Portland >Food & Dining > Nick's Famous Coney Island
3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.511939 -122.624870
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
Rude service, mediocre food – My boyfriend and I were excited to try Nick's out tonight.
Unfortunately, it was a HUGE disappointment. The waitress/bartender was extremely rude.
The food was okay, the Coney Island tasted more like a chili dog then a real coney island dog.
I can't say enough about how BAD the service was. I would never go back.
New Owners, New Menu, New Cooks! – Go in and meet the new owners Carrie & Casey! They are working to maintain the best of Nick's history and the coney recipe from the 1940's while updating menu items and recipes for the current customers! There is more than dogs and burgers too - homemade soup and pie.
The current staff of cooks is very good!
Thursday nights are now Karoake Nights, and there's a DJ with music on Friday nights, as well as all the sports channels.
And.....Check out breakfast on Sat. and Sun. beginning at 9 a.m. I'll see you there!
Wretched....! – My sweetie loves coney island style hotdogs - Nick's are the absolute worst we've found in many years of searching and sampling around the U.S.
We should have done an about-face when we walked in at lunch hour and found the place empty, but no, we stayed and regretted it. According to the waitress, "the fries are terrific!" No, they are actually undercooked, limp and greasy. Back to the dogs....tiny soggy buns covered with a spicy heap of greasy chopped hamburger - the dogs themselves just tasted bad - and undercooked. Want cheese with that? Well yes, it is a coney island dog. Look, I found some - unfortunately it was the plastic-wrap garbage that belongs in the waste....
Anyway, it's hard to figure out why our food was undercooked, unless, maybe they want to get our food out before we left!! AVOID at all costs.
Also, how did the restrooms get so filthy if no one is there?
Want to get sick? Then eat here!!! – I live right off Hawthorne so I like to give every pub/eatery the local business. But I can NOT in fact promote Nick's to anyone. I have been there on two separate occasions and will never go back again! The first time I got sick off the tasteless connie dog (as which there named for). The second time I was there I was served completely raw chicken wings. I mean cold as the moment the ignorant cook took them out of the fridge. I am boycotting Nick's as I suggest any of you reading this should!!!
Wow, really? How can food be this bad? – Both my girlfriend and I threw up when we got home. I ordered nachos and she got the vegetarian coney dog. The salsa on the nachos had rotten tomatoes in it. I didn't notice before I had eaten 1/4 of them. The dog was way too salty. A picture fell off of the wall near us and the cook came out of the kitchen and looked at us like we were the ones to blame. It was a snotty ass look and when my girlfriend explained we had nothing to do with it, he commented "I don't care!". The waitress was very nice, but that was the only upside of this less than stellar hot dog stand.
Love Nicks – Nicks is a fabulous throwback Coney joint. Clean, great atmosphere, staff and food. Tyler is a great host and has done a wonderful job! This is a favorite haunt!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! – Okay what are you guys talking about here? SNACK SIZED DOUBLES??? Wow. Not my impression at all. Go right nextdoor to a highly popular local chain joint and get bubkiss for $8 and change. For those of you who think its a "hot dog stand" its not nor will it ever be. Its a full on restaurant that features CONEY ISLANDS. Thats THE ONLY creative hotdog they have or will ever serve. If you asked for a fancy dog other then the nick's famous orginial the old owner would of thrown you out of the place. The problem is I dont think people dont like nicks they just may not GET Nicks. YES its greasy, for gods sake who told you Nick's was healthfood?? If you dont like the remodel your nuts, I know from eating there for 20 years it needed a LOT of work. The new owner nailed it, updating it without losing the original charm.THANK GOD the didnt make it a hipster alternative joint and thus sell out to the "new hawthorne." Where else can you listen to Sinatra while stuffing you face. I mean you are complaining about parking ON HAWTHORNE??? You dont get the flavor of the area Pam. Sorry. Anyway I have been a critic of the revamp but almost a year into it the place is perfect, the food is great and the people have never been nicer. Good job.
OH and for all of those people who says the sauce is different, the old owner Frank was in there raving about it yesterday. TRUE STORY. The place was packed.
Sadly we were disappointed at best – Have been in Oregon for about 5 years and keep hearing about Nick's, today we had some time to try it. The food was nothing special and somewhat greasy even. The atmosphere was ok, parking... what a nightmare! The only bright spot was the waitstaff was very attentive and polite. Too bad, maybe it's day has passed.
FRANKS BACK IN THE KITCHEN – Frank Nudo is sneaking in & making the sauce. Coneys are gr8t. Better than ever. The sauce has the incredible kick. The staff is friendly and the owner stops at every table. There is only one Nicks...thank god it's preserved for future generations to enjoy and have gr8t gas!
aight – i used to like this place. now the staff is 90% dudes and the owner is throwing "impeach sam adams" parties. lame.
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