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Nichols Restaurant-Has it reopened?

AMC1210 Sep 8, 2011 11:45 AM

Nichols closed at the end of July to re-do the interior. Does anyone know if or when it will re-open?

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    comedor Dec 10, 2011 05:49 PM

    The reference to Houston's wanna-be is apt.
    Fish taco, about $14.00. Three tortillas containing just grilled fish w/condiments alongside (the condiments seemed a bit sparse). Mother in law called them bland-- which is slightly terrifying because I can imagine no bland that is blander than her bland. Shoestring fries were very good, served in a paper-lined cup, stayed nice and crisp and warm. Cole slaw verged on inedible as it seemed to be nothing more than green cabbage drowned in Thousand Island dressing. Burger was about $12.00 and S/O who requested it to be dressed light said it was oozing with dressing. The sauce was reminiscent of Apple Pan (but not as good) It kind of fell apart (brioche). But some people may like that. Very generous portion, though.
    No more breakfast all day.
    We will try it again because we're so desperate to want to like it, but still, we're a little disappointed, frankly. Maybe just moping that the old Nichols is gone because it was good at what it did...

    1. Michelly Nov 2, 2011 07:24 PM

      It should be soon... Jimmy Nichols is adding a wood-fired oven for pizza and is getting his beer-and-wine license.

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        Evan G Nov 30, 2011 12:20 PM

        It reopened yesterday. I hope that anyone who goes there really hated the old Nichols...because nothing is the same. Entirely new dinner menu. The menu and the interior seem to be attempts to be a Houston's clone. Once we saw how drastically everything changed, we left. Can't really explain how disappointed I am.

        The crowd that was there looked like their previous crowd--families, older people, unpretentious. The changes seem to be a big implication that our business wasn't appreciated any more, since they were trying to change into something so different. I think that they better hope that they find a new clientele, because a lot of their loyal customers (talked to some other very unhappy people) won't be sticking around for this.

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          wienermobile Nov 30, 2011 12:25 PM

          I miss the old Nichols already, Are the pot pies still on the menu?

          1. re: wienermobile
            Evan G Nov 30, 2011 12:28 PM

            I don't remember seeing them (I wish I had taken a photo of the menu now--sorry!). Some appetizers, some salads, about 6 different "fancy" burgers, and about 8 entrees, some close to $30!

            They seem to have some outsized ambitions for being in a corner of a Marina Del Rey shopping center. I really hope they bring back some of the old menu items (NO MORE SWEET POTATO FRIES, for crying out loud!).

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              wienermobile Nov 30, 2011 12:45 PM

              Do they still serve breakfast?

              1. re: wienermobile
                Evan G Nov 30, 2011 02:35 PM

                I read that they do, but breakfast was not listed on the dinner menu, so not sure if they still offer it all day. If they don't have the breakfast BLT anymore, I'll be heartbroken.

            2. re: wienermobile
              thranduil Dec 10, 2011 04:30 AM

              No more pot pie on the menu. :(

              The overall space is quite nice. The pricing is a bit on the high side for what you get. Tried the West LA burger, which is their take on the Father's Office recipe. It was ok, but I think I will stick with the original. It was nice to get a beer though. This is definitely not the old Nichols. They seem to have met the demand for the local area though since it was pretty busy when we went.

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          AMC1210 Nov 1, 2011 10:14 PM

          Nichols Restaurant Revamping Into J. Nichols Kitchen in Marina del Rey


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          1. re: AMC1210
            Servorg Nov 2, 2011 03:15 AM

            Hey, I think I've been dissed! Mummified...I don't even like wraps all that much! ;-D> I'll be sorry to see the "old" Nichols go. I hope they are betting on the right slant for the new face of Nichols Kitchen and that they don't end up losing their base audience and miss out on finding that new crowd, less mummified crowd they are hoping to attract.

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              westsidegal Nov 30, 2011 09:36 PM

              your icon is perfect for this discussion, servorg

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            AMC1210 Oct 10, 2011 06:16 PM

            I went to Maxwell's on Washington Blvd. A nice cozy place for a new meeting location. As I drove by Nichol's I saw a hiring people for November sign in the window.

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            1. re: AMC1210
              wienermobile Oct 10, 2011 06:29 PM


            2. Servorg Sep 8, 2011 12:01 PM

              We drove by last week and it didn't look open from what I could see. Have you tried calling?

              Nichols Restaurant
              4375 Glencoe Ave Ste D2, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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              1. re: Servorg
                Servorg Sep 8, 2011 12:03 PM

                I just called them and the recording said that they are going to re-open in mid November...and we all know how accurate those estimates usually aren't.

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                  AMC1210 Sep 8, 2011 01:38 PM

                  Thanks, I guess my meeting with my sister will be at Jerry's-ugh!

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                    Servorg Sep 8, 2011 01:56 PM

                    Go over in the corner where Aunt Kizzy's used to be and to the Panini place. You order at the counter but they bring you your food and it's a LOT tastier than Jerry's...but then again what wouldn't be.

                    Panini Coffee & Cafe
                    4325 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

                    1. re: AMC1210
                      wienermobile Sep 8, 2011 01:57 PM

                      Don't do Jerry's, Mendocino Farms is just around the corner. I miss Nichols too.

                      Mendocino Farms
                      4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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