Burger tour: Buster's on 28th

1 Apr

My podcast co-host Mike and I have decided to embark on a Burger Tour of the Twin Cities in a quest to find the best burger in the area. Expect reviews and rankings during our journey. Our first submission is below.

The first stop of the tour was a relatively new burger joint called Buster’s on 28th.


Located in South Minneapolis near the Hiawatha line, Buster’s is a cozy yet spacious (seating-wise) neighborhood bar. They’ve got corner TVs, a laid-back atmosphere and, at least in our experience, a cool, friendly wait staff.

But really, this is all that matters: Buster’s has the best beer list in the Twin Cities.

Yep, I just went there: the best beer list. They’ve got a couple dozen microbrews on tap, including the full Surly lineup, Fulton’s, Bell’s, Magic Hat, Cain & Abel, Double Crooked Tree and many more.Not to mention the almost 100 bottled beers from all over the world. It is truly a beer snob’s heaven. Further hurrahs: you can get a flight of samples.


While the beer selection was far and away its best attribute, Buster’s is also renowned for their burger. It’s a straight-up classic offering; no funky toppings or quirky ingredients. The patty is thick and nicely charred, and though we both enjoyed our burgers, we were turned off mainly by the fact that diced onions were cooked into the patties. As you can guess, those onions: not subtle. Onion haters should steer clear of Buster’s.

Another minor criticism was with the bun, which was a bit too big in relation to the already substantial patty. Furthermore, the place rations their ketchup, serving it to you in a tiny cup rather than giving you the whole bottle. NO. We are fervent ration-haters and dock points off any restaurant that trades in such a dastardly strategy.

Thankfully, our generous day buzz and decent burger helped ease the sting of said rationing. We had a grand time at Buster’s and will surely be making a return visit.

Venue: A // Burger: B

6 Responses to “Burger tour: Buster's on 28th”

  1. Dave MN April 2, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I’d recommend going to Stub and Herb’s. Their burgers are quite tasty (don’t get the stuffed ones though). I had the inferno burger and was pleased with my selection. Lions Tap is a must as well.

  2. Dave MN April 2, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Best beer list is a big claim. However, I have not been to Busters (*gasp*), so I have no leg to stand on in terms of trying to refute the claim.

  3. B. April 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Dave, take a gander at their list: http://www.busterson28.com/menus/taps.pdf

    In your expert opinion, what bars in the area can compare? Happy Gnome is all that comes to mind for me.

  4. RandBall's Stu April 3, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    More features like this, please.

  5. Dave MN April 6, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    That is an impressive beer list. Although, I would say that Stub and Herb’s offerings are comparable. Happy Gnome is above and beyond both Stub and Herbs and Buster’s based on the list you linked.

    One thing that Buster’s and Happy Gnome have over Stub and Herb’s is that you can build your own flight.

    For pre-Twins game brews, go to the 508 bar. They have a nice tap list and you get 2-4-1s on any tap with your ticket (you can do this either before or after the game). I was enjoying Furthermore Knot Stock last Saturday and my brother was drinking Founder’s Breakfast Stout (fitting, seeing as it was 11:00 a.m.)

  6. Dave MN April 6, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Also, Cain & Ebel is one of the best beers out there. Hands down.

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