Ladies cut their Macho Burger in half before devouring

During our recent trip to Texas, Mister M introduced me to a Mission City institution, Chris Madrid’s. Known for its mom-and-pop vibe, CM’s has a variety of specialty burgers, fresh cut French fries, nachos and chalupas. Succumbing to adamant recommendations by the nice lady behind the register and Mister M, I settled in on the Tostada burger, and Mister M on a Cheddar Cheezy burger. Our philosophy was go big or go home so of course, we “macho”-sized ours, which means we got the large, half-pound version.

Housed in an old gas station, Chris Madrid’s atmosphere has a wholesome feel complemented by lots of Texas beer signs and a huge patio and addition that indicates CM’s has grown over time to accommodate its unparalleled popularity. It’s a cool spot that lets you get a taste of the local San Antonio flavor.

Now, back to the burger. I confess that I’m a cheeseburger purist— I loathe bacon, fancy cheese or grilled mushrooms on my burger. I want the beef to shine. So I had guarded expectations about how the Macho Tostado burger, with its laundry list of Tex-Mex toppings, could really be that good.

I was wrong. The Tostada burger delivered to our table was a perfect bundle of ooey-gooey goodness. The eggy bun had a beautiful sheen to it. The half-pound patty, pounded thin, spilled out well beyond the bun and was topped with chopped onions, homemade refried beans, crushed tortilla chips, pico de gallo, and cheese for as far as the eye could see.

I cut it in half and dug in.

My world will never be the same. All other cheeseburgers will forever be measured against the Tostado Burger.

What  burger joint sets the standard for you?

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  1. Kristin on Thursday 31, 2011

    Holy delicious looking Batman! I am now craving cheeseburgers. Le sigh.

  2. Wendy Walker on Thursday 31, 2011

    Welcome to the club! I am spoiled forever and don’t even want to eat a burger unless its my fav, the cheddar cheesy @ Chris Madrid’s!!! :)

  3. Wendy Walker on Thursday 31, 2011

    Oh! Did I forget to mention their bean & cheese nachos? Yum!!! Try them next time you get to San Antonio! They are not your typical nachos.

  4. Zest Foodie on Thursday 31, 2011

    Wendy, I could really use bean and cheese nachos to get me out of my Monday blahs today! Thanks for reading ;)

  5. J-n-C on Thursday 31, 2011

    Welcome to SA. I hope you don’t get caught in the tourist trap know as downtown. Very good article about CM. I just hate the location.

  6. I on Thursday 31, 2011

    Omg I love this Place Its The Best Yumm Especialyy thier Nacho Burger I lOve Yhuee Chris Midrid Ahhhhhhhh