Buck and Sadie's opened their doors this April, and I've had my eye on them every since, after I learned they specialize in burgers and wings, which are two of my favorite foods to enjoy in a restaurant. Last week, when I was in the area - the restaurant is located across town, several miles from where I live - I made it by in time for the lunch rush, and there was a line of hungry diners out the door, so I decided to pass and enjoy sushi at Umi instead, as it's not easy to take photos when a restaurant is so crowded. Today, after a visit to the dentist, I was able to "open up" Buck and Sadie's, when they were the least busy, and enjoy a delicious burger, fries, wings and a beer on tap.
As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: The full name of the restaurant is Buck & Sadie's Angus Burgers, Wings & Brew. With that out of way, I prefer just "Buck and Sadies." The restaurant has an absolute stellar location, as it's tucked away in the Rocky Ridge Shopping Center, which is located along Douglas Blvd., which is the busiest street in Roseville. Buck and Sadie's is located along a strip that includes many other unique restaurants, and many of them share tables on the sidewalk, shaded by vines, or umbrellas to make the hot summer days of Roseville a little more pleasant for dining. The owner certainly did her homework when she picked this location, as it sees TONS of vehicle and foot traffic, and is an ideal location for a restaurant. The shady vines work wonders to combat the scorching sun, in order to enjoy outdoor dining on a hot July day in Roseville.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice it's very spacious, squeaky clean, and very attractive. There is a mixture of booths, tables, stool and high tables, and a well-stocked bar that offers wine, many micro brews on tap, along with domestic and imported bottled beer. The menu is posted on the wall to the left, which leads to the order counter, but each table is stocked with menus, and there are plenty of them at the order counter and the bar. Note the "sports bar-like" atmosphere; this restaurant is the kind of place where you want to hang out with friends, enjoy some great food, and power down a few beers.
On this late Tuesday morning, July 26, 2016, I walked in shortly after the 11 o'clock opening time, when this popular restaurant would be the least busy. I've found if I want to take photos and chat with the staff, it's best to visit a lightly-seated restaurant, to avoid impacting other diners.
Like many restaurants that specialize in burgers, wings and beer, there is an order counter, where you make your selection from the posted menu, pay for it, and you receive a "number." You then pick a table, and your order is brought to you, when it's ready. However, it's different here, as if you prefer a "sit down" restaurant, you got it at Buck and Sadie's, if you choose to sit at a table, a friendly staff member will greet you quickly, and you can order at your table. If you want a drink from the bar, you can place your order from the table, and have everything on one tab. The same goes for the bar, as you can seat yourself at the bar - which I did - order a beer, browse the menu, and place your food order at the bar, and pay for everything on one tab.
Photo: The kitchen is located behind the order counter, and you can peek through the window, as you stand at the order counter.
Photo: The bar is located at the right side of the dining room, and offers a wide selection of micro brews on tap, and lots of varieties of imported and domestic bottled beer. Wine is also offered, by the bottle or the glass. The selection of craft beer is colorfully posed at the far end of the bar, near the staff members in the photo. At the extreme right side of the bar - mostly out of the photo - is a section where the bar is lowered, and accommodates regular chairs. I joked with my friendly bartendress, Rachel, that this was the section of the bar for children, but I know it's really made to accommodate people who use wheelchairs. Note the television monitors that are tuned to sports, of course. What a great break from the national political convention that is happening at the time of this writing!
Photo: Meet Rachel W., my friendly, charming, bartendress, as she serves me a draught "Daylight Amber" beer. During my visit, Rachel and I had quite a chat about many things; she mentioned today was her first day back to work after a week's vacation in Hawaii. Sweet! However coming back to the 105 degree heat that Roseville is planning to enjoy doesn't sound all that enticing after spending a week in Hawaii! Rachel and the other staff members wear many hats, and although during my visit Rachel was the bartendress, I noted the she performed wait duties, meet-and-greet customer duties, and anyplace else where she could assist other staff members.
