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Buster's on 28th
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4204 28th Ave S
phone: (612) 721-0911
(Place added by: Chaz on 11-19-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to Buster's a couple of times, figured I could look at my notes and write a review.
The atmosphere is nice, usually it is packed full of people...it is small, and retains some neighborhood charm. The service is good, but it can be tough to get a spot in there for dinner, even on a week night, you usually get a crowd that is there to chat, happy hour, eat, and stay a while.
The first time I went, I was quite impressed by all the tap handles and was excited to see what they had in bottles...I quickly realized that they have a moderate selection of pretty common brews. When I have been there the servers I have had are not all that impressive when it comes to knowing their beer.
The food is great, that being said, the decent selection of brews would probably get me back there anyway. I don't go there often, just because it is not in my neighborhood...but if I was within walking distance, I would probably frequent the place.
Overall good for the value, does feel small, slightly above average selection of beer....
04-06-2009 21:14:03 |
More by mwagner1018
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Buster's because I picked up a half-price gift card on the internet. First impression was pretty good when I saw the number of taps they had but changed as I took a closer look. While there are many, the beers on tap are nothing more than boring. With a the exception of a few good ones, most are pretty mundane for the Twin Cities area.
After sitting down in a booth, I ordered Delirium Tremens and to my surprise the beer tasted old. Already having experienced this before with this beer, I was not happy. My disappointment was remedied, however, when I received my food: cod empanadas. Expecting fish fried in a out shell, I was pleasantly surprised to find sauteed vegetables and cod inside of puff pastry seated on a bed of roasted potatoes and covered in creamed spinach with bacon.
If not for the food, I would almost not ever come back. But I do have some of my gift card left so I guess I will give it another shot.
01-09-2009 15:46:25 |
More by deliriumfest
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by here with some beer-loving friends. Turns out, this is actually a kick-ass beer bar. Hey, it was new to me!
Atmosphere was the weakness here as the place is narrow and there is little space between tables. Getting up from our booth to head to the john was a little odd. Also, there's a drab darkness that had me down a bit, but the open view of the kitchen was a nice touch.
Service was good. Nothing amazing, but rock solid. She did everything well with out lingering for a second. Nice.
Beer selection was great. I had coffee bender, furious and samiclause. I pilfered a beer menu, so that night they had on tap FE's winter warlock, Shell's #4, Rush River bubble jack, Furthermore make weight, bells, best brown and two hearted, 1554, left hand milk stout, dead guy, ace pear, langunitas brown shugga, ipa and imperial red, chambly noire, old speckled hen, tilberg dba, paulaner hefe, franziskaner dunkel, delirium tremens, stella, kwak, murkphy's red and stout. Now, I don't do a whole lotta drinking in the cities, but this was the best beer list I've ever encountered. Very nice!
Food was good too. turns out they actually serve rare meat! Burgers were good, club sandwich and chicken entre were solid too. Nothing to jump out of your shoes for, but very solid.
I look forward to coming back.
12-28-2008 05:22:50 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Since the only beer I had on this visit was Samichlaus, it may not be a fair review and I'll update at some point in the future. Also, we only ate the seasoned french fries for the meal. With that said, both were excellent.
The Samichlaus was well served and fantastic. At $11 a glass, you can decide for yourself whether or not this is reasonable. However, the purpose of the trip was to drink this wonderful world class beer for my birthday, I considered it a bargain. The french fries (eaten while the beer warmed, though it was served too cold) were excellent as well. My wife and I are considering coming back for a football game on the small TVs scattered around the cozy bar. It feels like a real neighborhood bar, including the bread coming from the bakery next door. Good stop if you're in the area. If you're new to beer, they have flights of all of their tap beers, which is nice and not always available at beer bars.
12-21-2008 22:21:05 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been scoping Buster's out for a long time. The problem is that you can never get a seat here. The place is always packed. Finally, I made it on a Wednesday afternoon when I had a day off from work. The first thing I noticed is the beautiful decor. Very classic and laid back. Definitely not a dive. My wife and I grabbed a booth near the chalkboard so I could gander at the selection. The beer selection was very nice. Over 25 beers on tap and I think over 100 bottles (I may be mistaken on this as I didn't find the bottle list until I was on my 3rd pint). Plenty of Minnesota offerings w/ a strong Surly presence (Bitter Brewer, Furious, Bender on tap). There were plenty of Bell's, Rush River, Rogue, New Belgium, and other US craft brew options. They also have several Belgians (Rodenbach, Kwak, DT) and some German beers. All were served in appropriate glassware. The food was fantastic. I had a Buster Burger that was succulent. My wife had the Rachael, which she reported was good. Our service was reasonable. The prices were average.
Overall, a nice spot to have a beer. The front patio was opening up and looked very inviting. I will definitely be back to Busters...if I can find a seat.
05-10-2008 21:14:16 |
More by brewdoc75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1 | $$
Tried to go to Busters a month ago on a weekend and couldn't get in. It is seat yourself so on busy days they have no one to help you find a table and you have th just loom over people until one opens up.
Came back on a tuesday a month later. Beer selection is impressive. I counted 28 taps, 5 (I think) belgian, all but 1 micro or foreign. The lone macro had the best beer description I've read in a long time Mich Golden Light "tastes like mich golden light". The bottle selection was huge, but the same as what you can find in local liquor stores.
