There’s a new reigning chomp… er, champ in Santa Fe’s green chile cheeseburger scene: the Original Realburger.
Hundreds of salivating mouths gathered on the Railyard, Saturday for the first (and hopefully) annual event hosted by the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Santa Fe Restaurant Association.
Mayor David Coss made the announcement after the official judging panel’s results were tabulated. Ticketholders also voted on their favorite bite in the People’s Choice Award, which was bestowed to Cowgirl BBQ. The Cowgirl’s samples were the first to run out during the 2-hour tasting event.
The original Realburger’s John Chavez humbly accepted the judges award and thanked his family for helping him serve the award-winning burger. Chavez has been operating restaurants and catering under the Realburger banner since 1974.
Criteria for the judge’s award system were:
Santa Fe’s most famous culinary creation, the green chile cheeseburger, certainly deserves to have its own event, and this inagural festival seemed more successful than anticipated. Tickets for the tasting sold-out well before the grills were turned off and organizers speculate that next year’s smackdown will move to a larger venue.
The seven green chile cheeseburger finalists included:
The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown judges included: