The Rusty Chain a charming addition to neighborhood

first_imgWhy: The Rusty Chain is truly a neighborhood dining option. Recently opened at the Columbia Street address that formerly housed the now-defunct Commonwealth Cafe, the family-friendly watering hole offers a burger, salad, and sandwich menu with a variety of appetizers to please. Live music on the weekends and regular events bring a sense of community to the neighborhood establishment.What I Tried: I had the Philly cheesesteak with french fries, and my dining companion had the signature burger with a house salad.The Philly starts with a soft, fresh specialty bun. Tender, lean, thinly sliced, saut?ed steak is combined with grilled green pepper and onions and topped with Swiss cheese, pepperoncinis, and pickled jalape?o pepper slices for a delicious, juicy, hot sandwich.Rusty’s signature burger is made with a quarter-pound patty of local, grass-fed beef, a portion of ham, bacon, and cheddar cheese and finished off with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a grilled bun. My dining companion had never tried ham on a burger before and liked what it brought to the flavor of the other ingredients. She was also impressed with the quality of the beef. The fries were a standard, crinkle-cut variety fried to a golden, crisp finish. Rusty’s house salad is a garden-fresh combination of greens, carrot, cucumber and tomato, topped with a touch of red onion, cheddar cheese and croutons.Overall, the food exceeded our expectations, and we both agreed return visits are in order.Atmosphere: The red-painted building has a high-pitched roof and green metal awnings and has a sort of old-time mercantile look. It sports a fancily lit sign with a few bicycle and motorcycle parts mounted on the exterior. Just inside the entry is the bar and a single pool table. Beyond this, two separate dining rooms are available. The spaces are tastefully decorated in keeping mostly with the bike theme, with a few other nostalgic items of interest. Outside is a spacious patio with picnic tables, umbrellas, and a fire pit feature for fair-weather dining.last_img read more