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Pacifica - Nicks - crab on buttery grilled sourdough

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Pacifica - Nicks - crab on buttery grilled sourdough

Krys Stanley | Jul 28, 2004 02:05 AM

A view and good food.

Nick's is famous for it's crab sandwich. Perfectly dressed fresh crab with tomato on grilled sourdough toast. Is it worth the $16? Yes. It is to the West Coast what mayonaise based lobster roll is to the East Coast.

The tomato is forgetable and doesn't get in the way. The buttery sourdough is wonderful. Most sourdough is too chewey for me as sandwhich material. The thick slices were just right ... crunchy yet light.

There is also fresh whole crab available.

Open since 1927, it is still owned by the same family. Seafood, Italian, some Greek and good old time fifties food done well. The wine list is interesting also.

If you want a wonderful ocean view and good food, this is the place.

The crab came with fifties style fries .. cut fresh in the restaurant. Oh yeah .. the spumoni ... the spumoni!!!

Since this was an old style Italian place, I decided to get the spumoni. This was excellent .. the cherry part of the spumoni was loaded with walnuts and bing cherries. The pistachio had generous pieces of the nuts. It came with a fresh baked cookie still warm oozing chocolate and filled with nuts.

A friend who lives in Pacifica clued me in on the sandwich. She said that the food was the thing. They staff could care less if you come back. So when the person who seated me was a little cold, I was prepared. The waitresses were real sweethearts and very friendly.

Everything looked good. They open at 9 am and serve breakfast and the bread basket that came with the omlettes was really interesting. It's been a while since I've seen a restaurant offer buttermilk as a beverage. They had kosher style corned beef has with 2 basted eggs. Another blast from the past.

Lot's of oldies but goodies and they were looking fine
- ribey steak sandwich
- hot turkey sandwich with fresh roasted turkey
- eggplant sandwiches

One of the sides was eggplant fries.

I like my burgers on standard buns, but the bakery bun at Nicks has be dreaming of trying their burger in the future.

Other delicious sounding dishes were
- crabcakes and garlic
- fried fisherman's platter with jumbo scallops, prawns and scalone (some sort of squid/abalone combo)
- Fettuchini with smoked salmon
- Pasta Toscano with fresh basil, tomatoes, eggplant and black olives

They have seafood cocktails as well as crab, shrimp or prawn louies.

Of course there is garlic bread.

Wines were interesting and reasonable. I had a nice Danzante pino grigio from Italy and a vionta from albario Spain (too tannic for me).

Some other examples were Hanna sauvignon blanc from Napa and Seven deadly zins from Napa. Not top of the line wines but nice drinkable wines for the food.

The room is coordinated in Marlin blue. A few huge Marlins caught by the Gust family are on the walls.

There is a live band and dancing on Saturday and Sunday nights. If you don't want to eat, you can get a drink in the coctail lounge and contemplate the surf and seagulls.

Nick ... this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship for me.

Link: http://www.nicksrestaurant.net/nicks_...

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