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Blake’s Lotaburger vs. Five Guys—Gustavo Arellano on green chile and regional chains

Vintage Lotaburger
Vintage Lotaburger

Nothing in this whole wide world compares to the ambrosial sensation of chowing down on foodstuffs covered with roasted New Mexico chile. Smitten with our state’s almighty green chile burgers, Gustavo Arellano—of the OC Weekly and ¡Ask a Mexican! fame—wrote a love letter to Blake’s Lotaburger. In the blog, he praised the fact that the 76 Lotaburger locations are all within the borders of New Mexico. Meanwhile he lamented the outbreak of Five Guys fever (I guess Southern California is experiencing it too), a once D.C.-specific burger joint that now has 625 locations in the U.S. and Canada. It seems that Arellano and I have similar feelings about Five Guys. The burgers are good, but is all of the brouhaha deserved? Wait, what’s that? I can’t hear you over this blaring Doobie Brothers song!

Albuquerqueans can find out what all the fuss is about at 6650 Holly NE (waaaaay up there in that mess of chain stores and subdivisions on Paseo between San Pedro and Louisiana).