Indy – Nick’s Chili Parlor
After visiting Saraga the other day we worked up an appetite and needed to fill our bellies. I fired up Google Maps on my iPhone and looked for any places in the area that I might have starred as something to check out. It just so happened that Nick’s was on my list and right down the street!
Nick’s is different in a lot of ways. You order cafeteria style, which makes a lot of sense since you can slap together a chili dog and a bowl pretty quickly. Fried items and burgers appear to be brought out to the table once prepared. The dining area is open and bright from all the windows. The menu has items other than chili related fare. Some notable mentions are fried tenderloins, burgers, and tamales.
Nick’s tagline is “home to the ‘Not Yet World Famous’ 5-Way chili”. Since that’s the way I like to get mine at the Cincy chains I thought I would give it a try for comparison.
We ended up ordering a couple of 5-way Chili bowls and 2 chili dogs with everything. The 5-way is served in a deep bowl and is mostly chili with a little pasta in the bottom. It’s also a lot easier to eat than the competition because of this configuration.
The Chili Dog was a full sized hot dog served in a steamed and quite substantial. A couple of these would be a meal.
The Chili itself has a nice depth of flavor. I thought it needed a little salt and a few dashes of hot sauce and after adding that it was quite delicious.
The service was fast and friendly and the restaurant was very clean. I don’t spend a lot of time in this area of the city but I wouldn’t hesitate to come over here from downtown for a chili dog.
Nick’s Chili Parlor
2621 Lafayette Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222