Last weekend, Kevin and I put a gift card to use and grabbed dinner at The Rusty Spoon, Orlando’s newest gastropub. Previously, I had only been for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it so I was excited to try their larger dinner menu. We headed over on Saturday evening and started with a round of drinks. I ordered a cucumber martini.
The martini was light and fresh with a surprising burst of cucumber flavor. It smelled like a spa weekend and tasted slightly tart and bright.
The chef sent out complimentary cheese fritters with homemade barbeque sauce for us to nibble on.
Kevin ordered the 55 burger, since I had been raving about it ever since I had it for lunch.
The fries came with a side of homemade ketchup, which was slightly tangy almost like a cross between ketchup and barbeque sauce.
I was craving something on the lighter side so ordered the Lake Meadow salad, which ended up being way bigger than anticipated.
The salad had fresh greens, which tasted straight from the garden, topped with bacon, chicken liver (which spread like pate), and finished with a soft cooked egg. Dippy eggs on a fancy salad? I’m in. The salad tasted so earthy and decadent with the bold flavors.
I also ordered a side of grits, which were phenomenal. They were extremely peppery and garlicky. These were not your average breakfast grits. They were thick, creamy and rich.
I loved my meal and my time out with Kevin. I definitely think we’ll return. Everything from my first drink through the whole meal was excellent.