GREEN CHILE SMACKDOWN Realburger takes top prize in chile burger contest

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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:36 am, Fri Sep 13, 2013.

The professional palates of the first-ever Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown kept it old school Saturday afternoon in the Railyard — from among the seven entrants, they awarded top prize to Realburger, a restaurant that has operated in various locations in Santa Fe since 1974.

Realburger owner John Chavez, who purchased the eatery in 1985, said his award-winning burger featured a hand-packed, fresh, never-frozen, grass-fed Angus beef patty on a buttered-corn-dusted Kaiser roll, topped with roasted Hatch green chile, pepper jack cheese and an avocado aioli. Chavez added that his restaurant — currently located on Cerrillos Road — features a “burger bar,” where customers can dress their burgers however they like. Chavez re-created that amenity at his booth Saturday for the Smackdown.

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  • Tim Long posted at 10:07 am on Mon, Sep 9, 2013.

    TimLong Posts: 14

    Congratulations John! It doesn't suprise me, though. Not to mention your fabulous Breakfast Burritos!

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:57 am on Mon, Sep 9, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    No surprise here. Not one area born and raised Santa Fean who grew up eating green chile burgers.
    Michael Bauer- San Francisco
    Cathy Barber- Dallas
    Kate Krader-New York City (git a rope)
    Ellise Pierce-Dallas
    Cheryl Jamison- Illinois native, who has "mostly" lived in TESUQUE for 30 years, billed as "Santa Fe's own????"

    How about next year we bring in Hiroyuki Sakai, Jacques Pépin, Suzanne Goin , Tom Colicchio , and Paula Deen.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 10:21 am on Sun, Sep 8, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    next year, i'll enter my mushroom and swiss burger into the green chile smackdown contest and as long as we have judges from dallas and san francisco, i'll probably win!

  • Jimmy Green posted at 10:17 am on Sun, Sep 8, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    OMG. The two worst burgers in town win. that figures. and btw: How does a bacon burger fit into a green chile burger contest?

  • Edward Brown posted at 7:09 am on Sun, Sep 8, 2013.

    ERB Posts: 14

    Why wasn't Chris' Cafe given the wild card spot? Which does have the best burger in town. Perhaps the voting needs to be look at too. With the lop sided voting going to the hotel burgers.


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