Tuesday – April 28, 2015
Owl Bar & Cafe
San Antonio, New Mexico
Last year, I believe it was the Food Network, profiled a few establishments in New Mexico that serve up the very best green chile cheeseburgers in the state. The restaurants profiled were:
- Double Eagle Restaurant – Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Buckhorn Tavern – San Antonio, New Mexico
- Owl Bar & Café – San Antonio, New Mexico
- Bobcat Bite Restaurant – Santa Fe, New Mexico
On our previous visit to New Mexico in October 2013, we became aficionados of the green chile cheeseburger. So… while we are once again visiting southern New Mexico we continue on our quest to sample the best green chile cheeseburgers New Mexico has to offer.
We sampled the green chile cheeseburgers at the Double Eagle Restaurant on April 23, 2015 (click here to go to that page in our blog).
But first… a word or two about green chile cheeseburgers. What is so special about them? A key ingredient is the green chilies grown in Hatch, New Mexico that are used in the cheeseburgers. The quality of the green chilies are crucial, it makes all the difference in a green chile cheeseburger. A full-flavored, chopped hot green chile sits atop a hand-formed gnarled patty of crusty-fried beef topped with a slice of cheese that melts into the chile and the crevices of the hamburger. The chile's heat is complemented by the beef and balanced by the layer of creamy cheese on top. Now that’s a green chile cheeseburger!
We visited the Owl Bar & Café in San Antonio, New Mexico this afternoon. We ordered their infamous "Owl Burger" (a green chile cheeseburger – duh!), with a side order of green chile, cheese-covered fries. The recipe for the "Owl Burger" remains unchanged since its inception in 1948. The meat is ground fresh daily and cooked on a grill that they have been using for the past 50 years. Talk about a seasoned grill!
The Owl Bar & Café definitely lived up to their fine reputation. The green chile cheeseburgers were delicious. If you have never had a green chile cheeseburger, or green chile, cheese-covered french fries, you must visit the Owl Bar & Café and try them. They are outstanding! We quenched our thirst with a Corona beer served with a twist of lime.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.