Day 203: Bogota, Colombia
I didn’t think was much of a scandalous statement as I don’t eat much fast food and when I do I’ll take a Whopper over a Big Mac.
In fact, I was content with the street vendor hamburguesas and didn’t bite (sorry for the pun) until arriving in Bogota.
The city is innundated with this chain this afternoon after traipsing around the streets for hours I decided to take the hamburguesa test.
The restaurant itself is quite nice, somehow teetering on coffee shop chic and old diner design with vintage newspaper clippings and movie star charactures to add authenticity.
At 1pm there was a long line, which I took as a good sign. It gave me time to decide what I wanted but also time to realize that El Corral was expensive.
With the base hamburger at $5 and a combo at $8 I decided to penny-pinch and test the burger only.
I was actually surprised at the burger’s mediocrity. Sure it had size, as do all the street vendor burgers. But it was also able to master the art of being both salty yet bland – as someone who cooks something this was something I did not understand.
Fortunately El Corral offers a number of condiments on the tables and a squirt of barbecue sauce helped ease the disappointment.
Verdict: I still struggle with the claim that it is better than McDonald’s. I don’t like either and El Corral is too expensive to give it another chance. Perhaps I should have ordered a more expensive premium burger or maybe onion rings.
But this is a solid tie for second behind street vendors.