REVISIT: Nick & Sam’s Grill – Uptown

We all know that Nick & Sam’s Grill has been an important piece of Uptown for years now.  It has seen the neighborhood go from a quiet little section of town to an area booming with shops and apartment complexes but yet, its consistency remains.

This past weekend I stopped into Nick & Sam’s Grill for, admittedly, the first time in a while and was very pleasantly surprised that it is still that great restaurant that I enjoyed so many years ago.  The Uptown location of Nick & Sam’s Grill (not to be confused with the stunning spot on Preston Rd) has sort of revamped themselves into a burger-ish bar but surprisingly, it is the non-burger items that really stand out.

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My guest and I started with the Calamari which was, in my opinion, seriously perfect.  There were lots of whole squids friends which happen to be my favorite and too often, restaurants only serve a few of the whole body so that was immediately appreciated. Fried perfectly, accompanied by two different dipping sauces and the classic lemon wedge, this is the way calamari should be.

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For my entrée, I went with the Atlantic Salmon with a tortilla crust served over cilantro rice and roasted corn chutney.  I shit you not, this was probably the finest piece of salmon I have had in ages.  It was cooked to perfection, had incredible flavor and was so tender it literally melted in my mouth.  When my friend asked for a bite I reluctantly let her have one…I wanted that salmon all to myself.  This dish could easily make my short list of favorite dishes in town.

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My friend went with the 8oz filet accompanied with asparagus and crispy onions.  Of course, with the Grill being the sibling of the fabulous Nick & Sam’s steakhouse, it came as no surprise that the meat was totally on point.  It was a decently sized portion and cooked very well but has a surprising $46 price point which seems steep for a neighborhood restaurant whose menu focuses mainly on nicely priced burgers.

Now, if you are like me, Nick & Sam’s Grill has always been nestled in my mind as a brunch spot but I challenge you to think of them for lunch and dinner as well.  Our meal was truly fantastic and I can’t wait to return..sooner rather than later!

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