Wednesday , August 27, 2014 - 5:49 PM
Even though the Auger Inn originally opened inside the Ogden-Hinckley Airport in the mid-1940s, owner Debbie Bateman said there are still many around town who don’t know it is there.
“My regular customers say we are the best kept secret in Ogden,” Bateman said.
She purchased the restaurant in 2012 with her son, Tyler Liptrap, when previous owner Paul Cornwell retired.
She had worked in the restaurant business for more than 33, including six years with Cornwell, prior to becoming the owner. She started working in the industry at age 13, but said it was her dream job long before that.
Liptrap began accompanying Bateman to work when he was 14.
“He just picked up on everything,” she said.
Owning the business has proven to be more stressful than working there.
“But we are up for the challenge,” Bateman said. “Paul had such a good business, we haven’t really changed anything. We have a great clientele.”
One wall of the dining room is glass, giving diners a full view of the runway with airplanes landing and taking off. Skydivers with colorful parachutes also are a frequent sight.
“My grandkids really enjoy it,” Bateman said. “It is a very good view.”
The restaurant’s main focus is homemade breakfast items, hamburgers and Mexican dishes.
An assortment of omelets are made with three eggs, served with hash browns and choice of toast or a giant scone for 35 cents extra. The vegetable omelet ($7.55) comes with peppers, onions and tomatoes. For those who prefer meat, the Denver omelet ($8.55) is the same as the vegetable omelet, but with ham and cheese added.
The Auger Inn serves traditional American breakfasts like steak and eggs ($12.95) and chicken-fried steak and eggs ($8.75), and huevos rancheros ($8.75), a traditional Mexican dish made with eggs.
Other breakfast items include biscuits and gravy with eggs ($5.55), French toast ($5.45) and buttermilk pancakes ($5.25).
Diners love the homemade scones ($2.45) and giant sweet rolls ($2.45) any time of day.
Auger Inn is popular for its burgers, including the bacon burger ($7.30), cheeseburger ($6.70) and chili burger ($7.55). Other entrees include New York Steak ($13.75), pork chops ($10.15), roast beef ($7.55) and fish & chips ($8.35).
Mexican specialties are the top selling Augeritta ($7.95), a cross between a burrito and an enchilada, made with beef, cheese, lettuce and refried beans stuffed in a tortilla, smothered in enchilada sauce, and topped with more cheese, lettuce and tomato. El Grande ($9.60) is a combination plate with one bean burrito, one cheese enchilada, one beef enchilada, a beef taco and refried beans.
Bateman’s favorite part about the job is her association with the customers.
“The stories the older people tell are crazy and outrageous,” she said. “It is nice to sit back and hear what they have to say. I enjoy seeing people come in. My biggest thing is enjoying the customers.”
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