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Buck's - Freeport, ME

BiscuitBoy May 23, 2008 06:37 AM

I saw "I ate naked at Buck's Freeport, Maine" on a bumper sticker this morning...What is Buck's?

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    irwin Jul 4, 2008 08:16 AM

    We ate there a few weeks back, and enjoyed the food at the old location was very good.
    The pulled pork at the new place was very dry, and the sides were not very good at lunch time. We were the only customers inside at 12:00 noon...
    We will give it another try, but hope they did not expand too fast and too big because food does not seem to be the same..

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      Tipatina Jul 3, 2008 11:45 AM

      Love the place. The portions are huge. Get a pulled pork sandwich and the 2 sides (love the greens) and you crawl out. Take out is a great option especially given the noise level. And now there's a discount wine store just next door.

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        Boodles May 23, 2008 02:45 PM

        We've had take out from Buck's about six times (from the old location). The ribs are good. The sauces are good. The greens are not only good, but not easy to find in Maine BBQ restaurants. We liked the beans as well, but the potato salad is awful. Additionally Bucks is inconsistent; we've had ribs that were really good, and others that had to be re-cooked in the microwave (and, yes, we know about smoke ring, etc.). Once we had ribs that were dried out. Picked up as take out around 5:00, had probably been sitting on the smoker since lunch time. The best ribs in the Freeport area are at the Broad Arrow Tavern in the Harraseeket, although they aren't "naked." They are of the "wet" method, but they have been apparently braised prior to smoking. The meat falls off the bone.

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          delong99 Jul 3, 2008 09:22 AM

          We made it to the new location last night. The new location is very convient and has a ton of parking. It was very busy on Tuesday night with a short wait. The new space is very big and very loud. We could barely hear the people at the end of the table. They have booths, tables and long picnic-table type seating.

          At one end of the space is the bar, and the other end (by the stairs down) is a kid's play area complete with play houses, toys and a train table. Great concept - keeps the kiddos busy, but creates chaos and more noise. I suggest requesting a seat at the other end if you are sans-kids.

          The food was pretty good, but I find the sides to be weak. Potato salad is still awful, cole slaw wasn't impressive. Beans were ok, but nothing special. They have expanded their menu so it's rather huge.

          Standouts were: onion strings (very well seasoned, yummy) and kid's mac & cheese (homemade, white sauce, needed salt, but otherwise tasty). I had pulled pork & brisket. Brisket was a bit dry, pork was good. Other had ribs and said they were "pretty good" 4 sauces available: NC Vinegar-type, Blueberry, Regular and a mustard-y one. They also now have non-naked ribs to choose from.

          I'd like to go back and try some other items. The fried trout salad caught my attention on the menu as well as some tacos and the chili-lime ribs.

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          macman56 May 23, 2008 01:59 PM

          Definitely worth a stop. I did like the old location better as far as atmosphere goes. Any place that serve a big , cheap PBR with BBQ is good, eh? The sausage and brisket is my favorite.

          1. jspear May 23, 2008 10:24 AM

            looks like a got to try place

            1. jaylhorner May 23, 2008 06:42 AM

              http://www.bucksnaked-bbq.com/

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                mjoyous May 23, 2008 07:02 AM

                Bucks is a new one to me. Any Mainers out there that can give us some feedback?

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                  BiscuitBoy May 23, 2008 07:05 AM

                  That's just great...I just had to look thru the menu. Now I want 'Q at 10am! Thanks, Jay...Never knew it was there. I'll have to look closer for it next time I'm up that way

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                    brucekc May 23, 2008 08:37 AM

                    Wow!
                    What a Great reason to go to Freeport! Whoever goes soon please report
                    your findings!

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                      delong99 May 23, 2008 09:36 AM

                      They recently moved up Rte. 1 a bit to the old Dexter Shoe Building, where LL Bean had their temporary outlet store last summer. I guess they now have entertainment and obviously a much bigger space.

                      I've eaten at the former location twice, once for take-out, once eat in lunch. I like that the meat is "naked" and you can choose your own sauce. So often good meat is ruined with a bad sauce. We had the pulled pork and it was very tender. Sides were ok, with the beans being good. I don't think I liked the potato salad. I've also had the chili on a baked potato. The chili isn't traditional by any means. It had the tender pork, and rather chunky tomatoes and other veggies as I recall.

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