Ricky’s All Day Grill -Lockport


When I was a little girl (this was before central AC was common place), my Dad had a solution to our hot, sleepless, summer nights.  We would pile into the family station wagon (still wearing our pajamas) and we would drive with all the windows open up Henderson Hwy. or the River Road on the west shore of the Red River to Lockport.  Upon arrival at the Half Moon or Skinners, Mom and Dad might have a crunchy skinned hot dog and we would get a cool treat.  Then we would have a walk on the grassy river bank before heading home.  Typically, my siblings and I would fall asleep en route and we would be carried in by my Dad’s big strong arms.  Problem solved.

My Mom still loves that drive and so we find an excuse to take her whenever we can.  We will have a fresh reason now because Lockport has a new eating establishment.  Ricky’s All Day Grill is on the corner of Hwys. 9 & 44 (5753 Main St.) and can’t be missed.  It is owned and operated by the Singh family.  We had a chuckle when we were introduced to Dan Singh (pronounced dancing) last evening at their official ribbon cutting ceremony.

I am not sure what their dance moves are like but their diner-style cooking is very good.

Throughout the evening we were treated to a bruschetta made with fresh, ripe tomatoes that are at their peak right now.  Perogies, chicken fingers, bacon cheese toast and zucchini sticks were sampled too.

My favourites were the Garlic Tequila Shrimp

and Kolbi Meatballs in a ginger sauce.

But I surprized even myself by the item that I enjoyed the most.  Dill Pickle Wings were piping hot and meaty.  The savoury dill was offset by the tangy cucumber and they were absolutely delicious.

I understand that Ricky’s is already a family hit in Western Canada and Manitoba’s first location officially opens today.  We will definitely be back for breakfast or brunch to try their Shrimp, Tomato & Goat Cheese or Portobello & Three Cheese Omelets.

Ricky's All Day Diner on Urbanspoon

Kath’s quote: “Dine, v: to eat a good dinner in good company, and eat it slow. In dining, as distinguished from mere feeding, the palate and stomach never ask the hand, ‘What are you giving us?'”-Ambrose Bierce

Love that is all.


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17 Comments to

“Ricky’s All Day Grill -Lockport”

  1. Avatar September 5th, 2012 at 12:48 pm Doreen Pendgracs Says:

    Thanks so much for this review, Kathryne. We drove by Ricky’s last night and I was curious as to whether it was just another burger joint. Now I know it’s not! Some of the offerings sound very tempting. We’ll have to make our way there soon.

  2. Avatar September 5th, 2012 at 1:52 pm Kathryne Says:

    My pleasure Doreen.

  3. Avatar September 5th, 2012 at 3:27 pm Ellen Pruden Says:

    Loved the story, so nice. I will have to check it out as we drive by there every day. We are only minutes away!

  4. Avatar September 5th, 2012 at 5:36 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Ellen. Your whole family will love it.

  5. Avatar September 17th, 2012 at 12:52 pm Dave Says:

    Wow, what a surprise for lockport. This Ricky’s has the same great food as the other chains in Western Canada. I tried the veal and it was excellent, the wife had the roast beef with garlic potatoes and wants to go back to try more menu items.
    Awsome, keep the good food coming.

  6. Avatar October 20th, 2012 at 11:16 am LockportResident Says:

    Either you hit it on the right day because of the opening or it has really gone down hill since (see reviews) If the pictures you have here are from your servings then the serving size has dropped in half or something. We had the same shrimp and it had 5 small shrip for $7. There was lack of flavour in the meal and we stood at the door when we arrived and had 3 staff walk past us at least twice each before we were seated (the place was half empty.) I have enjoyed other locations of this chain in my travels and never had any issues so I was looking forward to their opening in Lockport but if this is what they have to offer and with the variety of other restaurants in Lockport to choose from it will be hard to bring people back.

