Deep Ellum's Alligator Cafe is now Bucky Moonshine's Southern Eats & BarAll the favorites you grew to love at Alligator Cafe plus some more savory Southern Food
Southern food with Cajun and Creole flavorsSouthern Food and Blues Music in Deep Ellum | Dallas, Texas
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My brother Larry And I want to thank the entire staff for Friday night thank you all so much in sharing a toast to our mother she passed away Friday evening and we decided to go to Bucky moonshines that night a celebrate her life and your entire staff was absolutely awesome thank you all so much !!!! A forever customer here !!read more
It was great I go as often as I can..food is Delicious atmosphere is wonderful..got to hear the band they were awesome..customer service is top level... Celebrated my 4 yr anniversary there had a wonderful time!read more
Dorsey Lewis Ashley
Perhaps the best all around menu in Dallas. Food from the kitchen is perfect, from temperature to seasoning.
Went last night on a whim got street parking no big deal. Ordered fried pickles, was astonished by the amount of pickles for an appetizer, and they were absolutely delicious. My entree was the Buckys Mac and Cheese with blackened chicken. Was pleased with the food! On the menu it tells you that they make the food as it is ordered so it does take a while to come out but as it was expected I had no issues with that. Our waiter/bartender (older man) was fantastic and checked on us often. The other passing wait staff also checked on us. It was an awesome ambience felt comfortable and easy 🙂 would come back when I come back to Dallas!read more
Delicious! If Caroline is at the bar, you’ve hit a home run. The food was excellent and she’s a sweetheart �
La Shonda Bush
Love this place! We go often! Best Cajun and Creole foodin Dallas that plays great music and has live bands perform on Fridays and Saturdays. Must try their Boudin Balls, Cajun Crawfish Queso and Chips, and their Crawfish Enchiladas!!!read more
Ashley Glass Callis
The Catfish Pontchartrain was all of that! CAROLINE at the bar, making those "Colorado Bulldogs" and WILD BILL the DJ, give that place life! Will 100% go back soon!!!
Kendall LaVonza Moore
The very best Cajun in Dallas- forget the processed foods at Pappadueax. This restaurant is a hidden gem.
Not a huge place, although extra seating out on the covered patio which is also where the great blues and old school rock live music is. Service was excellent - fast and friendly. The owner "Moonshine" has been there every time I've gone and is making sure everyone is happy, and is a hoot! If you're lucky you'll get to hear him sing a number or two with the band. Good drink selection and super cool that they sort of specialize in various cocktails made with moonshine. Not a fancy place. Don't expect high end ambience, but the FOOD! Wow! Everything I have ever had there is really outstanding. Serious cajun food on par with anybody, but you can also get a good ol brisket burger or your chicken and waffles. Love you get what you like - grilled, blackened or fried on catfish, etc. Great variety and it is all amazing. The prices are really hard to beat for the quality as well. Highly recommend this place if you're in Deep Ellum and looking for delicious food and a good time!read more
I went last Thursday night, when karoake was starting up and me and my friend had a great time! The karoake group was amazing and so much fun! The drinks and food are on point! The employees were also fun, consistent, and welcoming! I may become a regular!read more
Amazing Louisiana fare that taste like it was made in someone’s home. Interesting variations as well. Great staff, and really friendly owners.
Patrick J. Mercurio
The people were awesome, the staff members were quick, the food was amazing, and you should definitely go get food from here! So good and authentic Louisiana dishes. Not super expensive. Casual dress. My family loved it!read more
Mr. Moonshine you would of received 5*'s. I had a fabulous time & there were some hiccups, but I under stand & I am a very patient person. When you did the announcement about the cars being towed if they didn't moved them. I wish you would of stopped right there. I was not involved in the exchange just a wirness. Please please please do better.read more
Fantastic Cajun! I have never been disappointed. And the crawfish enchiladas are to die for!
Bucky’s staff and food were totally amazing! The bad reviews that have shown up have come from people who haven’t even visited this establishment. Seems the days of integrity are lost on a lot of folks.read more
The best place to get some Cajun goodness. Ivan and his staff always make trips there very enjoyable.
