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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rusty's Wharf Fish & Chips Review ~ Pataskala, Ohio

When the boys and I went on our road trip last month, I tried to scope out as many Groupons as I possibly could to help reduce some of the costs of the trip. Rusty's Wharf was one of the deals I purchased. I was able to get it during one of their sales where I got an additional 20% off the deal. For about $10 we were able to get 2 baskets with 2 large sodas and 2 sides.
My GPS didn't like the address and we ended up in a random neighborhood (this is my GPS's fault or technically mine since I have updated the maps in over 6 years). We finally found our way to the strip mall and headed in.

I will tell you up front. These were probably the most friendly staff at any restaurant I have ever gone too. They were all great, but especially the cashier. She is one of those people that just seems so happy to help you and was so patient with us as we perused the menu (you order at the counter and they bring the food out to you).


Once we finally figure out what we wanted, we found a table and waited for the food to come out.





They had a super cute nautical theme going on in the restaurant. It was totally not what I was expecting for a restaurant in a little strip mall but I loved it. We enjoyed checking out all the decorations around the place.

Gabrian picked the Shrimp basket. These shrimp were huge! I was able to even snag one. The french fries were great. They were hot and crispy and were really great.
Riley ordered the Fish Basket. Again it was another great choice. The fish was delicious and Riley really enjoyed it.


I ordered the Coney Dog which is very similar to a Hot Wiener (for my RI peeps) except the onions were larger, and the hot dog and bun were different and there was no celery salt....ok, on second thought they are not similar at all. I also picked the Mac & Cheese and Baked Beans. I loved all of this but I loved the Baked Beans the most. They had a great flavor and a nice thick sauce.
Gabrian finished off the meal with one of their cookies. He loved it and for $.50, it is an amazing bargain.

Overall, we loved our lunch there and we hope to make it  back through Ohio again in the near future to eat at Rusty's again. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 60 Oaks Meadow Drive, Pataskala, Ohio.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saturday Ramblings ~ Solo Adventure

Last weekend, Gabrian went with his Dad for the first annual Father and Son Camping trip. This left me alone for Saturday. I was sad to go on without my errand buddy but I soldiered on.




I started off my day at The Holy Donut to pick up my free Chocolate Glazed with Sea Salt. I also ordered their ice coffee which was amazingly expensive but then I took my first sip and would have gladly paid double (please don't get any ideas Holy Donut). They actually freeze ice coffee and use it as their ice (this is genius!!!!). This was seriously some of the best coffee I have ever had.
Next, I crossed the street to walk over to the Portland Farmer's Market. I usually can't afford to buy much at the market but I sure do love walking around and looking at all the pretty colors. 
I stopped in at Whole Food's Market. I was smacked in the face with Fall before I even got into the store. I love Mums but I am not ready to give up on summer yet! But they were so pretty I had to take a picture.
I spent the next part of the day getting ready for an interview I had later that week. I was on the hunt for pants (which I thankfully found!). I also got myself beautified including getting a manicure. I always feel like it makes you feel so much more put together.


At this point I was lonely and dragged Riley out to lunch with me. We went to our favorite local Mexican restaurant, El Rodeo. We had a delicious lunch on the outside patio.

Just about the time we finished eating, a downpour started out of nowhere. Thankfully we were there it was at a slow time, so we were able to wait out the rain.
After lunch, I finished up my grocery shopping and headed home to this nutritious dinner. So there you have it, my solo adventure (and I hope it never happens again....I missed my buddy too much, it's bad enough Riley never wants to hang out with me but lose Gabrian too is too much :-)).

Buck's Naked BBQ Steakhouse Review ~ Portland, Maine

The past weekend Gabrian went on his first annual Dad and Son camping trip. Which meant Riley and I had a free Friday night (and he actually wasn't working....talk about the stars aligning). I narrowed down our restaurant choices to somewhere I have a Portland Dine Around coupon for. We decided on Buck's Naked BBQ in the Old Port.

Riley and I totally scored an awesome deal for parking. There is a parking garage at the top of the street across from the entrance of the restaurant and in the evening they offer parking for $5 for the entire night.



We knew we wanted to eat outside but I was glad we had to check-in inside of the restaurant so we could check it out a little. I definitely enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant and next time would like to eat inside.



We got our choice of tables outside and picked one close to the street action. It was fun watching the people walk by us during our time at the restaurant.








The menu was huge and it was hard to narrow down our final selections. I definitely see several visits in our future to try out some other options.
Riley started off with a diet soda. Nothing special but we do enjoy when they serve it in an extra large cup because that boy sure can suck down a soda.

I started with a Margarita with a Baby Back Rib as a garnish. I am not sure why all of my drinks aren't served with a rib but they should be. Restaurants need to get on this trend immediately! It is a cocktail and an appetizer all rolled into one. The best part besides being amazingly delicious (the drink and the rib), was that it was only $8! That is a bargain, especially in the Old Port.


Riley ordered the Black Bean Veggie Burger. I know, I am as shocked as you that this meat lover went with the veggie option. He loved it though (it probably had something to do with the fact that mango was involved in the preparation...that boy loves himself some mango). He would definitely get it again.


I ordered the beef brisket sandwich with baked beans as my side. The meat was full of flavor, tender and the BBQ sauce was amazing. I didn't eat any of the bread, not because it wasn't any good, just that I was trying to save some of my weight watcher points and forgoing the bread seemed the wisest way to go. The baked beans may have been some of the best I have ever eaten. They had a delicious flavor and were full of meaty goodness. I definitely plan on eating their beans in the very near future (I am contemplating going there for lunch today to get my bean fix).




While we were waiting for our check we noticed a photo shoot happening on Wharf Street, right next to the restaurant. I tried to sneakily grab some pictures of the shoot (I am sure I was beyond obvious but it was too exciting to not take a picture!).





After dinner, we enjoyed a stroll around the Old Port where we finished off our evening with some Gelato from Gorgeous Gelato. We also got majorly gloaty when we realized that the parking garage was full and we got to get an awesome deal on parking in an awesome location and other suckers had to pay more for worse spots (I realize that I am pathetic and that this is beyond petty....I have very little in my life, give me this!).

Overall, we had a fantastic time at Buck's Naked BBQ and plan on going again in the very near future. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 50 Wharf Street, Portland, Maine (they also have 2 other locations in Windham & Freeport).