Posted By Elaine Williamson
12/25/2007 4:10:00 PM
I lived in the Ruidoso area for 28 years. Traveled through San Antonio a multitude of times. I never missed a chance to eat at the Owl Bar! I even scheduled my trips to and from Albuquerque around the Owl Bar's serving hours.
The green chili cheeseburger is the very best. I have it every time I go. And the pinto beans are also great. I have tried burger restaurants in practically all the states of the union but still find the Owl burger the best! It's just the right size for a flavor burst but not so big that it overwhelms the delicate balance between the New Mexican green chilies and the cheese. The heat from the chilies can make you sweat, but nothing tastes quite like it. They serve it atop a napkin on a saucer just as the picture shows.
"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."
"Ground Beef and chile may be a flavor combination created by the chile gods for the good of humankind."
"As you approach the owl Bar, you will see this sign painted on the end of the building."