Bucky moonshines is a fantastic place to hear some of the best artists perform in Dallas! Live music is always wonderful, and the food is delicious! Go get you some Gator tail and enjoy some soulful and raw live music !read more
Dylan Cardwell Vinita
This is my thrid time coming to Bucky Moon shine and the food is still off the chain. I tried chicken and waffles and Mac & cheese and it was so good Curtis had fried green tomatoes, bodan balls and sea food gumbo.read more
My friends and I visited Bucky Moonshine's last night. I arrived 1st and found a seat on the patio. It was Saturday evening, and it was busy. A couple of large groups were already seated when I arrived. It took our waitress quite a while to even make her way too me. Throughout the entire evening, getting the waitresses attention was not easy. She spilled a drink on my dress, while she apologized, I was not impressed. I also ordered a to-go bread pudding and she brought a to-go banana pudding. Then completely forgot about the bread pudding. The food was great, the moonshine was good, I tried the sweet tea and my friend tried the drunk punch and seemed quite happy! My friends really liked the vibe, the music was great! Enjoyed having Moonshine sing with the band. It was a nice adult evening out. I just think maybe the patio might need another waitress, as the one out there was definitely having a rough time of it, by herself!read more
The food was great !!!! my shrimp & grits were better than Luck's and the boudin balls were great not to mention the drinks , shout out to the bartender ! The band was AWESOME , Love Bucky Moonshine's will definitely be going back.read more
Best food flavors in a while. Shrimp n grits, omg. Etufee was wonderful. And muffalet was great. Great service. No waiting.
It was awesome and the food was amazing!! We will be back very soon!!! Moonshine was the topping on the cake!! Simply Terrific!!! ��
LaTona R. Maryland
My first experience wasn’t pleasant at all but i was offer to come back and give Buckys another try. My second time was completely different. My party was waited on by Moonshine and he was very friendly. The food was AMAZING ... Definitely glad I went back a second time.read more
Ok, me n my colleagues visited Buckys today for lunch and we were very impressed. Great food, flavor n very friendly atmosphere . I would definitely go back and visit n bring friends. Ivan Bucky was a really cool guy and you can tell he is extremely passionate about his craft and the love that he puts in his product. Chef Ty Frazierread more
Chef Ty Frazier
Will definitely be back and bring others. Be consistent and ensure the customer service matches your taste. Blessings
I loved the atmosphere & really liked the food. EJ Matthews Band was awesome! Great time!
Being from New Orleans, I was drawn to this restaurant to see if it compared to what I was raised on. I have been in Texas for 3 yrs and have yet to get that “true” cajun flavor. Bucky Moonshine met all my expectations. The boudin balls and seafood plate (catfish, shrimp and oysters) were and excellent choice, and the price was really reasonable. Can’t wait to go back!!read more
It gets 5 because of the service. The menu is a little heavy for my taste but the blackened chicken melt I had was pretty tasty. What justifies the 5 stars for me is the fact that the server actually checked on me when it appeared I had a problem. In the 4 months I've been visiting restaurants in #deepellum that are walking distance from my apartment, this is the first time that's happened.read more
S James Briggs
Great Catfish dinner. I was in a party of 10 and everyone seemed pleased. If you are in Deep Ellum give them a shot. The owner even stop by our table to check on us and send his regards.
Kevin R Edwards
AMAZING!!!! BEST PART OF MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! The Atmosphere, Food and Music Were EVERYTHING! #Shrimp&Grits
I love love love this place - the atmosphere is wonderful and the food is even better. GReat staff and Bucky and Moonshine are always there aiming to please their customers- these two guys are very accommodating and most friendly!read more
Great food and atmosphere! The band was entertaining and the waitress did a good job as we were almost 20 deep on the patio! I’ll definitely be back!!
