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Ice-cold fishbowls of beer at Buster's

An early day photo from Buster's Web site shows the saloon when Sun City was a bustling town.

An early day photo from Buster’s Web site shows the saloon when Sun City was a bustling town.

I’d never heard of Buster’s, but a couple of friends we met last year in Haviland insisted we needed to visit the saloon in Sun City before we went back to Wichita this year. I had to admit I also hadn’t heard of Sun City. And I’m familiar with a lot of small Kansas towns.

Sun City is on the northern side of the striking beauty of the Gyp Hills in Barber County. The trip from Greensburg down dirt roads and over cattle guards in open pastures was awesome. Wildflowers are in full bloom this time of year. The waitress told us there were about 60 people in town, if you counted all the cats and dogs.

Buster’s opened in the mid 1940s, and takes credit as the first bar in Kansas to have draft beer on tap. Katt Kerns and her family operate one of the few — if not the only —businesses in Sun City.

Buster’s is known for its ice-cold fishbowls of beer, but the food is good, too. Most of us had cheeseburgers and homemade fries. Best cheeseburger I’ve had in some time. Our friends were right — Buster’s is worth the trip.

The front of Buster's Saloon today. It's an inviting place — inside and out.

The front of Buster’s Saloon today. It’s an inviting place — inside and out.

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