Photo: Ashley S. brings my order to my place at the bar. I can't really say that she appreciated me taking her photo, as she was a tad camera shy, but thanks to her "trooper" attitude, pleasant smile, and delightful personality, I left her, and my bartendress, generous tips. Thanks, for putting up with my questions and my photos! I love the galvanized plates holding the food.
After I placed my order, it only took about 15 minutes for my order to arrive, which is just about the right amount of time, as it gave me a chance to "settle in" and take a few sips of beer, snap a few photos, and pester Rachel with many questions. Keep in mind when you're at a restaurant that features custom-made burgers, if your burger and fries arrive in 5 minutes, you know something is wrong, and it should unfold a gigantic red flag.
Photo: I smile, as I'm ready enjoy a lunch that is so good, it's enough to make a grown man cry.
Photo: I had just got out of the dentist's office, and I was hungry, and I decided to splurge, and treat myself to a mammoth lunch. I ordered "Sadie's Original" burger, fries, and for the "pig" in me to emerge, an order of traditional wings. The burger comes wrapped, with a little sweet pickle on top; I joked with my bartendress, Rachel, that the sweet pickle was the reason I stopped by today to enjoy lunch, which brought a chuckle out of her. Note the mountain of fries, as the food is delicious and the portions are gigantic. There's even a tiny galvanized pail to hold the bill and the tips.
Photo: The star of the meal is "Sadie's Original" burger. This is definitely an "old school" burger, as it's cooked medium, and when you bite into it, the juice just oooozes out, so many napkins are required. No worries, as napkins are plentiful at Buck and Sadie's! The burger is garnished with lettuce, onion, Cheddar cheese, dill pickle slices, and Shanty sauce. The bun is fresh-baked, and is out-of-this-world delicious, but if you're watching your carbs, you can have your burger wrapped lettuce. If Angus beef isn't your "thing," you can substitute chicken breast, or a black bean patty for no extra charge. When you bit into this burger, you won't be asking, "Where's the beef?" as it's up-close-and-personal, and you can really taste it. Folks, this is a GREAT burger!
Ah, the mountain of fries. They appeared to lightly battered in a beer batter, and were deep fried perfectly, and sprinkled with parsley flakes. I'm sensitive to salt, but I love it, and these fries were seasoned with the correct amount of salt to make them absolutely delicious. They really didn't need any catsup, but I acquired a small amount of it for dipping, as dipping fries into catsup brings out the child in me.
If you don't like fries, you may order a side salad instead, at no extra charge. If you're a vegetarian or a vegan, Buck and Sadie's has you covered, as you can hold the meat, substitute a black bean patty, hold the cheese, and opt for a side salad. All bases are covered...
Photo: Since wings are a signature item on the menu, I decided to splurge and order an "Appetizer," which is "Sadie-speak" for a single portion of wings.
You can order your wings "traditional," which I did, or boneless. The menu states, "Our wings are the largest, meatiest and best-tasting wings in NorCal." That is probably true, but I haven't tasted as many wings in Roseville, and all of Northern California as I'd like to, so I'll leave that statement to the menu. The menu offers many varieties of sauces; I chose the "Sriracha Honey" sauce, which is on the medium-hot side, which works for me. Several dips are available, and I chose "Ranch."
The wings were delicious. They were deep fried perfectly, and like the menu says, they were large and meaty. I loved the sweet-slightly hot sauce, as it really made the wings melt in your mouth. Like in the case of the burger, napkins were my best friend, as I used many of them, as I feasted on the entree of six wings. Delicious!
Why did it take me so long to pay a visit to this wonderful restaurant? The atmosphere is very "neighborly," the restaurant is comfortable and stunningly clean, the staff is friendly, and the food is delicious. You owe it to yourself to pay a visit to Buck and Sadie's, stat!
Buck and Sadie's
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