We tried the infamous taco bowl at Trump Grill — here's what it's like

One year ago, Donald Trump sent a now-infamous Cinco de Mayo tweet.

"Happy #CincoDeMayo!" the tweet read. "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"

There is a lot to unpack here.

We could start with a history lesson on Cinco de Mayo, which is a Mexican holiday, not one celebrated by all Hispanics. Or, we could dig into Trump's relationship with Hispanics and his plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

However, as food reporters, we will stick with what we know best — the food.

Last December, we ventured to Trump Grill — or Grille, as it's spelled on some of the restaurant's signage — to try its taco bowl, along with other items on the Trump Tower restaurant's menu.

The first thing that we noticed was the price. This casual Tex-Mex classic seemed out of place in the gilt-laden grill. However, the price matched the over-wrought glitz — at $18 it was the most expensive taco bowl either of us had ever witnessed. Today — five months and one new president later — the price has raised to $19.

For the "best" taco bowl, we would be willing to pay the big bucks. So, we ventured on.

On first chomp, it seemed that Trump's tweet may have held some truth. The crunchy bowl seemed to have come fresh from the deep fryer, pleasantly warm and crisp.

However, inside, things were more pedestrian. The Trump Grill taco bowl contains ground beef, pico de gallo salsa, guacamole, iceberg lettuce, sour cream, and cheddar.

A taste of each ingredient within chipped away at our golden first impression. The guac was bland and goopy. The pico de gallo only served to make the bowl soggy, instead of adding some much needed pep. The ground beef was tolerable, but underseasoned. The cheese was straight from the bag — classic shredded cheddar. And iceberg lettuce? Even most fast-food chains have ditched that watery mistake. Sad!

The taco bowl perfectly epitomized the problem we found with most of the items on the menu at Trump Grill. The level of quality promised by the elevated prices and the aristocratic atmosphere — not to mention Trump's own rave reviews — simply did not match the actual quality of the food.

For $18, we wanted something fresh and exciting. Instead, we got bamboozled into paying more than twice as much for something that Qdoba does better.

Was it terrible? No. It was passable at best, mediocre at worst. But, one thing is for certain: it was not the "best."

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Exterior view of the entrance to Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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An interior view of Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect.

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The Trump Tower skyscraper on fifth avenue of Donald Trump property, the new president of the United States of America on January 31,2017 in New York. The structure is used both for offices and for residential apartments.

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People look from the windows of Trump Tower as protesters gather on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Throngs of demonstrators held marches across the United States on Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks with the media after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S. November 16, 2016.

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The John Hancock building, left, and Trump Tower, right, stand in the cityscape as seen from the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Willis Tower, formerly named the Sears Tower, is the tallest building in the U.S. and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago with over one million visitors to its observation deck each year.

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Exterior view of the 2011 Holiday Windows at the Trump Tower on December 2, 2011 in New York City.

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A New York City Police (NYPD) officer walks with a dog inside the lobby at Trump Tower, November 14, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect.

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Interior view of escalators in Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24th, 2013 in New York City

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American businessman Donald Trump in his office in Trump Tower, Fifth Avenue, New York, 1999.

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circa 1980: Shops and shoppers inside Trump Tower in New York City.

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Tourists walk through Trump Tower on December 16, 2016 in New York City. Since President-Elect Donald Trump's win, thousands of Trump fans, tourists and the simply curious have converged inside Trump Tower. Trump continues to hold meetings with potential members of his cabinet and others at his midtown office.

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Interior view of escalators in Trump Tower (at 721 Fifth Avenue), New York, New York, January 10, 2017.

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Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24th, 2013 in New York City.

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A U.S. Secret Service member rides an escalator inside Trump Tower, November 11, 2016 in New York City. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that he 'has a busy day in New York' and 'will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government.'

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An image of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hangs inside a freight elevator at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016.

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