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New Mexico Tourism Department’s
Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Launches

The State of New Mexico rolled out the first of its new Culinary Trails initiative with the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, celebrating the state’s iconic burger. Forty-eight restaurants were selected from nearly 200 nominees statewide by a combination of popular vote and a panel of culinary and tourism authorities. The purpose of this and the trails to come is to further attract visitors who make travel choices based on food and beverages, their local producers, and related experiences. The trails will ultimately showcase New Mexico restaurants, farmers markets, wineries, microbreweries, and other producers throughout the state.

Cheryl Alters Jamison, four-time James Beard award-winning author and Culinary Liaison for the Tourism Department said “The green chile cheeseburger was chosen for the first of the trails because it’s one of our hottest foods, in all respects. Just about everyone loves a good burger, so even visitors unfamiliar with our fabulous green chile will often try it when corralled in a bun with a meat patty. Burgers are a great value, something we can all relate to in these tough economic times. They’re also fun food, and who can’t use a little injection of levity in our lives these days? The Trail is a way to promote the state’s farmers, ranchers, and food producers as well as keep New Mexicans and visitors aware that our state’s heritage of chile production is endangered by cheap imports that have little of the quality associated with true New Mexican chiles.”

Nomination Criteria and Voting

Any New Mexico-based restaurant with a business license and good standing with the New Mexico Health Department was eligible for nomination if it serves a burger (beef, bison, or “veggie”) with cheese and New Mexican green chile, on a bun or other bread. Nominations came from patrons and restaurateurs from late August through the end of September.

The popular vote was—well—extremely popular, with nearly 8,000 votes logged online and, additionally, by in-person voting at the New Mexico State Fair, the Whole Enchilada Fiesta in Las Cruces, and the Viva Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Kick-Off Weekend. The top twenty popular vote-getters became part of the Trail. The selection panel then looked at a combination of other criteria, including overall quality and ingredients, geographic location, diversity, and appeal to visitors. Panel members were: Edible Santa Fe’s publisher Kate Manchester, Gil Garduño of Gil’s Thrilling (and Filling) Website and Blog (www.nmgastronome.com), both of Albuquerque, and from Santa Fe, Martin Leger with the New Mexico Tourism Department, and Cheryl Jamison, who is overseeing the development of the Trails initiative.

A Sampling of Tasty Spots

The selected restaurants include spots like Ella’s, a homey Main Street cafe in Reserve, Michael’s Mini-Mart a community gathering place in Velarde, and the recently renovated La Plazuela in Santa Fe’s historic La Fonda Hotel. Wildly renowned spots like The Owl Bar & Café in San Antonio, Bobcat Bite outside Santa Fe, and Bert’s Burger Bowl in the heart of Santa Fe made the list too.

Home of the Laguna Burger, found in a superette/Conoco station a burger’s throw from I-40, is owned by the Laguna Development Corporation. Other spots in traditional Native communities include Tacos Takeout in Zuni and Ancient Way Café in Ramah. Abe’s Cantina y Cocina in Arroyo Seco continues to be presided over by Abe Garcia, who started the business after his return from World War II. His daughters help him run Abe’s today, and cook up the scrumptious burgers. Many other spots are multi-generation family affairs too, like the Circle T Drive-In in Belen where three generations of Tabets are involved. New Mexico chains Blake’s Lotaburger and Taco Box also made the list, both feature restaurants in many of our state’s far-flung communities.

Hitting the Trail

Cheryl Jamison said “We hope many locals as well as out-of-state visitors will find it rewarding to check out many of the restaurants when they are travelling throughout the state. We already know of folks making travel plans specifically around eating in one or more of the stops. Remember, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to check on hours and meals served before hitting the trail. Many of the selected restaurants have been featured on the website www.nmgastronome.com, so readers may want to check there for a review.”

Future culinary trails will focus on traditional Hispanic and Native American cuisine as well as contemporary chefs and restaurants creating their own signature cooking styles, plus the world of global flavors available here. Jamison will oversee the development of the later Tourism Department trails.

The Trail can be accessed online now at www.newmexico.org/ greenchilecheeseburger. For more information contact Cheryl Alters Jamison at 505-982-2041 or b-c-jamison@msn.com.

