Everybody Comes to Rick’s

By Harry Stoll

Rick’s on Second is a first choice to eat a good lunch with elegance sans attitude. This soulful spot in the heart of Antioch is across from the El Campanil Theater.

A block of white-outlined black tiles runs over the two large windows with white tied-back curtains. Slanted windows of the covered entry invite you into the intimate dining room. Ecru tablecloths cover the generously spaced tables with a vase of flowers at center. Bentwood chairs bend to your body.

You can start off with sliced carrots and cucumbers to dip in a pretty bowl of ranch dressing. Prices are from $9 to $10.75 with a choice of soup — quiche of the day — five different salads — Shrimp Louie — and several sandwiches, including meatless. Sandwiches are served with fruit and a cookie. They keep it simple; they keep it good. The waitresses are attentive, the light delightful, and the décor charming.

Rick’s on Second is the place to lunch with friends, or old or new acquaintances, or anybody who will become part of the everybody who comes to Rick’s.

Janice and Rick Carraher opened Rick’s in 1986. It has been a clean leisurely lunch place ever since. In January they decided to sell and wanted a buyer who would carry on the tradition. Customer Connie Komar was selling her restaurant in Danville, so it was a deal. Connie took over on July 1. She will carry on the rich Rick’s heritage, but will extend the hours.

Rick’s is available for private affairs and does catering.

Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 619 West Second Street. Reservations recommended, call 925-757-5500.

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