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Bear Bites: Buck’s Restaurant

Buck’s is a one-of-a-kind restaurant located in Woodside, California. Filled with collectibles and funky artwork—from a yellow airplane on the ceiling to a human-sized statue of liberty—Buck’s is the best place to go for an entertaining meal. The owner, Jamis MacNiven, collects items from places he’s visited around the world. 

Buck’s is not only a local favorite, but also a place for hotshot venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to discuss their next endeavors. In an interview with Business Insider, MacNiven said that Steve Jobs is the only famous luminary of Silicon Valley who hasn’t yet visited. Elon Musk, the presidents of France and Israel, and many more famous icons have dined at this funky eatery near Sand Hill Road. Buck’s housed the first meetings of Tesla and the founding of Hotmail. It was also the first restaurant in the U.S. to offer free WiFi.

Chicken Tenders ($12) – 10/10

This was the best thing on the menu by far. While it was a small serving, the crispy chicken still proved to be a very filling meal. The chicken was coated in breadcrumbs,grilled, and served with honey barbecue sauce and ranch. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza ($19) – 7.5/10

The chicken on the pizza wasn’t as tasty as the chicken tenders and tasted like it was  day-old. However, the barbecue sauce and onions on the pizza made up for  the flavor lost from the bland chicken. The bread was a little soggy from an excess of barbecue sauce but, regardless, it was a tasty bite. 

Little Buck ($15) – 5/10

This was a very traditional American breakfast—two eggs, bacon, and toast. However, for the price, I expected the serving size to be bigger—it only came with one small piece of bacon and two, very overcooked eggs. But, if you want a light breakfast, you should order the Little Buck. 

French Toast ($16) – 8/10

This was a filling French toast but, frankly, a French person would have been offended by the preparation of this meal as it lacked flavor and sophistication. Regardless, this was pretty tasty and very good topped with fruit. 

Seasonal Vegetable Omelette ($20) – 6.5/10

This was a pretty bland omelet and came with what tasted like canned artichoke, which wasn’t very appetizing. However, the omelet was very filling and had great flavors of fresh herbs and mushrooms. 

Chicken Apple Sausage ($8) – 8/10

This was a good side to have with the Little Buck and the Omelette. If you aren’t too hungry, this is also a good snack to get to-go. There was nothing too special about this sausage, but it was considerably better than canned artichokes. 

Ambiance ($0) – 100/10

The ambiance and the layout of the restaurant is what makes it a huge attraction for Bay Area locals. With cowboy hats as lights and pictures of wacky houses, you will never be bored sitting and waiting for your food.

Nava is a junior at M-A. This is her first year in journalism. She hopes to write about world wide issues that affect the M-A family. In her free time, she like to read, play volleyball, debate, and play piano.

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