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.
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.