Buffalo Chip Saloon offers many types of fun

Nothing says old west more than this popular dining, dancing, and entertaining restaurant


Hudson Ellis, staff writer

The Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse is a restaurant, dance hall, and mini-rodeo located in Old Town Cave Creek. With bull-riding, dance nights, and even church services the saloon provides a plethora of activities for all ages.
“I love that it feels like I’m walking into a completely different world.“It’s a cowpoke’s turf, so giddy up or get out,” said Monet Emry, a frequent patron of Buffalo Chip.
Founded in 1951, the Buffalo Chip originally started as a feed and bait shop that was set up on the way to the Horseshoe and Bartlett lakes. The Chip has grown to a legendary status among Old Town.
“You get to meet people from all walks of life,” said Shelby Poe, a server who’s been working at the Buffalo Chip for around six months.
Part of what makes the Buffalo Chip so unique is its country theme. The saloon offers free line dancing and couples dancing lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and bull riding every Wednesday.
“Please dress to impress. This means going in with belt buckles, cowboy boots, hats, and a yeehaw attitude,” said Emry.
Besides the activities offered, the menu offers a wide variety of country style food. The restaurant is known for its barbeque and country sides such as “Cowboy Beans” and “Mom’s Potato Salad” that contribute to the saloons overall theme.
“I love our mac n cheese, and a lot of people love our brisket as well,” said Poe.
The Buffalo Chip experienced a fire back in 2015, which swept across the saloon and dance hall, burning it to the ground. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the fire. Despite this, owner/proprietor Larry Wendt vowed to rebuild the restaurant and keep all the staff.
I think it sucks that it burnt down because it’s like a big staple of old town and arizona culture. It’s a big blow for the people who ride there too, since it was one of the only places I know of for rodeos,” said Annie Bugbee, a senior.
Wendt unfortunately passed away this year on August 23, aged 65. A memorial was held that Sunday at the Buffalo Chip. Wendt had owned and managed the restaurant for over 20 years.