When I travel around the Southwest, I’ve already researched where to stop for the best green chile cheeseburger in town. I love them, like people in Philly love their cheesesteaks, Kansas City loves their burnt ends, and New Orleans loves their po-boys. So, when I recently saw a commercial for a new show called ‘Best.Ever’ where Food Network star chefs choose the best dish according to the theme that week, and the upcoming episode was Best.Burger.Ever in the whole entire United States of America, I started talking to the TV, “That’s tall talk….best ever. If you’ve really got your finger on the pulse of America’s most beloved signature burgers ….. a GCCB (green chile cheeseburger) has got to make the cut.” And then I snapped my fingers and flipped my hair with attitude **uh-huh** and made a note of when to tune in.
It was a high-production show. With loads of gorgeous juicy food close-ups. And some pretty amazing burgers …… french onion soup inspired, mountainous topping piled burgers, cheese stuffed, a veggie version with pickled and guacamole toppings. They were tempting, inventive, made me want to try them. But the whole time I’m watching, I’m talking to the TV again, “Okay you guys, I just can’t take you seriously until you feature a GCCB. Let’s see it, guys. Whatcha got? Where’s the chile?”
I thought to myself, geez this is getting to me, I really am taking this personally. And kept talking, “I can’t commit to your show if you fail the GCCB. C’mon show some Southwest respect.”
And Mr.D noted, “Honey, you’re taking this very personally.”
And then………..they began to describe …….
This! The Santa Fe Bite Green Chile Cheeseburger! (Mine here has bacon.)
I told the TV, “Good job, you got it right. Good for you.” My allegiance to the show was sealed.
I can’t tell you anything about The Bite’s breakfasts, steaks, chops, or tacos…..because this top left portion of the menu is my focal point.
The cheese is a gooey combination of white American and Swiss….. with a homemade bun ….
Butter crisp grilled.
Fresh sliced onion for crunch.
Under the cheese and bacon…..there they are……..those desert emeralds……flavorful, low/medium heat chopped green chile. No catsup or mustard. Doesn’t need it. This is perfection.
Indoor dining room…..
Or outdoor patio, a favorite spot on a nice sunny day.
They have a great (and very reasonably priced) beer and wine menu. This is a new thing…….
You might hear people in Santa Fe call them The Bobcat Bite. This was the name of their first restaurant that was located on the outskirts of the city, when the menu was strictly burgers, chops and steaks. They called it the Bobcat because when they first opened, bobcats in the area would come down, and people would toss them scraps. So the bobcats would come back for more, and became mascots of the place.
The Bobcat Bite was famous for their GCCBs and were an historic landmark restaurant. I don’t have all the details, but there was a problem with the lease and building owners, and the name was compromised. The family was forced to close it. And Santa Fe mourned. Only to rejoice in August of 2013 when The Santa Fe Bite opened in a new location, with a much larger menu, with appetizers, breakfasts, shakes, and wine and beer. Serving the same celebrated green chile cheeseburger, as they were sure to bring the original cast iron grill with them.
If you’re a burger lover, your trip to Santa Fe will not be complete without experiencing this.
I’d Order That again!
The Santa Fe Bite
311 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501