Posted by: Sienna Howarde in: Restaurant Quotes
Scene: To the crowd gathered in this small-town restaurant, The Rusty Duck may as well be the only restaurant in Dexter. There was a healthy crowd on a rainy Wednesday night families, farmers, 20somethings. We grabbed one of the tables by a large fireplace and admired the duck statues and pictures (and also some deer paraphernalia) that made the place feel like a sports bar/hunting lodge.Food: If you have no other reason to make the 30-minute drive to Dexter, do it for the burger that’s why I went, anyway. The Duck’s burger was named the best burger by the Iowa Beef Industry Council. And yes, the bacon cheeseburger ($11 and the burger recommended by our server) was delicious perfectly cooked, fresh and topped with several pieces of crispy bacon. And huge. So huge, in fact, I could only eat half of it. The other half made a glorious leftover lunch the next day. But if cheeseburgers aren’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?), there are other things, like steaks, chicken and more. My dining partner chose the 16-ounce top sirloin ($20) and couldn’t get through it, either, though she loved the flavor. Maybe our appetites were spoiled by the artichoke dip we ordered as an appetizer ($9). It was too good to resist and came with individually toasted bread.
Cocktails: My dining partner and I had to make the drive back to Des Moines, so we didn’t indulge. But the Rusty Duck has a full bar, and this would be a fun spot to settle in to watch a game with a few beers.Service: The place was busy, and our server humored our questions about the burger, appetizers and the crowd. It took us a bit longer than we would have liked to get our check, but if we hadn’t been in a rush to drive back to Des Moines, we probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Dessert: We were too full for dessert. (Thanks, giant cheeseburger.) For me, dessert was an early bedtime.Leftovers: Regrettably, we polished off the entire plate of artichoke dip. But we both had half of our meals left over for lunch the next day.