We really just happened on Bucky Moonshine’s. We will be back, and back and probably back again. Comfortable, relaxed, friendly place. Our waitress was a gem. I got educated about moonshine. Backwoods pecan pie is moonshine in my opinion is habit forming. The food was great, even for someone who can’t eat fish or seafood. The music was fabulous, just go and try not to sing along. My only complaint, we couldn’t stay and enjoy longer. Uber is a good idea.read more
I went to Bucky's for my birthday on January 27, 2018 the food was great and so was the atmosphere. The best part of my experience was my waitress tiara she was awesome! Great service and great attitude. Can't wait to go back.���read more
Lizzie Luvinme Bryant
Always wonderful food. The owners are very friendly and makes you feel welcomed. I highly recommend going here.
Deanna Layfield Barbaree
The Fried Green Tomatoes are just like Grandma's, it took me three rounds to finish the Shrimp and Grits and they have an interesting twist on Bloody Mary's also our waitress was very nice
Ronnie J Carter
Awesome experience everytime, the band the atmosphere is great. ..love the food and the dranks are sooooooo good. The service by the managers are so laid back and makes you wanna.
Food was good and drinks were good but pricey. We enjoyed dinner and athmoshere live band was good.
Loved the food and environment!! Good music, great service and good times. I had a loaded stuffed potato with Carolina style pulled pork. The sauce they use is delicious, all ingredients fresh and pork so soft you could pull easily. The drunk punch was very refreshing and tasty! I also had the opportunity to taste some of their queso with crawfish in it, never thought that would be a good combination until last night. I will be coming back for that famous Mac n Cheese!read more
Bucky's never ceases to amaze! Delicious Shrimp & Grits, Blackened Catfish and all sorts of gumbos. Chef Ivan has been kicking out the tastiest Cajun food in Dallas for forever and is firmly established in Deep Ellum as grade A, #1 excellence.read more
Ivan and his wife are the greatest!!! Their innovative concept of creating unique dishes, surrounded by a warm and friendly atmosphere with hands on attention to detail makes this dining experience the best. Wish they delivered to San Antonio, Tx, it would be worth the price!!!read more
Took two of my good friends here...was blown away by the friendliness of the staff and quality of the food prepared. Awesome local spot - will definitely be back soon!
Always amazing! Our go to when in Dallas! Food, live music, great service! If you haven't been you are missing out!
Been coming here a long long time. Introduced so many people and never a disappointment to date......... Bucky and Moonshine are a true pleasure to visit with.......😃
It is wonderful having Bucky Moonshine's in the Deep Ellum neighborhood! Ivan and his crew serve up heaping portions of authentic Cajun food in a great environment. If you are in the mood to make an evening of it, definitely check out the live music they have on their patio too. Laissez les bons temps rouler!read more
Amazing food, great service, I can't believe I have lived here so long but never tried it. Sorry for taking so long.
Every food was FABULOUS! Ask for Caroline...she makes the best drinks! We had shrimp and grits, crawfish enchiladas, shrimp stuffed poblano pepper and chickenand waffles topped off with amazing banana puddingread more
Amy Dubose Bramhall
Owner was super nice, and the food was Amazing. I'm not sure What the name of the speciality drink was but it was delicious!
The shrimp etouffee was excellent & for $1 more I got fried catfish to go with it on the Atchafalaya plate.
Mike Mailman Bell
The food was great and so was the entertainment. That band was awesome and I plan to go back soon.
Great service and great food! Definitely would recommend this spot anytime you are in Deep Ellum!�
Really had a great time! Visiting from Georgia and heard this was a great place to stop by. One of the bartenders Caorline provided the best service there.
My brother and I went in we sit at the bar it is very busy we understood we waited patiently and we were serve the drinks were on point the food was very delicious for failing and we really enjoyed ourselves we will return again and again thank you for having usread more
Food was excellent as always. Service was friendly and prompt. Dog friendly porch. The Atchafalya (with blackend catfish, crawfish etouffee, and dirty rice) remains one of the best plates in town.
the greatest people. The greatest food. The greatest entertainment. The finest wait staff. The best management great ambience and a total Deep Ellum experience. See you guys Friday October 20th everybody come out and enjoy all this with us. Just sayin.....read more
Rockin Robert Tomberlin
Freaking unbelievable food, shrimp and grits, crawfish quesoq is the bomb! You couldn’t ask for more friendly people. They treated us like family. I HIGHLY recommend Bucky’s!!!!
