Does that make your mouth water just looking at it or what?
Unfortunately, you’ll have to travel to Santa Fe (New Mexico, not Argentina) to sample it.
So that’s what we did with our staff this past weekend, where Number Two S0n was eager to show us the relocated, spruced-up, in-town digs of the old Bobcat Bite — a place world famous for its green chile cheeseburgers.
One bite told us his eagerness was understandable.
Because we haven’t had a truly great cheeseburger in Las Vegas since 2013 — the year we dejectedly refer to as the Waterloo of Vegas burgers.
Not since Bradley Ogden closed in Caesars several years ago have we tasted such beef. Not since Poshburger punted in the same year have we loved such a bun. And not since Elevation Burger kicked the can has the whole of a single burger exceeded the sum of its delicious parts.
We’re not disparaging the hand-tooled, $20+ wonders of places like Country Club Grill and Carnevino. No, we mean the loss of a good, basic burger, grilled in quantity, using great beef, seasoned to a “t” and encased in a yeasty-tangy, fluffy ciabatta-like bun like the one pictured above. A burger made by a grillmaster who knows how to get the edges crispy while losing none of the juice. A burger topped with New Mexican green chile, and cheese….that melts into the world’s greatest relish.
We’re talking New Mexican green chile cheeseburgers here, pilgrim….the apotheosis of the meat pie.
Even without the chile, that burger is one for the ages: tasting like the beefiest short rib or prime sirloin you’ve ever bit into (it’s actually ground chuck). That super squishy bun may look like air bread to you, but it was anything but….the dome having a slight, deceptive crackle to it, and the soft, forgiving crumb tasting of sweet, pungent sourdough.
Wrapping meat this good in such flattering accoutrements is like putting a gorgeous body in a tight dress. You won’t be able to take your eyes (or your lips) off it.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to travel 620 miles to taste it.
Sorry, but that’s the sad state of burger affairs in our humble burg.
SANTA FE BITE
311 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501