Nick’s Famous Roast Beef

Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Roast beef is big north of Boston. You can hardly drive a mile without passing a restaurant that advertises beef sandwiches. Some are chains, many are mediocre. Nick’s, where the motto is “We’re The Only One,” is in the top tier of excellence.

Like all the local roast beef houses, it is a self-service joint where you place your order and wait for a number to be called, then carry your own tray to a table somewhere in the small strip-mall storefront eatery. The choices include a large beef sandwich, a junior beef sandwich, and a super beef sandwich on an onion roll. (There are also many other kinds of sandwiches available.) Super beef is the one we recommend. It is a well-stacked pile of soft pink beef inside a giant rectangular roll that is egg-yellow and studded with squiggles of onion. Many condiments and add-ins are available, including horseradish, cheese, mayo, and mustard, but the people’s choice is barbecue sauce, which has a spicy sweetness that makes it beef’s good companion. And speaking of companions, you definitely want onion rings. Nick’s are beautiful – golden brown and wickedly crunchy – requiring only a hail of salt to attain perfection.

Decoration at Nick’s consists of hundreds of snapshots taken of roast beef fans all over America and the world that show them standing in front of famous places holding up a Nick’s Beef bumper sticker.

What to Eat
Nick’s Famous Roast Beef, Super beef
Super beef
There is a long list of condiments available on Nick's roast beef sandwich, and one day I intend to try some of them. But so far, I simply cannot veer from my own personal favorite, which is horseradish. It's a not-too-hot sauce that perfectly complements the gentle-flavored beef.
Nick’s Famous Roast Beef, onion rings
onion rings
These rings audibly crunch when you bite into them. They're great companions to a roast beef sandwich.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10 am - 11 pm
Monday10 am - 11 pm
Tuesday10 am - 11 pm
Wednesday10 am - 11 pm
Thursday10 am - 12 am
Friday10 am - 1 am
Saturday10 am - 1 am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 50 MILES | 1 hr 36 min

Massachusetts north of Boston is rightfully known for excellent seafood, but it also is a source of fantastic roast beef sandwiches. They are a passion in this area, served by dozens of inexpensive eateries. This tour takes you to four of the finest.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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