Chef Rick Gresh creates quite the innovative menu. Providing a twist on the classic American Diner, expect a departure from tradition when dining at Miss Ricky’s. Instead of your average grilled cheese I bet you’ve never had anything quite like The Biggie Grilled Cheese. And I’m certain you’ve never had a slice of cake with an edible chocolate knife like the Death by Chocolate cake.
Recently I had the opportunity to take Miss Ricky’s out on a spin, as I was invited to preview a few selections from the menu. During their social media campaign, Virgin Hotels allowed various bloggers and Instagrammers the opportunity to try out a few items on the menu. We had a choice between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since I wanted to end my day on a high note, I thought what better way to do that than with dinner.
I am on the quest to get my parents to diversify their palates so I selected my Mom as my plus one for the evening. To kick off our meal, we started with cool refreshing drinks. My mother ordered her usual Diet Coke, and I wanted to try the cocktails to give you guys an adequate review. I had a taste of Miss Ricky’s signature drink, The Remedy as well as The Londoner on Lake. The Remedy was a tad strong for me since I’m not a consumer of alcohol, however, I thoroughly enjoyed The Londoner as it featured a refreshing taste. The cucumber garnishing really brought the drink together, and the alcohol wasn’t too overpowering. By the way, ordering two drinks in front of my Mom was a scandalous move on my part, but she understood that it was all for the post.
For the next portion of the meal, we shared an appetizer. We were served the hot shrimp and crab dip. As a lover of both shrimp and crab, I already knew I would be in for a treat. We dipped our pieces of toasted bread into the dip, and we were immediately transported into heaven. It was oozing with cheesy goodness, and of course cheese is a great addition to any dish, especially seafood. I was so incredibly satisfied with this appetizer that I completely forgot that we still had the main course! My Mom was especially pleased as she was determined to replicate the recipe. Let’s just say, I now have hot shrimp and crab dip at my house but it needs quite a bit of work. She used imitation crab, so that was mistake number 1. I think my Mom should just leave it to the wonderful staff at Miss Ricky’s when it comes to dip.
The dip set the bar quite high for the main entree, but we were still looking forward to its arrival. For my entree, I selected the Beef Shortrib Pie. This dish featured marrow bone, root vegetable, and buttery pastry. It was reminiscent of a pot pie, but much more filling and rich in flavor. You are certainly getting your money’s worth with this dish. I had to take a portion of it home due to the large serving size. The flavors in the dish balanced quite well together. Since it was so filling, I would advise skipping an appetizer and going straight for the pie. Trust me it will be more than enough since the serving itself was quite plentiful. I didn’t get to the marrow, but that just adds another portion to your meal since the bone was well seasoned.
My mother opted for the healthy route for her meal. She selected the Dark Greens. This dish featured broccoli, Tuscan kale, cilantro, tahini dressing, pickled red onions with chicken breast. This was a cold dish, and I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this salad at dinner time. While it is a salad, the seasoning involved gives it more of a meal essence. The chicken also added a savory component to this dish. I think next time if I am seeking something a little light, I would opt for a dish like the dark greens. It’s not too filling, but it still leaves you satisfied from your meal.
At this portion of the meal, I was more than satisfied. I tried to make room for dessert, but this time, I had to wave my white flag and surrender to Miss Ricky’s. For dessert, we were served Nana’s Birthday Cake. It was delivered complete with a lit candle. It didn’t matter if it wasn’t my actual birthday, but Miss Ricky’s made it feel like it was. This cake featured a slight tinge of lemon in the icing and it was doused in colorful sprinkles. The color explosion didn’t stop with the sprinkles, as the cake was made out of confetti cake batter. It was essentially the ultimate Birthday cake. For a little piece of advice, I think it would be nice to take someone here on their actual Birthday. Just think about it for a second, Birthday cake is already on the menu so you really don’t have to do too much. It’ll make it look like you planned it. No one has to know it was already on the menu 😉
Whether you want breakfast, lunch or dinner Miss Ricky’s has got you covered. There’s quite the variety on the menu, and I’m sure any of the dishes would be a great bet. If you want to drop by Miss Ricky’s go to VirginHotels.com. It’s right at the entrance as soon as you walk in so you can’t miss it! Special thanks to Virgin Hotels and Zapwater PR for selecting me to preview Miss Ricky’s!