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.