Wednesday, 28 April 2010

On the hunt for a Green Chile Cheeseburger

The chile pepper is at the very heart and soul of Mexican cuisine. Not only is it a state symbol, but more than 30,000 acres are harvested here annually, most of it around the small town of Hatch. In particular, New Mexicans take great pride in their green chile, and most places will give you the option to smother your dinner in either red or green sauce or possibly both (just ask for 'Christmas').

One of the most popular menu items involving the state's favourite pepper is the Green Chile Cheeseburger, which crops up in restaurants everywhere, regardless of the cuisine and everyone will have an opinion on where to find the best burger.

I finally got around to trying one of these the other weekend, at Isaac's Bar and Restaurant in downtown Silver (City). This cavernous place occupies a corner at the bottom of the town's main thoroughfare and attracts a lively crowd at the weekend. Slightly deterred by online reviews of surly staff and stories from colleagues with the NPS (who were lucky enough to eat in there one night when a knife fight took place. A one off incident I'm sure), we thought we'd give it a go last Sunday evening. We stuck with the lighter/sandwich menu (the main entrees are quite pricy between $10-18, although the portions did look huge), choosing the green chile burger with duck fat fries. The food arrived swiftly and we polished off our plates in an equally speedy manner. The diced green chile had just the right amount of heat, adding a tangy freshness to the burger and the fries were excellent and well-portioned. So that's another New Mexican food experience crossed off the list....and one that was slightly more successful than the cactus.

Isaac's Bar & Grill
200 North Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061
(575) 388-4090

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