 

The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

Abiquiu

Bode’s General Store

Highway 84, 87510

505-685-4422

www.bodes.com

Alamogordo

Blake’s Lotaburger

1320 N. White Sands Blvd. 83310

505-434-0466

www.lotaburger.com

Albuquerque

Blake’s Lotaburger

34 locations citywide; check website for locations

www.lotaburger.com

Independence Grill

6910 Montgomery Blvd NE, 87109

(505) 837-2874

www.abqburger.com

Lucky Boy Chinese Food & Hamburgers

3521 Constitution Ave NE ( near Carlisle), 87106

Albuquerque, NM 87106

(505) 268-2785

Monte Carlo Steak House

3916 Central Ave SW, 87105

(505) 831-2444

O’Niell’s Pub

4310 Central Avenue SE (at Nob Hill), 87108

(505) 255-6782

www.oniells.com

Owl Café

800 Eubank Blvd NE (near Lomas), 87123

(505) 291-4900

Route 66 Malt Shop & Grill

1720 Central Ave SW (east of Rio Grande)

Albuquerque, NM 87104

(505) 242-RT66 (7866)

www.route66maltshop.com

300 Club Grill @ Holiday Bowl

7515 Lomas NE (east of Louisiana), 87710

(505) 268-3308

www.holidaybowl.com

Alto

Paso Monte Grill

239 Paso Monte Road, 88312

575-937-5839

Angel Fire

The Roasted Clove (BURGERS MONDAY NIGHTS ONLY)

48 North Angel Fire Road, 87710

(575) 377-0636 (reservations recommended)

www.roastedclove.com

Arroyo Seco

Abe’s Cantina y Cocina

489 State Road 150, 87514

(575) 776-8516

Aztec

Blake’s Lotaburger

224 W.Aztec Blvd. 87410

(505) 334-6700

www.lotaburger.com

Bayard

Blake’s Lotaburger

100 Hurley Avenue

(505) 537-5259

www.lotaburger.com

Belen

Blake’s Lotaburger

799 E. River Road, 87002

(505) 864-6869

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

19388 Highway 85, 87002

(505) 864-4550

www.lotaburger.com

Circle T Drive-In

523 S. Main St, 87002

(505) 864-4135

625 E. Reinken Avenue, 87002

(505) 864-2929

Fat Sat’s Bar & Grill

51 I-25 Bypass Road, 87002

505-864-7715

www.fatsatsbarandgrill.com

Harla May’s Fat Boy Grill

710 Dalies Avenue (in the Oñate Theater), 87002

(505) 864-2211

www.harlamays.com

Bernalillo

Blake’s Lotaburger

297 W. Highway 550, 87004

(505) 867-2658

www.lotaburger.com

Bibo

Bibo Bar & Grill

State Highway 279, 11 miles north of Laguna in Cibola County

(505) 552-9428

Blanco

Don’s Chuckwagon

7414 Highway 64, 87412

(505) 632-3882

Bloomfield

Blake’s Lotaburger

420 S. Bloomfield Blvd. 87413

(505) 632-2442

www.lotaburger.com

Bosque Farms

Benny’s

1675 Bosque Farms Blvd., 87068

(505) 869-2210

Blake’s Lotaburger

1395 Bosque Farms Blvd., 87068

(505) 869-1001

www.lotaburger.com

Carlsbad

Blake’s Lotaburger

1230 West Pierce

(505) 885-0152

www.lotaburger.com

Cedar Crest

Burger Boy

12023 State Highway 14N, 87008

(505) 281-3949

Carrizozo

Outpost Bar & Grill

415 Central, 88301

(575) 648-9994

Clovis

Taco Box

136 W. 21st Street (Hilltop Plaza), 88101

(575) 935-8226 (YEL-TACO)

