745 Chastain RD NW Suite 2020
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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I had seen reviews of Rico Tropical Grill but just forgot about this relatively new restaurant – until lunch yesterday, and let me assure you, I will not forget it again! I told the owner as he came around to check on my friend and me that this was the freshest, most flavorful food, and it is so affordable! The interior may look like more of a casual, quick place, which it is, but the food could come from the most sophisticated restaurant ever! I chose a salad base with the pork (soooo flavorful and tender!) with add-ons of black beans, pico, cheddar, sour cream, and guac, along with a guava empanada, and the cheese bread to share (pandebono), which is a little ball of delicious dough with cheese inside. The guava empanada, which was only $1.95, was the perfect size for one, but it was so delicious, creamy and fruity with a perfect, made to order pastry, was so delicious that I wish I had ordered another ; ) My friend got a beef empanada, and she said it was the best one she had ever eaten! She ordered the bowl with rice and black beans, topped with chicken and some other goodies that I can't remember. The young lady at the register recommended the dressings for us, and we got a chipotle and an avocado ranch, and both were fabulous. Honestly I can't say enough good things about the food here, and they have CRUSHED ice, my favorite! I asked the owner to tell me about their Cuban sandwich because that is my husband's favorite, and he said that their customers say it is the best they have ever had. I can't wait to take my husband so that we can do a taste test! Even if you have to drive a ways to get here, come to Rico for lunch or dinner. You will be very happy!! (With all of my food and a drink, the total was only $14.79!)
First time here but not the last. Thought everything was great and then tried the pork Arepas. Mind blowing, so good and juicy. Friendly staff and god service.
This place is delicious! We are always looking for good Spanish food and this is it! The food is fresh and tastes homemade. I got the chicken arepa and it was delicious! My husband got the bowl with rice beans and beef tenderloin and it was so fresh tasting and had such great flavor. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant is really clean and well kept. Would definitely recommend this place!
Our first time here but certainly not the last. My wife and i had the best Cuban sandwich we have ever had including the ones in little Havana in Miami. Service was great and the food even better. Great value also. The sandwich was full of meet and bread was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.
We've been here a few times and overall it's pretty good food. The Cuban sandwiches are a favorite as well as the yuca fries. I've had the salad bowl with grilled beef and toppings. The portions are big and the service is efficient.
Awesome! Our second visit. We will be back again. Very unique mix of ingredients making a personalized lunch. Great roasted corn and black beans with quality chicken for a reasonable price. Mango sauce and salsa available! Staff was very vested in making it a good experience.
Yelp reviews sent us here! We were in town for a Birthday Party and decided to grab a bite before heading home. This place was outstanding! The food was delicious, the restaurant was clean, and the service was excellent. If I'm ever in Kennesaw again, I will definitely swing by!
We LOVE this place because if is delicious every single time we come! Everyone is SO nice! Brittany always remembers us and talks to our girls! The food is fresh, hot, comes out quickly and the restaurant is clean and has a great ambience. Our girls love the rice bowl and my husband and I are working our way through trying all of the Arepas! The grilled chicken I love and I always add grilled corn. The Ropa Vieja is amazing! The beef is SO tender and add some guacamole and it's perfect! The Reina Pepiada is delicious too if you like a cold Arepa. They have gluten free options and are great with accommodating other food allergies or dietary restrictions. This is definitely on our list of favorite local places!
This place is AMAZING! I had the ropa vieja arepas which is like a corn pancake stuffed with shredded pork. There are sauces to put on it but honestly the pork was so succulent I didn't need it. My ex is from El Salvador and I haven't had a hand made from scratch tortilla since my last trip there. This place is AUTHENTIC! Even the passion fruit tea tastes fresh squeezed. The manager/owner is friendly and accommodating. Don't leave without trying the tiramisu. This is a must try if you are anywhere near Kennesaw.
I walked in and immediately knew I was in the right place. The menu has such a great variety and I like to eat clean so it's a great place with unique options like tostones, plantains, arepas, sandwiches and bowls. I wasn't too sure the difference between the arepas and tostones and the guy and the counter was EVERYTHING! He actually pulled both out. Explained the difference and let me know they're handmade each day YASSSS. I went with the tostone. A sweet woman actually took me on another register to keep things moving and she suggested the black beans and rice which I added and my plate looks delicious
Wow…what a gem! I used to live in Tampa, and really enjoyed the amazing Cuban cuisine that can be sampled there. So, naturally, I have been searching for the best Cuban sandwich in the Atlanta area…and, hands-down, it can be found at Rico! For those familiar with Tampa landmarks, the Rico Cuban sandwich tastes like someone took the elegant, delicate version served by The Columbia and added some crazy-good down-home roasted pork from Pipo's (the flagship on Hillsborough, of course!). The result: Rico's Cuban sandwich is in a class of delicious all by itself.
Delicious food. The person who took our order was very helpful and gave me advice on how to top my tacos. He then helped us choose the best sauces to add to our food. Clean place with shared parking. Food came out pretty quickly and meal wasn't too pricey (less than $10 for fish tacos). Definitely coming back again!
Cobb county, if you are sleeping on Rico's- you are missing out. Not only is the food fresh, nutritious, and delicious but the staff is warm and friendly. The owner/manager and his wife are always there and truly care about the dining experience. The decor is modern and clean. They are currently obtaining the liquor license so I can only imagine the amazing things that will be coming out of this amazing fast casual restaurant!
Love this place. They serve arepas, tostones, yucca, plantains, etc. I really like that it's not your typical run of the mill Spanish food. It all has flavor and the offer variety. Delicious food!
