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“Fine dining in a converted service station”
Review of Ricos

Ricos
Ranked #1 of 240 Restaurants in Buford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Filipino
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed November 28, 2013

The five of us had very well prepared and efficiently served meals at this site of what apparently was once a service station and now has another life. The concrete block walls are lined with framed photos of sites around the world--Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, St.Peter's Basilica, Taj Mahal, and many others--which our waiter told us were taken by friends of the owner.

We ordered as appetizers the fried green tomatoes and crab cake with cabbage, which were very good; in face, the tomatoes came and were quite small, which was not a problem, since there were five or six on the plat. Within a couple of minutes, we were brought another order with large slices, with a message of apology from the chef for the small ones. We had been perfectly satisfied with the first order, but certainly took advantage of the generosity.

Four of us had the blackened shrimp and grits, which were delicious and filling. One of our party had a gluten allergy, and the chef recommended a change in the sauce before we ordered, but when the dish arrived, there was a large slice of bread dipped into the grits--a real no-no for folks with this condition. But the waiter took the dish back and a new one was soon substituted, without the gluten. One of us had the rack of lamb, which was also very good.

With two or three glasses of wine, the bill for the five of us came to $150 plus tip,which we considered a decent value on this Thanksgiving eve. There are several very good restaurants in the area, and we will return to this one in the future.

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Thank Charlie S
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Dining at Rico's was a delight in every way! Although we had a short wait for our party of six, it was worth it. The server was attentive, the food was delicious, and artfully plated. Each dish was seasoned delightfully and a pleasure for the taste buds. All of this was well worth it, but the reasonable prices made it all the more enjoyable.

Thank Ali432
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Ricos has a small menu but has such a broad range to satisfy the foodies and the just plain hungry. The service was excellent - efficient and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is funky - a former gas station so you're eating in one of the service bays. The noise level is up there which means you can have a conversation at your own table but really can't hear what is being said at another table. Parking is limited. On a recent visit we had crab soup which had some heat on it, too much for a 6 year old but perfect for her father. The house salad with Asian pear dressing was delicious, the crab cakes on the side were ordinary. The ham and brie sandwiches with chutney were outstanding.

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Thank Clare D
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We made a stop at Rico's because of reviews on this site and others. We were NOT disappointed! We were there between lunch and supper, so the specials were not available. However, the menu items we chose were AMAZING! We started with an appetizer----Nett's Lumpia---Filipino-style egg rolls---beef & pork with homemade sweet & sour sauce...OH MY! We had lobster bisque--with a kick of cayenne pepper and lumps of lobster! YUM! Scott enjoyed a Shrimp Po' Boy sandwich and it was a huge sandwich with large shrimp....no skimping on the shrimp with this sandwich. I ordered the Royal Rooster----fried chicken in Habenero sauce....sooo good! They serve homemade potato chips with their sandwiches or you can order another side (fried green tomatoes, sweet potato chips, etc.). We opted to enjoy an appetizer, soup, sandwich & dessert----we brought the dessert back with us. I'll comment on that once we've tried those---Chocolate Raspberry Cake & Chocolate Samoa Cake---all homemade by Rico's Mom. Looking forward to coming back to Lake Lanier (or anywhere close) so we can enjoy Rico's again!

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Thank Missy T
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Have been going here for years a small restaurant in downtown Buford. Have not had a bad meal yet. My favorites fried green tomatoes on the side or in a salad. The specials you can never go wrong with the daily special. You need to get their early they are always busy.

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Thank Revpar2013
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