I was very happy with the beer selection. The waiter brought me samples of beers I wanted before I ordered them and was knowledgeable about the beers I questioned. Beers were served in appropriate glassware too, which is always a plus. Prices ranged from $3 for mich golden light, to $8 for belgians ($5 for some locals, $6 others), and $1 less during happy hours (4-6 m-f)
The menu looked impressive, but whe the food came it was less than we hoped for. The butternut squash risotto taste was drown out by roasted walnuts taht were burned or spinich. We could barely taste any squash. The fungi pizza was all cheese and sun dried tomatoes, I barely tasted the mushrooms.
I woudl recommend going back for the awesome beer selection, but would stick to burgers and fries with my beer next time
Edit - 4 months later:
I've been several times since my original review and NEVER had a good food experience. Even my wife's burger was chared on the outside and raw on the inside. Thier fries usually have half the fries little more than crumbs, and their pasta isn't that great either.
04-26-2008 20:17:07 |
More by JugglerPeter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited Buster's for the first time recently, accompanied by an old friend who is somewhat more of a 'world traveler' than myself. It was 7:30 Friday evening and the place was packed; we narrowly missed a long waiting list by grabbing a couple of stools at the bar.
After tucking into our first round of pints my friend dubbed Buster's an "uppity neighborhood bar." Of course, he's grown accustomed to the type of neighborhood bar (from Peoria to Prague) that at this time of day is still peopled by older, working-class men; no such scene at Buster's. The place is filled to the rafters with professionals of all stripes, but mostly young and obviously urban. But by any reasonable standard Buster's is still a casual place that leans toward upscale without going all the way. And while casual, it's a far cry from its former incarnation as the Lake Inn (see also the nearby Cedar Inn.) Being a fairly new place it has a rather handsome interior, and struck me very favorably as a bar that would be at home in an upscale hotel, with televisions positioned unobtrusively and the volume kept down (as the place was busy, it was difficult enough to carry on a normal conversations without raising the volume of your own voice a little.)
While we sat ourselves, we were greeted amenably at the bar by the barkeep, who was busy throughout our stay keeping the taps flowing (I noticed him regularly switching out 30L kegs of Rodenbach Gran Cru.) I was also impressed at the frequency with which the man poured samples of his many draught offerings, which seemed very second-nature. For their part, the waitstaff seemed very capable, and were scrambling to keep up with seating, drink re-orders, and the like.
Unless I counted wrong there are 36 taps here plus another seventy five bottled beer selections, and for a place this size that's simply excellent. With several Belgian offerings, a full line of Surly (naturally) and four Bell's offerings on tap I'd think that your average "better beer" drinker has plenty to choose from. Plenty of examples of appropriate glassware in use, branded and otherwise. I didn't pay nearly enough attention to the wine selection (granted, I am no wine geek) but it looked more than adequate, and the thing to remember is that there are dozens of upscale neighborhood bistros with great wine lists in the Twin Cities nowadays (it's about time we had more beer-focused bars!) The bar featured a full complement of beverage alcohol, along with what looked to be a decent selection of top-shelf scotch.
The menu looked to be on-par with the surroundings, and by this I mean a take on contemporary American Casual. As we were only out for a quick pint we settled for an appetizer of onion rings which were served up fresh, hot, and greasy. Kitchen staff of four were moving quickly to keep up with orders, and to my mind they were doing an admirable job.
With burgers in the $7-11 range and taps around $3-$8 (averaging in specials and happy hour), Buster's will strike some individuals as firmly upscale if not downright expensive, but the fact is the yuppies in the neighborhood have been crying out for a place like this. Long having tired of the unreasonably cumbersome task of a voyage across the river (to the Muddy Pig and/or Happy Gnome), I'd think that said young urban professionals would now be happy as the proverbial pigs in excrement. In all seriousness (and in fairness) the prices are reasonable given the clientele for whom Buster's proprietors have obviously planned to cater to (if you find it too rich, there's always Matt's, the 5-8, and maybe the Chatterbox, all a reasonably short distance away.)
Final verdict: Buster's is a place that by all accounts this part of Minneapolis has been yearning and longing for. Moreover, it's exactly the sort of thing that the Twin Cities has long cried-out for more of: a beer bar that offers a good rotation of high-quality craft and imported offerings along with a menu that's a solid notch up from your proverbial 'pub grub'. Along with other examples (e.g. the Groveland Tap in Saint Paul), Buster's is in good company here. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood, and may even be worth going out of your way for. If I had any gripe it'd be minor: ventilation. Here I'll have to agree with what the other fellow said.
02-09-2008 21:18:16 |
More by Chaz
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Buster's fits the mold of being an excellent neighborhood bar, but not a place to go out of your way for...
With that said let me tell you about the Pros:
1. A great beer selection. Offering 3-5 belgium offerings about 10 local taps including: Flat earth, Summit, Surly, etc. along with another 10 or so craft offerings...totalling about 25 great taps!
2. The place is new, so it has a nice clean atmosphere. With TV's placed out of the way, but watchable if you are alone or want to watch the game over your buddies head.
3. Location...There are very few good bars in south Minneapolis. So if you find yourself in this area with a hankering for a good beer don't hesitate to stop by.
1. Poor ventilation, makes you want to burn your clothes after leaving...as everything will smell like grease.
2. Prices can get a bit much. They have a minimal happy hour that only bumps off $1 off of beer and wine. The food selection doesn't leave you with many options for under $7. So a couple of beers and lunch can top over $25 if you are not careful.
01-20-2008 19:29:49 |
More by ndolover
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