Most new restaurants that I go to for the first time I find out via a foodie friend or Instagram. The Rusty Hook Tavern is no exception to this. For months I have been seeing fellow foodies and bloggers post pictures on Instagram of these crazy looking Ahi tuna nachos that The Rusty Hook Tavern has become known for. So this past weekend my girlfriend/eating partner and I took a trip up to Pompano Beach to see what this place is all about.From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by the extremely friendly and attentive staff, including the owner and proprietor Andy Patton. Andy and I had exchanged Instagram messages about what I need to try when I come into the restaurant a few days prior to our visit. We got treated to a great meal and got to try an abundance of awesome, fresh and local eats!
The Rusty Hook proudly serves up local and fresh Florida beers! To start I had the old faithful; Monk in the Trunk from Inlet Brewing Company in Jupiter, which I was told paired wonderfully with the Ahi Nachos. So with that said we HAD to start with the Wicked Tuna Nachos, obviously. We also ordered the Crispy Pork Belly to start. The nachos were the single greatest appetizer to ever be created! The chef should get an award for creating this wonderful masterpiece. Homemade tortilla chips topped with fresh tuna poke, a kimchee cabbage slaw, avocado crème, fresh cilantro and a spicy aioli to top it all off. OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD! The Crispy Pork Belly was also an incredible dish to start. Two large pieces of pork belly topped with a green papaya slaw, smoked pineapple and candied peanuts. The smoked pineapple MADE this dish, pure awesomeness! Andy surprised us and brought out the catch of the day (Wahoo) Peruvian style fish ceviche. Fresh from the marina Wahoo with aji peppers, onion, tomato, cilantro and leche de Tigre. Best ceviche I’ve had in South Florida yet!
After we took a few deep breaths and a timeout from the appetizers we went ahead and ordered some main courses. My partner and I aren’t huge fish eaters, but if I was, this is certainly the place to be. Seeing how the restaurant sits directly on the intercostal and within the Pompano Beach fishing marina, fresh local fish is THE ONLY FISH that they serve. Whatever is fresh that day from the local boats is what you get. So get there early for dinner because they almost always sell out! They prepare the fish is multiple ways, including whole fish fry’s! We were in the mood for some pasta and was told by Andy and the waitress that the Spicy Pork rigatoni was not to be missed. Spicy sausage, broccoli rabe, fresh garlic and tomato. Simple and completely amazing dish! Trying another house specialty, we got the Lobster Mac & Cheese. A perfectly grilled 6 oz. lobster tail, cheddar, smoked Gouda and topped with citrus bread crumbs. This was a very well balanced dish with very juicy and fresh lobster!
I certainly think that The Rusty Hook Tavern is going to be part of the South Florida waterfront scene for many many years to come. The owners all hail from the Boca Raton Resort and have a solid background in the hospitality business. The service is incredible, the atmosphere is perfect and the food is fresh and tasty. Most definitely will be back again and look forward to continue eating chefs unique and exciting cuisine creations!
Address: 125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Phone: (954) 941-2499