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Buck's Fishing & Camping

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Has anyone eaten at Buck's Fishing and Camping and willing post a review or comment on their experiences. Would love to hear everyone's thought before I head up there for dinner with my Dad and Brother.

Thanks.

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  1. Sounds like they were inspired by "Mary's Fish Camp" in NYC for the name.

    1. I really like this place for what it is. The steak is always excellent and I remember having a good fish dish. Its been a few years since I was there last, but I don't think the service left an impression on me, good or bad.

      1. Generally speaking, the food is excellent and the decor is very cool. The service can be pretty poor, though - not necessarily from the waiters, but from the kitchen. Carol Greenwood can be notoriously persnickety, and may not take kindly to special orders or substitutions. Also, some of the food has come out, though tasty, kind of surprising - like a bowl of mussels without any side at all, which certainly isn't a well-rounded meal!

        I'd say it's still worth going to. Just be prepared that the kitchen may not like a special request, but the food will be worth it.

        1. The decor is dark and dreary, similar to a fraternity basement. The service is overly casual and slow. And the menu can be so limited, the last time I was there the main courses offered were Steak ($38), Whole Grilled Fish, Deep Fried Chicken, Deep Fried Softshells, and Deep Fried Oysters. Franky, not ingenius or appetizing. I have to say, the wine list is thoughtful.

          I don't get it.

          1. I agree with Pappy. I went there once and was completely underwhelmed. Maybe if I lived in the neighborhood, I'd walk over. As a destintion restaurant, I wouldn't drive from Arlington again. There are so many places that offer better food, service, and ambiance at the same price, why go to Buck's except to say you went there once?

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            1. re: Dakota Guy

              We keep meaning to go there as it's close to where we live - but somehow haven't made it yet. Given the price point I thought they wouldn't last very long - but if there still there maybe it's worth checking out. (Although I have heard some really nasty stories about the head chef that scared me away)

              1. re: Dakota Guy

                Since I do live in the neighborhood, and can walk over, I'll offer my perspective. BFAC is a very informal place (decor, plating, style of service) at a very high price point and a very high decibel level (for which reason eating at the bar has been far better for conversation and overall fun than at a 2 top). I have rarely been disappointed with the food itself, but the pacing can be way off and (to repeat my self) and the price is quite high. And yes, Pappy, the wine list is thoughtful and surprisingly, given the food cost, one can often find a wine bargain.