Apr 13, 2010 7:56 AM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo's slopper steals national spotlight

The slopper has always been famous in Pueblo, but now the whole country will know it. The green chile burger will be featured on an up coming episode of the Travel Channel's Food Wars.

Tuesday, they'll be at Gray's Coors Tavern. Today they filmed at the Sunset Inn and we went along to see how the stupendous slopper is putting Pueblo on the food map.

A favorite in Pueblo, for generations. Meat, cheese, a bun--smothered with green chile. That's what makes the submerged burger a little sloppy. "The cheese it gets a little bit stringy, but it sure is good," said Rod Slyhoff, President of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Not just for stomachs, now the savory slopper is getting national exposure.

Camille Ford, host of the Travel Channel's Food Wars, is asking people: Who makes the best slopper in town? Sunset Inn or Gray's Coors Tavern?

"We think its just tremendous," said Slyhoff. The chamber says the episode airing in late May will be a powerful marketing tool for both restaurants.

"It's huge," said Slyhoff. "I mean this is a national show, that is going to show two of Pueblo's top restaurants, doing one a food item that is unique to Pueblo the Pueblo slopper. I see episodes over and over again, so I think we'll get good exposure. I don't know how you can put a value on that," he added.

Tuesday, we'll follow the Travel Channel when they go to Coors Tavern to report on the slopper showdown.

Then on Wednesday, the Food Channel will host a tasting challenge from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Union Depot. Hungry fans are welcome and our own Mike Daniels will be helping as a food judge.

In the meantime, let us know who you think has the best slopper in town. Gray's Coors Tavern, the Sunset Inn, or another restaurant?


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