Bang Bite: food truck dining in Santa Fe

This post on Bang Bite was updated 8/5/2017.

Bang Bite Filling Station, a bright orange trailer with a shiny stainless interior is a tasty restaurant masquerading as a food truck. These days more and more chefs are turning to this more economical way of getting their own restaurants. Today, unlike the basic vehicles that used to be called “roach coaches,” the new breed of food trucks and trailers feature a variety of cuisines and often a culinary-school trained chef behind the stove. Even the self-taught ones are often passionate about food and what they are doing. Steve met owner Enrique Guerrero, the man behind the truck as he was getting it ready to open in the fall of 2013. They hit it off and we were there on day-one to try the food. We’ve been going back ever since.

The Bang Bite dining experience

Bang Bite on Old Santa Fe Trail at Paseo de Peralta, photo/Steve Collins

Bang Bite on Old Santa Fe Trail at Paseo de Peralta, photo/Steve Collins

Bang Bite’s menu ranges burgers to sandwiches to daily specials when they have them. The burgers are great and that’s not just our opinion. Bang Bite won the 2016 Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. We think their fries, covered in a tangy spice mix,  are a contender for the best fries in town. Portions are huge! Our current favorite is their fried chicken sandwich; I get it without the red sauce which is a bit spicy for me; Steve loves it as is. Take your food to go or eat it at one of the shaded picnic tables.

Meet Chef Enrique Guerrero

Bang Bite, , is owned and operated by Chef Enrique Guerrero. He brings an extensive culinary background to his latest venture. His kitchen credits read like a who’s who of the upscale American dining scene. He worked for Chef Daniel Boulud at NYC’s legendary Le Cirque, Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Chef Michael Chiarello’s Tra Vigne and with Cher Julian Serrano both at Masa in San Francisco and Picasso at Bellagio Las Vegas. The now accomplished chef, who started his career washing dishes at Masa, sites Serrano as his mentor. “He showed me something very easy,” Guerrero said, “to respect the food.” Guerrero can’t even remember when he got interested in food. It’s a love that’s been with him since he was a young boy eating his great-great grandmother’s cooking. While a lot of his training has been on the job, in the mid-80s he attended the California /Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He also spent some time at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. When asked about his cooking style, Guerrero said “It’s honest, it’s classical, it’s natural, it’s simple and it comes from my heart.”

At work in the sparkling clean kitchen, photo/Steve Collins

Guerrero and his family moved to Albuquerque in late 1999 where he was the Executive Chef at the popular Scalo. In 2002 he moved to Santa Fe to take the post of Exec at La Casa Sena. He also did a stint at  La Mancha at the now defunct Galisteo Inn.  In 2006, under his tenure, the restaurant was named one of the country’s 26 “Hottest Tables”  by Condé Nast Traveler  and garnered a place on Bon Appetit’s top 10  culinary destinations in the U.S.. In the fall of 2008 he opened the casual Mangiamo Pronto in Santa Fe and later a Denver, Colorado branch. He sold the cafés two years ago and has been busy doing restaurant consulting around the U.S. since then. But, this busy, hands-on guy had a dream for over 20 years. He wanted a food truck and last year he bought one. It sat there until the end of this summer when he decided to actually open it. From the day he decided to really do it until the day Bang Bite opened its doors was an amazingly short five weeks.

If you go

Bang Bite, which started out at 502 Old Santa Fe Trail is now located in a parking lot at the west end of Water Street behind Vanessie. To find out if they’re open of to order ahead call (505) 469-2345.

You can make Enrique Guerrero’s green chile cheeseburgers at home after you watch this video of Guerrero and TV chef Bobby Flay shot at Santa Fe’s La Casa Sena.

Read more about Santa Fe Food Trucks and stands.

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3 Responses to “Bang Bite: food truck dining in Santa Fe”

  1. Agness
    November 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    That is a great idea for those who don’t have much time for cooking. They can grab some food and have it on go! 🙂 Nice.

  2. Lesley Brill
    January 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Had delicious red and green tamales for xmas dinner.YUM!

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