People kept pouring in the night we went to the new Rusty Bucket location in the Orchard Town Center in Westminster. And why not? It’s a brightly-lit, casual, welcoming, sports-on-TV kind of gathering place. In fact, several of the tables around us were large groups. With burgers, sandwiches and pizza (from homemade dough), it’s the kind of place you go to hang out and grab a bite. We pride ourselves on not just trying and writing about what everyone is having already – the masses already know about those things. We like to try something different – things that the masses might not order but that might be hidden gems. I asked a couple of staffers what they thought were under-appreciated items at Rusty Bucket. They told us: Seafood and steak. Boom! Choices made.
Rusty Bucket has a good selection of beers. The cocktail menu is smaller but included the Pink Gin Fizz with Rogue Pink Gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and soda then topped with a float of Hangtime Pinot Noir and garnished with a lemon peel. It sure was pretty.
At the overwhelming recommendation of two staffers, we ordered the Sticky Bun Bread Pudding ($5.99). Super-sweet, it also had good, cinnamon/nutmeg flavor.I returned again recently, for lunch with the Denver Bloggers Club where we listened to a presentation by SEO specialists, The Market Element. Learning a lot works up an appetite so we sampled a wide variety of dishes, thanks to the generosity of The Rusty Bucket. Highlights included the Juicy Lucy burger that’s just $5 during their weekday happy hour and the Veggie pizza, chock full of flavor, which is 1/2 price during happy hour – looks like Happy Hour will be my next excuse to visit! We also liked that the Baja Fish Tacos were filled with a big piece of fish instead of the usual flakes, making for more flavor.
Rusty Bucket at the Orchard Town Center, 14613 Orchard Parkway, Suite 100 in Westminster. Make a whole day or evening of it and enjoy all of the shopping at the Orchard Town Center and the movie theater.