Everybody likes a good revolution and the (hopefully) ensuing independence. What better way to celebrate the U.S. on July 4th than with a good burger. They ARE available in The Big Taco at the following places.
This old Polanco warhorse has been in business for decades, so they should know what they’re doing. “Reminiscent of Mexico’s yesteryear”, their menu proudly proclaims in English although somehow I doubt that anywhere in Mexico’s past existed a burger house. They do try hard to please. There are 43 different combinations of burgers on the menu including such odd offerings as The Hula Burger Hawaiana (pineapple), The Russian Burger (Russian dressing) and the mysteriously named ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ (filled with paté and olives sautéed in butter). The fries are flavorful and a myriad of condiments are set before you, as is a copious salad bar which is included in the price of lunch.
Ejercito Nacional 840 Between Séneca & Moliere, Polanco
This is the capital’s only US style diner – or better said, a contrived approximation of one. It is many expat’s first choice for burgers, which are offered in myriad variations; they also do good milkshakes. Evenings it becomes a bar/hang-out and in the “wee small hours,” a post-disco re-fueling stop.
Nuevo León 4, Condesa Tel. 5211-9480 / 5286-1636
Open Tuesday-Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
All in the Family:
Perhaps the best burgers of all are done at these familiarly related Mexican venues:
Michoacan 168, corner of Mazatlan, Condesa
Av. Alvaro Obregón 110, at Orizaba
Paseo de las Palmas 530, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec
Padrinos Isabel la Católica 30, inside the Hotel Downtown, centro
*A special thanks the Mr. M. Parker for the Ann Miller inspiration.