While traveling through Roswell, White Sands, Alamogordo, Billy the Kid Country, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, Shannon and I were inundated with more “New Mexican” dishes than we new what to do with- most filled with the delicious flavors of green and red chilies. We had more than our fair share of regional food over the course of a few days, but what we were truly in the hunt for was the “best” Green Chili Cheeseburger.
We lucked upon Bobcat Bite, located off the beaten path, on the Old Las Vegas Highway, which used to be a part of the historic Route 66- about 20 miles outside of Santa Fe towards Glorieta, New Mexico. Bobcat Bites has been a roadside hole in the wall fav. since ‘53 and is essentially a converted trading post that was once a gun shop. It was eventually converted into a restaurant by the local owners of the Bobcat Ranch, a place that fed bobcats as pseudo-pets that came down from the mountains.
They only have about 12 tables and usually suffer long lines, but we squeezed into a corner table with a great mountain view. There are several steak options on the menu, but let’s be real, it didn’t matter how good the rest of the fare was; we were there for the real deal- the amazing green chile cheeseburgers! They did not disappoint! Juicy, perfectly seasoned meat on a toasted sesame seed bun, and the Pièce de résistance – the green chillies that separate this massive burger from every other burger across the U.S.
Bobcat Bite is nothing fancy and has a quirky, funky atmosphere. There’s absolutely no pretense, but Shannon and I walked away with full bellies satisfied appetites!