A couple of months ago, the topic of burgers came up on Twitter. I love a good burger, and living in Oklahoma we are lucky to have a lot of great greasy spoons with fabulous burgers. But I had never heard of Nics Grill. This gem was featured on Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri back in 2009, but somehow I completely missed it.
Now that I had caught wind of this place, I HAD to try it. First, let’s talk about the location. Sitting right off of 12th & Penn, it is a VERY small (translation, there are 10 seats at the counter, 4 seats at an opposite counter and 3 tables. That’s IT) joint that often will have a line extending out the door. Once inside, it is tight quarters, but grab a bar stool and gaze in amazement at the speed and efficiency of the staff. Once you are inside, the staff will take your drink order (even if you don’t have a seat yet!) and ask you for your order. And Nic’s side kick has an unbelievable memory for detail…
GFB and I ordered drinks and realized quickly that these burgers were no ordinary burgers. You see, they are GIGANTIC. I mean that in the best possible way, but they are huge. Therefore, it made sense for us to split one (along with some fries). They do charge a fee to split a plate – $2.50 as I recall – but its totally worth it.
When the burger came, it was a sight to see. Juice oozing from the meat, cheese melting down the side of the patty and perfectly grilled onions stacked a half-inch or more high on top. Perfection.
I cut the masterpiece in half, gave GFB his part and dove in. I was speechless. The meat was cooked about medium (pink in the middle) and was spectacular. The onions were caramelized and fabulous and the fries were cooked perfectly. This was one of the best burgers I had ever had.
Now, I also heard Nic’s does a mean breakfast, but I haven’t had a chance to experience it yet. However, if you are anywhere near the vicinity of 12th & Penn, I deplore you to stop and try Nic’s. Even if there is a wait, it will be totally worth it. I promise.
Favorite QuoteOne cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~ Virginia Woolf
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