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Is Trump Grill Actually The Worst Restaurant In America?

"If you give people bad food, then you shouldn't be running the restaurant."

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A scathing Vanity Fair article by Tina Nguyen from December 14, 2016, declared that Trump Grill - Donald Trump's eatery inside of Trump Tower - "could be the worst restaurant in America."

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The culinary drag heard 'round the world. πŸ‘

Trump (who was President-Elect at the time) in typical fashion, angrily tweeted the following day in response to the review.

Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!

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"Dead!" 😡

So, when Donald Trump became President of the United States on Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017, The Try Guys decided to find out for themselves if Trump Grill was actually the worst restaurant in America.

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"A lot of grumpy faces."

Is Trump Grill in Trump Tower honestly and truly the worst restaurant in America?

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"You know what people say about Trump...have an open mind, give his food a chance."

Up first, Trump Grill's infamous taco bowl.

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Description: seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo salsa, guacamole, shredded iceberg lettuce, sour cream and shredded cheddar served in a crunchy tortilla bowl ($19)

Last year on Cinco de Mayo, Donald Trump tweeted this photo of himself enjoying his restaurant's taco bowl, which he claimed were "the best taco bowls."

Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA

Twitter / Via Twitter: @realdonaldtrump

In short: "I eat taco bowls, therefore I love Hispanics." Because logic. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

These were, in fact, not the best taco bowls. In fact, they couldn't have been any worse, as Keith demonstrated a fatal flaw with the placement of lettuce at the bottom of the dish.

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Nobody likes a soggy bottom.

At the very least, the taco bowl gave Ned a major epiphany about President Trump's late-night Twitter habits.

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The Try Guys' final verdict of the taco bowl, in President Trump's own words:

More like taco swamp.
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More like taco swamp.

Next up, Trump Grill's Gold Label Burger.

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Description: Pat LaFrieda Proprietary Blend of Prime aged short rib, lettuce, tomato, sliced dill pickles, secret sauce, brioche roll, French fries ($20)

Right off the bat, Eugene pointed out that Trump's burger had already violated the first cardinal rule of grilling meat.

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We ordered it medium rare. It came well done.

In fact, the patty was so dry, Zach couldn't help but draw a direct comparison to our new Vice President.

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It wasn't the best burger we've eaten, but it's definitely the most homophobic. 🌈

The Try Guys' final verdict of the Gold Label Burger:

It's labeled gold, but after tasting it, we're sure it would never make it to the podium.
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It's labeled gold, but after tasting it, we're sure it would never make it to the podium.

Urine luck! It's a Trump Wine break!

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Showered in class.

The guys sampled Trump Winery's sparkling rosΓ©, which is bottled in Monticello, Virginia.

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Hamilton's Jefferson, though, might be kinda into it.

Eugene compared the effervescent but forgettable wine to Tiffany Trump, the other daughter, who he honestly felt a little sorry for.

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"Tiffany is Jan Brady, and Ivanka is Marcia Brady."

Speaking of Ivanka, President Trump's (favorite?) daughter has a salad named after her, which we tried with crab.

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Description: diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, mediterranean cured olives, feta cheese and romaine lettuce with greek dressing, with a mini crab cake ($24)

Welp. The jokes write themselves.

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Seriously.

Dear people who own restaurants: stop naming salads after your daughters.

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Seriously.

The Try Guys' final verdict of Ivanka's Salad with crab:

Word of advice: opt out of the crabs.
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Word of advice: opt out of the crabs.

Last, but definitely not least, Trump Grill's Filet Mignon.

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Description: grilled 8 oz. filet mignon, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, demi-glace sauce ($34)

The guys were excited to try Trump's oft-cited brand of steaks and taste if they really were as high quality as he claims.

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Puns abound. πŸ–πŸ–πŸ–

And when we say meat puns abound, they are out of control.

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Overall, the guys recognized that the steak was, in fact, high quality, but lacked seasoning and flavor.

Steaks aside, Keith went on quite the emotional journey with the mashed potatoes.

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"But I was very sure that I liked the potatoes! I'm gonna choose that I'm not wrong!"

The Try Guys' final verdict of the filet mignon:

You know, sometimes you think you like something and then you realize it might not be so great.
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You know, sometimes you think you like something and then you realize it might not be so great.

The final review on Trump Grill:

Overall, most of the dishes were presented well, were of adequate quality, but sorely lacked in the flavor department. For their price points, the veneer of the Trump brand does not outweigh the wholly underwhelming, blandness of the dishes. It's certainly not the worst restaurant in America, but it was a complete culinary disappointment.
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Overall, most of the dishes were presented well, were of adequate quality, but sorely lacked in the flavor department. For their price points, the veneer of the Trump brand does not outweigh the wholly underwhelming, blandness of the dishes. It's certainly not the worst restaurant in America, but it was a complete culinary disappointment.

The final review on how this can relate to Trump's presidency:

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"Look, no matter who you voted for, we all want the same thing: we want better food. And if you give people bad food, then you shouldn't be running the restaurant."