Someone please tell me: Is there a good burger in this city? The two burger places that are frequently recommended to us are Longhorn Cafe (previously reviewed) and Chris Madrid’s. I am not the biggest fan of either, but Chris Madrid’s is definitely my less favorite of the two. However, judging by the crowd at this place, I am definitely in the minority. Chris Madrid’s is, I am told, a San Antonio institution. I can’t figure out why. To be fair, J does really like this place, but I have a feeling it’s because it reminds him of his old college days.
We went in on a Saturday afternoon around 3 pm, and it was a zoo with pretty much every table packed with people young to old. I thought this was a good sign.. any place this packed must be good right? We made our way back to the line which had about 10 people in it, plus a cluster of people waiting around to pick up their orders. The menu is pretty short with a few different kinds of burgers, fries, chalupas and nachos. I went with the regular cheeseburger with American cheese and J ordered the Porky’s Delight which had bacon and cheddar cheese. J had a mango margarita as well, but I stuck with lemonade (it’s not homemade, just the Minute Maid stuff from the soda fountain)
We were given a buzzer and we found the one table in the whole establishment that seemed to be open. It only took a few minutes before our buzzer went off and J went to pickup burgers.
J ate all of his, but I could only eat about half. It was mostly bread and cheese. The burger patty was so thin I could barely taste it, and like Longhorn, the bun had a greasy sheen to it. As far as burgers go, it was very “meh.” The fries were just okay as well.
J has a fondness for this place because when he was in undergrad here in San Antonio, this was a place that he and his friends frequented, so he is loves this place. I say, these burgers aren’t worth the drive for us (about 15 min). I miss Barnaby’s in Houston… BEST burgers ever. Thick, juicy and all natural, hormone free beef! I’ll keep looking for a good burger here in San Antonio.
Full disclosure, this is my rating because J thinks this place is awesome.
Dingy restaurant, so-so burgers, disappointment all around.
1900 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78212-2617