Nick’s Chili Parlor

Chili Parlor | Diner | Hamburgers | Hot Dog
Worth a detour

If cash is short, Nick’s is a good place to know about: The heartiest lunch will get you plenty of change from a $10 bill, and it’s possible to have a meal for $5. The chili is hearty, not too hot or bewitchingly spiced, but mighty satisfying, especially in concert with spaghetti noodles, red beans, finely grated cheddar cheese and crisp raw onions. Next time, I am going to pay 50 cents and get extra cheese on the chili. I ran out of it before excavating halfway through the bowl.

As has been pointed out in previous reviews, the staff is great fun and seem always to be kibbitzing with each other and with willing customers. While they all are African-American, the clientele when I dined at Nick’s was a racial rainbow that included youth in hip-hop uniforms and geriatric couples who came through the door in dual walkers.

What to Eat
Nick’s Chili Parlor, Chili 5 Way
Chili 5 Way
Nick's 5-way does not come prettified with saltines as shown in this picture. You get packets of saltines with each bowl; and while they can be crumbled on top, I found them especially good for shoveling maximum amounts of chili onto a spoon.
Nick’s Chili Parlor, Basic Chili
Basic Chili
A nice, steaming bowl of chili on a cool fall evening.
Nick’s Chili Parlor, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
The staff was somewhat taken aback that I ordered a naked chili dog -- without cheese and onions. I did like it this way, but the grated cheese and raw onions would indeed complete the package.
Chili Cheese Fries
Homemade Pie
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11 am - 7 pm
Monday10:30 am - 9 pm
Tuesday10:30 am - 9 pm
Wednesday10:30 am - 9 pm
Thursday10:30 am - 9 pm
Friday10:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday10:30 am - 9 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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