www.tacobox.com

Deming

Blake’s Lotaburger

600 N. Gold Avenue, 88030

www.lotaburger.com

El Rito

El Farolito

1212 Main Street, 87530

(575) 581-9509

Embudo

Sugar’s BBQ & Hamburgers

1799 NM Highway 68,

(505) 852-0604

Española

Blake’s Lotaburger

119 Paseo de Oñate, 87532

(505) 753-9287

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

914 North Riverside Drive, 87532

(505) 753-3611

www.lotaburger.com

Dandy Burger

215 North Riverside Dr. (San Pedro Plaza), 87532

(505) 747-8038

Stop & Eat

1208 North Riverside Dr. 87532

(505) 753-7400

Farmington

Blake’s Lotaburger

2220 East 20th Street, 87401

(505) 327-2489

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

1611 West Main Street, 87401

(505) 327-2561

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

2130 Bloomfield Highway, 87401

(505) 327-1141

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

420 East Broadway, 87401

(505) 325-8226

www.lotaburger.com

Clancy’s Irish Pub

2703 E. 20th Street (near Main Street), 87402

(505) 325-8176

www.clancys.net

Gallup

Blake’s Lotaburger

810 South Second Street, 87301

(505) 863-3181

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

1925 West Highway 66, 87301

(505) 863-6658

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

111 West Lincoln Avenue, 87301

(505) 722-4223

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

2618 East Highway 66, 87301

(505) 863-4684

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

Alma Drive, 87301

505-371-5400

www.lotaburger.com

Grants

Badlands Burgers

1204 West Santa Fe Avenue (just off I-40 exit 81), 87020

505-287-9300

www.badlandsburgers.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

1021 East Santa Fe Avenue, 87020

(505) 287-8438

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

1100 North First Street, 87020

(505) 287-2584

www.lotaburger.com

Hatch

Sparky’s BBQ and Espresso

115 Franklin Street, NM 87937

(575) 267-4222

www.sparkysburgers.com

Laguna

Home of the Laguna Burger

I-40, Exit 114, Highway 24 (Laguna Superette), 87026

(505) 552-1022

Las Cruces

Blake’s Lotaburger

700 South Solano Drive, 83001

(575) 524-2607

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

2915 North Main, 88001

(575) 524-1743

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

1300 South Valley Drive, 88005

(575) 523-1849

www.lotaburger.com

Day’s Hamburgers

295 N. Main Street, 88005

(575) 523-8665

Day’s Hamburgers

5155 North Doña Ana, 88007

(575) 541-8450

Las Lunas

Benny’s II

1503 Main St. S.W., 87031

(505) 865-2255

Las Vegas

Blake’s Lotaburger

2302 7th Street, 87701

(505) 425-0762

www.lotaburger.com

Landmark Grill

Plaza Hotel, 230 Plaza Park, 87701

(505) 425-3591

www.plazahotel-nm.com

Lordsburg

Ramona’s

904 East Motel Drive, 88045

(575) 542-3030

Mesilla

Double Eagle/Peppers Cafe

2355 Calle de Guadalupe (on the plaza in Old Mesilla), 88046

(575) 523-6700

www.double-eagle-mesilla.com

Milan

Blake’s Lotaburger

629 Old Highway 66, 87021

505-287-4023

www.lotaburger.com

Moriarty

Blake’s Lotaburger

305 East Route 66, 87035

(505) 832-0629

www.lotaburger.com

KC’s

910 Central Avenue, 87035

(505) 832-9797

Portales

Taco Box

1208 W. First St. (Highway 70, across from Eastern NM University), 88130

(575) 226-8226 (ACO-TACO)

www.tacobox.com

Ramah

Ancient Way Café

4018 Ice Caves Road (Highway 53, mile marker 46, 1 mile east of El Morro National Monument), 87321

(505) 783-4612

www.elmorro-nm.com

Raton

El Matador

1012 South 2nd Street, 87740

(575) 445-9575

Reserve

Ella’s Café

96 Main Street, 87830

(575) 533-6111

Rio Rancho

Blake’s Lotaburger

1400 Deborah Road SE, 87124

(505) 896-2550

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

600 Unser Blvd. SE, 87124

(505) 892-5591

www.lotaburger.com

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company

905 36th Place SE, 87124

(505) 994-9497

www.turtlemountainbrewing.com

Roswell

Peppers

500 North Main Street (at 6th Street), 88201

(575) 623-1700

www.peppers-grill.com

San Antonio

Buckhorn Tavern

68 U.S. Highway 380, 87832

(575) 835-4423

The Owl Bar & Café

77 U.S. Highway 380, 87832

(575) 835-9946

San Ysidro

550 T Freez

23323 Highway 550 (1/4 mile south of intersection with Highway 4]

575-834-1717

Santa Fe

Bert’s Burger Bowl

235 North Guadalupe Street, 87501

(505) 982-0215

www.bertssantafe.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

404 North Guadalupe, 87501

(505) 983-4915

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

2820 West Zia Road, 87507

(505)438-2411

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

3200 Cerrillos Road, 87501

(505) 471-2433

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

420 Airport Road, 87507

(505) 473-7633

www.lotaburger.com

Blake’s Lotaburger

2004 St. Michael’s Drive, 87505

(505) 471-8694

www.lotaburger.com

Bobcat Bite

418 Old Las Vegas Highway, 87505

(505) 983-5319

www.bobcatbite.com

La Plazuela

100 East San Francisco Street (in La Fonda Hotel), 87501

(505) 982-5511

www.lafondasantafe.com

Silver City

Blake’s Lotaburger

1315 North Hudson, 88061

(505) 388-4442

www.lotaburger.com

Socorro

Blake’s Lotaburger

721 North California Street, 87801

www.lotaburger.com

Taos

Blake’s Lotaburger

1136 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, 87571

(505) 758-4771

www.lotaburger.com

Taos Ski Valley

Stray Dog Cantina

105 Sutton Place, 87525

(575) 776-2894

www.straydogtsv.com

Truth or Consequences

TRC’s Big-A-Burger

719 Main (at Broadway), 87901

(575) 894-3099

Tucumcari

Blake’s Lotaburger

2523 South 1st Street, 88401

(505) 461-0011

www.lotaburger.com

Velarde

Michael’s Mini-Mart

1410 Highway 68 North, 87582

(505) 852-4769

www.michaelsminimart.com

Zuni

Tacos Take-Out Trailer

Highway 53, in parking lot east of Zuni Pueblo Tribal Headquarters

505-240-2754

 


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