After our original story aired, it came to our attention that the $90 burger served at Carlos' Bistro may not contain Kobe beef, as originally advertised.
Kobe beef comes from a specific region in Japan and is considered one of the priciest meats in the world that consumers can buy. After further investigation, we discovered that Kobe beef imported from Japan comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The Kobe Beef Association also discloses a list of restaurants and distributors which carry Kobe beef throughout the world. At last check, there are no restaurants in Colorado which sell or distribute Kobe beef.
News 5 Investigates discovered that Lombardi Brothers Meats in Denver provides its high-quality meats to Carlos' Bistro, but their meat selection does not include Kobe beef.
Jeff Harvey, the facility's general manager, tells KOAA News 5 that the special burger sold to customers at Carlos' Bistro is a mixture of High Plains American Wagyu, USDA Prime Striploin and Japanese Wagyu.
You can view our updated story here. News 5 Investigates: What's really inside the $90 burger sold at Colorado Springs restaurant?
COLORADO SPRINGS – Heads up everyone, there’s a new burger coming to the Springs and its hefting a price tag of $90.
In a town filled with pubs, bars, and microbreweries, it seems like everybody and their dog has their own burger with its own set of quirks to set it apart. What then makes this prolific burger worth the cost?
According to Carlos Echeandia, owner of the Carlos’ Bistro, it’s created by melding USDA prime meats, Kobe, and Wagyu.
The result is delicious, and something that is hard to describe.
“Truly, to make money off of these burgers, I should be selling them for $200. So I’m actually giving an experience, because that’s me,” Carlos continued.
This burger, apparently, has been an idea in the back of Echeandia’s mind for years, and once he started down the path of creating the delicacy, it took 7 months to clear all the hurdles standing in the way of, “Getting it perfect.”
If you want to try the burger for yourself at the tiny bistro but aren’t quite ready to drop $90, they sell for half-price on Thursdays.