Rusty's bread was a memorable loss

W HERE BREAD WAS THE MAIN COURSE: The first and most enduring bit of advice we've ever received is this: Don't fill up on the bread. Full Story
slapbass

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#1 Aug 12, 2008
wow..I remember this place..This article hits the nail right on the head..Didnt the waiting room have a red velvet round type of couch..Dont know why that just popped into my head??
Jane Doe

Long Beach, CA

#2 Aug 12, 2008
Hey Tim,
Are you aware if Steve Harvey has gotten any significant work. I kinda miss him. I'm sure his old bosses readership will be going down.
Miss de Rossi
Lynn Thornton McCormick

Long Beach, CA

#3 Aug 14, 2008
My dad, Rusty Thornton, was the owner of the the most missed diner in Long Beach. My grandparents started the restaurant over 60 years ago. It is a testament to their personal recipes that continues to make our family proud today.
Rusty is now 83 years old and living in Idaho. He attended Poly H.S, LBCC, and Utah State. He is now blind and in declining health. When I read him Grobaty's article about "Rustys", it made him smile.
My sisters Kathy, Diane, and I worked in the restaurant and ate Rusty's seafood and that famous garlic bread at least once a week (mostly on Fridays). And just for the record, yes, we still have the family recipes.
Thank you to all who continue to remember when a guy from Long Beach put three houses together on Pacific Ave. and cooked some really good seafood and one of a kind garlic bread.
Lynn Thornton McCormick

Lori S

Covina, CA

#4 Sep 7, 2008
Can you give us the garlic bread recipe, my first trip to Rusty's was when I was 6 weeks old!!! I am 50 now and can still remember the garlic bread that I grew up on !!!Please!!!!!!!! I know many people who would be grateful!!
Lynn Thornton McCormick wrote:
My dad, Rusty Thornton, was the owner of the the most missed diner in Long Beach. My grandparents started the restaurant over 60 years ago. It is a testament to their personal recipes that continues to make our family proud today.
Rusty is now 83 years old and living in Idaho. He attended Poly H.S, LBCC, and Utah State. He is now blind and in declining health. When I read him Grobaty's article about "Rustys", it made him smile.
My sisters Kathy, Diane, and I worked in the restaurant and ate Rusty's seafood and that famous garlic bread at least once a week (mostly on Fridays). And just for the record, yes, we still have the family recipes.
Thank you to all who continue to remember when a guy from Long Beach put three houses together on Pacific Ave. and cooked some really good seafood and one of a kind garlic bread.
Lynn Thornton McCormick
Marilyn M

Aliso Viejo, CA

#5 Dec 17, 2010
can you still buy the spread or is there anyplace left that serves this? We starting eating there in 1955. Thank you
gloria saenz

Harbor City, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2012
It's 2012 and I still think about Rusty's. There is still no better seafood.i.e. like your fantail shrimp was to die for and your family's garlic bread. I used to go as often as possible with my sister and take bread home. Can you please give us an update again and will any of your recipes be made public? You made many hearts and tummies smile all those years. My sister and I are still looking for the best shrimp and still can't find ONE that tops yours. And the cheese on that bread, never seen one resturant come anything close to it. Thanks so much for the great food and service throughout the years.
Tom mcmahan

Long Beach, CA

#7 Apr 11, 2012
I grew up eating at Rusty's with my family. We discovered it in 1947 when the entrance was on Pacific Ave. Fish 'n chips 50 cents. I still dream about the shrimp and the red sauce that went with them. The halibut was wonderful and those ice cold pitchers of beer. Nothing compares! The H. Salt on Westminster Blvd. is the best I've found. Thanks for the terrific memories.
John Hunt

Cypress, CA

#8 May 6, 2012
Those shrimp were the biggest and best ever...and what about that bread? I miss Rusty's almost as much as the Sunny Spot on Carson Street!
jamesgreenfield2

Moreno Valley, CA

#9 May 23, 2012
Lynn Thornton McCormick wrote:
My dad, Rusty Thornton, was the owner of the the most missed diner in Long Beach. My grandparents started the restaurant over 60 years ago. It is a testament to their personal recipes that continues to make our family proud today.
Rusty is now 83 years old and living in Idaho. He attended Poly H.S, LBCC, and Utah State. He is now blind and in declining health. When I read him Grobaty's article about "Rustys", it made him smile.
My sisters Kathy, Diane, and I worked in the restaurant and ate Rusty's seafood and that famous garlic bread at least once a week (mostly on Fridays). And just for the record, yes, we still have the family recipes.
Thank you to all who continue to remember when a guy from Long Beach put three houses together on Pacific Ave. and cooked some really good seafood and one of a kind garlic bread.
Lynn Thornton McCormick
When i was a kid and i was staying with my aunt and uncle and they would where i would like to have dinner there were three places i liked to go, on was of course Rusty's, i loved their shrimp, the next was the bit of sweden on broadway and then the heidleburg which i beleive was between long beach and san pedro, i really miss these three restraunts.
Gordon Bennetti

