This is my new fav. restaurant in HSV!!!! We love the food @ Bridge Street, 801 Franklin, vinotinis is a regular destination, etc. But, Nick's has a wonderful local/neighborhood "feel" to it. Nick and Sherry Mikus are exception owners who act as hosts, whom you are visiting at their home. We enjoyed not only the friendliness of everyone there, the Server's (Crystal, who was EXCEPTIONAL) attention to detail (no glass left empty, offering suggestions, quick pick up of used dishes, etc.) but also the atmosphere, (casual, yet slightly upscale), and then the **food**. We started off with the crab cake app which was WONDERFUL, no remoulade (sp?) needed, a squeeze of the (provided) fresh lemon encased in cheese cloth (nice touch that you don't often see), was all it needed. Cakes were not heavy on the breading like so many others and were HUGE in comparison to most restaurants. Then, we each had the blue cheese Wedge, which could be a meal in itself (your choice of dressing, didn't have to be bleu cheese, with olive garnish). I had the 6 oz filet, cooked to perfection - could have cut it with a butter knife, but was (surprisingly) provided with a steak knife with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. My husb. had the Salmon, which i tasted and found it perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection! No complaints at all! Nick mentioned that they may be adding more Northern Italian fare to their menu, which looked good on the menu (veal piccata, etc), but their steaks cannot be beat. I was disappointed that they were out of Port wine, which I would have enjoyed as an after dinner drink. However, I was so impressed by the extensive and VERY reasonably priced wine ( a glass that would cost, easily 9.00 elsewhere is 7.00 here and bottle prices are an even better value!!!) . Cigar donations support the U.S. Army! Nick is a U.S. Army Veteran (40 yrs?) and my only regret is not thanking him for serving our country. You should try Nicks, you won't be disappointed. For those who complain and are concerned about cigar smoke, Nick's has an extensive ventilation system and, for those with tobacoo allergies, you can request the back corner table of the (separate) non-smoking section, which Nick assures me is the most smoke-free location in the building. I wish there were a "Nick's West" that is closer to our house...maybe in the future Nick and Sherry??? Looking forward to your special events (bourban tastings, etc) and look forward to being on your mailing list. Thanks for the great ristorante!!!!!!!!!! Ringraziarla per una sera meravigliosa! Buono ciao e la buona salute!
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