*This incredible day in Burlington, Iowa was made even more amazing by the folks of The Buffalo Tavern. They hosted this event and helped kickoff a new series on The Iowa Gallivant. The delicious meals we enjoyed and stay at the Comfort Suites-Burlington were complimentary and the opinions expressed are always of our own. Let’s gallivant this tavern!
Burlington, Iowa: Des Moines County
There’s something about the “neighborhood bar”. What exactly does that mean? What gives it that classification? We don’t sit in front of giant chalkboard coming up with an ingenious algorithm or have a long list of what you need to have to qualify as one. It’s quite easy. Ask the gosh-darn locals! That’s right! A little human interactions and poof… we found a new favorite watering hole. And that was all the way back in May when we asked a friend in Burlington, Iowa, where we should head to for a place that could not only provide a tall beverage, but have fantastic food, too. We were directed to The Buffalo Tavern and, on that Spring weekend, this new series was officially coming to life. We knew that the Fall would be the perfect time to launch America’s Greatest Neighborhood Bars and we knew it must begin in Burlington, Iowa, where the little light bulb went off.
The Buffalo Tavern Stampede of The Iowa Gallivant!
The Buffalo Tavern opened early for the inaugural Neighborhood Bar tour and at 10:00 AM we were enjoying that Big Ass Breakfast Burrito. Bloody Mary specials were served and the locals came out in force to get their premium seats for the Iowa-Illinois game. This is how you make your regulars and visitors like us very happy and excited for the rest of the day at The Buffalo Tavern!
Bring On the Regulars!
Chase Gibb is the owner of The Buffalo Tavern and we knew he would love the opportunity to host us for this event. We met him at his other restaurant, The Coal Haus 337, where he was demonstrating how amazing their coal fired pizzas are. The Gibb family has made quite an impact on Southeast Iowa by contributing three restaurants in Burlington and one in Fort Madison called Buffalo61 Bar & Grill. Good Restaurant and Lounge is another part of the Chase Gibb adventures and it’s serving up amazing food for when you’re exploring historic Downtown Burlington! This team knows how to make great food, in all these locations, and show some out-of-towners like us how to have another memorable gallivant in Burlington.
The BigAss Specialties of The Buffalo Tavern!
You saw what breakfast brought to the table and now you see what lunch can do for your BigAss appetite. What else could make this better? How about a few slabs of beef! Time to ring the supper bell!
House-cut steaks after a day of breaded pork tenderloins, cheeseburgers, chicken wings, queso, fries, burritos and a Buffalo chicken experience that’s still giving hints of a spicy zing when we think of it. This is how you conclude an eventful day at the Buffalo Tavern. Wait. That’s not how you end a day in one of America’s greatest neighborhood bars!
Our cab ride showed up around 10:00 PM and we were in need of a great night of sleep. The Comfort Suites were our destination for the very accommodating evening we needed to relax into the later hours of the Burlington night. Make this your destination whenever you’re visiting Southeast Iowa, especially when you need to stay toasty during the wintry months ahead.
The staff here was very proud of their award winning and beautiful hotel. Comfort Suites was a premium lodging partner and we can’t thank them enough for having us visit. Just a second. We can totally thank them more! Stay tuned because there is a lot more you gotta see when it comes to our stay at Comfort Suites! We haven’t gotten into breakfast, the lounge, pool, fireplace……..
Buffalo Tavern, you showed us why we had to start here… your place is nestled into a historic town and in a proud neighborhood with awesome food and drinks. We love our travels along the Mississippi and the incredible locals we always meet. We are so proud to start this adventure in Burlington and hope that many more of our readers find their way into this town and start discovering it for themselves. Chase and the entire crew of this tavern are eager to see you conquer their famous tenderloins, wings and refreshing beverages. Stampede this bar often, my friends. You’ll be a part of the neighborhood when you do.
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2 thoughts on “America’s Greatest Neighborhood Bars: The Buffalo Tavern-Burlington, Iowa”
Love your enthusiasm! We just added Buffalo Tavern to the must stop in list for our “Visiting Midwest Gardens” series when we spotlight Burlington’s Crapo Park Summer 2020. Thanks for featuring a longstanding local independent establishment in one of Iowa’s most historic towns …
Nice! I love Crapo Park! Stop by the brewery too if you can.