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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Food was good and drinks were good but pricey. We enjoyed dinner and athmoshere live band was good.
Arron R Smithart
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
Stuffed Shrimp Poblano with dirty rice and red beans is excellent! The food is always great! This is the only place where I'll eat dirty rice. No chain food here. The best Cajun food in DFW!
Dee Ann Dovre Butler
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
Caroline was an amazing waitress and lovely person. The food was DELICIOUS, especially the mac and cheese & the shrimp and grits. I plan on coming back with friends. Great place!
Best mixed drinks I’ve ever had, fantastic staff Carolina took great care of us and was knowledgeable about all the drinks as well! Cool hang out for sure we will be back.
Dylan Devon Colbert
Amazing food, great service, I can't believe I have lived here so long but never tried it. Sorry for taking so long.
I've followed this place since its conversion. The food has ALWAYS been on point, delicious! Ivan has supported the LIVE music market in Dallas and that alone is worth 10 stars. He continually revamps the environment to make it as comfortable as possible. Every visit I experience something new! Reinvestment works! I am about due for a visit soon! Great job Ivanread more
Great food and booze! Very chill atmosphere. Greeted by and southern gentleman and the servers were way cool.
Jennifer Baird- del Debbio
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!
I love the atmosphere music is always whats needed ...- ... However. I always have a problem with my ticket... Im over charged ALWAYS..... HAVENT FAILED YET... WHEN I BRING IT TO THE WAITRESSES ATTENTION... ITS A DIFFERENT EXCUSE..... Everytime ....The most recent excuse... "We changed our prices" last week!!!... Menu & online prices different ... And different than whats charged...... Luv..luv this place... Too bad they are money shisty... FYI... The potato cheese balls are PURE HEAVENread more
The shrimp etouffee was excellent & for $1 more I got fried catfish to go with it on the Atchafalaya plate.
Mike Mailman Bell
Delicious food. Great service. We had the fried green tomatoes and the braised short ribs with collard greens. I highly recommend this place.
Marsha Mitchell Randall
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 Elmore Smith
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
I'm from Louisiana, and this place is the real deal! Best hurricanes I've had since moving to Texas. I was feeling very homesick, and the boudin balls and blackened catfish atchafalaya was the perfect comfort food to cure my blues. Like I was sitting in my Mama's kitchen. Ettoufé was off the chain. I even got shrimp and grits to go for lunch tomorrow! All in all, it's like a tiny piece of true Louisiana in Texas. My new go-to spot!read more
Brandylin Sayger Pensis
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
Food was great but the drinks were AWESOME.....! Calamari was fresh and the band was on point! Let's just say this is my new hangout�
Felicia Luvnmylyfe Jones
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
All 3 of our plates were completely clean when we were done! Insanely good, and it's so nice to not have to worry about parking in Deep Ellum to go there. The Mac and cheese was to die for, and my friends got chicken and waffles, and some kind of catfish dish with rice (can't remember the name) but they loved theirs as well. Our waitress recommended mixing two sauces with our fried cheese and rice balls, and it was delicious.read more
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
It was Saturday and they say you have to have reservations on Friday & Saturday. We had to wait. We did stay and wait. We ordered our food we waited for our food for awhile. When it did come out it was fresh and hot. The waitress was all over the place flirting with other men at another table. We were waiting to get our bill. The greeter was cleaning off our table befor we finish eating. That wasn't good. The greeter came and gave us our bill. Our food was excellent. But the service was bad. We want go back on the weekend.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
Don't order the Sweet potato pecan pie..... because I want it all for myself! You must start with a bowl of gumbo if you don't you are missing out.
Neisha Susanne Watson
A friend and I went for lunch on a Thursday. Not too busy which i didn't mind. Portions were very large. Service was excellent. I enjoyed it and will be going back. And get the fried pickles if that's your thing. They are amazing.read more
It was truly a great experience! The food was off the chain and the service was excellent! We will be back!!
My family and I come ear here 'most every Saturday. The food is top-notch and they know us now, so they treat us like family. We have never had anything bad to eat here. The beef short rib is awesome. They serve the very best Greek salad in town. The baby back ribs are my favorite, with the fried shrimp as a close second. The gumbo is also great, as are the boudin balls and coconut shrimp. They will also substitute cheese grits as a side, and they are delicious. My husband is diabetic so they substitute sides and leave off sauces upon request. All the servers are great, but a special shout-out to Isabel and Caroline! We usually bring our young kids and they now greet them by name. Thanks y'all! We'll definitely be back.read more
I had a great time the food 🥘 was excellent the service was good 😊 the patio was rocking and Chef Ivan was great also. Couldn't eat all my food it was to much !! And the bar is fabulous!!!!!!
