Buckaroo Diner

Diner | Small Town Café
One of the best

Buckaroo Diner started as the food truck Ol’ Buckaroo. It evolved into a restaurant located in a building that once housed a 1940s saloon and tavern in the mountain town of Three Rivers, California. Before it came to town, high-quality restaurants in the area were scarce. Since it opened its doors, it has become a local hit.

While indoor dining is available, the big draw for this location is the river that runs within view of the outdoor patio, where plenty of seating is available. Past droughts have caused the river to dry out, but currently there is a good chance the water will be flowing in spring and summer. You might even get a show as groups riding the rapids pass along their course. 

Once you’ve absorbed the view, grab a drink. The Chili Fresca Champ Cocktail combines a mix of cucumber and chile with lemon and champagne. Its flavors are bright and refreshing and it gets spicier as you drink it. 

The brunch menu is fairly small. But every choice is exceptional. You may even wish there were fewer options: deciding which to order wouldn’t be so difficult.

Chilaquiles is a must. Fried tortillas are mixed with slow-cooked black beans and pork so tender that it literally melts in your mouth. It’s drizzled with a creamy sauce and layered with sliced avocado. The eggs on top are done to perfection, their whites tender but fully cooked, their yolks runny but kept on the griddle just long enough that they become creamy.

A Brown Butter Waffle has crisp edges with a thick, cakey interior that is rich and sweet to the point of being decadent. Make it chicken and waffles and it arrives topped with boneless chicken thighs fried golden brown. 

The Organic Fried Egg Sandwich takes what could be an ordinary breakfast sandwich to a new level. Those same perfectly cooked eggs are stacked on a buttery bun with thick bacon and cheddar cheese. It comes with crisp breakfast potatoes, but you can substitute waffle fries served with herbed aioli if you choose.

Make sure you stop by the wall in the sun room on your way out to catch up on the history of the old saloon and tavern once located in the same spot. Here you will find a vintage menu that lists cocktails for all of 50 cents and two kinds of beer: Western for 25 cents Eastern for 30 cents!

What to Eat
Buckaroo Diner, Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles are topped with pork, black beans, avocado, and eggs.
Buckaroo Diner, Chicken & Waffles
Chicken & Waffles
Brown butter waffle topped with fried chicken
Buckaroo Diner, Egg Sandwich
Egg Sandwich
Eggs layered with bacon and cheddar on a buttery bun
Buckaroo Diner, Chili Fresca Champ Cocktail
Chili Fresca Champ Cocktail
Chili fresca champ cocktail combines hot chili with cool cucumber, lemon, and champagne.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 2:30pm
Monday10am - 2:30pm
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday11am - 7pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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