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Buster's on 28th
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4204 28th Ave S
phone: (612) 721-0911
(Place added by: Chaz on 11-19-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been scoping Buster's out for a long time. The problem is that you can never get a seat here. The place is always packed. Finally, I made it on a Wednesday afternoon when I had a day off from work. The first thing I noticed is the beautiful decor. Very classic and laid back. Definitely not a dive. My wife and I grabbed a booth near the chalkboard so I could gander at the selection. The beer selection was very nice. Over 25 beers on tap and I think over 100 bottles (I may be mistaken on this as I didn't find the bottle list until I was on my 3rd pint). Plenty of Minnesota offerings w/ a strong Surly presence (Bitter Brewer, Furious, Bender on tap). There were plenty of Bell's, Rush River, Rogue, New Belgium, and other US craft brew options. They also have several Belgians (Rodenbach, Kwak, DT) and some German beers. All were served in appropriate glassware. The food was fantastic. I had a Buster Burger that was succulent. My wife had the Rachael, which she reported was good. Our service was reasonable. The prices were average.
Overall, a nice spot to have a beer. The front patio was opening up and looked very inviting. I will definitely be back to Busters...if I can find a seat.
05-10-2008 21:14:16 |
More by brewdoc75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
Went to Buster's because I picked up a half-price gift card on the internet. First impression was pretty good when I saw the number of taps they had but changed as I took a closer look. While there are many, the beers on tap are nothing more than boring. With a the exception of a few good ones, most are pretty mundane for the Twin Cities area.
After sitting down in a booth, I ordered Delirium Tremens and to my surprise the beer tasted old. Already having experienced this before with this beer, I was not happy. My disappointment was remedied, however, when I received my food: cod empanadas. Expecting fish fried in a out shell, I was pleasantly surprised to find sauteed vegetables and cod inside of puff pastry seated on a bed of roasted potatoes and covered in creamed spinach with bacon.
If not for the food, I would almost not ever come back. But I do have some of my gift card left so I guess I will give it another shot.
01-09-2009 15:46:25 |
More by deliriumfest
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1 | $$
Tried to go to Busters a month ago on a weekend and couldn't get in. It is seat yourself so on busy days they have no one to help you find a table and you have th just loom over people until one opens up.
Came back on a tuesday a month later. Beer selection is impressive. I counted 28 taps, 5 (I think) belgian, all but 1 micro or foreign. The lone macro had the best beer description I've read in a long time Mich Golden Light "tastes like mich golden light". The bottle selection was huge, but the same as what you can find in local liquor stores.
I was very happy with the beer selection. The waiter brought me samples of beers I wanted before I ordered them and was knowledgeable about the beers I questioned. Beers were served in appropriate glassware too, which is always a plus. Prices ranged from $3 for mich golden light, to $8 for belgians ($5 for some locals, $6 others), and $1 less during happy hours (4-6 m-f)
The menu looked impressive, but whe the food came it was less than we hoped for. The butternut squash risotto taste was drown out by roasted walnuts taht were burned or spinich. We could barely taste any squash. The fungi pizza was all cheese and sun dried tomatoes, I barely tasted the mushrooms.
I woudl recommend going back for the awesome beer selection, but would stick to burgers and fries with my beer next time
Edit - 4 months later:
I've been several times since my original review and NEVER had a good food experience. Even my wife's burger was chared on the outside and raw on the inside. Thier fries usually have half the fries little more than crumbs, and their pasta isn't that great either.
04-26-2008 20:17:07 |
More by JugglerPeter
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My first impression of Buster's was a good one. A glance over the bar showed an extensive variety of draft beers and when I took a look at the beer list the bottled selection was equally impressive.
From there it was mostly downhill, but not much. The food was fine, though if not for the beer selection I can think of a number of places I'd rather go. Our service was a little slow, but I've definitely had worse.
Bottom line...It wasn't the best I've been to in the Twin Cities, but I'll probably go back.
07-06-2010 19:54:59 |
More by greggj
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 |
More by therobot
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