New Mexico August 14, 2017
Everyone Goes Nuts For The Hamburgers At This Nostalgic Eatery In New Mexico
When New Mexicans crave a burger, it most likely involves green chile and cheese. The Owl Bar and Cafe, in San Antonio, New Mexico, has been around since the 1940s. This family-run joint serves up a green chile cheeseburger that has topped best burger lists across New Mexico and the nation.
The Owl Bar and Cafe is located at at
77 US-380, (at the corner of Second Street and Main), in San Antonio, New Mexico.
The Owl was started by Frank Chavez (and his wife, Dee) when Frank returned from the Navy after World War II.
Originally, it was a bar set in the San Antonio grocery store run by Dee's dad.
Though still true to its watering hole roots, most folks -- locals and tourists alike -- come for the burgers.
The iconic Owl Burger is a thin, crispy affair with roasted green chile and a slice of cheese.
Legend has it that the Owl is the home of the ORIGINAL green chile cheeseburger.
Though the burger's origin is debated, the fame of the burger is undisputed. The Owl Burger has been praised by food critics, and most importantly, legions of satisfied eaters.
The Owl bar started serving burgers when a hungry group of "prospectors" wanted food with their beers.
To feed the prospectors, Frank set up a grill and began serving hamburgers.
Turns out, the "prospectors" were really scientists who were secretly working on the atomic bomb in the nearby desert.
Now, more than 70 years later, people from around the world visit the Owl. Many leave dollar bills and messages tacked to the wall.
Frank's daughter, Rowena Baca and her husband, Adoph, now run the bar. With their help, you can get Owl Burgers in Albuquerque too.
The Albuquerque Owl is located at at 800 Eubank Boulevard, just off I-40.
Thick shakes and pie are popular at the 1950s-themed Albuquerque location.
Like its San Antonio cousin, the Albuquerque Owl serves beans with green chile as an appetizer. It goes great with a saltine.
Both locations serve more menu items,too, like green chile-topped fries.
Despite the other tempting treats, the Owl menu is all about the burgers.
Made from freshly ground beef, the burger recipe hasn't changed since 1948.
So, grab a buddy and hit the road for San Antonio (or Albuquerque) for a tasty bite of New Mexico burger history.
Have you been to the original Owl? How about the one in Albuquerque? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.