As a HUGE fan of Nicks in San Clemente, I had really high expectations for "South of Nicks" but was very disappointed with our dinner experience. We went over the opening weekend and had to wait an hour for table, so we enjoyed a couple of beers and salsa at the bar. A piece of the avocado pit was actually in the guacamole - I could have seriously broken a tooth on it.
Anyway, after waiting over an hour, we went up to the receptionist and she claimed to have called us 20 minutes before. Turns out they called the wrong number! I've never had this problem at the original Nicks restaurant.
Not a great first impression of the restaurant....
My main complaint is with the menu and the LACK of vegetarian options. I believe there was only one salad that we could order that didn't include meat. We ordered the burrito without chicken, only to find out that their beans AND rice are made with lard. Come on, seriously?
The only way I'll go back is if they revamp their menu to include vegan/vegetarian options. Considering San Clemente is a health-conscious SoCal town, I'm shocked that South of Nicks didn't include healthier food options on their menu.
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