As promised, Kim, Josh and I headed to Bucky’s Homestyle Diner in Apple Valley, MN. I had visited this location when it first opened as Soups, Salads and Sandwiches and wasn’t all that impressed (see here for my previous review) but since then, the owners have revamped the menu and mission to create a nice little spot that fills a big void in Apple Valley — a local place that serves a diner style menu for VERY reasonable prices. Growing up on the east coast we were routinely at this diner or another all over NY, PA, NJ or CT especially when we were visiting my grandparents on or near Long Island. I have fond memories (that continue to this day) of many of those spots including the Nautilus Diner in Massapequa, NY, the Lexus Diner in Newburgh, NY, and my very long time favorite the Hibernia Diner in Rockaway, NJ. While the decor and setting is decidedly different, the food and prices are very similar and something I miss out here in the Midwest.
Bucky’s hours on Sundays are limited with them being open from 7 AM until 3 PM so after waiting forever for Josh to arrive, we finally headed over just before 2 PM. As soon as I walked in I was quite surprised to see the restaurant crowded. There were only a few open tables and another group walked in soon after we sat down. It was great to see so many people choosing this little local place over McDonalds next door.
We were immediately greeted by Mishelle, who has commented on the website before, and she handed us our menus and took our drink order. We all chose to go with water and looked over the menu although Josh and I pretty much knew what we were going to order as far back as last weekend. Kim, although a burger fan, decided to go with a Reuben and Josh and I chose the famous “Bucky Burger”. While we waited, I noticed that the other tables were eating various items that were loaded with large portions and what seemed to be home cooking. Plenty of club-style sandwiches and burgers and everyone seemed to be enjoying their meal, nice.
In a matter of what seemed like only a few short minutes our orders were out and on our table. The Bucky Burger, which according to the menu, is a third of a pound of beef grilled and topped with bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles and BBQ sauce which is priced (perfectly IMHO) at $6.95. Josh isn’t a fan of anything that you don’t have to kill first so he asked for no veggies and a side of mayo. I ordered mine with coleslaw and Josh chose pickles and chips. After the requisite picture taking, I took a bite and found it not only to be cooked as well as a burger in Minnesota is legally permitted to be but to also be damn tasty as well. I’m not a burger fanatic like MSPD is, but that’s why I brought Josh along. He believes that J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n Stein in Northfield, MN has the best burgers around. I asked him what he thought and he said it was one excellent burger for sure. The only comment he had was that The Rueb’s burgers come on a toasted and lightly buttered bun that really makes it. While I found no real fault in Bucky’s choice of bread, Josh believed it would be pretty much perfect with that small change. I’m a picky coleslaw eater and while it was good, I still prefer my father’s soupy, nasty homemade mess probably just because of the comfort food factor alone. While their rendition was certainly decent, I will be going with an alternative side next time we are in. If you happen to try their coleslaw, write up what you think below!
Kim’s Rueben came out and was pretty big. The bread looked gorgeous and it was not falling apart due to over-saturation of dressing and sauerkraut. I asked if I could sneak a bite and was only permitted if I agreed to allow Kim a bite of mine (boo!) I liked the little bit I tasted and while it was definitely something I’d eat again, there are so many other choices to go with that I’ll probably be going with something completely different on our next visit (which will probably be for breakfast being that Kim saw the biscuits and gravy and almost jumped out of the car with excitement). Kim really enjoyed her sandwich but liked the burger so much that she said she’d probably get one of those next time. She’s partial to mushroom/swiss so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what she ordered the next go around.
They had a couple of specials listed on the chalk board which as of today were:
1. Monday: Buy one soup get one free
2. Tuesday: Kids eat for $2
3. Saturday: Skillet breakfast (bacon, ham, pepper, onion and hash browns with choice of eggs and toast) for $6.45
4. Saturday and Sunday breakfast served all day (maybe I won’t have to go for breakfast next time after all!)
Now, as I mentioned above we *will* be returning to Bucky’s again in the future if not for the excellent burgers, for breakfast or one of their other items instead. The menu prices seem to average (no math involved) around $6.25 with the most expensive item being the $10.95 ribeye steak with choice of potato and vegetable. The burgers are all priced at or under $6.95 and sandwiches are seemingly all at or around $5.95. You can check out their menus, on their website, here.
MSPD, check out the burger and let us know what you think. Since I’m in no position to award anyone with the “South Metro’s Best Burger” award I would like to see what you think of the Bucky Burger. In my limited experience, I would definitely give recommend this for the #1 spot but I’ll wait for your “expert opinion” :)
I give this place two thumbs up and will admit that my first review does not do Bucky’s Homestyle Diner any justice now that the menu has changed from when they first opened. Not only do I think that I will be going back, I’m sure it will become one of our regular spots. Bucky’s comes highly recommended by me, very highly!
Bucky’s Homestyle Diner
7538 149th St
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone (they do take out orders):
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7 AM to 3 PM
Check out all the pictures from Bucky’s Homestyle Diner on Flickr here (camera).