New Mexico March 19, 2017
The Most Whimsical Restaurant In New Mexico Belongs On Your Bucket List
Driving through Hatch, everyone slows for Sparky’s. Regardless of whether you’ve heard about the restaurant’s food, the exterior alone is unexpected enough to make you gawp. Even from the outside, you know this is fun joint, with an old-timey vibe.
Figures on the roof tempt you with burgers.
Colonel Sanders and Ronald McDonald are on hand to welcome you...
It’s a good thing that the décor is so entertaining because there’s often a line to get in.
Don’t view this as a negative. If people flock to a restaurant in a New Mexican town that’s off the beaten path, there’s a reason.
The interior of Sparky’s doesn’t disappoint.
If you ever wondered what happened to the world’s supply of old wooden telephones, quite a few wound up here.
Retro signs and pieces of kitsch provide a feast for your eyes that almost rivals the one your taste buds will soon be enjoying.
In a state where the competition to serve the state’s best green chile cheeseburger (GCCB) is hotter than any pepper, Sparky’s is a serious competitor. The burger here is legendary.
Bring your appetite – and as many friends as you can cram into your vehicle, because you’ll need help working your way through the massive portions. This is The Double.
Or order the oinker for a GCCB topped with pulled pork.
See, Sparky’s is also a popular BBQ joint. If you love sweet sauce with a gradually building but strong kick, order from that part of the menu.
Hatch chile is held in high regard and you’ll find it showcased in unusual ways.
How about some green chile lemonade?
Or a green chile milkshake?
The red chile shakes incorporate either mango or strawberry.
If you’re not feeling that adventurous, a wide selection of classic shakes and sundaes are available too, along with creative espresso drinks – the mudball features chocolate, espresso and vanilla soft serve ice cream.
As an added bonus, Sparky’s regularly organizes live music performances.
Sparky’s Burgers, Barbecue, & Espresso is located at 115 Franklin Street in Hatch. To learn more, visit
the restaurant’s Facebook page.
For another offbeat New Mexico dining experience, check out
Saggio’s. However, if you’re more intrigued by our state’s best green chile cheeseburgers, here are 12 incredible options to kick off your next culinary adventure!