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2016/12/28 18:43:38 (permalink)

My Year in Roadfood - 2016

It's that time of year.....
 
Having spent a week in New Mexico in April eating green chile cheeseburgers, it comes as no surprise that they dominate the best burgers category.
 
Best Burgers
 
10. Glenwood Pines (Ithaca, NY)

Nice char grilled flavor on French bread highlight this wonderful burger.
 
9. Sparky's (Hatch, NM)

Considering Hatch is where the best chile peppers come from, there should be a restaurant in Hatch that serves a really good green chile cheeseburger.  And Sparky's is that place.  Big, brash, Sparky's is just as much a tourist destination as it is a restaurant.  The beef itself was just fine, but those roasted green chiles is what puts this place on the "must-eat" map.
 
8. Chuckburger (Topeka, KS)

I didn't even know Chuckburger existed until I just happened to be driving past.  This tiny drive-though looked so charming that I forgot about the other destination and ate here instead.  Open since 1955, Chuckburger is a local institution.  This is the double chuckburger on a well toasted bun, topped with swiss cheese and grilled onions.  Sweet potato fries and an excellent chocolate shake completed this fine meal.
 
7. Rosco's Burger Inn (El Paso, TX)

Since 1955, Rosco's has been putting out El Paso's best burgers.  During my visit, almost every seat in the place was filled with hungry soldiers from nearby Fort Bliss.
 
6. A & B Drive-In (Truth or Consequences, NM)

I loved everything about this humble little drive-in off the beaten path in T or C.  A well seasoned patty, lots of gooey cheese and the caliente green chile was the hottest of the week spent in New Mexico.
 
5. Market Burger (Purcellville, VA)

Certainly not the biggest burger, but it sure was the juiciest!  Bacon, grilled onions and thinly sliced sweet potato fries completed this memorable meal. 
 
4. Ranchman's Café (Ponder, TX)

No doubt that this double was the biggest burger I tackled all year.  High quality local beef was the key to this high quality burger.  Further proof that everything really is bigger in Texas!
 
3. Greenside Café (Cedar Crest, NM)

A 1/3lb. angus beauty, char grilled perfectly medium, topped with melted cheddar and a generous portion of green chiles, sitting between a soft, toasted bun.  This burger had it all.
 
2. Buckhorn Tavern (San Antonio, NM)

When driving through San Antonio, NM, it is can be a tough decision of where to eat.  Sure, there are only two places, but both the Owl Bar and Buckhorn Tavern serve world class green chile cheeseburgers.  I think after multiple visits to both, I am ready to declare Buckhorn Tavern the better gcc.  The patty is well seasoned, it has gnarly crispy edges and those green chiles on top just sing!   
 
1. Santa Fe Bite (Santa Fe, NM)

Yeah, I know.  How boring!  Santa Fe Bite wins again.  Trust me, I am tired of always ranking them number one.  On every visit, I'm always thinking, could it really be good as I remember?  Then you take that first bite.  And then you realize just why you were willing to travel this far.....
 
 
Honorable Mention
1. Riverside Grill Shack (Nashville, TN)
2. Kincaid's (Fort Worth, TX)
3. Cassell's (Los Angeles, CA)
4. Zombie Burger (Des Moines, IA)
5. George's Bar & Grill (Cathedral City, CA)
post edited by buffetbuster - 2016/12/28 21:55:49
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 18:47:46 (permalink)
Some great looking burgers. Thanks for posting...
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 18:59:45 (permalink)
Those GCC look mighty fine!  Great start!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 19:19:49 (permalink)
Definitely going to have to make it to NM for some GCC. Those look great. I actually have an old friend in Purcellville. Have to see if he's made it there, (probably has). That looked like a good burger.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 19:25:21 (permalink)
And I thought you would appease Joe Rogo and start with best Italian Food. I hope to visit Ranchman's Cafe next summer. I don't even think I had more than 4 burgers on the road this year, let alone a top 10. Great start
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 20:09:17 (permalink)
Very glad that Santa Fe Bite wins again!!!!  I do so love their GCCB! 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 20:43:46 (permalink)
Nice! 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 21:06:41 (permalink)
5 of 10 in NM
 
Got to get to NM
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/28 22:25:56 (permalink)
Who is this "buffetbuster" person?
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 07:49:52 (permalink)
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Definitely going to have to make it to NM for some GCC. Those look great. I actually have an old friend in Purcellville. Have to see if he's made it there, (probably has). That looked like a good burger.


