Happy Days At Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers

Mon, July 1st, 2013 - By Colin

There’s a time warp in Santa Cruz; a taste of 1950s America has come to Tenerife and it knocks the bobby socks off the corporate fast food joints.

The gang’s all here; Elvis, James Dean, and Joe Di Maggio adorn the walls and Bogart holds court at the entrance to the toilets. Being young (don’t snigger) I only know the era from scratchy LP’s and  shows like Happy Days but good music and styles always last.


Humphrey Bogart, Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers, Santa Cruz

A burger seemed the appropriate test so I scanned the menu; a Graceland with fried onions, roast peppers and a Mary Ann sauce was tempting. A Tex Mex with cheddar cheese, bacon, guacamole, jalapenos, and onions came close but I plumped for a Juicy Lucy; a 250 gram burger stuffed with cheddar, manchego, Roquefort or my choice, goats’ cheese. I skipped the caramelized onions but it came, like the others, with chips, lettuce, tomato, and a splash of coleslaw. I crunched through the toasted bun into the tasty meat and and released the melted cheese, it was lovely and well worth €6. All burgers can be upped to a 300 gram for a little extra and there’s a veggie option with onions and peppers.

Milk shake seemed another natural choice. My strawberry arrived topped with a little cream and a sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. It slid down a treat but checking the drinks menu I felt guilty for not being more adventurous and trying Malteser, Kit Kat, or even Oreo flavour. The 600 ml shakes are a good deal at €3.50 to €3.90 but they also do a litre of pink lemonade for just €3.90.


Burger and Shake, Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers, Santa Cruz

Letting the rock music drift over me I dug deeper in the menu. Hot dogs ranged from basic to Mexican with salchicha, chilli con carne, cheese,and fried onions for €2.90. Hungry meat eaters are also well served with ribs cooked in honey or with hot spices, and the 500 gram steak at 15 euros would slow anyone’s jiving down. For those way too young to remember the golden era of rock and roll there are children’s favourites like chicken nuggets or maybe the pizzas or spaghetti could tempt them. Individual cup cakes looked good at the counter but I decided I would take a run up to the pastries on a return visit. Judging from my burger and shake, the Big Cheesecake and Big Apple Pie would live up to their titles and Bannoffie Cream Pie and Brownie Pecan also were also vying for attention at €4.50.

There’s an outside terrace as well but the tram line passing by was a bit too modern for me, I preferred to wallow in the 1950s cocoon inside. With good food, good portions, and good prices Mary Ann’s has found a niche in the busy Santa Cruz city centre with a slice of Americana.


Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers, Santa Cruz

Calle Imeldo Seris 11 (just below Teatro Guimera) Santa Cruz; Tel: (+34) 922 273 469; open Mon to Thurs 7am to midnight, Friday 7am to 1am, Sat & Sun 10am to 1am.

Posted : Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 11:15 am
Category : food and drink
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One Response to “Happy Days At Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers”

  1. truji says:

    Thank alot for the info. I’m in Tenerife right now, so I’ll give a try. Juicy Lucy and a couple of beers….?

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