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It's about the food, not the gimmicks at Buster's

6:45 PM, May 8, 2013  |  Comments
No frills, no gimmicks at Buster's Bar and Grill
No frills, no gimmicks at Buster's Bar and Grill: Buster's Bar and Grill has been a solid presence on West Mason Street in Green Bay for 13 years by simply serving good food and fine drinks. What more do you need?
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The bar: Buster's Bar and Grill, 2475 W. Mason St., Green Bay

The big picture: Buster's has been a mainstay on Green Bay's west side since April 2000. With its no-nonsense service, it has thrived, not on pageantry, but simplicity. There are no gimmicks to get you in the door, no fuss, no tricks, just good drinks, good food and a place to enjoy both.

Turns out, you don't need much more than that.

The name came kind of serendipitously - or maybe just out of necessity.

"It was time to get the liquor license and we needed a name," said co-owner Bob Howard.

The food: Howard said Buster's is definitely a restaurant first.

"We're more into food," he said. "We're known for our food. More so than a bar bar."

A notable part of the menu is a list of specialty pizzas made with lahvosh, an Armenian leavened flatbread cracker crust with havarti cheese, instead of typical mozzarella. And the pizza is customizable, so favorite toppings get a new spin.

On Saturdays, you can get a 15-inch, two-topping pie for $10.

Not in the mood for pizza? Perhaps give the broasted chicken a try. Buster's serves it daily.

The drinks: There are 12 taps, including everything from Leinenkugel's to Bud Light to Baumeister root beer

The music: Enjoy a somewhat older twinge of anything from the '70s to '90s.

The atmosphere: Buster's is large, comfortable and accessible, featuring a huge oval-shaped bar, stone walls and a 50-person party room for events like rehearsal dinners.

Closing thoughts: The nicest part about Buster's is that it's expansive without leaning too hard on a specific theme. There are drinks, food and room for darts, pool and shuffleboard.

There are also TVs, but it's not a sports bar. There's a dance floor, but it's certainly not a dance club. It's just a nice, easy place to spend some time. Howard says that's exactly what he and co-owner John Duckett are going for.

"(We're) friendly and laid-back," Howard said. "We're not in a rush. You can sit down and have some supper."

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