This is a great choice for a delicious quick lunch. The restaurant is new and very clean. The menu has lots of options from tacos, bowls, and wraps to arepas, sandwiches and tostones.
I had the Cuban sandwich with an order of yucca fries. The sandwich was full of flavor and the pork was very well cooked. The sandwich was huge and well worth the money. The yucca fries were really good but I was disappointed that an order meant only 2 fries. They have a good variety of dipping sauces. The cilantro garlic was by far my favorite!
If in the area, definitely give this place a try. You won't regret it.
Fast casual has taken over the restaurant industry. Everyone wants to be the next Chipotle, without the food poisoning. This place is after a Caribbean/South American vibe in its menu, but the surroundings are pure Chipotle in the bright lights, cement floor and counter ordering. Of course that's not a bad thing when the food is good and prices are reasonable. This place delivers on those.
We split an arepa and a ropa vieja bowl. They let us load up the bowl with corn, sour cream, red onion, lettuce, mango pico, cucumbers, yellow rice and black beans – more than enough for us to share and feel full. Mango agua fresca needs to be part of your life.
The gentleman at the register, apparently the manager, could not have been more helpful and friendly as we newbies navigated our order. Because this location is hidden from view on Chastain, I'm afraid lots of people go past not even aware of it. Seek it out for lunch some day soon.
First time eating here…. It is amazing!!! Having the Mahi Mahi bowl with spicy guac! Had some plantains for dessert, AMAZING! Great place for a quick bite! Will be back!
Decided to try something new for dinner and couldn't be happier. I for sure will be a repeat customer!
The food was hot, fresh, and fresh. The staff was amazing. Very friendly and willing to answer any and all questions regarding the menu. I even let them decide how to prepare my meal (puerca asada). It was a home run for sure and if you aren't sure what you want or how you want it, ask for suggestions!
This is a great quick lunch spot! It's almost like a Chipotle with a Cuban twist. You can choose a few options like a salad bowl or rice bowl and choose your proteins and toppings and sauce. Or you can order from the regular menu, which has options like sandwiches and chicken dishes and fried plantains.
I had the salad bowl with grilled chicken – pretty basic, but I dressed it up with mango salsa and roasted corn. My boyfriend got the rice bowl with pulled pork, and he was the winner of the taste contest for sure. We also tried the agua fresca in mango, which is a less sweet (or watered down version if you will) version of mango juice. It tasted more like cantaloupe to me, but regardless, it was the perfect not-to-sweet drink.
Everyone was so nice to us, and a manager even stopped to check if we enjoyed our food. If you have leftovers, you can bring their sauces home in little containers. And I must say, every one we tried was great. I'm going use some leftover cilantro garlic sauce on fish I think! I would definitely recommend this place.
Awesome food and Awesome service! I ordered the Tostones- Roja Vieja and it was super good! The tostones were perfectly cooked! They weren't too hard or too soft, but just right! The Roja Vieja was seasoned just right and very good. They also have these sauces that you can choose from to add to your food. I sampled all four: chipotle, cilantro garlic, mango, and ranch. ALL of them were really good and gave my meal an extra boost of flavor and goodness! The chipotle sauce is my number one favorite, followed by the cilantro garlic. I suggest giving this restaurant a try. My meal was only $7.41, which makes them more than affordable and I couldn't even eat all my food. I will definitely return to try other items on the menu!
Love this new place!!! So many delicious menu options made it difficult to decide what I wanted. I asked the friendly gentleman who took our order (whom I believe was the owner) what he recommended and he suggested the tostone with ropa vieja. They have a variety of toppings you can add, as well. I went with the mango pico. We also ordered the yuca fries. Everything was absolutely delicious!!! My only suggestion is that the tostone be prepared a little fluffier so that it can be easier to cut and give it more flavor (you could not really taste the tostone much because it was so hard and thin). Great vibe, extremely clean, and friendly staff! I look forward to coming back and trying different things off of their menu.
This place is delicious! I noticed it on the hot & new part of yelp so I decided to give it a go. To begin, the owner is extremely nice. He made sure everything was okay throughout our meal. The staff is also very kind. The restaurant itself is clean and modern.
My order was a puerco asado bowl with yellow rice and black beans. With the bowls you have the option to chose your rice, beans, protein, and toppings. I got mine with the mango pico, feta, and corn. At the cash register there are a ton of sauces, so I added the cilantro jalapeño lime sauce. The bowl as a whole was very fresh! There was so much food I was able to take it home and have it again!
My dad got the puerco asado arepa and added guacamole. He gave me a bite of it, and it was amazing! The meat was so juicy and the arepa had a great crisp to it. He also got a side of black beans. Those were good, and the serving was huge.
Would definitely go back. The price of our whole meal was $16 and we got a lot of food. I recommend to anyone who wants a quick and yummy meal!
Was craving a Cuban sandwich and visited Rico's today for a lunch. First off, I can't say enough about how welcoming and friendly the staff there was. Plus, they are a bit less expensive than Papi's (located in the same shopping center).
Sandwiches are huge! I hadn't had carbs in days and my body was loving that bread. My husband got the Ropa Vieja and it was delicious. My Cuban was tasty too, I just wish it was a pork loin piece instead of shredded pork on the sandwich. Next time, I'm definitely going to try the Arepas.
Great food, great price, excellent service.
Had the Cuban sandwich and Yuca fries.ni was very surprised by how much flavor the pork was packing! Will definitely visit again.