I’ve read about Charlie’s Grind and Grill from several food blogs. They all raved about the Angus burger and cheese steak sandwich. So have a lot of people in forums. I decided to finally try it this afternoon after some grocery shopping at Pioneer Center Supermarket which was nearby.
Charlie’s is located right beside a car wash.
I arrived at 2:45 pm that’s why the place wasn’t crowded.
You order from the counter and the food will be brought to your table.
They had a small indoor dining area where it was cool. I decided to sit outside to take advantage of the natural lighting for my pictures.
Angus burger w/ fries P
I transferred the fries to another basket. I seldom meet fries I don’t like. Unfortunately this is one of them. The fries were very oily and a bit rancid. The smell of old oil was very pronounced. The fries tasted like they were re-fried because after a few minutes the fries were rock hard and still oily.
As I’ve written before in my Sango and Hotshots posts, I like my burger made of just ground beef and spices. That’s all. I don’t like any extenders like eggs, etc in my beef patty. I want to taste a solid piece of ground beef that’s firm and juicy and hopefully should taste like steak if the quality of meat is good. Since this was an Angus burger I really had high expectations.
I never eat the top bun in a burger because it distracts the taste of the beef patty. As soon as my fork and knife touched the patty I became worried. It was so soft. When I took a bite all my fears came true. The burger was mushy and reeked of eggs and extenders.
At one point I even asked the server if the meat was raw. She took a look at this piece and she said it was really like that. It had the texture of undercooked beef. If you were to pick up Charlie’s burger patty (without the bread) in your hands it will definitely break into half.
When Elisa arrived I made her taste the burger. As soon as she tasted it she exclaimed, “Jollibee’s burgers tastes better than this!” She couldn’t believe it too since all her friends also claimed Charlie’s burger to be the best. Elisa loves Chili’s burgers. That’s our next stop in my burger quest.
Elisa’s son liked the patty though. He ate it all.
remains of my burger
Elisa and her son shared a small cheese steak sandwich.
Fili sized cheese steaks P220
The cheese steak was marginally better than the burger. Since I didn’t like peppers and onions I decided to try the beef. The problem was I couldn’t find the beef! The sandwich was literally 80% vegetables with tiny bits of beef. I finally managed to find a small piece of beef and tasted it. It was ok. Just ok. The sauce wasn’t very cheezy either. It tasted more like salty, yellow sauce.
where’s the beef?
This was what we left behind. Elisa and I were truly disappointed. I can’t wait to try Elbert’s Cheesesteak Sandwiches to compare it. This is just our opinions. Everyone has their own taste. What do you think of Charlie’s food?
Charlie’s Grind and Grill16 East Kapitolyo Drive, Pasig City