ASHLAND – In January 2013, husband and wife Francisco and Mayra Ramirez opened Mexico City Taqueria on Route 135 in Ashland.
On February 21 of this year, the Framingham couple moved the restaurant to a larger space right next door. The restaurant almost tripled its seating capacity and added an all-alcohol license to go along with authentic Mexican cuisine.
Exactly nine months later, on November 21, the couple opened their second restaurant – Burger City – in the space they had just vacated.
“We still had a lease, and we had done so much work at this location,”said Mayra.
Ramirez said the couple had upgraded all of the kitchen equipment, remodeled the dining area with new floors, walls, and ceilings.
“It just made sense to open a second restaurant,” said Mayra.
But if you have ever been to the former location of Mexico City Taqueria, it looks nothing like the new Burger City.
“We re-decorated,” said Mayra.
The couple, who used to work at Johnny Rockets and Friendly’s, said it was an easy choice to do a burger joint.
“The burgers are made fresh. They are never frozen,” said Mayra, who will manager both restaurants.
The menu is simple. There are burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes.
There are a couple of salads and about half dozen sandwich options on the menu, too.
The basic burger is called the “Ashland Burger.”
But any burger can be made to order.
Burgers start at $5.99. All the burgers on the menu are under $8.
But the specialty burgers are not to be missed.
The “Chicago burger” features bacon, cheddar cheese, Thousand Island dressing, chopped onions, lettuce and tomato on a bun.
The “Maui burger” features grilled pineapple, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes on a bun.
The “Mexico City burger” comes with guacamole, fresh jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and all the fixings.
The “New York burger” comes with grilled peppers and onions, Swiss cheese and is served on grilled rye bread.
“The Rio burger” features a fried egg with bacon and cheese.
There is even a vegetarian option. The “Cali burger” is a soy burger, served with avocado.
Mayra said the “Geneva burger” is her favorite on the menu. It features grilled mushrooms & onions and Swiss cheese.
And you will want to splurge on a side to go with your burger.
There is the traditional onion rings and fries. But the menu also includes, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, bacon cheese fries, and sweet potato fries.
The shakes are hand made with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream with your favorite flavoring. Options include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, dulce de leche, peanut butter, strawberry-banana, chocolate peanut butter and black and white cookie.
There is a kids menu which features the option of burger, grilled cheese, chicken fingers or ht dog with French fries and a soft drink for $6.99.
Burger City is located at 1 West Union Street in Ashland. The restaurant seats about 25 people.
Burger City is open six days a week – Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is cash only.
“There is an ATM next door, and eventually we may add one inside here too,” said Mayra.
Mexico City Taqueria, located next door, is open seven days a week and takes, cash debit, and credit.
The couple grew up in Mexico before coming to the United States, and Massachusetts, 16 years ago.
“We wanted the food to be like what you would find in Mexico City. We make tacos al pastor and tacos de carnitas with just the right blend of ingredients to give authentic flavor. We have great homemade salsas and I can blend in extra hot peppers to make them spicy. However, our food is not spicy unless you want it to be,” said Mayra.
“Our food is made the way we cook at home. Everything is fresh, very authentic, the way our families used to cook. We grew up watching our mothers cook and many of our recipes come from them. Everything is made from scratch – nothing is prepackaged, frozen, or commercially prepared. Everything is made with the original ingredients, like our tacos and burritos. Our guacamole, salsa, rice, beans, and fresh chips are also homemade,” explained Mayra.
The Ashland Business Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening on Monday with the entire family. Mayra and Francisco, have two daughters. One attends Fuller Middle and the other is a student at Brophy Elementary in Framingham.
“We are very happy to offer another restaurant option in town,” said Mayra. “And of course, we hope that Framingham families come visit us too!”
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