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View the Rick's Drive In and Out menu

Restaurant: Rick’s Drive In and Out

Where: 132 W. Main St., Alhambra

Phone: (626) 796-3399

Reservations: No

Cocktails: No

Service: Counter and pick up

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: No, but there’s an ATM on the premises

Kid’s Menu: Not really, but it’s kid friendly

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: No

Price Range: $1.80 - $6.59

Storefront from the corner

View from outdoor patio stage looking toward enclosed patio

Pastrami sandwich and chile cheese fries

Cheeseburger combo

Grilled cheese sandwich

Strawberry cream pie

Baked blueberry pie

Chocolate cream pie

Chess game

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

Eating at Rick’s Drive In and Out – A Good Move

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Rick’s Drive In and Out in Alhambra, at the corner of Main and Second, is a busy burger joint with much more to offer than just burgers.  Rick’s was originally located at 6th and Main, when it opened back in 1971.  In 1989, it moved to its present location, and expanded in 1990 and again in 2002. Like many burger joints, Rick’s offers more than a dozen sandwiches, several different salads, Mexican food and breakfast and dinner plates, all at reasonable prices.  There are close to a dozen “Rick’s Super Buys” combinations that come with fries and a drink.  But Rick’s goes a step further. Unlike most typical burger stands, there’s also menudo daily, and daily homemade soups available.  Rick’s also offers pies for dessert, baked right on the premises, as well as cheesecakes and puddings.  And on Saturday nights, there’s live entertainment on the patio area, from 7pm to 11pm. 

 

One of the features I like best about Rick’s, which features indoor seating, a covered outdoor patio area, and an open patio area, are the tables in the covered outdoor patio area.  These tile covered booths feature built-in chess and checkerboards, so you can not only enjoy a nice meal, but you can linger at the table and enjoy a nice game of checkers or chess (bring your own chess men or checkers).  That’s what we did a couple days ago, and during dessert and after our meal, Keelan and I enjoyed a nice game of chess.  In case you’re wondering, Keelan made some good moves, rebounded from the loss of several key players early on, caught me, passed me, and the game actually ended in a stalemate.

 

Keelan is still on fairly soft foods due to the new braces, and had already had lunch in school, so he just ate a grilled cheese, which he said was quite good.  Katie ordered a pastrami sandwich combo and upgraded her french fries to chili cheese fries, and I ordered a cheeseburger combo and two crisp tacos.  The combo prices include drinks.  One thing I liked at Rick’s is that you could upgrade your combo, increasing your beverage size at a rate of .20 per size.  Katie’s pastrami sandwich came with pickles and mustard, which is how she likes it, and she said it had a really good taste to it.  Not as lean as some places, but that may have been a contributing factor to the tastiness.  And it was not fatty, just not as lean as some. In fact, she definitely enjoyed it more than a pastrami sandwich she’d had earlier in the week, which was a leaner cut.  

 

I enjoyed my burger, and the fries.  Usually, I’d have ordered a double, but I wanted to try their Mexican food, as well.  I really enjoyed the tacos, which I requested without tomatoes.  The amount of ground beef in the tacos was a surprise, it was a really good sized taco.  They also put a sauce on the taco, and while I enjoyed the sauce, next time I’d probably ask for the sauce on the side, as it just got too messy.  Besides, good as it was, I like my sauce hotter, and they do have Tapatio in bottles, which I would probably use, just for the heat.

 

For dessert, Katie had some chocolate cream pie, I had blueberry pie, and Keelan had a strawberry cream pie (yes, that’s soft, and despite being full from lunch at school and his grilled cheese, he managed to make room for it).  All were delicious, and I look forward to going back to Rick’s soon.

 

Rick’s is open from 6am to midnight daily, and has an extensive breakfast menu, featuring omelettes, hot cakes, french toast, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. You can find the Rick’s Drive In and Out menu at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/ricksdriveinandout

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring more than 160 restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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