Last Update
Feb 3rd, 2020

Mr Nick's Sub Shoppe

108 SE 1st St
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301
Overall Rating
2.3
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
02/16/2018

Details

Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Street metered, Garage
Outdoor: No
Reservations: No

Pros

New Location is better than Previous
Fair Prices

Cons

Place needs a woman's touch
Avoid the meatball parm

Critic's Review

Mr Nicks has moved into the old Slice Pizzeria location; the previous owners auctioned off all of the equipment so I wondered if anyone would ever take this space. This indoor courtyard is owned by the city, and there's a bunch of empty spaces with no sign telling you who to call if you wanted to inquire about one of them. The string of pizza restaurants ended when they auctioned off the pizza ovens; a pizza place that closes at 3p and isn't open on weekends has no chance of survival. And none of them did.

There are a lot of tables outside for the 2 small venues open; and it's covered so weather is no problem.

Inside, they've added some overly fancy tables that look strange when paired with the basic decor. I wasn't eating in. Of course the old Mr Nick's Location has picnic benches, so anything is an upgrade over that.

I ordered a small meatball parm sub to go, because I haven't had a good one in a long time. I've had a couple of good sandwiches here over the years so I thought there was a chance.

It took about 10 minutes. I bantered a bit with Mr Nick and he indicated he got screwed by the landlord at his old location; the Flashback Diner people bought the plot and have some secret plan of the location. Another bad diner maybe?

When I got home, about 1/2 mile away, I opened the bag to find this.

I immediately knew I wasn't going to like this; the dark color of the sauce indicated that it was old; burned; sitting in the steam table since 11am. Also, the cheese wasn't melted.

Pretty mushy stuff. Mr Nicks has nice soft bread, but I hated everything about this sandwich. The sauce was awful, the meatballs tasted like nothing and unmelted mozzarella serves no purpose.

This sandwich wasn't worth the calories. Very disappointing.

Conclusion

It's been 5 years since my last visit to Mr Nicks, and I can't say if they've fallen off the rails or if I just happened to get a bad sample. If today was the first time I ever came here, I'd give them 1/2 star and predict they'd be out of business by June. Mr Nick seems like a good dude, but the sandwich I got today was inedible.

Review 7/11/12

As dumps go, Mr Nick's is a dump extraordinaire. The only bigger dump in Fort Lauderdale is Grady's next door. There really is no restaurant; it's an awning over part of the parking lot with a bunch of picnic tables and plastic resin furniture.

Nothing much changes at Mr. Nicks. While every other restaurant in town is raising prices every chance they get, Mr Nick's prices are the same as they were 2 years ago, the last time I was here.

They have a full sub, sandwich and burger menu here. Hot dogs and salads too. For a tent off the beaten path, its a full service lunch spot. They even have breakfast egg sandwiches in the morning. The last time I was here I had the Full House Cheesesteak; one of the best cheesesteaks I've had in South Florida.

I was going to get an Italian sub, but then the meatball caught my eye. Just below that was the GodFather, a meatball and sausage combo with mozzarella. That's what I wanted. Luckily it wasn't too hot a day because there is no A/C at Mr Nicks. It took about 10 minutes to make.

They certainly don't cheat you here. For $5.25, there's plenty of food in the 6" sub. Another winner from Mr Nicks.

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Eric
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I haven't been since they moved, but their "fort Lauderdale" sandwich has always held a special place in my heart.

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