  7. Avatar October 20th, 2012 at 12:18 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks for your comment.

  8. Avatar October 20th, 2012 at 7:21 pm Julie Says:

    My husband and I went for dinner last night, I had the veal and he had the roast beef. The veal was processed meat not real veal and the roast beef dinner was definitely not fresh. Meaning they certainly did not cook a roast beef in their oven that day, it was frozen and thawed probably in a microwave oven. The gravy for the beef and the sauce for the veal was definitely not made from scratch they were powdered and mixed with water I guess, very salty. We had gone once before and we both had pasta, they were ok, but they were not so great that I knew I had to come back again. Maybe people like this kind of food (not something I would call food myself). At home I cook everything fresh and from scratch. So to pay for fake food, not my thing. There menu has a huge selecton, so when you order and you get your meal in just 10 minutes, you know it isn’t fresh. We won’t go back again.

  9. Avatar October 21st, 2012 at 2:44 pm Kathryne Says:

    They were obviously putting their best foot forward for their opening. I haven’t been back since.

  10. Avatar November 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am Anonymous Says:

    I actually was employed as a waitress there for the first few months, and I gotta say, im surprised this restaurant is still getting business. The attitude the manager has toward staff and customers is sickening and it is clearly reflected in these reviews. Ricky’s all day grill is not a pleasant place to be, I do realize that this is coming from an employee perspective but I know that even if I didn’t work there I would have never have wanted to eat there.
    I do not advise this place, you won’t be getting the service you deserve, and goodness forbid you have a complaint because the manager will not be coming to fix up the problem at hand,

  11. Avatar November 8th, 2012 at 10:03 am Kathryne Says:

    So sorry to hear this.

  12. Avatar November 19th, 2012 at 9:27 pm Sam Says:

    I have been to this place during my visit to Manitoba and found this place the best in the region. I stayed for 4 days in the area and rank Ricky’s All Day Grill the best. I have been to many ricky’s in Alberta and BC and the food is at par with other chain restaurants.

    Wish this a grand success and keep up the good service and food standards

  13. Avatar November 26th, 2012 at 6:40 pm me Says:

    the food is horrid. one cook is ok the other is disgusting..stay away.

  14. Avatar November 28th, 2012 at 12:40 pm bellavue nicol Says:

    We went to this restaurant only because of a power outage awhile ago. We just wanted something to eat. The service wasn’t as good and the food was plain and they dont have pizza take out box. very dissapointed. the owner should remove the manager’s here.. not a good example!

  15. Avatar March 18th, 2013 at 9:59 pm localnotyokel Says:

    What a waste of space. I know some other local restaurants were concerned with a chain coming to town- well not to worry! The service is terrible at best, very innatentive. The food- I swear everything was out of a box or can, nothing made fresh! Can a restaurant not even make their own mashed potatoes or use a non frozen vegetable?! Processed meats, canned soups, bad coffee- no Im not picky but I do appreciate a good meal and the work that goes into it!I would even go to half moon for a greasy burger before this joint- or better yet head a minute up the road to Lower Fort Garry- they have a wicked little spot in there called the Fort Bistro I think. Those guys in that kitchen know their stuff for sure! Ive been there a few times and had some great ‘foodie’ chats with the owner. Always a smiling face, and fresh food!
    Anyway back to Rickys, shape up or get out, this is our Lockport, enough of this diner junk!

  16. Avatar May 9th, 2015 at 5:47 am Hawli Hawkz Says:

    I thought it would be a great place to take my sisters for our Sister Day get away, wow I was so wrong and felt bad that I suggested it. The food was terrible so disappointing and way over priced, we didn’t even actually want to finish our food and the manager was of no support he suggested we go else where, my sisters knew I felt bad and suggested we go across the lockport Bridge to a place called Sonia’s , OH my word we had such a great meal and the cooks and servers were so friendly they even had us laughing, we ended up enjoying our Sister Get away after all thanks to Sonia’s Chip Stand. Now we all agreed that this is a place we want to come to more often! and it was nice to take a short walk to the lockport dam and sit at a picnic bench and enjoy the view.

  17. Avatar May 9th, 2015 at 8:34 am Kathryne Says:

    It has been years since I originally posted this. I have heard the same thing. Sorry about your experience. Going to check out Sonia’s!

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