Rusty’s Road Trip, a food truck specializing in perch, is the tasty result of one local man’s journey from restaurant work to the corporate world and back to the food business again. After years spent as a lawyer and market researcher, Russ Courtney was inspired to return to the kitchen. A self-described well-travelled eater, Russ spent months perfecting his beer-battered perch and overhauling a delivery truck. Rusty’s Road Trip, a name that references Russ’s nickname and his departure from a 9 to 5 job, opened in January. The mainstay of the menu is beer-battered Lake Erie perch, a local delicacy that Russ felt was under-represented. Other offerings include gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, mac-n-cheese and fried mac-n-cheese balls.
To catch Rusty’s Road Trip, follow along at Rustysroadtrip.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram. During the summer, Rusty’s is parked for lunch at Levis Square on
Thursdays and Madison and 10th Street on Fridays.