Naoki and I decided a few months ago, to start this blog on our various adventures in eating in our neighbourhood. It’s taken us a while to get started — eleven-year-old guys are really, really busy. But, it was time to begin so this is our first of, we hope, many entries in our Eating Our Way Down St. Clair blog.
For this first blog, we returned to The Rushton — a sort of a laid back place a few blocks from where we live. It’s a very comfortable space albeit a bit noisy if you’re trying to have a real conversation. The food is pure comfort-food — fries, macaroni and cheese, sliders, onion soup, salads to name just a few. (Naoki will talk more about the food later on.) Naoki has eaten at the Rushton many times before while hanging out with his Dad watching the World Cup. A few months back, he introduced me and my friend Merrill to it and we were both impressed by the quality of the food and the ambience which is sort of laid back with just a touch of class. It’s moderately priced so a good a place to take a group which is what we did when the Fabros — my nephew and his family — were here on a recent visit to Toronto. A word to the wise, don’t make my mistake and reserve the west-facing window seat in the summer time. Thankfully, we were rescued from the sun in our faces and seated at the pleasant patio on the side of the building.
Now, Naoki is taking over to tell you about the food we ate that night
Naoki’s Food Review
The food was very delectable and easy for anyone to enjoy especially if you’re a picky eater. There seems to be something for anyone on the menu. This night, there were six of us for dinner. Ann’s family had never been there before so they looked for some of their own types of favourite foods.
Lou, the father, ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese. When I asked him what he thought of it, he said, “It was great except the beef was a bit salty and the pasta a little bit underdone.” But, when I asked him how he would rate it, he thought about it and said, “You know, I think I’d give it a 9 out of 10.”
Susie, Lou’s wife, took a while to decide what she wanted to eat. So I recommended to her the lamb chops. But then because of the heat outside she decided to go with something more cool. So she picked the Rushton Salad which she said was “extravagant” especially because of the delicious roquefort cheese and gave it 10 out of 10!
Alex was the youngest out of the four of Ann’s family. At first he was wondering about the Mac and Cheese and asked the waiter if it was better than Kraft’s mac and cheese. The waiter said, “It’s a lot more elevated and delicious.” This made us all laugh. Alex decided on getting the soft shell tacos and also asked for additional cheese. When the tacos were served he said, “They’re a bit too small and not too much flavour and they’re too dry.” But then he ate all of them and still gave them a 7 out of 10.
Meghan, the oldest child out of the two, followed her mother’s lead and ordered a salad. She chose the Burrato salad with tomatoes, pickled onions, arugula topped with Mozzarella cheese and fresh mint. Meghan said that the mint was a bit too overpowering and she would have liked more of the balsamic vinegar dressing. She said she would
recommend it and gave it a 8.5 out of 10.
Ann stuck with her favourites: beef sliders with caramelized onion and sweet potato fries. She said that she preferred the turkey sliders she had had before. But she loves the fries — it’s her number one pick at The Rushton and would give them a 11 out of 10.
I had one of the specials: teriyaki steak with shitake mushrooms and cucumbers with a small salad of cabbage and carrots. I thought the shiitake mushrooms were a bit undercooked and chewy but the steak was perfectly cooked to medium rare and the teriyaki sauce was mouthwatering. I would give it a 9.5 out of 10.
We would definitely recommend The Rushton for a very good eating experience in a friendly, welcoming, good service atmosphere. For the full menu and contact information, check out the link above.
We would love to have your comments about our blog and what further kinds of things you would like us to include.
We’ll see you next time as we Eat Our Way Down St. Clair
Ann and Naoki