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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 45
Beer Avg: 3.33
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2501-1 Bass Pro Drive
phone: (972) 691-5100
As of Oct. 2008, not affiliated with Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse chain.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Big Buck has hands down, the best local beer available in the metroplex. For a while, they ran neck and neck with the Addison location of Hoffbrau, but since that place's sad closure, Big Buck is definitely the reigning king. I don't drink the Buck Naked Lite, the flagship Big Buck (both of which are ales, not lagers by the way), or any of the fruit beers, but their more serious beers are amazing. Howard McMurry has recently added a cask-conditioned beer to his lineup and last time I was in, he had the most intensely fruity ESB I've ever encountered. The food is pretty good too (though the steaks are a little thin for a steak restaurant) and the atmosphere is as intended, if a little contrived (antlers everywhere, but cool vaulted ceilings). My only real complaint is that on my brewery tour with Howard, he offered no free beer. They have a good happy hour to mitigate this a little bit, but a brewery tour with no free beer is like a honeymoon with no sex: disappointment city...
10-25-2002 10:24:44 |
More by TXHops
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited bar on a Monday night and the crowd was pretty thin in such an enormous place. The brew pub is attached to the Bass Pro mega store and Big Buck is in the same fashion. The restaurant is massive with a huge vaulted ceiling and you go up stairs to the bar. It is like a sports bar with a large projection screen t.v. and a bunch of smaller ones scattered around the rest of the place. Not really my ideal beer bar, but it was the final game of the NCAA tourney, so it worked out well. I did not try any of the food, but did try the IPA, Stout, and Barley Wine. The IPA was really good and the stout was very average. The seasonal brew was the barley wine clocking in at 9.1% abv and did not sit well with me. I had high hopes after drinking the IPA, but was disappointed. It was very hot and did not have any malt or hops to back up the warmth of the alcohol. They did have a good selection of beers to choose from. I tried to get the Wee Heavy but they had just run out....I guess that is a good sign of its quality? The barteneder did not seem to be into the beer, but was attentive. All in all, the beer was above average, but the atmosphere was a little (well a lot) overdone. I felt like I was in a Sam's Club brewpub due to the scale of the building. I would go back to drink beer though.
04-03-2007 04:11:18 |
More by ddarden
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
This is probably the best of the current brewpubs in the DFW area (let me add a small lament for the departed Routh Street Brewery). The atmosphere borders on over-the-top, with antlers abounding, some deer taxidermy in the main hall, furniture that reminds me of some very touristy places in Colorado and Wyoming, etc. It's located right next to a hunting gear store. The very tall vaulted ceiling is neat; there are ceiling fans about about 30 feet above the tables. I don't know what good they do up there, but they look cool. There's an upstairs sport bar, and a large restaurant dining area. I like the dining area best for the low noise level, but when I go with friends they always want the noiser, though fairly cozy, bar area.
The selection of locally-brewed beers is good, though fairly typical of American brewpubs. There's a blonde, an amber, an IPA (which is very good), a hefeweizen (which is decidely not great, being thin, undercarbonated and watery), a stout (which I haven't tried but a friend of mine swears by it). They have a seasonal Belgian quadruple that is very strong, and very tasty. Their current special offering, a German altbier, is oddly sour and acidic. Prices are medium-high: $3.75 for a US pint, $5.75 for a 23 oz glass. Generic American macros are also available.
The food is somewhat pricy. Sandwiches and burgers run around $8 to 10. The Po'Boy is a good choice. Other dinner entrees run from $10 to $20, and can be disappointingly small for the cost. Most are fairly tasty, though. There are some affordable small dishes (stuffed pepper, nachos, buffalo wings, etc), which are affordable during happy hour. Twice I've ordered steaks and have been disappointed both times. The first time, I ordered a rare porterhouse (price: $28), and it arrived cooked medium or medium well. I had no problem getting it taken back and another prepared, but by the time it was done my dinner companions had finished eating. The second time, I had a new york strip ($19), which was cooked right, but had too much gristle. There are many places in the Metroplex where much better steaks may be had, though unfortunately few offer a good beer selection. I knocked the food rating down a notch because of the price and my bad steak experience, but if the cost isn't a big object, it mostly beats the other brewpubs in town.
11-22-2004 07:05:09 |
More by allengarvin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The Big Buck beer selection is the best in the Metroplex. They always have beers ranging from a lite ot a wee heavy or stout. The quality is good and the beers taste as their styles dictate. The food was pretty good. I am not much of a red meat eater but I was able to find plenty to eat. They even have buffalo burgers. The brewers are always willing to take you on a tour of the brewery and will talk to you at whatever level of brewing you can carry on a conversation. My work had a training session at DFW Airport and we brought the students over to Big Buck's for drinks and eats. The brewers took all our guests through the brewery and never treated any of the questions as too stupid to answer. My only complaint is that the bar is upstairs and in a fairly narrow choir loft like area. You either sit at the bar or crowed into tables surrounding the bar. When the big screen TV is going, it is hard to carry on a coversation. BUT the beer is great and so is the staff. I highly recommend this pub to everyone.
