Nick's On Broadway
Providence, RI 02903
There are few restaurants that are really so good they surprise me. Usually, if you dine at a popular restaurant, you know exactly what to expect, the experience lives up to the expectations and all is well in the world. On occasion, you leave a meal utterly disappointed, let down based on all the hype you had heard (this happens a lot with movies too, which is why I never like to read reviews... they usually result in a let down. I'd rather decide for myself how I feel instead of seeing what others think). These are sad occurrences. Yet other times, people can harass you to try a restaurant, sing its praises, and yet when you arrive it is somehow so much better than what you could have possibly expected. This can be said for Nick's on Broadway. Little by little, good word of mouth had trickled into my ears suggesting I try this place out. Early last fall I finally did and quickly fell in love with this hip and crowded eatery, open kitchen and all. I mean, come on! It's been named "one of the world's best restaurants" by Fodor's, and “one of the best places for breakfast in America” by Esquire Magazine.
I remember my first impressions as I sat at the bright red counter, adorned with orange gerber daisies, my absolute favorite flower. You know that great fuzzy feeling you have inside when you meet a great guy, or see a beautiful pair of shoes you just HAVE to have? Well that's the feeling I got as I heard one of the day's specials... sausage and buttermilk biscuit bread pudding (pause for a moment and imagine this lusty combination...), topped with fresh basil and two eggs cooked however you'd like them (I went with poached. Take another moment. Think about it), and draped with luscious Hollandaise. Riiiiight. It was impossible to pass up the future heart blockage that this rich breakfast would cause. I'll take it!
Pudd'n & Eggs - Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuit Bread Pudding Topped with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce $9.95
As I waited and watched as plates of Pudd'n & Eggs emerged and were placed in front of other diners, I sat there and drooled, my heart aflutter. Soon. Soon I would have my heart's desire (and my cholesterol would, in turn, sky rocket). When it was finally placed in front of me, I felt like crying. Tears of joy that is. It was all just so beautiful! And delicious. As a bonafide Eggs Benedict lover, this concept of putting the meat and the bread component together and merging them with eggy custard blows my socks off! In addition to my wonderful choice, every other plate of food I saw come out of that kitchen looked incredibly appetizing and I nearly lunged across the counter several times to try and steal some for myself. I'm pretty sure they would have asked me to leave, so I refrained myself with hopeful anticipation. My breakfast that day was a thorough mix of love and lust, and I would come back another time and follow up with another version of their Pudd'n & Eggs, this one highlighting spinach, fennel and cheese.
Pudd'n and Eggs - Spinach, Fennel, and Cheese Bread Pudding with Baby Spinach, Poached Eggs, and Hollandaise $9.95
More recently I tried one of their daily special omelets, filled with fall-apart chicken confit (I had never even considered confiting chicken, but why not?!), goat cheese, Vidalia onions (my only comment would be that I would have preferred if they had caramelized these first as opposed to adding them raw, but they still had a nice flavor), and parsley. Meanwhile, their home fries are bomb (a mix of red bliss, Yukon Gold, and sweet potato, with an addition of red onion and herbs)! They also offer several varieties of toast, my favorite thus far being their "rustic" sourdough, which is brushed with a pesto oil before being grilled. You just can't beat it!
Special Omelet - Confit Chicken, Goat Cheese, Vidalia Onions, and Parsley, Served with Rustic Pesto Grilled Sourdough and Home Fries $9.95
I've never tried dinner at Nick's so I can't comment, but I do fully intend to return for some lunch fare, since the menu has been teasing me with a pulled pork sandwich that sounds simply divine since as long as I can remember. Someday soon, it will happen. Stay tuned... but for now enjoy some more photos of food my companions enjoyed :)
Eggs Benedict with Ham
Steak + Eggs - Grilled Hereford Beef with Two Eggs, Home Fries, Toast and Choice of Sauce (Chipotle--pictured--or Horseradish) $14.95
Egg, Cheese, Tomato and Spinach Breakfast Sandwich $4.95