Walking into Cafe Cortez, I didnít expect much from this deal as it was a cheap $5 burger and beer combo. The beer option of Bud, Bud Light or Pabst Blue Ribbon was a simple one. An appetizer of PBR was just what the frugal doctor ordered. (This beer is currently a $3 special for National Finals Rodeo visitors, FYI.) In theory, the burger was only ďvaluedĒ at $2. Thatís about right.
My burger was overcooked and dry. Beneath the char, the meat actually looked like it could have been good... if prepared medium, as we asked. Unfortunately, the burger tasted like it was squashed on the broiler and all of the juices were forced out. The only juice on the plate came from the pickles that were under the patty. This made for a half soggy bun. The burger was accompanied by the saltiest potato chips this writer has ever had. They were so salty that, after trying a few, I couldnít go on.
I wasn't expecting much from a beer and burger special that costs $5 and thatís what I got. A basic Jackieís Burger comes with French fries and costs $7.95 so this was definitely a deal. The $5 beer and burger combo met this writerís mediocre expectations. That's neither good nor bad. It was not presented as a gourmet burger and it certainly wasn't. The meat may have been good, but it was poorly prepared and presented. In a way, this was a perfect representation of El Cortez.