Garden Grove, CA

#10 Jun 3, 2012
Two words...GIANT SHRIMP. Well maybe four words GARLIC BREAD. Parents took me there all the time in the 60s. when I was 8. MEMORYS!!!!
Cheryyl

Yorba Linda, CA

#11 Jul 20, 2012
"RUSTY'S..........Ahhhhh the bread and shrimp ....ate there almost every Friday night. Have never found any thing to come close. MISS YOU RUSTY'S :(
Jimmy

Colton, CA

#12 Dec 22, 2012
The frogs legs also rocked
Bruce Huntsman

Chandler, AZ

#13 Jan 26, 2013
I was just telling my wife about Rusty's, while watching the show how I met your mother, the one about best burger in New York. I was remembering this restaurant and telling her about the shrimp and sauce. The garlic bread as well. My parents would go about once a month and take us kids. I now live in Arizona and can not find an even close to quality or flavor of that shrimp. My god I miss that place. It was like eating heaven in someone's house. Thank you for all the great memories and food.
John Hunt

Cypress, CA

#14 Mar 7, 2013
John Hunt wrote:
Those shrimp were the biggest and best ever...and what about that bread? I miss Rusty's almost as much as the Sunny Spot on Carson Street!
... What was that cook's name? Remember! The large growth on his left pinky!
John Hunt

Cypress, CA

#15 Mar 7, 2013
What was the Sunny Spot cook's name? He had that golf ball tumor on his left pinky!
S Longaker

San Diego, CA

#16 Mar 21, 2013
jamesgreenfield2 wrote:
<quoted text> When i was a kid and i was staying with my aunt and uncle and they would where i would like to have dinner there were three places i liked to go, on was of course Rusty's, i loved their shrimp, the next was the bit of sweden on broadway and then the heidleburg which i beleive was between long beach and san pedro, i really miss these three restraunts.
My aunt & uncle owned the Heidleburg. It was on Anaheim, just on the west side of the LB Freeway. They also had one in Glendale for awhile too. They closed it in the late 70s. Their primary customers came from the industrial businesses nearby. Coca Cola executives used to come in all the time. My aunt & uncle cooked all the food.. uncle cooked the meat.. my aunt was on the pies and side dishes. And they were only open until 3pm.
When industries began to pull out of the area, their restaurant business began to decline. They also had a couple burglaries. The meat locker was cleaned out and the place was damaged pretty badly each time. That was when my uncle decided to close.
So happy to hear the restaurant is remembered fondly. Thanks!
S Lee Von Ahsen

Saint Peters, MO

#17 Feb 5, 2014
Our family also loved Rusty's! The halibut and garlic bread were amazing. And, yes, I remember the round couch in the middle of the waiting area. My earliest memories include supper there. Great times in the 50's and 60's. Did anyone get the recipe for the garlic bread?
Mary Hoover

Menifee, CA

#18 Jul 2, 2014
Born and raised in Long Beach from 1969 to 1981. I lived with my grandparents off Daisy Avenue (aka: Christmas Tree Lane) only a few blocks away from Rusty's. They had lived their since the late 40's and Rusty's was one of their favorite restaurants (the only other I remember frequenting with them was The Sky Room, where they celebrated their anniversary every year). They knew Rusty and we would go there often. I was in awe of the crushed red velvet couch and the giant shark's jaw as well. I was young, but I remember the dark setting in the dining area with the fisherman's nets and the starfish and shells... I loved everything about that place! I loved the bread and the shrimp was awesome & the waitresses were always so sweet and would make me Shirley Temples. Wish it was still around or someone would open a new one. They were the best and I have not found any restaurant in Southern California that even comes close. Thanks for some great memories!
Jo Ann Hames Gamez

Kingsburg, CA

#19 Sep 17, 2014
Wow, I just saw a commercial for Red Lobster's all you can eat shrimp and Rusty's in Long Beach popped into my head. Red Lobster can't hold a candle to the fan tail shrimp and garlic bread we use to enjoy. I grew up in Norwalk but we frequently made the trek to Long Beach for the best shrimp! My parents moved us up to the Central Valley of California back in 1971 and I always wondered if Rusty's was still open. It was my cousin's favorite restaurant. He was close to my age and he passed away several years ago. I wish I could have gone to Rusty's with him one more time! Thanks for the memories and great food!

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