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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