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Santa Fe Bite

311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM - (505) 982-0544
Posted By Jim Arnold on 9/28/2007 10:09:00 PM
We had an extremely poor experience at Bobcat Bite recently on a Friday at noon. We live half the year in Santa Fe and this was our first time at this restaurant, having heard good things about the food. When you arrive you put your name on a board and wait to be seated in turn. There was one name ahead of ours and that party was called. A waitress then skipped us (three adults and a three-year-old) and seated a man whose party had not yet arrived. When we said something the waitress tried to get the man to leave the table but he would not, even though the people he was waiting for were not yet there. The waitress did not seem to care. We waited another 10 minutes for a table (the place is very small) and then one hour for the food to arrive. This has to be the very worst service in Santa Fe.

The burgers were very good but certainly not worth almost an hour and a half wait. The wait would have been bad even if we did not have our three year old grandson with us. You are much better off going to Harry's Roadhouse which is two miles away and closer to town. The food and atmosphere is better and the place is friendlier. We will never go back to Bobcat Bite.

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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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