Well, we were missing out! The first thing that you will notice is that the restaurant is actually a converted service station. It is decorated tastefully.... if Yoda on a shelf with lights projected above it to give a water-like illusion on the ceiling can be tasteful.... When I write that, it sounds tacky... but somehow it worked.
One of the other things that worked was the wait staff. Kelly was our waitress and she was fantastic. Not only was she friendly and attentive, she actually knew the specials, and could describe them. She knew the regular menu equally well. She was able to answer questions and give suggestions. Honestly, it was one of the most pleasant experiences we have had with wait staff in at least a day. (There is a certain other place in downtown Buford that we learned not to go for lunch at around 2:15pm. Apparently, their kitchen closes at 2:30pm, and they do not appreciate having people pop in so close to the kitchen closing down) Actually, she really was fantastic and her knowledge of the menu really was amazing. And, she may have been faking it, but we didn't get "I don't know, I've never had that".
So, what about the food? Amanda had the Scallop Po Boy special paired with sweet potato fries, and I had the Royal rooster with Fried Green tomatoes. The portions were more than ample, which is saying something because, well.... I am more than ample..... which means I can usually finish my meal. I was unable to today.
It was all fantastic. I am a fried food connoisseur. One of the things that bothers me the most is food prepared in old grease, or grease that has been burnt, or that is not kept hot enough. All of our food was fried. (yep.... we are health nuts) And, all of it was delicious. None of the fried foods tasted like they were prepared in old oil and even though Rico's has a lot of fish items on the menu, the Chick, Tomatoes and Sweet Potato chips didn't have any hint of a fishy taste.
Everything was crispy, hot and juicy and very well seasoned.
And, as far as prices go, it is very reasonable. Mine was under 10.00 and Amanda's was 11.50.
If you are looking for a great place that isn't the same ole' same ole', that is delicious, fun and reasonably priced, I hope you will consider Rico's World Kitchen. It will certainly be on our rotation from now on.
Oh, and don't forget to ask for Kelly..... did I mention she was amazing?