We live in a world where you can buy summer squash in the winter. Sweet potatoes, a fall vegetable, are plentiful in the spring. So it's exciting that shoppers can get amped up about an ingredient like the Hatch green chile, which is available only in August and part of September.
Its scarcity has helped make it popular. Hatch chiles, grown around Hatch, New Mexico, are not necessarily more remarkable than every other chile. They are definitely more rare. And they're oh so good roasted and incorporated into green chile chili or salsa or enchiladas or omelets.
Here's a look at restaurants around town that will do the Hatch green chile cooking for you:
Snuffer's (and cheese fries, duh)
Maybe because good things come in threes, Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar is doing three menu items involving Hatch green chiles: a cheeseburger, a chicken sandwich and cheese fries. Let's talk cheese fries first, for obvious reasons: These French fries come covered in Hatch green chiles and Chihuahua cheese. Both the burger and the chicken sandwich are served with Hatch chiles, diced onions, bacon, Monterey jack cheese and LTO. All available until Aug. 31. Seven locations in North Texas, including one on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. Addresses here.
Chuy's turns the Hatch fun into an entire festival. Eight Dallas-Fort Worth Chuy's restaurants will feature six dishes and three cocktails dedicated to the Hatch green chile. So consider ordering green chile pork tamales, bacon-wrapped pork rellenos or veggie fajitas, to name a few. Wash 'em down with a frozen watermelon margarita, spicy cucumber Texas martini or New Mexican martini. That New Mexican martini is offered year round -- and it's good, y'all -- but during part of August and September, fresh green chiles give it an extra kick. Available Aug. 17 through Sept. 6 at eight locations in North Texas, including one on McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Addresses here.
As you likely know, Central Market is really into food. Their special Hatch fest highlights the beloved ingredient in surprising ways, such as in a lime cheesecake or in chocolate chip cookies. Less odd is CM's Hatch chile ice cream -- because, really, ice cream + anything seems to be a good idea. Other prepared Hatch green chile dishes you'll be able to buy at Central Market include Hatch smoked sausage, Hatch chile butter and green chile and blue cheese burgers. Available Aug. 5-18 at all D-FW stores: Dallas Lovers Lane, Dallas Preston Royal, Plano, Southlake and Fort Worth.
The longtime Dallas company -- nearly 100 years old, in fact! -- is putting Hatch chiles in pork burritos, cheese enchiladas and chicken enchiladas. Specials available Aug. 3 through Sept. 7, or until supplies last, at all D-FW El Fenix restaurants including the Dallas original at 1601 McKinney Ave. Addresses here.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
There are two ways to enjoy Hatch green chiles this time of year at Freddy's: on a hot dog or on a hamburger. Simple enough, right? The company even did a countdown on social media because diners were asking when the Hatch green chiles would return. Available now through Sept. 2 in Euless, Highland Village and Keller. Addresses here.
For a dish with some extra zip, chef Kent Rathbun at Jasper's is making pan-seared fish with potato-roasted corn hash and Hatch chile cream. The fish will change daily. 7161 Bishop Road, Plano. Available now until they run out.
Cast Iron, in the Omni Fort Worth
The hotel restaurant is dedicating an entire menu to the Hatch chile. Some of the items include watermelon and Hatch gazpacho; brisket, Hatch and white cheddar empanadas; and even Hatch crème brulee and Hatch beignets. (Yum!) Available Aug. 17 through Sept. 27. 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth.
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