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Road Trips — By Apryl Chapman Thomas on October 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Grabbing a Bite at Nick’s in the Sticks in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

You know the saying that you can’t (or shouldn’t) judge a book by its cover? Well, that sentiment can be applied to restaurants as well.

nicksinthesticksmenu At first glance, Nick’s in the Sticks (or the true name that no one talks about, Nick’s Original Filet House) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is much on looks. In fact, if you don’t know where you’re going, you just might pass it by.

However, there is one clue that can help you out – if you see a lot of cars parked out front of a tiny building on Culver Rd., more than likely that’s the restaurant.

Nick’s in the Sticks is simple and laidback. It’s not the decor that brings them in, it’s the food, followed by tradition. There’s probably not too many locals and University of Alabama graduates that don’t have some sort of memory about the restaurant. it’s just that kind of place.

Open for dinner seven days a week (Monday-Friday, 5 – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday –Sunday, 5 – 10:30 p.m.), the restaurant is best known for their steaks, but I will tell you that the table next to me ordered some good lookin’ chicken wings (available as both an appetizer and a meal.)

baconwrappedfilet The steaks vary from the bacon-wrapped filet (small or large) to Rib eye to T-bone (small or large) as well as hamburger steak. There’s sandwiches, which I enjoyed a Nicksburger (has chopped grilled onions; $6.95). You’ll also find a regular hamburger ($6.50), cheeseburger ($6.95), steak sandwich ($7.95) and other options.

The menu also includes seafood selections and nicksburger chicken selections. All entrees and sandwiches are served with a tossed salad and a choice of either a baked potato or French fries. While I recommend the French fries (more like steak fries), others will tell you to substitute them for onion rings. If it’s a touch decision, order the onion rings as an appetizer (small – $4.95; large – $6.95).

As you know, along with good food comes good drinks. Nick’s has a small bar with a house drink – the Nicodemus. I won’t tell you what’s in it, you’ll have to order it to find out.

Restaurants comes and go, especially in a college town. You can’t go wrong by grabbing a bite at an institution such as Nick’s in the Sticks. You’ll be glad that you did.

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