Merida has needed a good hamburger. Welcome OneBurger!!!! It’s part of a chain out of Miami and the local franchisee has done an excellent job. I went there recently for take-out for a group of four on a lazy afternoon. The other three wanted the simplest burger, no cheese, no nothing. I had an open mind.
Their menu is huge. It includes nearly 30 types of hamburgers, as well as about ten salads, vegetarian food, and fish and chicken sandwiches. The restaurant, simply furnished with chrome furniture against a black and white floor and counter, is attractive and simple. The over-riding description for the physical facility is, in a word, CLEAN. Including the kitchen, which the manager graciously allowed me to tour.
The burger choices all looked great – everything from curry to BBQ, most with cheese (cheddar, goat cheese, blue cheese, etc.), and others with unusual but inspired ingredients. I took three of the simplest burgers for the three sissies who were waiting for me, and I got a BBQ, with bacon and cheese. (It’s OK, I’m on an all-protein diet.) The burgers are huge and hand-made, with chopped sirloin. The vegetables are crispy fresh, and the bacon and cheese were high quality.
When I brought them back, two people said their usual, “Oh it’s huge, I can’t possibly eat all that.” (I can’t stand when people say that.) They all finished every crumb.
We all agreed that these were definitely the best burgers in Merida, and possibly anywhere. They were fabulous. You wouldn’t think a hamburger could be that good.
We will assuredly be back there, and soon. I’m looking forward to trying the interesting looking chicken dishes. They have old-fashioned malted milks and other beverages you don’t find here often. They also have a Kobe beef burger!!! I have to try that, maybe split it with someone, because it’s 150 pesos.
I asked the manager whether I could take pictures in the kitchen. A true gentleman, he offered me his arm, proudly escorted me in, and introduced me to the cooks. The kitchen was almost too clean. Is that possible? All the surfaces gleamed. Not a speck of grease anywhere.
The place is not cheap. The lowliest burger – which has to be more than a quarter of a pound of sirloin, hand-formed from fresh beef, in a great looking roll, with generous amounts of cheese and onion, is 65 pesos. A bit stiff, but well worth it. A refillable soft drink is 25 pesos and my super BBQ burger was 85 pesos. They also have miniature burgers, for the more dainty among us, and a canasta of beef and chicken burgers with fries. A clever menu.
The staff is smart and friendly. They are obviously very proud of the place. Although there were lots of tables, everyone who came in while I was waiting was there for take-out. The parking lot held Beamers and Mercedes. Of note – all the people making the runs for take-out for their families were men. Most of them knew each other and all seemed to have been there before, although the place is brand new.
The Soho Gallery is having one of its wonderful Openings (high-end Cuban artists) on May 21 2010 at 7 p.m. and it is being catered by OneBurger, so you can have a chance to try a sample.
OneBurger is on the Prolongacion Montejo, across from the Club Campestre, a bit north of Superama,on the west side of Montejo. Look for the attractive black and white sign. It opens at 1 p.m. and stays open until into the evening. Small parking lot.
Can’t wait to go back.