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La Squina
May 29th, 2011 by Joemoney

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La Squina
www.lasquina.com
Aztlan 3787 Ciudad del Sol
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (map)

 

Burger Tyme International: Down on the Corner -

Bienvenidos a primero Hamburguesas Oras internationalle! We’re coming to you from the lovely, south of the border city, Guadalajara, Mexico! On a trip for work, I met up with some coworkers who are residents of this jewel of a city to see what could be possibly be the best burger in the city. They told me to head to La Squina. My research prior to the trip also pointed me in this direction. So on an uneventful Wednesday night offerings of bland hotel food, I was able to easily round up five other coworkers to join in on the first ever international Burger Tyme! Fortunately, La Squina was just around the corner (pun intended) from the hotel. We crammed into one car and headed out. After a scenic drive through a lovely neighborhood, we arrived at the gated archway of La Squina and went inside. Maybe it was just the fact that I was traveling in Mexico, but crossing the threshold at La Squina felt like walking into a resort while on vacation. There was palm trees, open air seating, and decorative lights hanging everywhere. It was lovely. We took a seat and began perusing the menu.

Hecho en Mexico -

With translation assistance from some coworkers, I was able to pick out a few items that looked unique and delicious. I decided to go for the Sonora burger, which was 180 grams (a little more than 1/3 lb) of prime beef. Instead of fries, I ordered the Papas Chimichurri which is cubed potatoes in a chimichurri sauce, topped with cheese….mmmmm… I also ordered a bottled coke and, the Russian roulette order of the night, a chocolate milkshake. While we waited I went around I could help but be a tourist and took a bunch of photos of this place. The ladies didn’t seem to mind my walking around while they were busy grilling the burgers. After ten minutes or so the orders came out. What a spread. The burger was served open faced and plain. I took the burger to the toppings bar where I was able to add all of my desired veggies, with the addition of one unexpected topping. Strawberry – jalepeno salsa. Per one of our local host’s recommendation, I gave it a try. With burger ready, appetite set, it was tyme to go!

I took my first bite. This was not a typical burger. It was definitely unique in flavor and textures. The patty was flattened thin, similar to what I saw at Chris Madrid’s, which is also a “Mexican Style” burger. It was nicely seared but not as salty as American burger pallets are used to. The bun was soft and nicely toasted, although not buttered. This was OK as the juicy prime beef patty lent a nice, buttery flavor already. The veggies, for the most part, were salad bar quality at best, but what really made this special was the salsa. I never expected to ever eat strawberries on a burger but here it was. It was sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting; plus the jalapeno really heated things up nicely. The pappas chimichurri was a great alternative to fries. It was cheesy and had a great herb flavor. The milkshake, however, was unfortunate. Perhaps I have been spoiled by thick, creamy American milkshakes but this one was chunky, watery, and I couldn’t taste the chocolate. Thank goodness they had Coke and in a glass bottle. My favorite!

The Wrap It Up -

How was the first international Burger Tyme? I would say great! However, I would not say that this burger was great. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but it was just good when compared to more traditional burgers…. BUT La Squina gets bonus points for being one of the few true burger joints in Guadalajara, for having a unique spin on burgers, and for the other extras such as atmosphere and delicious sides. Also, may I add that should you be in Guadalajara for a few days and want to try some other local delights that our GDL friends introduced us to such as Tortas Ahogadas which was a great sandwich dipped in a tomato based sauce, or try the tacos al carbon. There were many great places for the food lover to get their fix and La Squina is one of them.

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