Updated: Dec 30, 2021
Review by Alfred Wasilewski | Santa Fe Foodie Member
For a Few Dollars Less — No, this is not a reinterpretation of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. This is a review of Santa Fe Bite. After taking some undeserved shade for my initial review of the new Bobcat Bite (Link for that review here.), which I thought wasn’t a bad review. To recap, I griped about the $17 burger price tag at Bobcat Bite 2.0, mostly. I thought the green chile cheeseburger was okay, not great. The shake was thin, the fries were good, but the onion rings were very good.
So today, as I was running errands in the area, I decided on lunch at Santa Fe Bite. I hadn’t been there since earlier this year and, in that case, I ordered take out. It was very good.
Today, I ordered a green Chile cheeseburger, fries and a blueberry basil cider. A 10 oz. burger is a seriously substantial hunk of meat. I ordered the burger medium and it came out exactly as ordered. It was juicy and squirty. The beef taste was pronounced. Exactly what a meat lover wants in a burger. The green Chile had a nice bite the way Hatch chiles should taste. The lettuce was crisp, the tomato had a tomato taste and the raw onions were fresh. The bun was perfectly toasted. The fries were crisp and hot. I washed this belly buster with glasses of the blueberry basil flavored hard cider, which is worth sampling with or without a burger. The service was attentive and pleasant.
I recognize that to a New Mexican, green Chile burgers are a personal and parochial cause celebre backed by strong opinions. And I’m sure many who read this review will disagree with me and give me examples of why I’m wrong, so let’s cut to the chase. Santa Fe Bite’s green Chile cheeseburger is among the top three burgers I have ever eaten! Period! Not only was the burger super filling, but despite its size, I wasn’t leaving one single morsel on the plate. The best part, referencing the title above, is that the burger and fries was about $3 less that Bobcat Bite’s. However, to be fair, Santa Fe Bite, located in a strip center on St. Mike’s, does not have the stunning patio and views that Bobcat Bite has. Are the views worth the extra $3 for a burger that is not as good? You will have to decide for yourself.
So, while all you strongly opinionated burgermeisters load your guns of indignation, I’m going to take a nap.