Albuquerque has several restaurants with dishes that have featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food Nation. The Frontier Restaurant, the K&I Diner, and Sadie's have all had their place in the spotlight with the show's host Adam Richman.
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2400 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Adam Richman, host of Man v. Food, visited the Frontier for their episode on green chile cheeseburgers. The show takes a look at the Frontier's Bonanza burger. The Bonanza is made up of two quarter-pound patties, cheddar cheese, and bacon topped with a heap of green chile. The burger also features Thousand Island dressing, tomato, pickles, onion, and lettuce.
The Frontier is known for its green-chile-smothered foods. They specialize in New Mexican dishes, burgers, platters, and are famous for their sweet roll. Situated across the street from the University of New Mexico, it's a favorite place for students to meet and eat, even into the wee hours of the morning.
The Frontier's burgers were also part of the Burger episode for Travel Channel's Burgers episode, where they found the best spots in America for burgers.
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2500 Broadway Blvd. SE
The K&I Diner is known as an old-fashioned 'hole in the wall' restaurant that's located on the south end of Broadway, just at the beginning of an industrial area before the south valley. It's popular with truckers and locals who work nearby who are looking for large portions of diner food.
It's also home to the Travis on a Silver Platter Challenge, and the Man v. Food team decided to take up the challenge. The "Travis" is a 14-pound burrito that combines seasoned beef and beans topped with red chile that is rolled into a burrito. Then it's topped with green chile, lettuce, and tomatoes, and then topped with French fries. You can have it for free if you're able to eat it in one hour or less. Is it humanly possible?
The Travis comes in smaller, more manageable sizes, like the "Full Travis," Half Travis, Quarter Travis, and Wimp Travis. The Quarter Travis is the most popular size but usually requires a to-go box.
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6230 4th Street NW
Man v. Food Nation visited Sadie's to take a look at their iconic meat and bean-stuffed sopapilla. But their six and a half pound mix of meat, potatoes, beans, chile, and cheese, named the world's biggest stuffed sopapilla, is what host Adam Richman takes a taste of. Three giant scoops of beans and potatoes are topped with stewed chicken, ground beef, and carne adovada.
The Stuffed Sopapilla Challenge is seemingly insurmountable. There are seven pounds of food on a platter, but a few people have succeeded in eating it all within 60 minutes. On the Sadie's Wall of Fame, one eater managed to down the sopapilla in just under 18 minutes. Another few made it in just under 60 minutes. But one challenger got it all down in 7:56. You read that right. The list of challengers who didn't make it is far longer than the list of those who have. Those who manage to eat the sopapilla in less than an hour receive a Sadie's t-shirt, photo, certificate, and a jar of Sadie's salsa.
Sadie's is well known in Albuquerque for its New Mexican food. Their dishes are large, and each dinner comes with tostadas and salsa to start. Sopapillas are included. Sadie's chile is hot, and comes in red or green with or without meat, and there is even a gluten-free chile option. Some of the dishes they're most famous for include their nachos and their green chile cheeseburger.