Rick’s on the Square
Ricks has been a Tyler staple for 26 years, and also a bit of an enigma. The tables are covered with nice linen, yet there is an oversized TV, often tuned to a Rangers game. The menu is all American, the bar is stocked with fine liquors and wines, and the dining room is a regular haunt for the lawyer crowd. It’s both quietly austere, conducive to serious weekday lunches, and also celebratory, a special-occasion joint with dancing on weekend nights. The outside patio is charming and popular. On our last lunchtime visit, we found the ribeye sandwich absolutely delicious, the meat juicy but not fatty, well-seasoned and served on a sweet brioche-type bun. We also opted for the decadent fried mushrooms with a side of ranch, which left us no room for our favorite white chocolate bread pudding.