Over The Counter.

Although I operate on an anti-chain agenda, I don’t always practice what I preach. (My roommates can attest to the occasional Taco Bell bag in the house.) My go-to comfort food dish comes from a local chain: Rusty Bucket. The Bucket, as I tend to call it, falls in a grey area. While it is most certainly a chain of restaurants, it got its start in Columbus, and has only spread to Michigan. (Then again, that’s how it starts.)

I go to the Bucket when I’ve had a bad day, when I’ve had too much to drink the night before or when I’m just too tired to think of anything else. And I always order the same thing.


This beautiful work of art is called Gary’s Three-Way, named after one of the owners. Although it shares a name and a concept with the Cincinnati creation (chili atop a pile of spaghetti), it’s nothing like it. The chili on this Three-Way is absolutely perfect. I love, love, love the dollop of sour cream on top, as well as the greasy mess the cheese and meat leave on the plate. The toast attains a level of both crispiness and greasiness in the same bite. Honestly, there’s nothing I would change about this meal.

This dish, my friends, cures all wounds. Broken heart? Gary’s Three-Way. Too much wine last night? Gary’s Three-Way. Coworkers think you’re a liberal nutjob? Gary’s Three-Way.

This also tastes great with a beer or two, but be careful. Too many and you might be back the next day for more medication.


Don't be shy. Write something here.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: