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Rick's "Best Food in L.A."

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Hollis Greene Dec 22, 2007 07:35 AM

I've been going to the Rick's on the corner of Riverside Drive and Fletcher adjacent to Silverlake for many years, and have always been amused by their "Best Food in L.A." sign. So audacious. Now clearly it's not the BEST food in L.A., but I do have a soft spot for their cheeseburgers, onion rings and fried zucchini. Are there any other guiltless Rick's-goers on Chowhound?

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    RicRios RE: Hollis Greene Dec 22, 2007 08:14 AM

    Well, at least Rick is being modest.

    In Venice Beach you'll find Charly Temmel's self intitulated "Best Ice Cream in the World".

    1. tatertotsrock RE: Hollis Greene Dec 22, 2007 09:45 AM

      Their hard-shell tacos ROCK!!!

      1. monku RE: Hollis Greene Dec 22, 2007 09:47 AM

        Agree....not the BEST but Ricks is a good value for breakfast.

        I guess there's no truth in advertising when it comes to that statement and "World Famous".

        Reminds me....last night I went to Fosselman's last night and perused the numerous accolades they've received. Don't get me wrong and not stirring up a debate, I like Fosselman's. Over the years I think they've cut down on the butterfat content and maybe more overrun(more air).

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          blacksab67 RE: monku Dec 22, 2007 02:16 PM

          Agreed re: breakfast (a great value, methinks), and love their breakfast burrito.

          It's always packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings: That oughta tell you something...

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            trojans RE: blacksab67 Dec 22, 2007 03:59 PM

            reminds me of the donut shop that said "best donuts in America" the one a few doors down proclaimed "best in the world" the next donut store on the street had a sign "best donuts in the universe" i gave my business to the one that had a sign "best donuts on the block"

        2. HerbyN RE: Hollis Greene Dec 22, 2008 09:00 PM

          Rick's is one of my guilty pleasures as well... a very under-rated cheeseburger and the fries are great and they give you the largest portions in town. i also love the 'voted best food in LA" sign of theirs... i mean, really... just preposterous, but you gotta love their nerve...

          i'm also a fan of another under-rated cheeseburger at a place called Jo's in santa monica...

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            Will Owen RE: HerbyN Dec 23, 2008 09:52 AM

            I go by Rick's so often, sometimes twice a day or more, and have never really considered dropping in exactly because of that ridiculous sign. So all right, already, I will! I will!

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              trojans RE: Will Owen Dec 23, 2008 11:36 AM

              I'm gonna open a burger shop next door to Rick's and put up a sign that says "voted best food on the block"

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                HerbyN RE: trojans Jan 2, 2009 07:21 AM

                Ha! brilliant... sign me up as an investor/co-owner.

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            cls RE: Hollis Greene Dec 23, 2008 12:47 PM

            Not a bad truck stop style breakfast. IMO a good pastrami sandwich for lunch. Awful chili, and some other less than average things though.

            1. Vaya Con Carne RE: Hollis Greene Dec 23, 2008 12:55 PM

              Waaaaay back in the 1980s, I used to love their bacon cheeseburgers. But I can't honestly say whether it's because they were that good, or my tastebuds hadn't yet matured!

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                lovetoroq RE: Hollis Greene Dec 26, 2008 10:41 AM

                Perfect stop on the way to a Dodger game. Really good burritos. Love the taquitos with the green avocado sauce. Good Pastrami sands. Makes me long for April and baseball season!

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                  funkycold RE: Hollis Greene Dec 30, 2008 10:32 PM

                  I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and remember when Rick's was a greasy spoon on Main Street in Alhambra. My dad used to take the family there for a good, cheap burger that was not McDonald's or Burger King. It is truly a part of my childhood and go back as often as I can.

                  The Rick's in Silver Lake is just as good. Now that I live in the city, I go there when I need my Rick's fix even though I live in the westside. There is nothing more comforting than their cheeseburgers!

                  1. tooth RE: Hollis Greene Jan 3, 2009 11:52 AM

                    in LA EVERYONE eats at Ricks....
                    hangover burger is amazing and their hardshell tacos are also great...

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                      rednyellow RE: tooth Jan 3, 2009 12:12 PM

                      I have indeed eaten at Ricks, both the burger and the hard shell tacos. I can't imagine ever doing so again, at least not sober.

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