Sobremesa: The Mesa Burger

I’m not one to sugarcoat things. Life can be tough, and sometimes we gotta deal with the hand we’re dealt. But when it comes to food, that’s a different story. This world is far from perfect. We try our best to make sense of it all, to find the good amidst the chaos, but sometimes it’s a losing battle. That’s why it’s so important to grab onto the things that bring us joy, even if only for a moment.

And for me, Mesa Provisions is one of those things. I’ve written about Mesa Provisions before, and I recently had the pleasure of dining there again with my beautiful wife. We sipped from their curated wine selection, nibbled on a radish salad, chatted up their lovely staff, and then went for the crown jewel: two Mesa Burgers.

Let me break it down for you: This burger is a work of site-specific art. It’s got all the usual suspects: beef, green chile, grilled onion, sharp white cheddar, and American cheese. But what really takes it to the next level is the marrownaise. Chef Steve Riley is a genius for coming up with this bone marrow spread – it’s as decadent and delicious as it sounds.

The Mesa Burger is a damn good green chile cheeseburger, and like many of Chef Riley’s creations, the Mesa Burger is an act of restraint where top ingredients meet adept skill and inspiration. What all food aspires to be.

Let me know what other green chile burger creations I should try: gabe@tablemagazine.com

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