By Daniel Paris

Breakfast at a diner is one of the most uniquely American dining experiences in the world. In most countries, breakfast means a strong coffee and a roll eaten in haste on the way to work. Americans believe the most important meal of the day is a huge platter of eggs, breakfast meats, and hash browns often bathed in a peppery gravy. Endless refills of coffee, fruit juice and an array of condiments complete the picture.

Rick’s restaurant fulfills the breakfast fantasies of the whole spectrum of appetites. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes, chicken and waffles, eggs benedict several ways, gigantic omelets stuffed to bursting, biscuits and gravy, Mexican breakfasts, Cuban specialties, baked in-house cinnamon rolls, muffins, and biscuits. Oh, and attractive fruit plates as well.

Service is friendly and welcoming. Rick’s is in the northern part of Palm Canyon Drive, so it is perfectly located to catch on the way in or out of town. I particularly enjoy some of the Cuban specialties like the Media Noche sandwich which is layered with roasted pork, ham, and pickles, and toasted in a Panini press. There is also a delicious black bean soup with garlic and smoked ham hocks. Enjoy with a side of crispy plantains.


Lunch consists of the typical diner fare including patty melts, turkey, meatloaf and steak dinners, hamburgers, massive club sandwiches and an impressive variety of house-made soups and chilis. There are plenty of choices for vegans and pescatarians. There are different daily specials listed on a board at the entrance. Rick’s is open with limited indoor seating. Call ahead to check availability.

1973 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-0090