Outpost Bar & Grill – Carrizozo, New Mexico (CLOSED)

Much of the seemingly desolate 60 miles of desert topography separating San Antonio, New Mexico and Carrizozo, New Mexico is steeped in history–more specifically the history of “the bomb.” The Trinity site on which was tested America’s first atom bomb lies somewhere between the two relatively nondescript Old West towns.

It stands to reason, therefore, that the brilliant scientists who built the forerunner of the nuclear age at least occasionally found recreation and sustenance in or near those towns. True enough, San Antonio’s tie to fame is the Owl Cafe, claimant of the most famous green chile cheeseburger in the world. Detractors downplay the Owl’s hype, often touting other restaurants’ green chile cheeseburger, sometimes with vehemence.

Among the competitors for New Mexico’s (and therefore, the world’s) best green chile cheeseburger is the Outpost Bar and Grill on the eastern corridor of the aforementioned 60 mile stretch of barren terrain. There are (gasp at the irreverence) those who say the Outpost outdistances the Owl for green chile cheeseburger supremacy. Count me among them.

You won’t be impressed by the restaurant’s (if you can call it that) ambience–wood planked ceilings, wooden floors, and paneled walls on which are mounted what a New Mexico safari might yield–a brown bear, deer, antelope, ibex, mountain goat, javelina, buffalo and even a non-native blue marlin. Thankfully none of those are on the menu, a lighted marquee hung just above the kitchen’s order window.

The menu features burgers, steaks, a bowl of red chile and not much more. After having the green chile cheeseburger and fries, I see no reason to add anything to the menu. It was one of the top two or three green chile cheeseburgers I’ve ever had, prompting me to (gasp again) downgrade the Owl’s rating significantly. That’s how much better the Outpost’s version is. Hand-formed patties, fresh roasted chile and great ingredients combine to inspire mouth watering utterances of yum and wow. A small order of fries was more than we could handle.

America’s scientists terminated our war with the Japanese. It’s likely the Outpost’s burgers terminated their hunger as it does for hungry patrons today.

Outpost Bar & Grill
415 Central
Carrizozo, New Mexico
LATEST VISIT: 7 March 2004
BEST BET: Green Chile Cheeseburger, French Fries

4 thoughts on “Outpost Bar & Grill – Carrizozo, New Mexico (CLOSED)

  1. Stopped by to eat on the way to the Grand Canyon with my father. Great burgers. Sad to see it go.

  2. This is truly the best Green Chile Cheese Burger I have ever eaten! I didn’t know the owner passed away, this makes me very sad. It’s also very sad newbies will never be able to taste what some of us had the pleasure of enjoying.
    My condolences to his family.

  3. Unfortunately for those that did not get to eat at the Outpost, the owner died about a month ago and the place is now closed. 6/17/2011.

  4. My wife and I have eaten at the outpost 6 or 7 times, and we agree that the GCCB is in fact head and shoulders above the Owl. However the last time (Oct 2009) we tried to dine here the service was appalling. We had to wipe down our own table, then sat and watched the cook and waitress feud. Our orders went to patrons arriving after us, and when questioned about our orders the waitress got a deer in the headlights stare and proceeded to argue with the cook. Perhaps the service caught up with it, the last few times through town the Outpost has been closed during lunch. A shame since the burgers were excellent

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