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In addition to being a wonderful place to raise a family, the Cleveland area is also known for its food! Yep. Cleveland is definitely a foodie-town, with tons of fabulous eateries. We've got all the fancy, date-night establishments, including restaurants owned by Iron Chef Michael Symon, small, ethnic eateries that have been around for generations, and of course, there's the West Side Market.
But what if you're looking for a cozy, casual place with a pub-type atmosphere that happily welcomes the kiddos? Now this can be a bit harder to find. I know here in my little town, none of the places with a sports bar feel allow kids. I mean, technically, I suppose you could take them, but I seriously doubt the staff and patrons would appreciate it!
That's why we were absolutely thrilled when we discovered The Rusty Bucket! The Rusty Bucket has several locations here in Ohio, but there are also locations in Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. This laid-back, pub-style eatery offers something for the entire family, and yes, they love serving families!
The kids each got a kids' meal. Sophie ordered a grilled cheese and fries, while Xander wanted some delicious chicken fingers and fries. We put their orders in with our appetizer orders, since when dining with little ones, it's always imperative to keep the natives happy! They loved their meals, and actually ATE their food rather than playing with it. Major brownie points for The Rusty Bucket here!
Our entrees didn't disappoint, either. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan, and Dan simply had to try the Asian Tuna Wrap. I think he just did that to gross me out, since I don't eat any seafood at all, and always cringe when he does.
My Chicken Parmesan was fabulous. The chicken breast was generous in size, and was perfectly cooked. The breading was nice and crispy, and the chicken was tender and quite moist. On top, there was a nice helping of marinara sauce and some melted, ooey-gooey cheese. On the side, I received spaghetti in a creamy Alfredo sauce and some garlic cheese bread. While I would have LOVED to see fettuccine noodles rather than spaghetti, my pasta was very good, and I somehow finished everything on my plate!
Dan raved about the Asian Tuna Wrap, too. This dish contains soy-marinated Yellow-Fin Tuna, a fiery Wasabi Mayo, sweet rice, and tons of marinated veggies. It's served with a nice Ponzu Sauce for dipping. On the side is a nice helping of The Rusty Bucket's own Tomato Cucumber Salad. Dan was very impressed with the overall quality of this dish. The fish was very, very fresh, and the flavors married together perfectly. He loved the savory flavor of the soy marinade, and coupled with the sweetness of the rice and the spicy Wasabi Mayo, he said it was a winning combination.
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