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Taylor: Why I Love Rush’s




IMG_3667By TAYLOR BROWN  ||  Writers are told to “write what they know,” or are passionate about, and for me, that’s Rush’s fabulous fast food.

I like to think of myself as Rush’s No. 1 fan – a title I’ve held for over two decades.  Heck, there are people in Germany who know about Rush’s thanks to me.

Recently a friend who studied abroad with me came to visit Columbia.  She insisted we go to Rush’s because she’d heard my incessant ramblings about their fresh cheeseburgers and french fries, coleslaw, and, oh Lord … the milkshakes.  For those of you who cursed to have never, Rush’s milkshakes are the stuff dreams are made of!

Like me they’re all-American, all-natural and all sorts of yummy.

Anyway my friend and I went, and she loved it.  Of course.

Watching Rush’s first-timers take that virgin bite of hot hand-formed burger (with cheese, chili, lettuce, pickles, tomato, onions, mustard, ketchup, mayo—the most important ingredient) is like hearing a baby giggle or snuggling up with a sleepy puppy.



It’s bliss.

My bio for this site (below) includes my love affair with this fast food restaurant, which I swear to be better than Whataburger, In-And-Out, or Zesto.  I’m not quite sure why I love Rush’s so much, but it’s got a lot to do with the food itself (never frozen, never microwaved) as well as the fact that it reminds me of growing up here in the Midlands (including memories of going after dance, during Spring Valley High’s lunch period, after a bad break-up, or on a date, etc).

I go to Rush’s for the good and the bad times.  I go every year for my birthday.  It was my first meal on American soil after coming back from studying abroad. It holds a very special place in my heart.

For those of you who have never been to Rush’s: please go!

I recommend the cheeseburger basket (or chili cheeseburger basket) with a chocolate shake.  You have my personal guarantee that the food will be phenomenal, the staff will be kind and friendly, the service will be fast, and your taste buds will tingle with delight.  Oh, I also recommend putting some of the fries on your burger for an unexpected crunch.

For those of you who consider Rush’s a way of life as I do: I’ll see you at the Two Notch Road location (it’s the best Rush’s location, FYI).


Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age.  She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food (obviously), wine, and spirited political arguments.