Rick's Atomic Cafe

3100 Airway Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Critics' Pick
Rick's Atomic Cafe +

Todd Barnes


  • Mon-Fir 7am-3pm
  • $
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Rick's Atomic Cafe is an unassuming gem, a stunner of a mom-and-pop diner better-suited to Portland or Berkeley than a drab office complex. Running the place almost always by himself is Rick, whose black-framed glasses, close-cropped haircut and wiry body makes him look more like a Rust Belt steelworker than the soft-spoken gourmand he is. The back of each menu features his manifesto for local produce, and that commitment shows in the entrées-omelets, paninis, burritos, salads-and his service.

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