A couple Saturdays ago, Riko's Kickin' Chicken
opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Madison near Cleveland.
According to Tiffany Wiley, who owns the restaurant with her husband Markio, the decision to open was a practical one. Demand for their popular food truck was great, and since they couldn't be everywhere at once ...
So what makes the chicken kickin'? According to Wiley, it's not primarily the spices or oil temps or whatever, it's the care they take in making it.
They offer fried chicken plates and hot wing platters (in 10 different flavors) and grilled chicken salad. Also on the menu is Kickin' fries, which is sorta like cheese fries except with chicken (!) and cheese.
And while Riko's raison d'etre is certainly chicken, they have other options as well, including a catfish sandwich, fried bologna, a veggie burger, and the very popular shrimpburger. Wiley says folks seem to like their banana pudding too.
Among the daily specials: Thursday is two-for-one shrimpburger day ($16.99), and on Tuesday, it's tacos. There are $8 lunch specials as well such as eight-piece boneless wings with drink and side and the four-piece tenders with drink and side.
Riko's hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. and closed Monday.
Images courtesy Riko's Kickin' Chicken Instagram