mycaptureThe setting: The Blackstone-and-Herndon Costco warehouse store, land of half-liter bottles of mustard and enough paper towels to pave a white-Kirkland road from here to New York, on an average shopping day.

The find: a discount card for none other than Dusty Buns, the outstanding Fresno High-area bistro. You pay $39.99 for $50 worth of Dusty Buns goodness. I’d never seen this Costco option before and grabbed at it eagerly.

The checkout process: You pick up a big card from the display rack, tell the cashier how many discount cards you want, and then present your receipt to a manager working the redemption stand.

The reaction: The nice Costco man takes a look at the “Dusty Buns” gift cards as he hands them to me and asks, “Have you ever eaten there?” I tell him yes, and it’s very good. He replies: But you have to go way down there, right?”

My initial thought: The way he emphasizes the word, I first wonder: Does he mean that I have to go to Hell to eat Dusty Buns? But then I realize, no, he’s talking about geography. You have to drive down there, as in south of Shields Avenue, that exotic land of scary lawlessness. At first I want to say something snarky, but I decide instead on an evangelist approach. “You should check it out,” I say. “It’s actually a cute neighborhood.”

The takeaway: Perhaps I could organize tours of the Tower and other places looked upon quakingly by north Fresnans, and sell them at a discount at Costco.

Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
Donald Munro
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2 thoughts on “Dusty Buns: armored vehicle not required

  • October 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I live next door to Dusty Buns. It is funny to think folks think of this neighborhood as lawless. Ampersand ice cream, Father and Son Barber shop, Studio 614 Salon, Art Galleries, and awesome and friendly neighbors…what’s not to love?

  • October 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    LOVE the Tower. Haven’t tried Dusty Buns yet. Have heard nothing but Amazing reviews


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