We previously visited Nicky's a year ago, and returned in August of 2013. Nicky's moved down the street, and the new building is a lot bigger, but it appears that the owners haven't done much with the dining rooms. Old wallpaper with dirt marks is still on the walls. The whole place could use a new inside paint job, with new art work that appropriately matches the décor. I also don't care for the country look inside this restaurant. I would have preferred the old white tablecloths and paint color choices from the old Nicky's. There is also no view anymore of the bay.
Anyways, we did not have a reservation so we knew to expect a wait. We waited about an hour and finally we were seated at 8:30pm.
The menu has not changed much. There are still no creative dishes. It is pretty standard seafood fare - pick your fish, pick your seasoning, add a starch, and a vegie, and you are done ordering.
We ordered flounder, shrimp and grits, and chicken tenders for one of the kids. As a result of our late seating, our salads arrived missing cucumbers as they had run out. But everything came out of the kitchen pretty timely. The flounder dish with the scampi sauce was tastier than the flounder with the lemon pepper. It was good although the size of it appears to have shrank since last I ordered it. We also had a shrimp with grits dish but it was overly soupy and the shrimp were overcooked. The chicken tenders were very good, and appeared to be homemade, but the fries with it were overly salted and tasted like they had sat around all night in the fryer.
As a family of four, we had no appetizers, but we did order what was left of the cheesecakes for dessert. Our final cost was $80 plus tip.
We would probably return to Nicky's but we would like to see their dining room cleaned up, and larger portions of seafood in their dishes.
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