I went down to Morris Ave. today to try a Colombian spot, called Monchy’s Famous Grill. I was initially attracted to it due to its modern look, flashy menu, and daily specials they post on Facebook.
They have three locations and from what I noticed while there, are extremely popular among the local crowd.
Think of it almost as a Colombian Applebees as far as interior, menu, and service. Giant TV’s surround the inside with nonstop music videos playing, albeit semi-loudly.
The best deal there appears to be ordering their daily special, posted on Facebook, which comes with soup, an entree, and a fruit shake.
I opted instead to order a strawberry/pineapple smoothie, cream of mushroom/chicken soup, and “Monchy’s Famouse Burger.”
The fruit shake was awesome, the soup was really good as well. However, I think I may be giving up on Colombian-style burgers.
Colombian style burgers are a popular street food defined by their plethora of toppings and sauces, and are usually a quite greasy mess. However, despite knowing this, I was a little disappointed in it.
I’m used to Brazilian-style burgers, which are similar, but those are usually well kept together by the bun and are a bit more cohesive. This one basically fell apart after one bite, and the sauce and toppings were a bit overkill.
It was topped with ham, mozzarella, egg, bacon, potato stix, sauteed onions, coleslaw, and a Russian dressing. It kind of felt like eating a messy Big Mac.
The fries were pretty lackluster as well, and even the 3 sauces on the side they gave (wasakaka, pineapple sauce, more Russian dressing) couldn’t save it.
I may come again if I’m ever near Morris Ave., but I believe there are better options elsewhere, such as previously mentioned La Tipica, or Sabor Y Arte on Elizabeth Ave. (which is also closer to me).
As far as my BurgerQuest for best burger in Elizabeth, this leaves me with two feisty contenders: Nugent’s Tavern vs. City Tavern!