A longtime lunch and dinner hotspot, Nick’s recently started offering brunch, Saturdays and Sundays. They were determined to pull out all the stops, and they certainly did. It’s quite impressive, from the decadent dishes to the amazing ambiance to the 101 ingredient make-your-own-Bloody-Mary-Bar.
You read that right: a Bloody Mary Bar with 101 ingredients, which you can select and portion on your own, perfecting your personal Bloody Mary recipe. The 101 ingredients include your choice of top-shelf vodkas, from locally distilled Cathead Vodka to Pearl and Absolut, and in-house infused vodkas like lemon-cucumber and bacon (yep, bacon vodka). You also have your choice of mixers, from plain tomato juice to spicy brand-name mixes to house-made concoctions like Pineapple Habanero – my personal favorite. There are also hot sauces, pickled everything (pickled okra, pickled green beans, pickled baby corn – you get the idea), stuffed olives, candied jalapenos, and so much more.
Oh, and did I mention the Bloody Mary Bar is only $9, and is unlimited? Plan wisely: know your limits, bring a designated driver, and/or enjoy plenty of food so the drinks don’t hit you too hard.
Speaking of the food, prepare to be wowed.
If you’ve brought an appetite, start with some appetizers – Beignets can be served with mascarpone, blackberry compote, or, if you ask nicely, both! Ooey, gooey, Monkey Bread, packed with nuts and sweetness, is another scrumptious starter on the menu.
When it comes to main dishes, you can build your own omelet or waffle, if you want to stick to the basics. But if you’re seeking something inventive and beautifully presented, try one of their signature specials. The Duck Confit Hash is out of this world – potatoes, onions, smoky tender duck meat, served with a purple port-wine-poached egg and a citrus-hollandaise sauce. Heavenly. You can also try the Fried Chicken Benedict, the perfect balance of savory and sweet, with perfectly poached eggs, fried chicken, and the hollandaise sauce all resting atop a scrumptious Sweet Potato Biscuit. Or, if you want to go a little more minimal, try the Bagel Breakfast, a deconstructed take on bagels and lox – less rich but no less appetizing, this spread gives you a pretty palate of salmon, cream cheese, red onions, crumbled egg, all surrounding your awaiting bagel.
One thing to note: having been there a few times now, service can often be pretty slow. Don’t plan on a quick brunch. This is a leisurely outing, and if you want to really enjoy it, you need to know that going into it, and remind yourself that every moment should be savored, not rushed.
Even the coffee at this brunch is a treat, presented beautifully on its own little serving plate, with a rock crystal stirrer to add some class to your sweetening routine. Perfect note to start and end your brunch with, in my opinion: coffee and great conversation. Add in a great setting, exciting menu, and that unlimited Bloody Mary Bar… well, let’s just say weekend brunch can’t come soon enough!
Have you tried Nick’s for brunch? What’s your favorite dish? Or, tell us your favorite ingredient on the Bloody Mary Bar!
3000 Old Canton Rd
Jackson, MS 39216