Food + Wine

American Food

by JANE AND MICHAEL STERN

SANTA FE: Green chile cheeseburger
The chile pepper—spelled with an "e"—is one of the official state vegetables (along with the pinto bean) of New Mexico. Locally grown and roasted, it is also a state obsession. Visitors will find 'em pureed atop enchiladas; stuffed, battered, and fried into chiles rellenos; and diced upon cheeseburgers, even at fast-food franchises. We head to the outskirts of Santa Fe to a neon-lit diner that looks like a film noir set, the Bobcat Bite. The burger is simple enough, but delicious: The cook layers in a load of fire-flavored chopped chile underneath the creamy cheese, producing a heavenly combination when the cheese melts among the peppers and into the crevices of the crusty burger down below.

Bobcat Bite
420 Old Las Vegas Highway
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tel: 505 983 5319

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