Wednesday – May 18, 2016
San Antonio, New Mexico
In our ongoing quest to sample the finest green chile cheeseburgers New Mexico has to offer, we revisited the Owl Bar and Café on Monday and the Buckhorn Tavern on Tuesday. In 2014, the Food Network, aired a segment on establishments in New Mexico that serve up the very best green chile cheeseburgers in the state. The Owl Bar and Café, and the Buckhorn Tavern were two of the establishments profiled. Our first, very enjoyable, visit to each was in April 2015.
The Escondida Lake Park, where we are camped, is located eight miles north of San Antonio, New Mexico on Interstate 25. The campground provides a convenient location, while visiting San Antonio.
One might ask, what is so special about New Mexico green chile cheeseburgers? 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!
On this visit to the two establishments, we gave first place to the Buckhorn Tavern for the best green chile cheeseburger. In April 2015, we gave first place to the Owl Bar and Café.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.