Tuesday, September 30, 2008 will be the end of the Texas style BBQ in South Salem. This is really a shame because it's one of my family's favorite restaurants. We ate there about twice a month and love many of the items on the menu. Plus, the staff was friendly and hardworking. If you want to contact Buster's main office and protest this closure, here's the link. http://www.bustersbarbecue.com/ContactUs.htm
Review by Salem Man 1/22/08
Do you have a restaurant that you just love to eat at, you rave about it all the time, only to find that no one else feels the same way you do. Buster's Barbecue on Commercial SE near Vista Roth's is that restaurant for me. It's an acquired taste but once you're hooked you'll be back for more. Just about every time I pose the question, "where do you want to eat tonight?" the answer that my children give me is Busters. It's hard to resist the temptation of this Texas style smoked barbecue, everything I've had on their menu I've enjoyed. But for some reason, they don't pack in the customers like they do at the Best Little Roadhouse up the street where I believe, the food is inferior to Buster's. So let me make one more pitch for Buster's and maybe you will change your mind. Next time you go there order the Pulled Pork Po Boy with a side of coleslaw. Put the slaw on top of the meat and eat like a sandwich or with a fork. This is how I've eaten them in Memphis style restaurants and I found that it works great here at Buster's. With the side of slaw a Po Boy is about $7. Smothered in barbecue sauce this is one of my favorite meals in all Salem. And Buster's is one of the most consistent places in town. I've never had a badly cooked meal, the service is always great and the country music never seems to end. My kids, they love Buster's for the chicken strips and french fry children's meal. Mostly they like that it comes with four Oreo cookies for dessert.
This has got to be one of the best places in town to get a good no hassle meal. The first time I ate here I was disappointed, I thought the chicken was dry. But for some reason, I was craving it in the next few days driving past it on Commercial Street SE. After my next visit, I became hooked and soon so was my family. Many of the items on the menu are really good. Start out with the basics, chicken half or baby back rib special for $9.95. It will be more than enough to eat and get lots of the bbq sauce. Service is buffet style and the meat can be cut the way you like it, moist or dry. The staff is hard working and friendly which indicates the employer treats them well. Other great menu items include the pulled pork po boy and the spicy sausage dinner. The best part, when they print your credit card slip, there is no line for tip or a tip jar so you don't have to feel guilty about not leaving one. Thats pretty rare these days. This place is so good, you don't even mind the endless country music playing in the background.