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Buckhorn Tavern

68 US-380, San Antonio, NM - (575) 835-4423
Posted By Richard Rowe on 3/30/2012 8:33:00 AM
Having driven in from Tucson that morning, I was tired, hungry, and a little bit cranky, so my expectations weren't all that high. I was on my way to the Fiery Foods and BBQ show in Albuquerque, so it was sort of on my way, especially since I'd stopped in Hatch to pick-up a new ristra of hot New Mexican Reds for our kitchen back home in Illinois.

Holy Mother!!! I want to move the Buckhorn to Illinois.

My Green Chile Cheeseburger was other-worldly. It was so good, that even though I NEVER eat two burgers at one sitting and even though I also had the "Christmas fries" (tasty, but could have been cooked a bit longer), I was compelled to down a second burger. The flavor was outstanding and my burger was cooked to perfection.

I've a feeling that I'll find my way back here in the not-too-distant-future. Next time, though, I'll have an early lunch here, take a nap and then head on over to the Owl, just so I can do a fair comparison.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Green Chile Cheese Burger
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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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