New: The Burger Stand at Burro Alley

There's a new hamburger joint downtown! The Burger Stand at Burro Alley (207 W. San Francisco, 989-3360) which opened on June 1, serves a half dozen different kinds of burgers, including a traditional burger with Vermont cheddar, a black and blue burger (pictured above) with apple chutney, a green chile burger with pepperjack cheese, an avocado burger with habanero-cactus jam and a bacon cheeseburger with chipotle-cocoa ketchup. They're all about $10. You'll also find three versions of a hot dog and seven kinds of fries (truffles, duck fat, green chile cheese, bourbon cheese sauce and bacon etc.) plus shakes and a big kids menu. It's open 11 am-11 pm every day with beer and wine. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Speaking of meat in buns, HOLY HOT DOGS have you tried one of the Mexican dogs from the Taqueria A La Hacienda trailer on Airport Road? It's unbelievably delicious. Here's a rule of food for you: Mexican hot dogs are awesome. I've never had one that disappointed. Go get you one!

Or are you obsessed with burgers? Edible magazine is having its 2016 Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown and you can vote for your favorite from a list of 15 contenders (the burger below is by Renee Fox at Loyal Hound). You can download a "passport" that offers a $3 discount off many of the burgers and if you hit enough of those joints you can enter to win various prizes. The top seven vote winners will prepare their burgers for judges at the Smackdown, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 in the Farmers Market Pavilion at the Railyards. Tickets cost $20 and include tastes of the burgers, a ballot for the People's Choice Award and a souvenir glass. There are free wine and beer samples and you can pay for a full glass. Early bird tickets cost $30 and get you in an hour early.

If you missed the IPA Challenge at Santa Fe Brewing last weekend you can still catch up. The final round will be held Saturday at Tractor Brewing in Albuquerque, from noon-5 pm. Each $20 ticket includes a tasting flight, a commemorative pint glass and one pint of beer of your choice.

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