Rusty Bucket (Clintonville) | Columbus, OH

November 22, 2016

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Rusty Bucket (Facebook / T: @myrustybucket / IG: @myrustybucket)
4109 N. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 261-0385
Open Mon-Thurs, 11a-1op; Fri-Sat, 11a-11p; Sun, 11a-9p (brunch served Sat & Sun, 11a-3p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

Visited: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 1 p.m.

We’ve been to the Rusty Bucket before when they opened their Clintonville location earlier this spring; just recently all 10 central Ohio Rusty Bucket locations added a weekend brunch menu, and they were kind enough to invite us in to give it a try!

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Rusty Bucket fits the pub vibe to a T: a menu focused on comfort foods, beer and cocktails galore, dark wood accents, a big bar, several TVs spread around the space.

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It really wasn’t a question whether we would start with the cinnamon sugar donut holes, served with a caramel dipping sauce. They were crispy and airy, and reminded me of funnel cake.

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The adults enjoyed a couple drinks with brunch; I had Stone’s IPA while Mrs. Bfast w/Nick enjoyed the Ginger Citrus White Sangria.

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The boys sampled items from both the kid’s brunch menu and regular menu; they split a waffle to begin. It was nicely browned and crispy around the edges, and served with a small metal jug of syrup.

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And then, as kids do, they headed straight for the mac and cheese with fries…

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…or with fruit. We’ve always appreciated that the Rusty Buckets feature a kids menu of sure-fire pleasers; the brunch menu has a small kids section as well.

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For the adults, we split the braised short rib hash, built on red skin potatoes, onions, peppers, melted cheddar, and a fried egg.

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I can’t resist chicken and waffles, so it was pretty certain we’d order it. The beer-battered chicken comes atop a big big waffle with powdered sugar and syrup. The chicken is pretty light on the seasoning, but it’s tender and pairs nicely with the waffle.

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Rusty Bucket’s patio is enclosed and heated for the season, so you can still get an outdoor experience, and you can always gather around the fireplace.

Full disclosure: Rusty Bucket is an advertiser, and this meal was provided by them. Photos and opinions are my own.

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