03-13-2003 18:20:20 |
More by LarryKemp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I have been amazed by the IPA here and we have been disappointed by the IPA here. And that's the problem. Their brewing is inconsistent and, as Forest Gump says, "You never know what you're gonna get." If you keep it simple, the food can be very good. I recommend getting the chili and salad combo. They can't mess that up too bad and it goes good with one of their brews. Despite the fact that they work in a place that has the word "brewery" in the name, most of the service looks at you funny if you ask if a particular beer is "hoppy." No clue. The most you should hope for is that they get your order right and check in every once in a while. I recommend sitting at the bar upstairs rather than the cavernous "lodge," although it can be unpleasantly smokey at times.
06-20-2008 23:53:50 |
More by dpkpr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A very interesting place. Uncle Buck's seemed to be more about the steak than the beer but they certainly don't shy away from broadcasting the fact that they are a brewpub as evident from the large fermentation tanks along one of the restaurant walls. You enter into a massive open space that is the restaurant, but since I was less interested in the restaurant I wandered upstairs to the brewpub to a sizeable crowd. Even though there were quite a few people I had no problem getting a seat at the bar and service was quite attentive. I order an IPA and a red ale and though they didn't knock my socks off I thought they were decent interpretations. Selection was somewhat limited but they did keep a decent variety. Though I had original visited for the beer, the steak stood out as the specialty of the house. I'm not sure if the Bass Pro shop next door is under the same management or not, but they seem to have some sort of partnership. Plus it makes for an interesting experience to walk past a dozen and a half different types of hunting stands all perched outside the place. After a little under a week in Dallas, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better place in this area of the city. That's not a ringing endorsement but a point that Dallas is short on brewpubs. Visited in April 2010
09-21-2010 01:07:29 |
More by deereless
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I was traveling on business (again) in Texas but at least I got a good meal and decent beer out of the trip. The place is connected to a Bass Pro Shop so that alone makes it worth the trip if you are into the outdoors.
The main dining hall is huge and set up in a large triangle with a peaked roof that must extend 30 feet above the floor. As you would expect, the atmosphere is very much in the theme of the outdoors with many taxidermy trophies and everything built in wood.
The service was good and our server had a pretty good knowledge of the beer selection. I invariably order a beer sampler when I go to a microbrewery so I can decide what to enjoy with dinner. The glasses the samples came in looked like miniture pilsner glasses and easily held 4-5 ounces. After the six samples I was done with dinner and never got around to ordering a whole pint.
We tried the appetizer sampler and found it all to be good. The tsteaks were good but not excellent so don't go expecting a Mortons quality entree.
Overall an excellent experience.
03-01-2005 18:02:30 |
More by unit555
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A pretty good place to go for a meal if you have beer drinking company. We hit this place with a few of our out of town friends. The food was really good, but while reasonable prices could be found, it did seem a little bit expensive. Had to try the sampler and the waiter brought it, but was a little bit slow. Overall, the servers knowledge of beer was not great. Anyone can tell you that a very light yellow beer is going to be light.
However, I really did like the beer. You can take home growlers and we invested in a couple.
Not only is a decent place to eat, you can always find something in Bass Pro shop for the kids. My eight year old had a blast.
09-13-2008 23:41:43 |
More by rgrholmes168
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Very impressed with the ambiance and the upstairs location of the bar with huge TV's which was critical for an NFL Sunday. Two 'seasonal' beers were flowing and they were a scotch ale and a english pale ale. I enjoyed everything I tried but none of them were above a B rating. Would definitely return if in the area and being connected to the Bass pro shop was a plus for kid entertaining. Service was great and food was ok but only tried two appetizers.
Very affordable especially for growler refills($6).
01-16-2011 19:39:17 |
More by paigertx
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here expecting that I might take home some beer for our neighborhood 4th of July get together, but went home empty handed as I just was not impressed by any of the beers on hand this time. I had their beer sampler - 8 5 ounce glasses of each of their brews. Most were just too hoppy. The IPA was good - nice hops without being overpowering. The Scottish ale was too hoppy and masked the malt flavors that I was expecting from this style of beer. Likewise with the red and amber ales. The "amber" ale was actually darker in color than either the red ale or the Scottish ale. A German kolsch was so-so. None of these beers had a taste that made me want to take them home. Disappointing.
The food was very good, however. Some excellent beef and buffalo selections. I enjoy the atmosphere at the bar.
07-03-2008 14:55:39 |
More by tttaff
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