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Santa Fe Bite

311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM - (505) 982-0544
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/7/2013 6:27:00 AM
Santa Fe Bite is what used to be the fabulous Bobcat Bite on the outskirts of town. It moved from its charming little location to a spot inside Garrett's Desert Inn in the heart Santa Fe, and while the ambience has changed dramatically, John and Bonnie Eckre remain at the helm, and the Bobcat Bite green chile cheeseburger remains the headliner: 10 ounces of freshly-ground chuck and sirloin cooked to your specs and smothered with vibrant green chilies and melted cheese. The rib-eye steak, cut from prime beef, is spectacularly juicy and flavorful. For those with really big appetites, a full one-pound burger is available; and the menu also includes beef steaks, ham steaks, pork chops and even some newly-added New Mexican classics: flautas, enchiladas, and tacos. To drink, there are milk shakes and malts, soda pop, and even latte and espresso.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Skillet Baked Beans
Rib-Eye Steak
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Medium rare, as ordered. It may not be the food pyramid, but this big ovoid masterpiece delivers bread, meat, vegetable and cheese in perfect balance. Even without the chilies and cheese, this is one glorious hamburger. The chilies are just hot enough to stimulate taste buds (but not overwhelm them); the melted cheese adds dairy luxury; the bun is artisan but not frou-frou.
"Medium rare, as ordered. It may not be the food pyramid, but this big ovoid masterpiece delivers bread, meat, vegetable and cheese in perfect balance. Even without the chilies and cheese, this is one glorious hamburger. The chilies are just hot enough to stimulate taste buds (but not overwhelm them); the melted cheese adds dairy luxury; the bun is artisan but not frou-frou."
Michael Stern





Available as a side only during the summer, the skillet baked beans are sweet and full of bacon.
"Available as a side only during the summer, the skillet baked beans are sweet and full of bacon."
Cliff Strutz


Served in a plastic basket on a lovely bun along with a handful of potato chips, Bobcat Bite’s green chile cheeseburger is different from most. For one thing, it is a big, succulent, hand-formed patty of good ground chuck. The configuration is different, too: the chile is put directly on the hamburger, then covered with cheese.
"Served in a plastic basket on a lovely bun along with a handful of potato chips, Bobcat Bite’s green chile cheeseburger is different from most. For one thing, it is a big, succulent, hand-formed patty of good ground chuck. The configuration is different, too: the chile is put directly on the hamburger, then covered with cheese."
Michael Stern


Here’s a prime ribeye steak. In our experience, there is none more delicious between Amarillo and L.A.
"Here’s a prime ribeye steak. In our experience, there is none more delicious between Amarillo and L.A."
Michael Stern


Nothing beats this burger and fries.
"Nothing beats this burger and fries."
bubba rainwater


The cole slaw is finely chopped, with a nice vinegary, peppery flavor.
"The cole slaw is finely chopped, with a nice vinegary, peppery flavor."
Cliff Strutz


This is the old version of Santa Fe Bite on Old Las Vegas Highway. We'll miss its vintage roadside charm, but it's good to know that the world's greatest green chile cheeseburger is still available, now downtown.
"This is the old version of Santa Fe Bite on Old Las Vegas Highway. We'll miss its vintage roadside charm, but it's good to know that the world's greatest green chile cheeseburger is still available, now downtown."
Michael Stern



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