A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 31, 2008
Tostada Burger

"Tostada Burger” is a specialty at Chris Madrids (established 1977) in San Antonio. The combination of tostada and hamburger includes refried beans, crushed corn chips and cheddar cheese on top of the hamburger meat.

The tostada burger is a culinary relative to another San Antonio hamburger original—the “beanburger.”


Chris Madrids
Our Specialty: Tostada Burger
Regular 4.79 Macho 5.89
Homemade refried beans, chips, onions, and creamy cheddar cheese on our delicious beef patty.Top it with homemade salsa for a delicious treat.

28 January 1988, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, “Amigos in Fayetteville emphasizes authentic Mexican with a difference,” pg. I6:
Other menu items include a Tostada Burger ($4.75), a hamburger with guacamole and sour cream;... 

19 September 1997, The State (Columbia, SC), pg. 6:
The tostada burger features diced tomatoes and onions, shredded cheese and refried beans.

2 August 2002, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Flavor rules at Madrid’s” by Karen Haram, pg. 55H:
A recent Tostada Burger packed with crushed chips, smeared with beans and covered with gooey yellow cheese reminds me how good life in San Antonio can be. 

New York (NY) Times
‘Hamburgers & Fries’: Burger Kings
By HENRY ALFORD
Published: August 21, 2005
(...)
In Texas, he (John T. Edge—ed.) finds refried beans and sometimes Fritos and Cheez Whiz adorning a bean burger. (Edge prefers this name to the too-literal ‘’tostada burger,’’ explaining that ‘’localized fanaticism is predicated upon peculiar local knowledge. And the term ‘bean burger’ is cryptic enough to inspire a tight fraternity of devotees.’’ )

ryan::wentzel
Tostada Burger
Ryan Wentzel on August 18th, 2006
While in San Antonio last week for a friend’s wedding we ate at a restaurant owned by the bride’s father. The tostada burger at Chris Madrid’s is quite simply the best hamburger I’ve ever had. The burgers at Christ Madrid’s come in two sizes: 4 oz. and 8 oz. (the “Macho”). On our first trip to the restaurant I had a macho, but decided to stick with the 4 oz. on our second trip since the wedding was later that evening.

If you’re ever in San Antonio be sure to swing by Chris Madrid’s. You’ll be glad you did.

8 August 2007, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Madrid’s Magic” by Bonnie Walker, pg. 1F:
In April 2006, AOL’s City Search named Chris Madrid’s Tostada Burger as No. 2 in its nationwide list of “15 burgers to try before you die.”

San Antonio Current - Best of 2008 (April 23, 2008)
Best Local Burgers
Chris Madrid’s
1900 Blanco
(210) 735-3552
chrismadrids.com
The first real San Antonio job (not counting a miserable pregnant summer at a Burger King on Bandera Road) for a certain Current staffer was at this 31-year-old local staple, which still serves its patties thin, well-seasoned, and larded with the goods, the bestest of all being refried beans, tortilla chips, jalapeños, and the signature melted-cheddar lava flow. That concoction, the Tostada Burger, is often imitated, but only attains its San Anto perfection in Madrid’s converted, sprawling mid-town garage — it’s a true ice house at heart, with cold longnecks rounding out the dream. Remember, it’s not about the beef at this sibling-run icon, it’s about the fun you’ll have with friends and family.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, July 31, 2008 • Permalink