The place: Nick’s Restaurant in Xenia. You get attitude the second you hit the door. And it’s a good attitude. Fun. Busy. Full of locals of all ages. The interior is eclectic and every available bit of wall space is covered by witty signs and other three dimensional art. Sandy’s favorite is on the front door, “Come on in and eat … or we’ll both starve!”
Menu highlights: Whether you’re sitting indoors or out on the spacious patio, you’ll pick up a good vibe at Nick’s, which offers lunch, dinner and drinks. The brick patio overlooks the Yellow Springs bike path, so you can enjoy your meal while trading smiles and waves from walkers and bikers.
Appetizers range from $2.49 to $10.99; burgers, 6.99 to $8.99; salads, $3.99 to $8.49; seafood and steak entrees, $7.99 to $17.99.
Daily specials include: Sunday, 27-ounce domestic drafts, $2; Monday, dine-in wings, $.50; Tuesday, martinis, $3; Wednesday, wine, $3; Thursday, margaritas, $2 until 10 p.m.; Friday, cherry and grape bombs, $3; Saturday, bucket of domestic beer, $10.
Tuesday is trivia night, 7 – 10 p.m. Karaoke every Friday on the patio, weather permitting.
What we tried:
- Nick’s Lemonade, $5: Light and refreshing, it’s one of Nick’s most popular alcoholic concoctions for the summer. Great for patio dining.
- Amberbock, 16-ounce, $4: Michelob’s dark mahogany lager has a rich, nutty aroma with a gentle hint of caramel malt. It pours a tall head and instantly satisfies.
- The Sexy Club, $9.99: Sliced ham, turkey and bacon with lettuce, tomato, American and Swiss cheese on a pretzel bun, with enormous broasted wedge fries and sour cream on the side. This is a protein-lover’s dream. We measured this sandwich and it was about 4 inches high. The meats coyly peeked out from under the dark caramel-colored bun. “You need to unlock your jaw to take a bite,” Connie said. “It’s hard to be sexy while eating the sexy burger,” Sandy said. Bring your appetite for this one.
- The Nick Jr., $7.49: An all-American burger that’s a third of a pound grilled Angus with cheese, lettuce and a generous amount of Nick’s special sauce on a bun that’s grilled. Served with kettle chips. We had ours with pepper jack cheese. “What’s junior about it? It’s huge, and that sauce is super good!” Sandy exclaimed. “Those kettle chips are delicious, too!” Connie said. “They’re the perfect blend of crispy and chewy!” Sandy added.
The info: Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia; (937) 372-3202; www.gotonicks.com or go to their Facebook page for the latest information.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 – 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 11 – 12 a.m.
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