Bud’s Buffet

Posted on April 1, 2010 – 12:55 PM | by OldManFoster
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story and photos by Sarah Singleton

Have you ever wondered if you get enough meat in your diet?  If you’re not sure, then you probably don’t.  And if this is the case, I recommend that you begin to remedy this situation by visiting Bud’s Buffet on a weekly basis.  They’ll take care of you.

Bud’s is not a “buffet”, like Hometown Buffet is a buffet.  It’s certainly not like a Vegas buffet.  You’ll find no sushi or crab legs, no Jell-O salad, no pizza or macaroni and cheese.  Bud’s Buffet is only a “buffet” in that you stand in line with a tray.  Kind of like a cafeteria-style deli.  You stand in the line, ask for a plate of meat or a sandwich, watch the experts carve your meat and put together your plate, take your tray, grab a beverage, then walk it over to the register and pay.  You don’t get to go back for seconds, but don’t worry – you won’t need to.  You will need a nap.

The pastrami, corned beef and roast beef are all top-notch quality, and the rolls are piled HIGH with it.  Here’s what I recommend.  Get a Reuben.  Or maybe a French Dip…or even the 2-meat wonder, the Big Bud.  If you only want to be in a slight food coma, get a half-sandwich or half a plate of meat or the special.  If you are ready for full food coma, go ahead and order a whole sandwich or plate.  The sandwiches come with a side like potato salad or coleslaw, or you can pay extra for fries or onion rings.  You’ll not need to eat again for 2 days.

Last time I went, both kids got the sandwich special, which was “mixed grill bbq.”  I learned that Bud’s takes the ends from all the roasts, shaves them down and mixes them with some delicious sweet and tangy bbq sauce and serves it up on a giant roll.  The empty plates and sauce all over the kids’ faces confirmed satisfaction.

The meat plates come with an obscene pile of meat, two big blobs of mashed potatoes with gravy, and a dinner roll.  You can order any meat that they have as a plate.  I once got a full plate of their tender and peppery roast beef and I ate A LOT….and the plate didn’t look like I had even taken a bite.  Thankfully Bud’s offers takeout containers.

Like other old-school joints in town, Bud’s specials rotate on a daily basis.  There’s Salisbury steak, beef stew, lasagna, meatloaf, etc.  I’ve tried the stew, and it’s worthy—big tender hunks of beef, swimming in a thick broth with vegetables, served with your choice of potatoes or rice.  Perfect on a cold rainy day.

Bud’s is not fashionable.  There’s a bunch of Formica tables, some ‘60s dinette chairs and that’s about it.  They’re only open during the week, and only from 11-3.  But Bud’s doesn’t care about that, and judging by the line out the door, neither do the regular customers.  They know what’s important here.   It’s all about the meat.

Bud’s Buffet, 1016 10th Street, 443-6905

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    By find magic on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    I have heard of this place sounds extremely yummy!

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