Rustler named one of best restaurants in U.S.

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) Yelp's top 100 places to treat yourself lists The Rustler in Meridian as the 6th best place to eat in the nation. But how did this come about?

"I got an email from Yelp and I thought that was kind of weird, they would email us. At first I did not believe what it had to say. I thought that it was a scam. Then we saw that it was real,“ said Semmes Martin, daughter of owner Mike Partridge.

The restaurant has in business for over 30 years, staring in the 1980s.

Partridge shared the best parts about having the restaurant and why he's been able to stay in business for so long.

"It’s just a lot of fun, This is where we have our fun, and we try to make it fun for everybody," said Partridge. "There's a lot of hard work to it. We get to have fun and hard work at the same time. I just got into it and never got out of it."

"It's really awesome that we can accomplish something like this. To get national recognition is really cool," said Martin.

Martin says the restaurant is a relaxed, family friendly environment. But The Rustler is not just a place to eat a good steak. It also celebrates special occasions.

"Somebody can come out and celebrate a birthday, first date, an engagement, anniversary, and even a new job," Martin said.

The Rustler's team says it's not just an experience, but a dining experience.