By Don Johnson
On 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.
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.
3407 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106