420 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, NM;
Chosen by Food and Wine, September, 2007 as one of “America’s Top Restaurants”
Before it became a restaurant, this tiny adobe building served as a trading post and a gun shop. But today its only business is burgers. Since John and Bonnie Eckre took over in 2001, John hasn’t missed a day of work, which is a good thing, since he’s the only chef. What’s the secret to his burger? It could be the beef (freshly ground daily) or the New Mexican green-chile topping. But most folks – including John – say it’s the 50-year-old cast-iron griddle on which he cooks thousands of burgers a week.