Report Card: The Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern

The Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern

The Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern

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Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern on Urbanspoon

http://www.myrustybucket.com/

Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  While The Rusty Bucket’s outside appearance is not going to take your breath away, the inside looks like an upscale sports bar.  There are lots of decorations (mostly related to various beers) and TVs on the walls.  The inside is not real spacious, but it doesn’t feel cramped, either.  Table spacing is adequate.  The most glaring negative with respect to The Rusty Bucket’s appearance was the wretched plastic tablecloths.  Other than that, The Rusty Bucket wasn’t too noisy and seemed very clean.

High marks:  Upscale feel, clean

Low marks:   Tablecloths

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server, Emily, did a real nice job taking care of us on our visit.  We visited The Rusty Bucket at 6:00pm on a Friday, so the Bucket was doing brisk business but it wasn’t overwhelmed.  It took Emily a little bit to get to our table initially, but we didn’t mind since we were briefly visited by a representative from the Great Lakes Brewing Company.  She was handing out samples of their Dortmunder Gold (which is excellent) as well as some Great Lakes Brewing Company swag.  Guys, if you have a beer bottle opener on your keychain, you might have a little problem.  Or, you’re just a Boy Scout and are always prepared.    Our meal flowed nicely once it was underway, and other than a wait between beers that was a little too long, we didn’t have any complaints about our service.

High marks:  Good service, minimal wait for food

Low marks:   Wait between beers a little too long

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  Here is where we were blown away.  Katina started with a strawberry daiquiri.

The diminutive strawberry daiquiri

The diminutive strawberry daiquiri

It looked a little weird because it wasn’t frozen like every other daiquiri she’s had, but it tasted like a daiquiri.  There was a lot of strawberry flavor to the drink, just not a lot of drink.  The daiquiri could have been bigger.  As for me, I started with a Troegenator Doublebock, which was thick, smooth, and chocolaty.  After a bit of a wait, I ordered a Troegenator Dreamweaver for my second beer.  It was a scrumptious wheat beer…nice and thick with a hint of banana in the aftertaste.  For her entrée, Katina ordered the Parmesan crusted Tilapia.

The Parmesan crusted Tilapia

The Parmesan crusted Tilapia

This dish came with green beans and mashed potatoes, but Katina subbed sticky rice for the mashed potatoes.  The green beans had the perfect texture, and the added bacon just made them even better.  The sticky rice was sticky and delicious.  The tilapia was cooked perfectly and served with a well-balanced garlic cream sauce.  I had trouble deciding, so I went with a Sicilian Pizza.

The Sicilian Pizza -- tastes much better than it looks

The Sicilian Pizza — tastes much better than it looks

The pizza came with a robust sauce and had a nice balance of ingredients.  The sausage was sufficiently spicy and the portion size was perfect.  We were thoroughly impressed.

High marks:  Beers, tilapia, green beans, sticky rice, and pizza all excellent

Low marks:  Strawberry daiquiri could have been bigger

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Value:  Grade A+:  Absolutely excellent food and lots of yummy drinks for under $60.  Again, we were very pleasantly surprised.  We highly recommend you stop by The Rusty Bucket the first chance you get.  And if you liked it as much as we did, drop us a line and let us know.

High marks:   Great food at an awesome price

Low marks:   None

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