BURGERGUYZ: Pete’s Frites, Albuquerque, NM

By Don Johnson

downloadOn a Saturday Albuquerque evening, BURGERGUYZ of New Mexico paid a visit to Pete’s Frites. Pete’s is an up and coming burger stop in Nob Hill that serves nothing but burgers and “frites”, a Belgian style French Fry. There is one grilled cheese option and a grilled cheese children’s meal for the non-meat eaters.

The staff at Pete’s Frites is incredible proud of their limited menu. When not busy, they will tell you just about anything you would want to know about the 5 cuts of New Mexico sourced beef that are ground and blended on site to make their burgers. The frites are hand cut and triple cooked on site. And, the topper is the selection of in house made specialty sauces and a fry sauce.

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The Pete’s Frites double combo with spicy mayo and garlic aioli.

The menu is posted next to the counter where one places their order. Since there is nothing else to order but the hamburger, several opted for the “Diner” double patty, others opted for the “Diner” single. Cheese choices; Cheddar or American. Add green chili! The combo comes with, guess what… the frites! You are not asked for doneness as every burger is cooked to their specification.

Don’t be in a hurry, this is not fast food. But, when your food arrives, you’ll find it worth the wait. The burgers arrived, open faced, on a paper covered rectangular platter. The buns heal sported the cheese covered patty, the crown sported our selections of lettuce, onion, and tomato. A huge serving of frites and your sauce choices accompany the burger.

While the burger had a well-done appearance, we were surprised at how juicy it was. The loosely packed patty conveyed a mild beef flavor. The texture was awesome. The bun was fresh and had a nice “squish” to it, but was sturdy enough to hold together for the duration of the meal. The frites? You will find them unbelievable. The triple cooking process produces an extremely crisp exterior and an incredibly soft interior. The serving size on the combo is easily enough for 2 and probably up to 3 people.

Sometimes, simple, and minimal is best. Pete’s Frites exemplifies this. 2 items on the menu, a small assortment of flavor enhancing sauces. Locally sourced, antibiotic and hormone free beef. Fresh, on site ingredients. Pow!

**Beer and wine coming soon.

Burgerguyz of New Mexico score: 4.7 out of 5. We need a little room at the top just in case there’s something better. But that’s gotta be an out of this world burger.

Pete’s Frites
3407 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 200-0661

www.petesfrites.com


2 thoughts on “BURGERGUYZ: Pete’s Frites, Albuquerque, NM

    1. I wasn’t familiar with the process so I looked it up and it sounds pretty good!

      Triple cooked fries:

      Place the fries into a bowl of running water for 5 minutes to wash the starch off.

      Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with cold tap water until potatoes are covered. Place the pan on medium heat and simmer until the potatoes are almost falling apart, about 20 minutes.

      Carefully remove the fires and place them on a cooling rack to dry out. Place the rack in the freezer to remove the moisture.

      Heat a deep pan no more than half filled with oil to 265F. Fry the fries in small batches until a light crust forms (about 5 minutes). Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.

      Put the potatoes on a cooling rack and freeze again for an hour to remove even more moisture.

      Heat the oil to 350°F and fry the fries until golden (about 7 minutes). Drain and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy hot.

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