Restaurant Review: Rusty Bucket

this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern designed for people to come together and enjoy great conversation over even better food. At Rusty Bucket food is cooked from scratch because they think it tastes better that way – and I couldn’t agree more. Plus, since everything is made just for you, if you have any dietary needs be sure to share them and the Rusty Bucket can most likely accommodate them 0 that’s some exceptional service right there! The Rusty Bucket’s bar features drinks made with FRESHLY squeezed juices, I mean let\’s be real do you know of many places that offer freshly squeezed juices in their cocktails… didn’t think so.

I recently had the opportunity to get a peek at Rusty Buckets new menu and let me tell you’re going to love it. Did I mention they even have Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – and you won’t want to miss out on the Chicken & Waffles or Chilaquiles.

Rusty Bucket has over 24 locations in six states (Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio). Michigan has four locations: Bingham Farms, Bloomfield, Northville, and Northville Park Place.

This was my first time visiting the Rusty Bucket, and let me tell you I will definitely be back. The food was not only delicious, but the service was great and the atmosphere was fun. The Rusty Bucket is the perfect girls night out, date night or place to take your family. With a jam-packed menu, there is sure to be something on it for everyone. My personal favorite was the Chicken and Waffles, which you can order Saturdays and Sundays off the brunch menu. I’ve had a few chicken and waffle meals in my lifetime and this one is one of the best.

Monday through Sunday at the Rusty Bucket you will find Drink Features and Blue Plate Specials. Don’t get this confused with Weekday Happy hour from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday which is something entirely different.


Drink Feature: Draft Day
Blue Plate Special: Cincinnati 3-Way
Spaghetti smothered with Rusty Bucket’s Texas sirloin chili and topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, onion, and fresh diced tomatoes; served with garlic cheese bread


Drink Feature: Half Off Wine Bottles
Blue Plate Special: Hoosier State Fair Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Center-cut pork loin breaded with Gary\’s secret blend of spices served with lettuce, tomato, pickle chip and onion with a side of mayo. ** Really unique flavor


Drink Feature: Whiskey Wednesday
Blue Plate Special: Beef Stroganoff
Tender slow-roasted pulled beef, button and morel mushrooms tossed with pappardelle pasta and morel cream sauce; topped with sour cream and scallions and served with garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Bucket Punch Day

Blue Plate Special: Spaghetti ’N Meatballs
Two jumbo beef and veal meatballs slow-cooked in house made red sauce; served atop spaghetti noodles garnished with our homemade garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Martinis
Blue Plate Special: Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp sautéed with white wine garlic butter sauce, fresh herbs and tomatoes tossed with spaghetti and grated parmesan and served with garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Gary’s Famous Margaritas
Blue Plate Special: Chicken and Noodles
Slow roasted chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onion, carrots, peas and our house made chicken jus, tossed with pappardelle pasta and served over mashers.


Drink Feature: Bloody Sunday
Blue Plate Special: Kentucky Hot Brown
Rusty Bucket’s house roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced and piled high on Texas toast, covered with a creamy parmesan sauce and topped with sliced tomato and bacon. *** YOU GUYS! Oh my goodness, this was absolutely amazing!! Since it’s called a Kentucky Hot Brown I would assume it’s from Kentucky (unless it\’s like the whole Boston Cooler in Michigan that has nothing to do with Boston), since I have never been there before this was my first time trying a Hot Brown and now I want to go to Kentucky and give one of theirs a try!


Spinach Con Queso
 A blend of spinach, white wine, and cheeses, served pipping hot with tortilla chips. 
So insanely good!

“Cheese Blanket” Nachos 
Loaded with seasoned ground beef and braised black beans, covered with Rusty Bucket’s signature “cheese blanket.” Served with pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream and scallions.
 Great to share with friends!


Bucket Bites

Mini Burgers on potato buns topped with carmelized onions, American cheese and a pickle chip on top.
 Highly recommend!

Green Chili Burger*
Rusty Bucket’s house-made beer cheese, Serrano and jalapeño relish.

Beer Cheese Burger*

Rusty Bucket’s house-made beer cheese piled high with crispy onion rings.

Main Plates

Macaroni ’N Cheese*

Swiss and American cheeses melted with heavy cream and Blue Moon white ale; tossed with jumbo elbow macaroni noodles; topped with kettle cooked potato chips, scallions, and diced tomatoes. Served with garlic cheese bread.



Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, fresh banana peppers, green olives, and spinach.
Yum, yum, yum

“The Big Sicilian”

Pepperoni, Italian sausage, and capicola with mozzarella and provolone cheeses, peppers and red onions.


Cookies ’N Cream

Heaven right on a plate!

Death By Chocolate Cake

If you’re a chocoholic you’re going to love this cake.

Berry Blast

This cobbler is out of this world.


Chicken and Waffles

House-made Belgian waffle, Rusty Bucket’s famous hand-dipped chicken fingers, warm maple syrup and a light dusting of powdered sugar.
 My absolutely favorite thing on the Rusty Bucket menu, and might even be the BEST chicken and waffles that I have ever had.

Fresh corn tortillas baked with salsa verde and pepper jack cheese, topped with braised black beans, ranchero sauce, sour cream and two sunny side up eggs. 
Probably becoming one of my favorite things to get for brunch at places.

*I do not drink alcohol, so trying anything with their cheese sauce really grossed me out. Everyone else really loved it, especially the macaroni and cheese. If you like alcohol you’ll love the infused cheeses, if you don’t I highly recommend ordering something else.

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