Buckhorn vs. Owl: Owl wins. The Buckhorn and the Owl have been in competition for a really long time. Their claim to fame is the green chile cheeseburger. Two years ago, we chose the Buckhorn. The burger was great, but the service and atmosphere were lacking. It felt like we were an inconvenience, tourists that had to be tolerated. There was a big TV in the bar showing Judge Judy and the booth was falling apart.
This time, we chose the Owl. They have much better atmosphere, with no TV, great waitresses, and wonderful service. And the burger is as good as the Buckhorn's. Next time we are in the San Antonio area, it's The Owl all the way.
"The quality of chile makes all the difference in a green chile cheeseburger. The Owl uses full-flavored, hot green chile atop a hand-formed patty of crusty-fried beef. The chile's heat is complemented by the beef and balanced by the layer of creamy cheese on top. This one is fully dressed with all available condiments -- the only way to go."
"The Owl's green chile turns ordinary french fries into a memorable side dish."
"The view from my counter seat gives a small hint of the, shall we say, eclectic decor at this extremely colorful roadhouse."
"Just a couple of minutes off I-25 south of Socorro, the Owl Bar is a must-stop location for any traveler in search of unique regional specialties."