I’m always looking for different places to eat (yep it’s my thing) but seldom do I hit up chain restaurants.
For the past year I have been frequently visiting friends north of Selkirk so I’m always driving up Highway 9 when I leave Winnipeg. On the way I pass ‘Ricky’s all day grill’ a restaurant attached to a Petro-Canada Gas station. Not my usual fair but as I drove by time an time again I couldn’t avoid noticing all the vehicles in the parking lot. So I decided that it was time to take a trip and see what has the place hopping.
The restaurant is modern, clean and inviting. When my dinner companion and I entered we were greeted immediately by a very friendly hostess. Booths line the outside walls but we chose a table right in the middle of the action.
The menu is extensive and appears to have something for even the pickiest of eaters.
There are a number of appetizers on the menu but we chose to try the potato skins. Although tasty and full of cheese, bacon and green onion they were what I would call average and similar to what one could find in any road house in Canada.
From sandwiches to steaks there are dozens of choices for entrees at Ricky’s.
On this evening venture to the establishment my partner in crime chose ribs. To say impressed would be an understatement. These ribs were succulent, moist with a unique flavour profile that outshines many of the established “rib joints” we all know. The tomato based sauce is infused with bourbon and spices that complement the meat. On the side were their take on seasoned potato chips which were good, but nothing special.
I decided to try out their ‘Radical Bacon Cheese Burger’ made with certified angus beef, maple bacon and sharp cheddar , lettuce, tomato and “onion tanglers” (battered & deep fried onions). I was not disappointed. I wouldn’t say it is the best burger I have ever had but to be fair I am a bit of a burger snob. I would say that I did enjoy it and would have no problem having it again or recommending it to friends. It would definitely go in my top three for chain restaurants.
I also decided to try a hand made shake, since this eatery is just up the street from Skinners, and although it was flavourful it is nothing special compared to what is available in close proximity.
So overall I would have to say that Ricky’s All Day Grill is well worth the visit. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, is better than most chains in it’s genre and the staff are attentive and friendly.
4 out of 5
If you are curious you can check out the lunch and dinner menu by clicking the link below
Although I haven’t tried their breakfast I am told that it is worth the trip. I will be sure to check it out one weekend and update this review in the meantime check out their breakfast Menu below.
The Everyman Gourmet
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