Ever since I moved to Oklahoma a little over a year ago, Nic’s Grill has been one of THE destinations on my Oklahoma food “bucket list.” I’ve heard nothing but great things about the place, so Bill and I decided to go there today for lunch (Nic’s is also open for breakfast).
Now mind you, I’ve had my share of burgers. Everything from Earl’s, to What-A-Burger, to In-N-Out Burger, to White Manna in Hackensack, NJ, to Cubby’s in Provo, Utah. They all have their distinctive flavors and degrees of deliciousness, and some I’ve even gone back to repeatedly.
But, oh man.
I’m a convert. Too bad Nic’s isn’t open on Sundays.
When you walk in the door to this very small diner-type grill (the bar seats about 12, and there are four tables for two), you’ll find two very friendly guys who run the show:
Jovon takes your drink order, and Nic, the owner, takes your order for the menu item(s) of your choice. Being newbies we each chose a cheeseburger.
Bill’s with jalepeno, mine with mushrooms. You can also choose mayo or mustard to go with. We split the fries because we decided to be health conscious today. Ha!
The ground beef is fresh, as are the accompanying lettuce and tomato. The aroma when you walk in the door is intoxicating – it literally made me drool. How embarrassing. Poor Bill, good thing we got there before the rush. If I had had to wait too long then who knows what could have happened.
How does everything taste, you ask?
The burgers (both!) were juicy and delicious. Yes, I licked my fingers. Oh yes I did. I savored each and every bite. The burgers were good-sized (they give you a fork when the burgers are served), I would say more than a quarter pound after cooking, and they were cooked medium-well as are all the burgers. And even after I was full, I just couldn’t help myself from a “finishing off bite” (or two…). My last morsel had some of the juicy beef, cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato, a tender mushroom, and a caramelized onion. A great “finishing off bite” indeed.
The curly fries are thin cut, and crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. We pretty much inhaled the fries, but left a couple of nubbins to give the impression that we were actually counting calories
I chatted up a few of the other customers, and they, too were also newbies. The verdict: “Delicious!” “I’ll be back!” I couldn’t agree more.
Nic’s is located at:
1201 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
Cash only, No reservations
Tip: Get there by 11 am to avoid the lunch rush