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Buckhorn Tavern

68 US-380, San Antonio, NM - (575) 835-4423
Posted By Donald Skipwith on 8/23/2010 10:52:00 AM
I pass through San Antonio regularly on my drive from my home in Albuquerque to my house in the Sacramento Mountains. I used to alternate between The Buckhorn and The Owl for my green chile cheeseburger fix. Both places have good representations of New Mexico's signature burger, each different from the other.

However, when it comes to service, the Owl is MUCH FASTER and more attentive and therefore I only stop at the Owl now. The Buckhorn's service should be described as, at best, consistently indifferent. By the time you've waited to be seated and placed your order at the Buckhorn, you will already have been served your food at the Owl, where you seat yourself, and you'll be diving into a delectable representation of the green chile cheeseburger. By the time you are served your burger at The Buckhorn, you'd already be back on the road if you had stopped at the Owl. If you think that a dysfunctional dining experience is part of the local color, then by all means go to The Buckhorn. If you want to skip the BS, then go to the Owl.

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If you haven't eaten chile in New Mexico, you might not understand just how good a green chile cheeseburger can be. Unlike the limp, bland chilies that come out of a can, the chilies on this burger fairly glow with sunshiny vegetable flavor. In concert with beef, cheese and condiments, it's a taste of Roadfood heaven.
"If you haven't eaten chile in New Mexico, you might not understand just how good a green chile cheeseburger can be. Unlike the limp, bland chilies that come out of a can, the chilies on this burger fairly glow with sunshiny vegetable flavor. In concert with beef, cheese and condiments, it's a taste of Roadfood heaven."
Michael Stern





The inside is dark and cool, with a great old-time bar atmosphere.  That is owner Bob Olguin sitting at the bar.
"The inside is dark and cool, with a great old-time bar atmosphere. That is owner Bob Olguin sitting at the bar."
Cliff Strutz


Due to recent attention by national magazines and television, the Buckhorn Tavern is no longer a local secret.  We were told that people regularly drive from as far as Las Cruces and  Albuquerque to eat here.
"Due to recent attention by national magazines and television, the Buckhorn Tavern is no longer a local secret. We were told that people regularly drive from as far as Las Cruces and Albuquerque to eat here."
Cliff Strutz


This green chile cheeseburger is one of the two reasons why the town of San Antonio is a Roadfood destination.
"This green chile cheeseburger is one of the two reasons why the town of San Antonio is a Roadfood destination."
Cliff Strutz


Here is a view of pretty much all of the commercial district of San Antonio. In the foreground at the right is the Buckhorn. On the other side of the street, towards the back, is the Owl Bar, also a green chile cheeseburger destination.
"Here is a view of pretty much all of the commercial district of San Antonio. In the foreground at the right is the Buckhorn. On the other side of the street, towards the back, is the Owl Bar, also a green chile cheeseburger destination."
Michael Stern


Frito pie, which may or may not have been invented in New Mexico, is a fiesta of different textures and, like the green chile cheeseburger, delivers its deliciousness in kaleidoscopic array.
"Frito pie, which may or may not have been invented in New Mexico, is a fiesta of different textures and, like the green chile cheeseburger, delivers its deliciousness in kaleidoscopic array."
Michael Stern


Chile cheese fries, Christmas style. That means they are topped with both green and red chile. I wish the fries had been cooked crisp.
"Chile cheese fries, Christmas style. That means they are topped with both green and red chile. I wish the fries had been cooked crisp."
Michael Stern


Dining with dollars. The Buckhorn Tavern is one of several worthy Roadfood places around the country that use dollar bills as wallpaper.
"Dining with dollars. The Buckhorn Tavern is one of several worthy Roadfood places around the country that use dollar bills as wallpaper."
Michael Stern


Bobby Olguin is no absentee celebrity chef. He is on hand in person as well as on this sign touting his fame.
"Bobby Olguin is no absentee celebrity chef. He is on hand in person as well as on this sign touting his fame."
Michael Stern



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