By Melanie Galarce
Rusty Bucket (3535 Northwest 83 Avenue, Doral) is a casual tavern chain with a sports bar atmosphere, serving comfort food favorites and a long beer list. One of the first places to pop up at City Place Doral, Rusty Bucket is a long-time staple in Ohio that has now made its way to South Florida.
Menu highlights: You can find every bar food that so defiantly defines American cuisine (probably perfect for the impending Fourth of July holiday). I’ll give you a brief round up of some of my favorites and help you start dreaming up your order.
Spinach con Queso: A blend of spinach, white wine, and cheeses, served piping hot with tortilla chips. Your typical spinach dip, only taken up a notch.
Rusty Bucket Wings: Served with crisp celery sticks and blue cheese dressing; available in one or two pound servings and four flavors: Tamarind BBQ, Sweet Chili, Joe’s Regular, Sriracha. This is the perfect dish to order when you’re in to watch the big game. Football season anyone?
Habanero Hummus: Served with warm pita, marinated tomato, cucumber salad, and a side of tzatziki sauce. This is the perfect app for those who might be watching the waistline. We’ll try not to judge you since this hummus is pretty darn good.
Margherita Pizza: Tender roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Another not-so-guilty indulgence that will make the whole family happy.
After stuffing my face with tons of bar food, I moved on to dessert because apparently I’m under the impression that calories don’t apply to me?
So, first up was the Sticky Bun Bread Pudding: Baked custard and cinnamon bread topped with caramel and candied pecans; served with Edy’s vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. This was a delicious sticky bun with velvety vanilla bean ice cream and the whole thing might have put me over the edge…in a good way?
Another dessert you must try? The Triple Chocolate Cake: Homemade chocolate cake topped with Edy’s vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. It will just melt in your mouth and make you feel all cozy inside.
Standout dish: It was a bit hard to choose among the bar favorites, but, believe it or not, the Pork Potstickers (pan-seared, with sweet chili and ponzu sauces) could transport you to some fancy Asian restaurant in a matter of seconds. They were also a bit less indulgent on the calorie side, which made me feel a little less guilty.
On the total opposite end of the spectrum, the Deep-Fried Pickles were the apotheosis of greasy and I loved it. With batter-dipped spears and ranch dressing for dipping, they were worth the gluttony. Even though I’m generally not a fan of pickles, this dish stood out and the great waiting staff let us in on the dish’s popularity letting us know it was definitely a favorite across the Rusty Bucket chain.
Are we boozing? Yes, we’re definitely boozing at this all-American tavern. Expect craft cocktails with names like Blueberry Bella and with an extensive list of draft beers, the perfect serve is guaranteed.
Mel’s take: This laid-back, no hassle spot is the type of place where you want to grab a quick lunch, a happy hour drink, or simply take the kids for dinner (because there will definitely be something on the menu they love). There really is something for everyone at the Rusty Bucket, which is part of the reason why this place works so well. Another reason? Bottomless mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays for only $18. Win-win.