The definition of critical mass: Chris Madrid's? I had forgotten how wildly popular this place is as I had not been in a couple of years. Indicators: the few available spaces in the parking lot, scant empty seating in a sea of tables, and an ordering queue long enough to require a roving order taker to help reduce the long line.
I was also surprised to receive a pager versus the old order's ready notification process where you could barely hear your name screamed out over the 90 decibel din of the raucous crowd of burger swillers. We both ordered the Cheddar Cheezy, but I decided to try the macho this time as I had always thought it would probably be too big. But I was ready for a big burger having had no breakfast and as it was 2:00 in the afernoon. Managed to find a table that was just being vacated by a family of 50 (just looked that way) and hoovered over a couple of spots until it was cleaned.
Pager buzzed and I picked up our order. For a moment I could'nt figure out what this 10" diameter avalanche of cheese with a bun on top was! For a cheese lover, this burger version is tantamount to a lb. of Godiva for a chocoholic. Yet too much cheese?! Not on your life!!! The only problem was trying to figure out how to pick this thing up.as the meat and cheese exceeded the rim of the bun by a couple of inches! Got my face down as close to the table as I could and shoved it in. Never had a cheese moustache before. My wife was ready to move to another table leaving my heathen consumption method behind.
I finally managed to fold the overlapping burger meat and cheese onto the bun and proceeded with a normal two-handed burger decimation grip. Finished the whole cheesy overload, 25 napkin wiping, WImpy (from Popeye cartoons) meal fantasy inducing, deliciously taste pleasing Madrid menu icon.
Two itty bitty complaints though; you can't order the burger medium. It's like the Model A car. You could order it in any color you liked as long as it was black. In this case, it's well-done. What a shame. Even with all that cheese the meat can be a little dry. #2. The standard order of fries was touted as being enough for two. If you cull all of the small burnt ends, there was barely enough to satisfy two hungry diners.
"Run the gauntlet" again for another Cheddar Cheezy? You bet!! And " I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today".
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