1900 Mexican Grill

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When we go out for an official burger review, we usually bring our equipment: tape measure, scale, proton pack, etc. But we don’t just stick to our quest to eat every burger in Charlotte when we go out for reviews. Sometimes we want to write a quick review of a burger that we just happened upon. We call these Short Orders.

Location: 1523 Elizabeth Ave  28204

What type of person orders a burger at a Mexican Restaurant?

No self-respecting person, I can tell you that. Obviously, that didn’t preclude me from getting one. I love 1900 Mexican Grill. I don’t always eat Mexican, but when I do that’s where I go 1.

Since I do go there all the time, I couldn’t help but notice that they have a “Mexican Burger” on the menu. Typically, I figure this would be something for a child who was too fussy to try anything that wasn’t “safe.” But, it wasn’t on the kid’s menu. And it was $8. I wouldn’t spend that much for my kid to eat 2. I figured there must be something interesting about it.

Plus, our stated goal says we want to try burgers “everywhere.” Everywhere includes Mexican restaurants. I guess that includes prisons too, and I’m sure we’ll get to that eventually. But let’s not get too crazy yet.

What do you usually get at 1900?

Almost always, I get the Tacos de Carne Asada. However, I have at least tried a few other things. Such as the Fajitas. And the Tacos de Pollo Asada. On the other hand, Angus has only ordered one thing from this place in the last three years. The Tacos Fundidos with steak. Clearly, when burgers aren’t the focus of the menu we can sometimes create a pattern for ourselves.

What was the reaction by the waiter when you ordered a burger?

To his credit, he waited until he got to the kitchen to laugh and make fun of me.

I will say this, it did take much longer than normal for it to come out. We joked that they didn’t actually have any of the items in the kitchen to make a burger. Probably no one ever orders one. They had to run to Trader Joes to get the ingredients.

But, the wait increased my curiosity about what was coming out. And then, when I saw it on the tray, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the biggest burger that I’ve had since we started this website.

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Exactly how large is that burger?

Actually, I don’t know. This is a short order review, and we didn’t have our equipment with us. After getting the burger, I really wish that I had carried an extra scale in the car. It wasn’t as tall as the biggest burger we’ve measured, at Al Mike’s, but it was far wider. Honestly, it looked like the type of burger you would eat on a challenge. I felt like if I finished it I should have my picture on the wall and get a t-shirt.

How was the burger?

It was better than it had any right to be, considering you should be eating Mexican food while you’re here. The bread was a thick hoagie roll, that was different from most hamburger rolls. I’m not sure if I liked it, but it was fine. The beef was alright, a little well done, but honestly the meat in their other dishes is better. I wish they had put sour cream on the burger instead of the mayo, and maybe salsa instead of tomatoes. It would have made the burger more Mexicany 3.

Did you finish it?

No, I wasn’t prepared for  this. If I had known that it would be the size of a Frisbee, I wouldn’t have eaten all day in preparation. I left about half of it on my plate. It was embarrassing, honestly.

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What was your favorite non-food thing about 1900?

It’s a toss up. I loved the painting that showed the Spanish words for various items (although, I think there’s a different word for Television than La Muerte. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think la muerte means death. DOES 1900 MEXICAN GRILL HATE TV?)

But I also loved the Mexican Wrestling masks on the wall (or, Lucha Libre masks).

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What would your Lucha Libre name be?

There’s no way I would ever wrestle someone, and certainly not if I had to wear a mask. I would need every bit of my peripheral vision, mostly so someone doesn’t sneak up on me as I’m running away. Angus is much more likely to be a lucha libre (he’s half Mexican, and he’s actually been in a fight before), so I asked him what he would be. His answer was: “Chili Misterioso.”

Burger Rating: 2.5

But, I wouldn’t expect a gourmet burger at a Mexican restaurant. Not that it’s not possible, just that it’s out of left field.

Signed,

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Notes:

  1. My apologies. I know that’s a tired joke. I do love those commercials.
  2. Note: I don’t have kids.
  3. That’s a word, right?