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Buster's on 28th
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4204 28th Ave S
phone: (612) 721-0911
(Place added by: Chaz on 11-19-2007)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Buster's On 28th is a small neighborhood bar. It is a pretty nice looking place with wood covering everything. However, it is extremely dimly lite, and the classic rock they play is awful. Their tap selection is among the best in the Twin Cities. They carry a nice mix of local, regional, and imported craft beers with a good mix of styles. The food is good, but nothing to write home about. The service is prompt, and the bartenders seem to know what they are serving. They serve all their beers in the proper glassware, but it is always far too cold. Overall, Buster's is a nice place to have a good beer, but I can't see myself going there all that often. The depressing lighting and bad music are enough to keep me away. If I'm in the area and want a good beer I'll choose Town Hall Tap over Buster's nine times out of ten.
05-10-2011 15:35:54 |
More by KarlHungus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1 | $$
Tried to go to Busters a month ago on a weekend and couldn't get in. It is seat yourself so on busy days they have no one to help you find a table and you have th just loom over people until one opens up.
Came back on a tuesday a month later. Beer selection is impressive. I counted 28 taps, 5 (I think) belgian, all but 1 micro or foreign. The lone macro had the best beer description I've read in a long time Mich Golden Light "tastes like mich golden light". The bottle selection was huge, but the same as what you can find in local liquor stores.
I was very happy with the beer selection. The waiter brought me samples of beers I wanted before I ordered them and was knowledgeable about the beers I questioned. Beers were served in appropriate glassware too, which is always a plus. Prices ranged from $3 for mich golden light, to $8 for belgians ($5 for some locals, $6 others), and $1 less during happy hours (4-6 m-f)
The menu looked impressive, but whe the food came it was less than we hoped for. The butternut squash risotto taste was drown out by roasted walnuts taht were burned or spinich. We could barely taste any squash. The fungi pizza was all cheese and sun dried tomatoes, I barely tasted the mushrooms.
I woudl recommend going back for the awesome beer selection, but would stick to burgers and fries with my beer next time
Edit - 4 months later:
I've been several times since my original review and NEVER had a good food experience. Even my wife's burger was chared on the outside and raw on the inside. Thier fries usually have half the fries little more than crumbs, and their pasta isn't that great either.
04-26-2008 20:17:07 |
More by JugglerPeter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So here is my story for my first trip to Busters.... which we went to for Surly Week.
We got their and it was jam packed. So we put our names on the list for a table in-doors, but the greeter said we could get a drink and go wait outside on the patio until a table opens up. So we go to the bar and wait around for about 5 minutes... not to bad... before we get out drinks (DARKNESS!!!). Then we go to the patio and eventually get a table to sit down out their, but we informed the greeter we still wanted a table inside. A party arrived 10 minutes after us and put their name on the list and got a table before us which was one of the only parts that made me upset during my trip their.
Eventually we finally got our table and things were great from their on out. I got a Surly Three and the menu said it was a 16 oz glass, but it was brought to me in a 10 oz tulip, so I just talked to the bartender and he was ok with correcting the mistake.
The bar was pretty long with a bunch of tables and booths. No darts, pool, fooz, ect. It was more of a chill place. Nice establishment, however. I also liked the extra of being able to go outside and drink.
The selection was off the hook. It was absolutely amazing. They had way to many beers to choose from. It was Surly week so I stuck to the Surly, but could have enjoyed many of the other beers their.
We did get some pizza and it was amazing. WOW. It was a little expensive, but it was sure worth it!
Overall value was pretty reasonable. $7 for a 10 oz of darkness and $5 for a pint of Three. I will be coming back.
05-29-2009 14:36:22 |
More by mothman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We needed food. That was the moral of the story. After a Saturday night of heavy (great) beer drinking and sleeping in until damn near noon we needed food... and a beer. I had not planned on visiting Busters but it was fairly close to where we left the car the previous night (ok, not that close but whatever...).
Busters, as it turns out, was one of my favorite spots... it was exactly what we needed. The menu was limited, mostly, to sandwiches and pizzas with a few odds and ends. I noticed they had $8 potato chips which seemed oddly pricy. I asked the waitress if they were "chips" as in the English terminology. Nope. Just chips. Well, hell, I had to try some $8 chips... they were damn good!
My ham and cheese panini was great too and the fresh fruit side was excellent. I don't remember what Jen and Luke had but they really liked their paninis too.
The vibe was kind of ritzy bar meets lame-ass Irish pub with a splash of youth coolness. Oddly, that combination works and the feel of the place was warm, friendly with hint of trendiness.
The beer selection was solid... I recall that we consumed some Furious, Two Hearted, Hennepin, and another IPA-type beer. I didn't think the prices were that out of line for the beer, food was a tad high but the quality was very high.
Our waitress was hungover and joked with us about our hangovers... which we thought was funny. Granted, not all customers would have thought so but we brought it up.
Anyway, all three of us really liked Busters. Good food, good beer, good vibe... I'd go back.
04-08-2009 16:05:45 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Incredibly packed that night. Louder than shit which is what the 'atmosphere' consisted of. Beer menu changes daily with menus that change with it - pretty handy. Pretty well varied selection with zero BMC. I didn't have any of the food but I tried my buddy's and it was pretty goddamn good: Onion Rings beer battered in Magic Hat #9, and hot 1554 mustard sauce for ze dipping. Tasty shat.
I think I ended up having a Three Philosophers, Surly Bender on cask and a Hop Stoopid (for $14... my fault though, I should've asked, everything else was well priced).
01-20-2012 01:54:51 |
More by yamar68
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Glad I came here! Was lucky to get a spot at the bar and the owner even brought me a stool! Little warm where I'm sitting right across from the griddle n friers, but the door is open and a nice breeze is wafting in. Air is good. Customers on my right are super friendly, ditto the bartender. The cooks are cranking the food out and to my eye, it looks faultless. And they sure are serving a lot of it! Got a tv on with the Olympics on behind the bar; small, good picture, and works for me. Lots of dark wood in the place including ceilings. Good selection of draft and bottled beers. Patio in front is busy but has some open tables. If I lived anywhere near here, I can see being a regular. Probably give it a better score too.
08-03-2012 00:04:10 |
More by drpimento
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Buster's a a great neighborhood place, I just moved in nearby and bring all beer lover's who visit over there as an intro to the neighborhood. Really can't say enough about the place, extensive continually rotating tap list which probably numbers in the 20's, "99+" bottle selection, servers are familiar if not knowledgeable about the beers and importantly friendly. The food is fantastic, have tried almost all the sandwich/burgers with the Walleye Rachel being my favorite and the Buster's wings being a great way to kick things off. I have heard the pizza is fantastic I just haven't made it to that part of the menu yet. If you're in the area a stop here is a must!
05-12-2011 20:01:02 |
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