BEST Burger in New Mexico


SANTA FE (KRQE) – It’s the stuff that causes furious debate. It’s even a state competition. Who cooks up the best green chile cheeseburger in the state? Yahoo has declared a winner as it went out to find the best burgers in all 50 states.

After the three months of researching, eating, and yes, fighting, Yahoo believes the best burger in New Mexico can be found at Santa Fe Bite in our capital city.

“It’s a great article. It’s always good to be recognized,” said John Eckre, owner of Santa Fe Bite.

Eckre previously owned Bobcat Bite and earned a reputation for mouth-watering burgers there.

“I’ve been doing it for 15 years now, so I should start getting good at it pretty quick,” he joked.

“We always do our best. We grind our meat fresh every day: whole boneless chuck and sirloin; it’s like ground steak,” he said.

Eckre set out to cook with the best ingredients he could find. But that’s not his only secret behind the kitchen door.

“We take our time with the burgers. We don’t hurry them and mash them down. We let them cool slow. That leaves you with a savory flavor that longer cooking gives you,” Eckre said. “I made my grills myself. I used to be a welder, so I built three cast iron grills that really do enhance the flavor of the burger. It makes a big difference,” he said.

Customers, whether first-time diners or longtime patrons, raved about their meals over their Friday lunch.

“When you order a medium, it’s just a perfect medium. The meat is very well made, and it’s juicy. It’s never dried out, and the vegetables are always fresh,” said Lewis Smith. “I’ve been coming here every other Friday,” he added.

A Huffington Post article also recognizing Santa Fe Bite is what led Sandy Usita of Rio Rancho to choose to dine here this particular Friday.

“I’m glad I had a chance to read the article because it’s great. I missed this for I don’t know how long,” Usita said. “I absolutely love a good burger. This is quality,” she said.

Shane Plossu developed his cravings back at Bobcat Bite and visits Santa Fe Bite when he returns to Santa Fe. “It’s just a real treat for me to do that. Get a green chile fix everytime I come back home,” he said.

“The Bite is really the best burger I’ve had. I’ve traveled a lot myself as well, tried lots of burgers and to me the green chile cheeseburger is just the one,” Plossu said.

In its review, Yahoo said, “The chuck and sirloin beef mix complements the smoky heat of the chiles, and makes you wish more people from other states would start putting green chiles on everything.”

But was there a runner-up in New Mexico?

Yahoo began its burger choice for the Land of Enchantment by saying, “With apologies to the delicious burgers at Manny’s Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, we had to go with Santa Fe Bite’s green chile cheeseburger.”

Santa Fe Bite is located at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail.


Eldorado Real Estate Report – Sept. 2014- Feb. 2015

Here is the Eldorado Real Estate Report for the last 6 months from September 2014 – February 2015. One can see we are getting busy earlier than usual and this year should be the best year for Eldorado since 2006.
43 Eldorado properties currently on the market.  This is low inventory. If you are considering listing, now is the time before the Spring and Summer rush in which you will have more competition. 15 homes went under contract and 4 sold.
– $173 was the average price per square foot in February. Remember it depends on the size of the house, age and the quality of the finishes. The larger the house, the lower the price per square foot. This has ranged from $149 – $173 last year.

-166 were the average days on the market last month. This still largely depends on price. The more competitive the pricing, the more quickly you will sell

– 98% is the sales price vs. listing price for February. This is the listing price when the property went under contract, not the original listing price, which may have been higher. This has ranged from 94% – 99% for the last 3 years.

– 346K was the average listing price in February. The average sales price was 329K.

– 10.8 months of inventory – which means the length of time it would take to sell all the homes listed in Eldorado at the current rate of sales. Eight months indicates a healthy real estate market and this number will begin to decrease as our high season heats up.
If you would like more information on the Eldorado Real Estate Market, please let me know.
TrendVision TM

Published March 2015*

Prepared for you by: Lisa Smith, 505-570-5770

Number of Homes For Sale vs. Sold vs. Pended (Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015)
Average Price per SQFT (Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015)
Avg Days On Market & Sold/List Price % (Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015)
Average Price of For Sale and Sold (Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015)
Months of Inventory Based on Closed Sales (Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015)
If your email program is not displaying the chart graphs properly, please click on the following link which will take you to a web page that contains the graphs: Show Chart*All reports are published March 2015, based on data available at the end of February 2015. All reports presented are based on data supplied by the Santa Fe MLS. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.