Dodge Challenger at SEMA, and the new stripe design is available to buyers with the addition of the new Shakedown Package available on Challenger Shaker models (Challenger R/T Shaker, Challenger R/T Plus Shaker and Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker). The special stripe design is only available on Challenger Shaker models because the stripe design actually accentuates the shaker by outlining the shaker, but only on one side of the shaker. And not only are the lines unlike traditional racing lines because they don’t only go down the center of the vehicle, but they are actually different thicknesses, which is not typical for racing stripes. The Shakedown Package also includes an improved Alpine speaker system as well as white face gauges on the instrument cluster. The MSRP of the new Shakedown Package is $995, and the package is available with any exterior color.

Dodge Durango’s New Stripes + Carbon Fiber Interior

Before Dodge announced the new Shakedown Package, Dodge announced new stripe options and a new interior option. The new stripe options are available on the Dodge Durango R/T and Durango SRT and they are dual-center stripes and buyers have the option of five different colors. The new interior option, the SRT Interior Appearance Group, is Dodge-Charger-shakedown-package-miami-lakes-automallonly available on the Dodge Durango SRT and it adds carbon fiber to the vehicle’s instrument panel and door bezels as well as a premium-wrapped instrument panel, a Dinamica soft-touch headliner and accent paint on speaker trim rings. The starting MSRP on the SRT Interior Appearance Group is $2,495.

HIP Colors

As Dodge enthusiasts may have expected, Dodge brought back some High Intensity Paint (HIP) colors, (HIP colors are a select group of bright and bold colors that originated back in 1969) to the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. The two new HIP colors, Plum Crazy and B5 Blue, join the other available HIP colors, TorRed and Go Mango, as well as several other bright hues. The two new HIP hues are available on all 2018 Charger models and on the Dodge Challenger, their availability is limited to the Dodge Challenger T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392.

Want to get a new vehicle that already has a custom look? Dodge makes it easy for owners to get a unique look. Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out our available Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Durango models. We have many of the unique looking models available right now, but if there is something you want that we don’t have, we can get it for you.


Hamburger House Party 2018

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party

After surveying burgers for the Hamburger House Party 2017, I just had to go check out this year’s event. The party took place on March 10, and oh man, was I stuffed. My name is Jordan, and I’m the same guy that played the part of food critic for burgers by reviewing several burger joints that were available at last year’s Hamburger House Party. Here’s a little recap from this year’s event.

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party Boss Burgers

The Party

Alright, so at the 2018 Hamburger House Party, there were 19 burger joints showing off their best burger. That’s a whole lot of burgers, but they were all miniature sliders, like the picture to the right. They definitely weren’t anything like the one below:

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party 2








That behemoth would put someone into a coma by the second burger patty. No, they were all small, and I prepared by fasting for 24 hours, so I was good to go. Now, I couldn’t try all 19. With unlimited beer and wine samples, I couldn’t do more than try nine burgers before I turned to dessert to wrap up the night. The sole dessert I tried was “Sweet Fix,” a brulee cake with rum creme and mango butter, by the “Bottoms Up” GastroPub and Tap House. They didn’t win, however – some empanada did.

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