I’ve wanted to try Nick’s Place for years. The restaurant had all the of the signs of being a really good neighborhood dive. The outside was unassuming and looked like a converted house, the menu is cheap, they have almost no internet presence and they are only open until 3pm. I’m not sure what took us so long, but last weekend we finally visited for breakfast on a Saturday around 11am.
The restaurant is larger and a bit nicer then I was expecting. It’s simple, with a dozen wooden tables, checkered table clothes and pictures of family members (I’m guessing, they look legit) on the walls. There’s a small dining room in the front room near the entrance with a small bar, but things looked a little chaotic and we grabbed a seat in the back. We didn’t find out until after our meal but the restaurant is run by the same family (not sure the exact relation) who own and operate Sophia’s, another great neighborhood restaurant that we visited last year.
- Restaurant Type: Diner
- Location: Black Rock/Riverside
- Cuisine: Greek, Breakfast
- Prices: Everything is under $10
Since there isn’t a menu available online, Alli and I had no idea what we were going to order until we got there. The menu is basically split between classic Greek diner food and breakfast specials. We’ve been hearing really good things about the breakfast and after looking at their specials, we decided that maybe we’d take a look at the Greek menu on our next visit.
Alli immediately zoned in on their Country Special ($7), two slices of french toast (or pancakes), two eggs, three pieces of bacon, served with home fries and toast. The french toast was awesome. Their freshly baked Italian bread (our toast was also fresh) really put the dish over the top. The eggs, bacon, home fries were good, however I’d go back again just for some more bread.
After a couple minutes of debating, I ultimately ordered Nick’s Omelette ($7); hot dogs, peppers and onions, cheddar cheese, texas sauce, and scrambled egg, served with home fries and toast. There was an intimidating amount of food on my plate. Of course I somehow finished the entire plate and all I could think about was how it would be an amazing hangover meal.
Our bill ended up being $14 after tax. It’s been a long time since we’ve enjoyed such a cheap meal that has also left us both so satisfied. Overall, Nick’s Place is a great low key breakfast joint. The fact that they succeed with a dive-y exterior and limited hours is a testament to the food. It’s really nothing fancy but the fantastic bread, large portions, cheap prices and friendly family vibe really separate the place from fancier brunch options. If you have a currently have a favorite breakfast joint like Sophia’s or Bertha’s, I’m not sure Nick’s Place is going to change your mind, but if you aren’t in the mood for a fancy breakfast/brunch next weekend and need something to cure a hangover, Nick’s Place is a pretty great choice.