Last weekend we had a chance to eat at Bobcat Bite. This is a legendary burger place where locals and visitors alike journey from near and far to eat beef. This tiny place has received recognition from magazines like Bon Appetit and Gourmet, The NY Times, Food Network, and Fodor’s. We’ve lived in New Mexico for three years now, so it was about time we scoped this place out for ourselves. Plus it was conveniently located right off I-25 for our drive back to Albuquerque from fishing on the Pecos.
Breakfast had been 5 hours earlier and we only snacked on trail mix while fishing. By the time we arrived at Bobcat Bite (BB) we were starving. First and foremost we wanted to feed, but this was also a great opportunity to compare Bobcat Bite burgers to our very own handmade burgers that we had devoured the previous night.
We used chuck roast and a hand-cranked pasta maker/grinder/mincer to produce a course grind (no pink slime in this burger). We kept it simple, just adding salt and pepper to an 8-ounce patty. The grilled burger was served medium-rare on a toasted sesame bun (we couldn’t find brioche buns) and dressed with ketchup, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar and roasted (canned) green chile. It was a pretty good burger.
As my father-in-law would say, “let us facing the facts,” the Bobcat Bite Burger was better in several ways. Bigger is not always better, but in this case it was. The BB burger is a made with 10 ounces of beef (chuck and sirloin) resulting in a thick, juicy patty. It was perfectly seasoned and came out medium-rare, just as I had ordered. The BB buns were not quite a true brioche but still with great texture and durability (I hate it when a bun crumbles or gets too soggy from a juicy burger). Instead of cheddar, American Swiss cheese topped the burgers. Similarly, green chile, red onion and the standard condiments were available if one desired. The BB burger was also nicer to look at. We forgot to melt the cheese onto our patty and our buns did not match the size of the patty. The only feature in which the BB burger scored lower than ours was in the grind. We prefer a courser grind, which the BB burger was not. Fortunately, the finer ground BB burger did not result in a tougher burger. Overall, it was the winner of our mini battle-of–the-burger competition.
Bobcat Bite also serves other meaty plates. My son was quick to state that he will order the Niman Ranch ham steak next time. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, you can order a steak or pork chops. So, the next time you’re on I-25 near Santa Fe, instead of going into town for a bite, head over here for a Bobcat Bite.
- They don’t take credit cards
- It’s a very small place (I counted about 28 seats), so if you don’t want to wait in line avoid the prime-dining hours
- To get there from either direction on I-25, you need to exit about 2 miles beforehand and drive on the access road, The Old Las Vegas Highway.
Date visited: August 5, 2012
2014 UPDATE: Bobcat Bite is no longer. Owners have opened a new place in downtown Santa Fe called Santa Fe BITE.