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Buck’s is a full service restaurant that offers a fusion of gulf coast classics, comfort food, and Central Texas-style barbeque, and is located at 801 Post Office Street in Galveston, Texas. Our story begins in August of 2017 when Jim Buchanan departed his position as partner and general manager of Pappa Charlies Barbeque in Houston, Texas. Jim saw an opportunity to start his own restaurant and decided to pursue it. His restaurant, named after his father Buck Buchanan, was to be co-located with White Oak Biergarten in the Heights Area of Houston. But Mother Nature had other plans for Buck’s as she unleashed Hurricane Harvey. Harvey deposited fifteen feet of water in the restaurant, ensuring that the doors never opened to the public.

Buck’s operated as a pop-up restaurant at bars and breweries around Houston and finally settled in at Lucky’s Lodge in East Downtown Houston, where they ran food service for more than a year.

Jim continued pursuing opportunities that would place Buck’s in a permanent location, and in April of 2019 struck a deal to take over Farley Girls Cafe on the East End of Galveston, Texas. He and his wife Colleen then began slowly transitioning the restaurant to “Buck’s”, which it became on August 1, 2019. Our tagline is “barbeque...elevated”, and we work hard to deliver on that. You’ll find traditional barbeque items infused into cafe-style menu items, continuing the expectations set by the team at Farley Girls.

Buck’s has received critical acclaim from Texas Monthly, Houston Chronicle, CultureMap Houston, Houston Food Finder, KPRC2 Houston, The Charlie Boots Show, Houston LiveTV Network, and others, and has been featured on ESPN Radio 97.5 and podcasts such as Tales From the Pits, Best Barbeque, BBQ State of Mind, and Cost of Goods Told.


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