I used to frequent Jim 'n' Nicks when I had that undeniable craving and desire for some tender, finger-lickin' good bar-b-q in a comforting, southern atmosphere. When the Jim 'n' Nicks location on King Street closed unexpectedly for some renovations, my roommate, Devan, and I vowed that we would return when their doors reopened. We became giddy when we learned that the menu prices had changed (for the better) and anxiously awaited the day that we would be able to feast on their famous cheddar cheese biscuits.
That day came today. As we strolled down King Street during their Second Sundays on King (a day when motorists are banned from the road and pedestrians are free to walk about outside the usually crowded, tourist-filled sidewalks), our faces lit up as we came closer to the familiar pig hanging outside the restaurant. Our grins slowly fell from our faces as we entered and were greeted by a counter, not a hostess, and a line to place our order. Where was the comforting atmosphere? Where were the servers in blue-and-white pin-striped aprons? And for the love of God, WHERE WERE THE BASKETS OF CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUITS???
Apparently, in order to "bring food faster and more efficiently to the diners", the management of the restaurant had decided to change the whole way they serve their customers (much to the chagrin of the servers as well, who, according to the word on the street, were not pleased with this change-up either - no advance notice, and no tips!) The hostess and friendly servers in blue-and-white pin-striped aprons have been replaced by a walk-up counter and Jim 'n' Nicks t-shirts and jeans. I understand that Jim 'n' Nicks is a chain, I just wish it hadn't sold out.
A line of customers waiting to place their order.
While the atmosphere has changed, the food has not. It is still finger-lickin' good, the fries are seasoned perfectly, and their choices of barbecue sauce are great. For lunch, I chose my favorite:
Riblets and Fries (with a side of Cheddar Cheese Biscuits)
while Devan enjoyed a BBQ Brisket Sandwich, complete with fries and Cole Slaw:
The food was still delicious, the atmosphere - disappointing. We give it one thumb up and one thumb down.