Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night has added an element of pizzazz to the corner of Gray and Bagby. Its green neon lights and otherwise bright surroundings make it really hard for it to go unnoticed. I recently stopped by for a sampling and admittedly was a bit surprised by the trendy digs. I had no preconceived notions about this new completely outdoor “kiosk” serving food all day and night, but it was a delight to find that the concept did fit seamless into the consistently poppin’ district of Midtown; as if it has always been a present figure.
Driven by the team that also brings us Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, you have a slight idea of what to expect. Nice sized portions, good eats, and a bit of Tex Mex influence sprinkled here and there. Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night delivers on that expectation by focusing on simple options and those that are easy to eat throughout the day, on a straight to the point menu, when you may have limited time, and for a fairly inexpensive price. It hits the nail on the head by adding creative touches that upgrade the traditional offerings to something worthy of attention.
Expect to find burgers and hot dogs made with 44 Farms beef; fries ranging from regular to truffle and chili cheese; a slew of breakfast tacos, a few lighter choices likes salads, granola, and smoothies; not-so-light alternatives in their milkshakes and custards, and alcoholic beverages including local beer on draft, wine on tap and even frozen sake. I would say they have the late night cravings fully covered. The weekend post 1 a.m. crowds will be pleased.
I also appreciate their efforts in going as local as possible partnering with Slow Dough, Atkinson Farms, La Ranchera, Katz Coffee, and several local breweries. The result is a final product that delivers on what Midtown needed – something fast, convenient, and minus the hype. I thoroughly enjoyed the Tex-Mex Hot Dog topped with chile con queso, guacamole, and pickled jalapenos. The option to add a fried egg to my burger was a welcomed treat, and the milkshakes should not be missed!
Hours of operation:
Monday – Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m
Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight
Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.