Pasadena >Food & Dining > Rick's Drive-In
680 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.149409 -118.136579
Neighborhoods: West Central
Burritos to drive for – Rick's is an institution in Pasadena. A true hole in the wall taco stand that I have been eating at for over thiry years.
They have a bean & cheese burrito with their special burrito sauce add their hot sauce and I am in burriot heaven. My wife and I often drive from Fontana just to get our burrito and taco fix at Rick's.
It is definitely a one of a kind place in a state increasingly populated by corporate card board tasting chain stores.
Spud-erific – By far, the best long distance drive to satisfy my needs! The Spuderito is definately something you must experience for yourself! The sauce has the perfect spice, the cheese is gooey good, the fries are just right, and the tortilla is fresh. Probably the best hole in the wall in Pasadena. The hamburgers, tacos, fries, and of course, the famous spuderito make it worth the trip!
Spud-o-mine – I could live on these forever. It sounds digusting, but it tastes good. Fries, cheese, salsa and tortilla all rolled into a burrito, if you live in the area you should try it.
Eat Salad Other Days – This is not the right place if you need to watch your cholesterol or weight. But if you can splurge this is the place to do it. The spuderito must be tried at least once. If that's too much starch in one package, the classic combo burrito is unbeatable.
Spuda what? – Rick's is THE place to get lunch in Pasadena. Its the ultimate in drive in nostalgia. The guys working there are always friendly, and always right in filling your order.
The food: Great burgers, great tacos and burritos, milkshakes you only dream of, and then of course you have the Spudarito.
A burrito made with French Fries instead of meat or beans. Try one and you'll be coming back for more. Also try the taco on a bun. A little messy, but mighty tasty.
Spudaritos Rule! – This a low-scale cheap walk up diner, but it is cheap, cheap, cheap! And the Spudarito and the best thing on the menu. That is a french-fry, cheese, and hot sauce burrito. This is a cheap food place, so don't expect a fancy burger. But, you can get a good full meal for $3!
Spud it is – The Spudirito is what caught my eye...the unique combination of french fries, salsa, cheese all in a tortia. Talk about a carbohydrate overload....The best part was it was cheap, a meal for a few dollars.
Nothing Special – Rick's is a corner drive-through that looks like a local hamburger stand with promise. Unfortunately, the food does not live up to the look. The burger is fried, and lacks the complexity of a grilled hamburger. The fires were okay, not great. However, the meal as a whole was a super value, including a 32oz Coke, burger and fires for less than $5.00. If you are planning on going, may I suggest ordering a burrito as those appeared to be very popular.
Get the Spud! – ...the burgers are pretty good too but the thing that keeps me going back is the Spudirito. It's a french fry burrito that you simply have to try. Cheese, red sauce, tomatos and fries...you can add a little hot sauce too if you're so inclined. Definitely get the french fries with anything. I would also recommend the beef taco and the cheeseburger. It's all good stuff and cheap too!
The place is basically a stand on a street corner so don't expect anything fancy, but they do have some tables for outdoor dining.
Really good burgers – Rick's is in so perfunctory a building on so nondescript a corner that it doesn't even have the charm of an early '60s hamburger joint. Very few tables (and they're all outside), a tiny parking lot and always a line at the order window. What Rick's does have is really really good burgers, rings and fries.
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