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.
Today I got to try a new-to-me restaurant in the 55 West building in downtown Orlando, The Rusty Spoon. They are a gastro pub focused on local and all-natural ingredients. Their menu is not very big but full of flavor.
For starters, our group of four ordered the haystack (shoestring fries) and stuffed eggs.
The fries came with three different sauces: aioli, barbeque and ketchup. All of the sauces tasted homemade and much better than anything found in a bottle. The fries were dusted with cheese and were incredibly rich. Warning: these fries are addicting. I love skinny fries, so these were right up my alley.
The stuffed eggs were also delicious. They were bright and full of dill flavor.
I ordered The “55” burger, which was a 1/2-pound burger stuffed with bacon and gruyere cheese.
The burger was delicious and full of flavor. The soft bun soaked up the delicious onions and aioli sauce. I don’t usually order the burger off menus, but I was so happy I ordered this one. For my side, I chose the Shiitinonion Soup (spell it out), which is their version of French onion soup. The soup was a little on the salty side, but I loved the onion and cheese flavors.
Also ordered at the table was their salad of the day and a chicken sandwich.
Everyone at the table commented on how fresh everything tasted. The veggies tasted like they were straight from the garden. Even though I ate a ton of food, nothing sat very heavily in my stomach. I expected to be much more weighed down after eating such a big burger.
Kevin and I actually have a gift certificate for The Rusty Spoon, and after my rave lunch review, we realized the certificate expires next month, so I expect I’ll be returning soon.
What’s your French fry dipping sauce of choice?