Purcellville is such a small town, I can't imagine he hasn't been there.  When you find out, please report back and let us know what he thinks of the place.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 07:51:25 (permalink)
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Who is this "buffetbuster" person?


Now there is a great question!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 10:21:08 (permalink)
Here in Dallas, the only GCCB I've ever had was at (of all places) a Sonic.  And it was delicious!  So, I can imagine how delectable 'the real deal' must be. 
 
BB has never steered me wrong and once again one of his posts has set my stomach to growl.
 
After a bit of research it turns out, Twisted Root offers a version.  That will be lunch today.
 
Thanks, Cliff!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 10:25:43 (permalink)
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Please report back about the GCC from Twisted Root.  I've heard really good things about the place, most likely from you.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 10:27:26 (permalink)
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Very glad that Santa Fe Bite wins again!!!!  I do so love their GCCB! 


Wait 'til you see what I had for breakfast at Santa Fe Bite!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 10:50:26 (permalink)
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Please report back about the GCC from Twisted Root.  I've heard really good things about the place, most likely from you.




And Twinwillow, though he prefers Maple & Motor.
 
BTW: their first store is across the street from Cane Rosso and was featured on DDD; W & I will be going to their Fairview location, only 3 miles from Casa Metro.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 10:58:20 (permalink)
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Very glad that Santa Fe Bite wins again!!!!  I do so love their GCCB! 


Wait 'til you see what I had for breakfast at Santa Fe Bite!


OMG......I can't even imagine!  But I'm sure if John made it, it was something sublime!!!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 13:45:42 (permalink)
The best of 2016's neon.....
 



























































































 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:06:01 (permalink)
A few not restaurant neon photos that were too good not to post:
 



 
And my favorite is this rotating beauty, which ChiTownDiner and I ventured out in Seattle's rain to capture.

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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:15:05 (permalink)
Some nice looking neon...not as nice as good food, but nice!!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:18:15 (permalink)
Beautiful.
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:21:22 (permalink)
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A few not restaurant neon photos that were too good not to post:
 

 
 
 
And my favorite is this rotating beauty, which ChiTownDiner and I ventured out in Seattle's rain to capture.





 
You were with Chi Town Diner? I thought that was Chi Town Diner in his neon outfit !
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:35:55 (permalink)
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And I thought you would appease Joe Rogo and start with best Italian Food. I hope to visit Ranchman's Cafe next summer. I don't even think I had more than 4 burgers on the road this year, let alone a top 10. Great start


We all need more Italian Food!

I'll have you know, I spent three days in New Mexico and not once did I consider Italian Food!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:39:43 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2016/12/29 17:52:13
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I'm a little sheepish to admit that after nine days in New Mexico, I went to a German restaurant in Albuquerque. 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 14:43:00 (permalink)
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And I thought you would appease Joe Rogo and start with best Italian Food. I hope to visit Ranchman's Cafe next summer. I don't even think I had more than 4 burgers on the road this year, let alone a top 10. Great start


We all need more Italian Food!

I'll have you know, I spent three days in New Mexico and not once did I consider Italian Food!




So you didn't have any GCCB's swimming in gravy and mutz ?
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 15:10:11 (permalink)
We were always more of a hit at the...
 

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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 15:20:56 (permalink)
TTM-
How in the world did not I not think of that reference while dining there?
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 15:37:54 (permalink)
This time of year always brings out one of the great threads of the year! Wonderful food and fantastic neon!
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 18:21:50 (permalink)
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Joe-
I'm a little sheepish to admit that after nine days in New Mexico, I went to a German restaurant in Albuquerque. 


I can see that. I went there armed with antacid and acid blockers!  
 
I sat at the bar at Santa Fe Bite, next to the owner.  He was chompin down a bowl of something, covered with red chili.  I thought to myself, how the heck do they do that every day. 
 
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/29 18:25:41 (permalink)
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We were always more of a hit at the...
 





Um, ripoff..... https://www.facebook.com/...3518759593?pnref=story
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Re: My Year in Roadfood - 2016 2016/12/30 00:30:01 (permalink)
I see that you were able to make it to the Bohemian Cafe in Omaha before it closed its' doors in September. I was hoping until the end that a White Knight would show up and buy the place. I'm going to miss those dumplings.
 
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