Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday congratulated the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, N.M., for its win that was aired this week on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” Buckhorn owner Bobby Olguin garnered national attention by defeating host Bobby Flay in the battle for the best green chile cheeseburger.
In recognition of the victory, the governor has declared Friday, July 24, 2009, “Buckhorn Tavern Day.”
“Congratulations to the Buckhorn Tavern and its owner, Bobby Olguin, for the impressive victory over one of the world’s most recognized chefs,” Richardson said in a press release. “Through his win, Mr. Olguin did an excellent job of showcasing one of New Mexico’s culinary treasures, the green chile cheeseburger.”
Richardson was scheduled to visit the Buckhorn Tavern on Friday evening to personally congratulate Olguin and his staff and to try one of the restaurant’s world-famous green chile cheeseburgers.
Richardson on Friday also announced a statewide competition to determine the best commercial green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico will take place during this year’s New Mexico State Fair.
“There are so many great green chile cheeseburgers in New Mexico and since everyone has a favorite, the debate over the best is always a passionate one,” Richardson said in the press release. “This friendly competition will put those favorites to the test as they face off head to head.”
A text of the proclamation for “Buckhorn Tavern Day” follows:
WHEREAS, Bobby and Debby’s – Buckhorn Tavern entices patrons from near and far, distance makes no difference when you are looking for the “best green chile cheeseburger in the state”; and
WHEREAS, Bobby Olguin, third-generation owner of the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, was the Native New Mexican who triumphed over the New York-based celebrity chef, in a battle for green-chile cheeseburger supremacy in the recent “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”; and
WHEREAS, The Buckhorn Tavern is an authentic rural small town American bar and grill that features great food and great music by local talents; and
WHEREAS, The Buckhorn Tavern has earned many accolades in recent years, including being rated as the No. 7 burger in America by Gentlemen’s Quarterly in 2005 and the No. 3 “Baddest Burger in the Land” on the Marlboro.com Nightlife Flavor Roundup earlier this year;
NOW, THEREFORE I, Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of New Mexico, do hereby proclaim Friday, July 24, 2009: “Buckhorn Tavern Day” throughout the State of New Mexico and ask all New Mexicans and visitors to New Mexico to stop and enjoy a green chile cheeseburger!
Photo caption: From left, the Food Network’s Bobby Flay, Buckhorn owner Bobby Olguin and a Food Network producer prepare for the judging part of a “Throwdown” on Thursday, May 14, near San Antonio, N.M. Photo by John Larson/Mountain Mail