Biting in to The Rusty Onion

Biting in to The Rusty Onion

Team Traffic cruised in to The Rusty Onion earlier this week to check out what they had in store. If you haven’t heard of the Rusty Onion, you should definitely swing by for a cold one. It’s on the Carmel Road side of Carmel Commons, nestled in between a few other low-key, but great local spots.

At first glance, The Rusty Onion didn’t appear rusty at all, as it has great curb-appeal and the interior was warm, inviting. It looked to be the perfect spot for families to grab lunch or an early-bird supper, date-night before heading Uptown and game-loving, beer-consuming sports fanatics.


Being that the weather has been Carolina blue and they have outside seating, a few of us girls from Restaurant Traffic chose a spot in the sunshine so we could people watch as we enjoyed our meal.

Upon receiving our menus, we immediately ordered the Fried Mozzarella Sticks appetizer, just because we aren’t cheesy enough. We went with what we knew would be a basic bar food starter; something that is consistently good at most restaurants. After debating several tempting options, I decided to go with the buffalo chicken salad, but instead of the buffalo spiciness, I opted for a totally different kind of spicy – blackened. My lunch companion (and fellow Restaurant Traffic foodie) Jessie chose One Clucking Good Sandwich; a tough sammy name to have to live up to.

Our food was brought to us in good time – about the normal 15 minute wait. In fact, it came so quickly that we completely forgot that our appetizer had not yet arrived by the time our entrées hit the table.


Upon seeing the salad that was placed in front of me, it was immediately evident that we didn’t need a starter to begin with anyway. It was loaded to the top with mixed greens, tomato, cucumbers, red onions, bacon, blue cheese crumbles and their home-made blue cheese dressing. And atop, was the finely prepared blackened chicken as requested, which immediately filled the air with its pungent, yet delicious aroma. This was the perfect-size salad for it’s $9 price point.


Jessie also seemed pleased at the initial sight of her fully-loaded clucking good sandwich topped with roasted red peppers, red onion, smoked gouda, lettuce and basil pesto mayo, served with a side of sweet potato fries and a very naughty side of cinnamon dipping sauce. At $8 a plate, it should be considered one of the bet sandwich deals this side of the Queen City.

When our Mozzarella Sticks finally arrived we were already in the middle of our meals, so the appeal was a little skewed. But being the southern ladies we are, we had no problem diving right in and enjoying them all down to the last bite! Overall the restaurant was clean and well-staffed, the prices menu-wide were better than fair and the food was delicious.


Head on in and tell them the girls from Restaurant Traffic sent you. And be sure to let us know your thoughts by posting in the comments section below!

When not working behind the scenes at Restaurant Traffic, you can find this local foodie guru out and about enjoying the Charlotte restaurant scene with close friends and family.

1 Comment

  1. That salad looks great. I will have to give this place a try.

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