Rusty Bucket

Rusty Bucket is one of my favorite spots to eat at. I am not one to visit the same restaurant over and over again because we have such a variety in Columbus, I want to try them all. However, I will go to Rusty Bucket five times a week if need be! Ha! I LOVE IT! The atmosphere. The people. The employees. The food. All of it is on point at all times.

I love when you walk into a restaurant and you can instantly tell the employees love being there. That’s exactly what you find Rusty Bucket. The employees love their co-workers. They love the food. They love being there. I think that speaks very highly of a place. With 24 restaurants, 10 being in Columbus, I would say they are doing something right.

On their menu, which is all made from scratch, I promise there is something for everyone – even having a special gluten friendly menu and a wonderful menu for the kiddos! Listed below are a few of my favorite things to order.

Hummus, something lite to start with. Served with grilled pita, marinate tomato & cucumber salad and a side of tzatziki sauce

Double Nickel Salad: Greens topped with our special dressing, chopped bacon, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes and red onion. This is my FAVORITE salad! Picture Credit: Rusty Bucket Website

Deep-Fried Pickles: Batter-dipped spears with ranch dressing for dippin’

Spinach con Queso – a blend of spinach, white wine and cheeses; served pipping hot with tortilla chips.

Pork Potstickers: Pan-seared, with sweet chili and ponzu sauces.

Bourbon Raspberry Smash – Muddled with fresh picked mint leaves, ripened raspberries and house-made simple syrup. Fused together with hand-squeezed lemon juice & fresh strawberry puree.

Pink Gin Fizz: Rogue Pink Gin, fresh lemon juice, sparking water with a Pinot Noir float.

Mahi Mahi Tacos: the fish so nice they named it twice, served blackened, topped with our fresh citrus cabbage slaw, sour cream drizzle, fresh cilantro and served Cuban style with rice & beans.

Veggie Pizza – Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, banana peppers, green olives and spinach.

Juicy Lucy – happy hour only – Two of their fresh hand pattied burgers topped with caramelized onions and American cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Panko crusted chicken breast slathered in Joe’s regular sauce, topped with crumbled blue cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Sticky Bun Bread Pudding – Baked custard & cinnamon bread topped with caramel and candied pecans, served with Edy’s vanilla bean ice cream.

Triple Chocolate Cake – Ooey Gooey deliciousness! Homemade chocolate cake topped with Edy’s vanilla bean ice cream and caramel.

Happy Hour

Only in the bar area (don’t worry, they have tables, high tops and seating at the actual bar), Monday-Friday 3-6 PM for half priced appetizers & pizzas. Along with $1 off all beer, wines & cocktails! Enjoy our Juicy Lucy (Bucket Double Cheeseburger) for $5!

Bucketeer Bookworms

The Bucketeer Bookworm Reading Program is designed to encourage kids to read. Enrolling is child’s play: just visit your neighborhood Bucket and ask for your Bucketeer Bookworm Bookmark Tracker. When they finish five books, they earn a complimentary kid’s meal!


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