Jan 5, 2023 - Things to Do

The hype behind Buc-ee's, explained

The buc-ee's logo on a sign.

Photo: Allison V. Smith/Washington Post via Getty Images

There's something about Buc-ee's. It turns a routine trip to a roadside convenience store into a visit to Willy Wonka’s factory.

  • The Crossville location has become a tourist attraction in its own right, with a supersized location coming in Sevierville. And the chain's march into Tennessee is inching closer to Nashville.

The intrigue: Buc-ee's locations have developed a cult following for a reason, and not just because of their record-setting size.

  • The bathrooms are award-winning.
  • Their namesake and mascot is an adorable beaver — as seen on Christmas ornaments, sweatsuits, coffee mugs and other assorted merch.
  • And their vast selection of mouth-watering munchies takes road trip snacking to another level.

💭 Adam's review: When I visited the Crossville location last year, the rich aroma of roasting cinnamon-glazed pecans greeted me at the door. I was hooked.

  • I made a bee-line through racks of sweatshirts and home goods to find a dizzying assortment of food: fresh-sliced brisket, key lime pie, a wall of jerkies, the famous Beaver Nuggets and a fudge station.
  • But my favorite options came straight out of left field.
  • Olives stuffed with blue cheese? Buc-ee's brand corn salsa? Cotton candy saltwater taffy? It's all there.

👀 Watch: This Nashville-based couple spent 24 hours at a Buc-ee's and ate breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between.


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