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Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe

222 Pearl St, La Crosse, WI 54601-3216
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Ranked #7 of 162 Restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $15
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We met friends in La Crosse for a visit and was looking for something that wasn't available near where we live. Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe sure sounded unique and the ratings were good, so off we went. No one in our party of 4 was disappointed in anything about our experience. Service, environment, and food were all excellent. It... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

My work companion and I were in La Crosse on a business outing. When we meet, we often work while we're having dinner or drinks. Buzzard's presented a good opportunity in lovely downtown La Crosse to do just that. Relatively quiet setting, clean, good friendly service, and cold beer. Servers kept the beer flowing. The downside -- we were there... More

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Rob L, Owner at Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We do have Pearl Street Me, Myself, and IPA on tap which is an excellent IPA. I am sorry you missed it or were misinformed that the only IPA currently on tap is the Abita Jockamo. We do change up our tap selection frequently, the amount of IPA's may change periodically. We do have an excellent... More

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were here as a large group. The service was good. The food was excellent. It gets quite noisy in there when there are a lot of people which makes it difficult to hear each other. But that is how it is when it is a good restaurant and they were full for lunch.

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Kansas City, MO
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It was just a drink and gator things for hubs. He liked them. My martini was super! The music was so low we couldn't hear. And so was the Monday night football. Strange. Seems like a fun hangout.

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Platteville, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

One of my favorite places to eat when traveling through La Crosse Wisconsin. One of the only places to get fried gator this far north - yum! Don't miss ordering Big Joe Weitekamp's Beer Cheese Soup, gator finger appetizers or a specialty diner. I'm working my way through the creole/cajun and blackened dinners. They never disappoint. Last meal was Rasta... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

So....there was a 60+ minute wait for Buzzard Billy's and the other restaurants were pretty empty.. The decision was to stick out the wait and we are so glad we did. The food is delicious and the wait staff friendly and very helpful. If you are in La Crosse you have to eat here! Delicious!!!!

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Menu is eclectic and the prices are great. The street is so cool. We ate here in 2013. We will be back.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The food was pretty good with mid-range prices. We had gator fingers, the bayou platter, and seafood chicken au gratin. The portion sizes were huge and for the most part pretty tasty. The hush puppies and gumbo were only okay. Our service was less than stellar which definitely affected our opinion of the establishment. However, we didnt find a huge... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I only had soup and salad and they were good but it's probably not a good enough judge of some of the more traditional Cajun dishes they serve. My potato soup had too much pepper but it tasted nice and fresh. The blackened shrimp on my salad was cooked nicely. They had a good selection of local beers.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Snuck in for a quick lunch and a fast beer on a Saturday afternoon while in town. Fun atmosphere, nice selection of draught and local beers, better than average bar food and a great staff. Had a blast and will be back next time I'm in La Crosse!

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