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

MABMAQ Mar 18, 2010 09:28 AM

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. zorra RE: MABMAQ Mar 18, 2010 09:58 AM

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

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      dexmat RE: MABMAQ Mar 18, 2010 05:05 PM

      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.


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        sarvey RE: MABMAQ Mar 19, 2010 08:26 AM

        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. PhillyPhanatic RE: MABMAQ Mar 19, 2010 03:43 PM


          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. texasredtop RE: MABMAQ Mar 20, 2010 03:29 PM

            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.

            1. zorra RE: MABMAQ Mar 22, 2010 12:29 PM

              This isn't a direct comparison by any means, but along the autostradas in Italy are stops called Autogrills that have a wide variety of decent food (paninis, pasta, salads, etc.) served with beer or wine if you like, as well as a very good selection of cheeses and other foodstuffs, various knick knacks, and large, clean restrooms. I wonder if Buc-ee's is as close as we can get to that in this country.

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                texasredtop RE: zorra Mar 23, 2010 03:21 PM

                I wouldn't know. Do those "Autrogrills" also sell deer corn and the best peach jalapeno jelly ever made? :-)

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                  joedontexan RE: texasredtop Apr 18, 2010 06:41 AM

                  Its much ado about nothing just another convenience store thats all.

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                    texasredtop RE: joedontexan Apr 18, 2010 06:49 AM

                    Well, I'd have to differ with that. Convenience stores don't make fresh baked scones and jalapeno cheese bread or sell thousands of gift items. I purchased a framed stain glass blue bonnet scene there one year for myself. One of a kind. Convenience stores don't normally have sparkling clean restrooms or sell deer corn. I have been to several Bucee's and the one on I-10 close to SATX is the best one. Some of the others that I have been in are just that, another convenience store.

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                      joedontexan RE: texasredtop Apr 18, 2010 02:16 PM

                      ok I stand corrected.

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