Various Food Network hosts and other food-lebrities have been through Santa Fe Bite in one of it’s manifestations to wax poetic on the quality and virtues of that old New Mexico staple: the green chile cheeseburger. So, like the sheep I usually fight so hard not to be, I made the pilgrimage to its location at the Desert Inn and decided to drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. Now, some of these food show hosts are little more than sherpas who, with the assistance of lighting designers, cameramen and usually some gruff woman in a low ponytail and work boots of some unknown provenance working in some unknown capacity. The hosts frame of eedeeemce may occasionally by a bit sketchy or subject to the lore and reputation of locals that, frankly, just may not really amount to much. This was not the case! Th burger was impossibly big, cooked to perfection, juicy and worth the 6-14 napkins it took to eat in public. In a sandwich with multiple potentially aggressive flavors, they all worked in unison, making each other better for the effort they made properly melding together. After a morning of hiking Bandelier and an afternoon of wrestling kids at the free Dia de Muertos celebration at the Folk Art Museum with nothing but a solitary slice of gluten-free toast that morning to sustain me. I was ready to eat like it was my job and the bacon green Chile burger was so wonderful, I finally understood all the fuss and now, thanks to Tripadvisor, I’m doing part to preach the gospel of this beefy behemoth!
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