Uncle Buck’s is not just a place for food. In fact one could argue the food at the stable is almost a side attraction. The dance barn offers horse rides and trail rides, a beer garden and dance barn focused primarily for large groups. It also offers a restaurant amidst the entertainment, which it calls “The Lady Buck Saloon.” Needless to say, Uncle Buck has a lot on his plate, and it’s easy for the food to get pushed to the back burner.
The assorted grilled foods I tasted came off as bland, and a little generic. They offered decent cole slaw and baked beans, but the hamburger I ate was absolutely unimpressive. It was a burger and it was cooked, but it was no more quality than your average Burger King, and definitely more expensive. I tried a hot dog, too, and it was the same. I don’t want to judge the entire menu based on such a small selection, but it came off as uninspired. It was at above-average pricing, too, which is an even bigger turn off.
Service at the barn was not bad, but the workers didn’t come off as friendly. In fact, they seemed ready for my group to buy drinks or leave as quickly as possible. I don’t like being treated as a nuisance, especially when I am paying for the experience.
I’ve heard Uncle Buck’s is a great place for entertainment. Bands go there to play, groups go there to party and horse lovers get an opportunity to ride. With so much to do, it’s inevitable that one of the aspects of the business falls to the wayside so the others can thrive. It’s just a shame it had to be Uncle Buck’s food.