On Saturday, my workmates and I cleaned up a river pathway at St. Andrews Park. Afterwards, Uncle W took us out for lunch at Nick’s Steakhouse. For this post, let’s listen to “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.
The restaurant is roomy and has a nostalgic 70’s vibe. Except for me, SentientQ and Loire, this was the first time anyone else had ever been to Nick’s, a Calgary institution. As it’s located across from MacMahon Stadium and near the University of Calgary, many locals come here before a football game or at lunch.
Office Guardian and I shared the Diavolo Pizza ($37), and she ordered Nick’s Special Wings ($18) to share with the table. Video ordered the Baby Back Ribs ($35) while everyone else opted for a pasta lunch special ($18) or a sandwich ($20).
The wings were tasty, well-seasoned and spicy. The chicken was soft and practically fell off the bones. Tuscany asked if the wings were spicy, and I said no, just a pleasant tingling heat. However, when she tried a chicken wing, she found it too hot. Whoops, we have different spice tolerances.
Video’s dish looked delicious – these were meaty ribs. I could tell by how clean the bones were that the ribs were tender. Video exclaimed the ribs were delicious.
Our pizza was a little oily from the calabrese pepperoni and Spolumbo sausage. The dough was a bit wet, but it was good nonetheless. Office Guardian liked the addition of honey, which sweetened up each bite. Even though we shared our pizza around the table, there were still three pieces leftover. Office Guardian told Video took the pizzas for her kids.
I was full, so I declined dessert. Office Guardian ordered Nick’s Famous Cheesecake ($10), and Video ordered Ice Cream ($7). Loire wanted dessert but decided not to get anything. The cheesecake looked like the old-fashion type the Golden Girls would eat after their late-night shenanigans.
Service was pleasant and attentive. The portions are so large you’ll likely take half your meal home. If you have a big group of people and need a place to accommodate a last-minute reservation, go to Nick’s. There’s always room, especially during weekends at lunch.