My favorite place to eat in Dallas- everything I have tried has been wonderful but my favorites are the chicken and dumplings and the beef short ribs kver cheese grits. Friendly staff!
Food was great! Loved the potato balls and queso! Also the corn fritters and shrimp!Carolina was our server and she was amazing! Her recommendations were perfect, she was super friendly and very helpful! Definitely will be back!read more
Amanda York Jones
Food was amazing. Great atmosphere, music, and staff. We will definitely be returning. The blackened crawfish queso and banana pudding was to die for. The crawfish etouffee was the best i have ever had. My new fav deep ellum restaurant.read more
Heather Oran Howard
Sweet Caroline was awesome as our bartender!! And the seafood gumbo was 👍🏼👍🏼! On my next visit I'll be trying the chicken wings!
Just like Nola all over again & just relaxing place to come and listen to good music & food a drinks
We enjoyed the food , service was good. Portions were oddly small on some food items. I got two pork sliders and they were delicious but no garnish or side with it. Just two sliders on a white plate. Ho hum. The waiter needs to cut off his odd ponytail. We all took a vote. Check out the link on my FB page . The food overall was delicious. It just needs some tweaks on portioning and garnish. Presentation is everything !read more
Barbara Jean Schult
Simply the *best* chicken & waffles I've had outside Memphis. Hands down. Wonderful service, and great atmosphere.
Great food and music I really enjoyed it. My nephew EJ Mathews band was playing but it's a great place to eat and listen to music.
We get a different menu item each time that we go and everything has always been fabulous �
Great service, great made from scratch food, and the sweet potato pecan pie was the highlight of my week.
Not happy! Drove up yesterday for early lunch and cold beverages. Had later plans. Got there at 11 not open yet. 11:30 still not open. What gives?
I must say Bucky Mooshine's is a complete step up from the rest when it comes to tasty Cajun food! I definitely recommend this Cajun restaurant! Food, drinks, service, and the variety of live music played is an experience worth repeating. Don't forget to order the BREAD PUDDING! ❤ Wonferful job by Chef Ivan and his crew.read more
Everything tasted great. Beverages, appetizers, entree..... April was a fun and efficient server. Going back asap!
Jamie Kell Bond
Food is "Fantastic" but don't get into a card game, address politics, or try to analyze women in great detail with their 4-Star Chef!
Awesome spot! Our first visit was wonderful. Fresh food, great customer Service, Tiara was perfect�
Chere Finney Smith
I really Enjoyed the whole package! Food was good, atmosphere nice and pretty good service! My Chicken and Waffles were on point and My Mother's catfish was fine but she preferred it to be fried harder! And she did Love Her Gumbo! We will be back and I would recommend it to others for a Good Time!......read more
Loved the setting music people visitors clean waffles and chicken divine fish fillet was too fishy will go again loved it
Excellent Restaurant! The food and music are amazing and the service outstanding! A definate must-go-to if you haven't already!
Great casual fun place ,loved the bloody Mary and the food exceeded our expectations friendly staff and not too expensive, we will definitely be back.
The food was awesome, they needed a few more servers though. The owner stayed on the phone.
Great owners!!! Ivan made us feel right at home!!! Great food and drinks !!! Atmosphere is awesome !!!! You have to try Bucky Moonshine's!!! We can't wait to go back !!!!
The chicken fingers are awesome!!! Mac and cheese was a bit dry my first visit, but was much creamier my 2nd visit. Went for a late lunch both times and the service was slow and we were the only ones in there. Met Mr. Moonshine aka Peter Thomas and he was pleasant, but seem to be annoyed or put out. But he cool!!! Recommend friends to give it a try.read more
The food is amazing!! Moonshine checks on you all night. The live music was also fantastic!
Amber Tripp Diebold
It was a great time good atmosphere good food I don't drink so I didn't try the alcohol but the live music was a great time
The owners made me and my husband feel so welcome. I can't remember the waiters name but he was amazing as well!!!My entire family will be back and we roll 30 to 40 deep when we find a great eating place..You guys flipping Rock in my book....That food was the freaking Bomb!!read more
This place never disappoints, excellent dishes, phenomenal wait staff and of course there's #BuckyMoonshine. We had the pleasure of meeting and having Chef Bucky choose our meals. Absolutely amazed by his dishes, hospitality and will never forget the history behind his success.read more
This is the best Cajun experience that I've had in Texas! I felt like I was in the French Quarter. I'm hooked! I want to try everything on the menu!
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