I'm just waking up from eating my food from last night at Bucky Moonshine!! The food was AWESOME.... It was my 1st time but not my last time. FOOD WAS GREAT!! Customer service was great and I also got a DJ coach in the meanwhile. You guys have to try this place, I went straight out the hospital and was instantly revived....read more
I had a Grrreat time at Buckey's! I was invited by a friend who had gone before and told me it reminds her of where I'm from. Plus an added bonus was a live cover band (Vibe the band). It really was like sitting outside on the porch of someone's home in Louisiana eating good food and listening to music! They have a moonshine Menu...it was a Thursday night so I didn't try any. I had chicken and waffles and wine! My gosh the wings were big and very good. Seasoning sprinkled on the outside instead on mixed in flour. Not my fav but it was very good still. Not 4 next day eating 4 me tho! I tore season I off and devoured the chicken the next day! The waffle was a big Belgium Waffle! Omg! So good! My friend had Boudin Balls and Shrimp bites! Both Delicious! But next time Moonshine!!!!!!read more
We have had several occasions and celebrations at Bucky Moonshine! The food and service are top notch. Thank you for providing a place with great live music, great food and great service!
Great food and service. Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp Stuffed Poblano peppers and cold beer. What could be better? We will be back, a fantastic meal and we were treated like family. Thanks Bucky and crew.read more
Ruth A. Aten-Shearwood
The live music, atmosphere, friendly staff and the FOOD was awesome!!!! Definitely will go back!!!!!
I love this place! The food is top notch! They proudly support live music! And the service is absolutely amazing!
Jason Cloud Boulter
1st time visit and I will be back. Ordered oyster po boy, fried green tomatoes, and boudin balls. Also ordered a bowl of seafood gumbo which was spoiled so I sent it back.
Ursula E Elmore
Bucky Moonshine owner was the previous creator and owner of Alligator Cafe in Casa Linda. He sold that location and created Bucky Moonshine. The menu is original and very delicious. Everything we have eaten has been very good, service excellent and atmosphere great. The owner walks around greeting people and making sure they are happy with their meals. Music in the weekends is always good. It's a must try and worth your time.read more
Fantastic spot. If I were Louisiana homesick it would be only for the distance to New Orleans and since my Bee was feeling a little blue today, I decided she needed comfort food... Apparently the boudin balls, hurricanes and catfish atchafalya seemed to do the trick (and the take out order of shrimp and grits for lunch tomorrow)Our waitress, Lindsay was beyond fantastic, the hurricanes were strong, the food was great. Highly highly recommend.read more
Went there for my birthday weekend on Sept 9 2017 with friends and family. The Food and drinks was delicious. The live band Tutu was awesome. I will be going back and taking more friends.
This was an unexpected treat! Ivan was very hospitable. Great food, great service, great vibe!!
We had such a great time. Lyndsey our server was awesome. The food is GREAT and so are the drinks. The music by TuTuJones and the band were on fire. We will definitely go back. Thank you to the owners for the hospitality!!!!!read more
Having lived in La for years I have had real gumbo, gator and other yummy food... I am always on the search for great La style food. I had the gator and gumbo and both were absolutely delicious! I would definitely recommend this wonderful place and I will be back to explore the menu some more!!!read more
Food was Great , drinks were strong, and the band was good. Also our waitress was Great (Mexican lady) didn't get her name but she explained everything and gave suggestions.
Went Out With Fiends. Enjoy Had A Great Time. Food Was Awesom. Wings Are Off The Chains. Prices Was Good.
The Atmosphere was beautiful, I was taken back by the music, I sung the whole time I was there, great music, good service, the food was good and the drinks where good. I will be a frequent flyer & I'm telling friends about my experience.read more
Good was great as always. Waitress coverage seemed lighter than usual. Great music with EJ Matthews!
