Food Porn: Hucklebuckets

*UPDATE: Sadly since we wrote this post, Hucklebuckets has since closed their doors permanently.

I’ve heard commercials for Hucklebuckets on the radio for a while now and the premise (having a bucket built in your table!) seemed a little odd and gimmicky.  It goes beyond just a bucket (or two) at your table, basically everything they serve comes in some type of  “bucket”.  During Happy Hour you can get buckets of beers (they have PBR pounders!), the wings are served in buckets (seen below) and basically everything else is served in a bucket. (And as side note, besides the food, almost everything else can be thrown into the bucket at the end, including the plastic forks and paper plates that you get to eat off of…..easy clean up, bad for the environment.)

The idea is cute and I think the location is probably fantastic for people with kids.  I bet they would get a kick out of the whole “throw your wings in the brightly colored buckets” thing.  While all of that is nice, how is the food? Is it worth it for people who aren’t coming with kids and with it being relatively close to Duff’s on Sheridan (arguably the best wings in Buffalo)?  Well, lets talk about our trip.

My first impression when walking into Hucklebuckets is the place is pretty damn big.  It has a ‘country’ like feel with a big wooden bar and various decorations all over.  There wasn’t a big crowd on this particular Friday evening, but I could definitely envision this place being a great happy hour location.  Covering the walls were all their various “bucket” beer specials, with deals like 4 beers for $10 and so on.

When we sat down at a table we noticed our bucket (see below), not sure what I really was expecting with all the hype of “throw your bones in the bucket” but this is what ya get.  Still not sure how I feel about it, but definitely an awesome idea for a quick clean up for the staff.

By far the best thing we ate was their freshly cut, Idaho French Fries. For $5 bucks you get a mammoth bucket (honestly it’s more then enough for 5 people) and we barely put a dent in it.  But the smell, the taste, the texture all gave me these delicious flash backs of eating french fries at Five Guys Burgers.  I was really impressed, no lie they were some of the best fries I’ve ever had.

Initially we were going to order our standard order of medium chicken wings but we decided to try out one of their unique flavors too.  So we ordered 10 medium and 10 huckleberry BBQ (not grilled).

The Medium Chicken Wings (below) were interesting, now we didn’t have a problem with any of the wings on their own.  They were crispy enough while still plump and juicy.  However their medium sauce was noticeably sweet and I wasn’t really a big fan.  There was almost no heat to the wings at all.  I appreciate people trying to go outside the typical “Frank’s + Butter” combination that most restaurants use to make their sauces, but I didn’t like this.

The Huckleberry BBQ (below), however, wasn’t that sweet and actually pretty spicy, at least for us.  I was kind of hoping for a really unique BBQ flavor but I didn’t really taste anything new.  It had a fairly standard BBQ taste but with a really strong heat behind it.  But compared to other BBQ wings at other Buffalo pizzerias and, particularly, the Bar Bill in East Aurora (probably the best), they really were only unique in their heat and not the flavor.

All said, I had a decent experience at Hucklebuckets.  The location itself could be a nice little hang out if you live/work in the Northtowns or if you live at UB it’s definitely a good place to watch a sporting event or just drink with some friends.  I know this is a little late, but they were advertising a fantastic deal for Fantasy Football Draft parties.  For us, though, the wings (and really their sauces) weren’t anything spectacular.  It’s hard to make a compelling argument to tell people that they shouldn’t visit Duff’s down the street when they have probably the best chicken wings in Buffalo.  But if you aren’t in the mood for chicken wings they have a pretty extensive menu otherwise, and like I said, their french fries are amazing.

So if you want to have some beers with your friends and you want some decent bar food (but not ground breaking), then this place is a good stop.

Hucklebuckets Family Grill & Sports Bar on Urbanspoon

6 thoughts on “Food Porn: Hucklebuckets

  1. i booked their private room with their fantasy football draft special the day donnie & alli left when i walked in. we actually ended up using one of the table buckets for our draft lottery, lol. for some reason with the ub opening weekend, it was pretty empty as opposed to the other times i’ve been there. no problems with the food or service that we got though… but with no one around on a friday night and the bar closing earlier than their schedule hours, I give them maybe two more years to stay there. O Restaurant didn’t last there.

    also, i thought you were on a diet from fried foods?

    • Don Burtless

      we are on a diet, it was my first fried foods in 4 weeks.

  2. Ryan

    Having never been there was planning on going there for my buddies birthday.
    How much for the bucket of PBR? lol

    • Don Burtless

      haha for 4 PBR 16oz pounders it was 10 bucks. Not that bad, i could definitely see myself enjoying a bucket by myself. hahaha

  3. Joe Blow

    I’ve been there twice. The food isn’t bad, as you mention the fries are very good. The other food was just average Applebees/TGI Fridays quality and the service was friendly but slow considering the lack of crowds. But the problem is that they have their employees and family and friends flood Urbanspoon with phony shill reviews. The place is NOT as completely fantastic as the over-the-top reviews indicate. This indicates dishonest management, so I’m leery of returning.

    • Bianca

      I know for a FACT that many of the positive reviews about this place are frauds. I have known people who used to be employed by this establishment and the owner is VERY dishonest. He doesn’t pay employees for overtime. I’m not talking no time and a half. I’m talking no pay AT ALL past 40 hours, even though employees have worked past 40 hours. Dishonest people like this should not flourish in the business world. And I am NOT a disgruntled former employee. I am stressing this because I know that’s the owner’s excuse every time there’s a bad review.

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