From the Sept. 25, 2011, Chicago Tribune "Homegrown heat" by Jay Jones.
Rowena Baco remembers the day the sun rose twice in New Mexico. That would be July 16, 1945, when scientists detonated the first atomic bomb 35 miles from San Antonio, NM. The scientists stayed at her grandfather's cabins and ate and drank at her father's Miera's Owl Bar. Her father began topping the burgers with fiery-hot diced green chili peppers, and started what is now a New Mexico culinary delight: the green chili cheeseburger.
I've been in the state twice and sadly admit to never having one, but then again, I am not a big fan of anything too hot. Nonetheless, next time on 66, I will try one.
Now, there even is a Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail stretching 500 miles along I-25 from Colorado to Mexico.
And one of the best is in Albuquerque and is on the historic Route 66. That would be Lumpy's Burgers which doesn't even have indoor seating and has only been open since 2010. You can order a Wimpy, Lumpy or Plumpy as to size and your desired toppings.. If you want fries, you pick your own potato. Can't get much fresher than that.
Salivating All the Way. --RoadDog
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