Redneck Rick is the owner of Rick’s Backyard Cooking. The meaning of redneck stems from the sunburn found on farmers’ necks dating back to the late 19th century. Looking at an old menu, the “redneck” is very clear. What’s a mud pie, an O ring, or a shredded cow? A hamburger, onion rings and a steak hoagie of course. Today’s menu has changed. The food hasn’t changed, the lingo has.
Redneck has become somewhat of a hot button word due to the confederate flag, even though those who identify as rednecks probably do not have a confederate flag hanging around, but they could. Southern and rural are words that come to mind when you think of redneck. Today, that is not necessarily the case. Country music is popular, and many country fans identify easily with redneck.
City slickers think they know what a redneck is, but their preconceived notions are far different than reality. The reality is that rednecks get along well with all races of people, they are generally from rural areas, they work outside, they like to fish and hunt, and are generally politically conservative. They tend to be very family oriented.
In an attempt to be politically correct, Redneck Rick took the obvious “redneck” out of everything but the food. Many redneck favorites are catfish sandwiches, barbeque spareribs, pulled pork sandwiches and wings. Even the sides at Rick’s are redneck style; potato salad, tater tots, corn on the cob fried, and baked beans. Some say it is a southern flare, or traditional American style but others call it redneck. No matter what you call Rick’s fare, it is delicious.
The restaurant is nestled in the back of the city plaza in Bunnell, Florida. Clean and spacious, the restaurant is inviting. Outdoor seating is also available for those who need a breath of fresh air. The ambiance comes from Rick and his wife T. They are welcoming to everyone who comes in. They cater to their clientele. Regulars become friends.
The friendly atmosphere will keep you coming back time and time again. Even people you do not know are very friendly and sociable. Down to earth would be a good description of the people at Rick’s Backyard Cooking.
Every Friday night, Rick’s Backyard Cooking runs an open mic night. It is fun and full of live acoustic music. Players and clientele enjoy the good music and the good food.
Whether you call it redneck or not, Rick’s Backyard Cooking is full of great southern and traditional American style food and good people.