Address: 420 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 983-5319
Known For: Green Chile Cheeseburger
What I had: Green Chile Cheeseburger
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
I have heard so much about the famous Bobcat Bite Green Chile Cheesburger. It’s so famous in fact that the recently opened Bill’s Bar & Burger in New York has a burger on it’s menu called simply The Bobcat in homage. Don’t let that fool you though, you can not get a true green chile burger outside of the Southwest. This is a New Mexico, Santa Fe, and shall I say hamburger, institution.
More than anything the atmosphere and owners make this place. It is located south of town about 7 miles off of Old Las Vegas Highway. You won’t see it until you’ve come right up on it. The parking lot is a big dirt patch and the restaurant itself is a 500 square foot adobe “shack”. I say this but it’s a very pleasant and homey place. The husband and wife owners are adorable and are constantly checking in on everything.
Of course I had to get the Green Chile Cheeseburger. This is not something I would normally order but it’s what they’re known for so I figured I must. I’m glad I did because it was delicious. It was cooked perfectly, topped with green chile and a wonderful cheese (I’m actually not sure what it was, but I’m guessing Jack). The bun was soft and lightly grilled. It comes with potatoes chips but I wasn’t really in the mood for those, they seemed to be just a regular brand.
The burger was very good. The meat was extremely fresh and seasoned well, a nice big 9 ounce patty. The burger to bun to topping ratio was spot on. I had tomato, lettuce and onion on mine. I would say it certainly stands out as one of the better burgers but the thing that really sets this place apart as I mentioned was the experience in itself. I would absolutely eat here again.
If you are within anywhere near 1000 miles of the good ol’ Bobcat please make a detour and stop in for lunch (they are closed Sunday through Tuesday during the winter). You certainly feel like you’re part of a fraternity after having eaten here. A customer next to me ordered a Green Chilie Cheeseburger with a garlic toast in place of the regular bun….that looked phenomenal and will be what I’m getting next time through….and there will be a next time!
Featured in the documentary Hamburger America by George Motz:
Sep 1, 2009 @ 11:30