Julie Hughes Moreno
Had a blast at Bucky Moonshine's tonight. Listening to Cloud. Eating plabano pepper and shrimp etuoffee. Hubby had wings. Great night. Boudin balls.
Eating here as we speak! Great food, great service, and nice atmosphere. Love it. Oh and FREE parking 🙂
First experience and it was amazing!! Everything we ate was some of the best food, if not the best we've had! Would have liked tarter sauce that was not spicy but they may have it, I didn't ask. Will definitely be back!!!!read more
Kim Thompson Cotton
We have eaten here many time and the food is always wonderful. Staff is all very friendly.
Linda Hayes Henderson
Music, Food, Drinks, Fun, staff was AWESOME! Food made me think I was home!!! I can't wait to go back.
Alfreda Jones Miller
Me and my fiance were craving cajun food and decided to venture to Bucky Moonshines from Garland and im so glad we did. The dining experience was great from the moment we walked through the door until we left. Caroline delivered excellent customer service. She recommended drink choices as well as helped decide on entrees. The food was superb and we were shocked at the large portions we received. We will definately be frequenting Buckys.read more
Wandered into this place after reading great reviews on Foursquare and MAN was I impressed! Phenomenal food and friendly staff. Caroline was especially hospitable and went out of her way to make sure we were taken care of and enjoyed everything we ate or drank. I highly recommend the mac and cheese. Also had the short ribs and étouffée. All of which was equally amazing. EAT HERE!read more
Great food , fun atmosphere, and good service. If you like the Blues, you'll love Bucky Moonshine's
Great Cajun music as background with the BIGGEST Shrimp I have ever been served anywhere. Only problem was handicapped access to the restroom.
Great Spot to Relax, Eat, Drink, and just Chill. We will definitely be back. Invited Family & Friends to come out it was their first time and was enjoyable! GREAT Atmosphere and Service. Excellent Food & Drinks!read more
Shanta DaQueen Adkins Green
I totally enjoyed my visit! The staff was friendly and very attentive. Caroline the bartender is AWESOME. We will for sure be returning. 😃
The food was AWESOME! I had the Shrimp Atchafalaya and it was amazing! It came out in a timely manner, was hot and presentation was very nice. The customer service experience was like none I've EVER experienced! Our waiter, Joshua, was very nice and personable but the other owner, referred to as Moonshine, was a step above the rest. He made the whole evening feel like a true down home experience. I will definitely visit again when I'm in Dallas!!read more
Amazing food . This is the spot for Cajun! Amazing service from Caroline. Thanks you guys needed a spot like this .
Absolutely wonderful!! Great food and amazing service!! Y'all come see Caroline for some drunk punch and Mr. Moonshine himself aka Peter Thomas (look alike �)!!!
The food was so damn fresh!! Catfish and shrimp combo had me in love!!! You gotta try Caroline's drinks!!! That drunk punch has me hot! lol love this place!!!
The food and service are awesome! The staff is always friendly and aiming to please. I have frequented this restaurant often, and I have not find a dish I would not recommend. They've all been great. Let's not forget the drinks and the bartenders!!! Off the chain good.read more
I've been walking by this place for months, wondering how it was. With a Boston friend in tow Saturday, we stopped in on a whim.There was a great band on the patio, and the promise of Cajun food on the outside signage.I had the Atchafalaya, and it was delicious! While the dirty rice could've been dirtier, the crawfish etouffee was amazing, as was the accompanying blackened catfish.We both ordered the drunk punch, which was fruity and easy-drinking...and apparently created by our server, Caroline (who, I must add, was totally personable, frequently checked on us, and thrilled that we liked her concoction).The down home atmosphere is very welcoming. The menu covers all of the ideal Cajun staples, and pricing is extremely reasonable given the quality and portion sizes on offer. All of the staff that we encountered were super friendly...and happy! Always a good sign.I can't say enough good about Bucky Moonshine's. I'll definitely be back!!read more
Awesome place to eat if you like louisiana deep south cooking Buckys is the plce to go awesome people awesome food
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