Clearwater, Fla. – (Wednesday, December 9, 2015) – For the 5th consecutive year, Chef John Harris and the team at Rusty’s Bistro were awarded a Florida Trend 2015 Golden Spoon Award. Started 40 years ago by Florida Trend Magazine, the Golden Spoon Awards recognize the state’s top 100 restaurants.
“We are honored to have received recognition from Florida Trend again in 2015. Our culinary team has always remained dedicated to creating dishes inspired by our local resources, seasons and our guests.” Harris said.
The judging criteria are centered on the food: fresh ingredients from carefully selected sources, prepared in an inspired and authentic way. At Rusty’s the produce is sourced locally as much as possible. Right now Chef Harris is buying Ruskin tomatoes, and each week micro-greens and micro-herbs are purchased from a small local farm, Glory Road Gardens, in Lutz. In addition, Harris has a small herb garden on the property. Seafood is often sourced from two small local companies who buy direct from local boats that unload in Pinellas. When seafood is not locally available, Harris has high standards when working with another source. “Currently, the cobia we are using is farmed off the coast of Panama in an organic, sustainable farm, eight miles out in the Caribbean Sea.”
Atmosphere and service also play a role in the Golden Spoon selection process. “Our front of house staff is exceptional in their knowledge of the ingredients that make up each dish, where they come from and how the dish is prepared,” explained Chef Harris.
To be considered for a classic Golden Spoon, the fine dining establishment must have demonstrated a consistency in high standards and longevity. Harris has been executive chef at Rusty’s for over 25 years and the establishment is no stranger to awards during his tenure, having won several over the years including recognition as one of Tampa Bay’s top restaurants.
Rusty’s Bistro is open for breakfast and dinner. Reservations can be made through Open Table, or by calling 727-595-1611 ext. 7001.