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Mar 18, 2010 09:28 AM

Buc'ees - what's up with this place ???

Buc'ees gas station/market/ jerky store is some kind of a phenom in Texas - tell me what's the big attraction .....

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  1. When you figure it out, let me know. Seems like a lot of excitement over jerky.

    1. Seems to be the Texas manifestation of a more widespread phenomenon; I've seen discussion on other boards of Sheetz an Wawa back east.

      I've been to a couple, though none of the 'super' Buc'ees. Clean - spacious - larger selection of convenience store items is all I noticed but I didn't try the restrooms or peruse the wine section (not sure they even had one at the ones I went to.) I'm not into jerky so even though I'm not opposed to getting food at a gas station I'm with zorra - I don't think I get it.

      Neither did Alison Cook, the restaurant critic in the Chronicle a few months back. This was my first introduction to the phenomenon and the comments were more helpful than the article.

      1. My mom says it is because the bathrooms are so clean! The place scares me. And didn't I see a post in the HoustonPress about the jalapeno cheese kolaches at Buc'ees???

        1. Mabmaq...

          I'm not sure how familiar you are with Sheetz back east, but Buc'ees is a combination of a Sheetz (all the made to order food)...a Quiktrip (all the fountain drinks and snacks)...and a Cracker Barrel (all the random toys and other crap) all rolled into one. Between Dallas and Houston, it is definitely the cleanest and most fun place to stop for a few minutes. I would recommend it as a nice place to stop, have a quick snack, and stretch your legs.

          Cracker Barrel
          112 Sam Houston Dr, Victoria, TX 77901

          1. It's pretty much a one-stop place on the road with very clean restrooms. I've been to several and none compare to the one out I-10 close to San Antonio. The Beaver family from Arkansas started the rage. I have a friend that went to school with one of the Beaver boys.

            Prior to Bucees you had to make too many separate stops as clean restrooms were hard to find on I-10 between Houston and SA. We stop there for restroom break, ice, gas, jalapeno cheese bread, scones, and whatever else it is we need.

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            1. re: texasredtop

              Don't know what you're talking about. Bucc-ee's was started by "Beaver" Aplin and Don Wasek in Lake Jackson, Texas years ago. They started branching out over the last 10 yrs or so. Seems every thing they touch turns to gold. Super clean restrooms, and store people that speak English

              1. re: rexster314

                Yep, used to go to one in Clute on 332 and FM 2004 in the mid 80's. Seems like it was an old 7-11. It was not Clute, Arkansas by the way.