Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern [Grilled Chicken Caesar]
Something weird happened Tuesday night. M and I finished up with work and began looking for a place to have dinner. Having heard about S.A.L.T. in De Pere we decided to give it a try. We took a seat and began perusing the menu … and nothing looked all that appetizing. I’m sure the food was great (S.A.L.T. came highly recommended), but for the first time since starting Food in the Fox neither of us found anything on the menu that jumped out at us. We politely excused ourselves and went looking for another option. We drove around for about 20 minutes and found ourselves … right next to S.A.L.T.. But this time we had spied Gyro Kabobs. As circumstance would have it, we never made it to Gyro Kabobs. Rather, we veered into Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern before making it the extra 20 or so feet that would have brought us to our original (that is, second) destination. Chances are if had we parked just five or six spaces down we would have ended the evening with gyros.
Great Atmosphere, Pretty Good Salad
Instead, we ended the evening with salads. First off, the interior of Nicky’s is outstanding. The ceilings must be a good 30 feet high, the entire place is loaded with woodwork and brick, and if you can score one of the booths along the wall you’ll get to dine in relative privacy. It’s also dark enough to be relaxing, but bright enough that you can see what you are eating. There was also an interestingly lit tree near the entrance that gave the place a nice touch of brightness in another wise monotone brown setting. Oh, and there was a Skittles machine near the door. How could you go wrong?
Nicky’s Tangy Homemade Caesar Dressing
My camera does not like dark places, so what you’re looking at below is an up close and personal with a grilled chicken Caesar salad. Before we continue, it’s trivia time. The Caesar is not named after Roman emperors, but rather the inventor of the salad, Caesar Cardini. With that out of the way, I’ll get to the salad itself. As you can see, the salad was grilled chicken breast, lettuce, croutons, and some grated Parmesan cheese. As far as salads to, it was pretty good. It’s difficult to mess up some lettuce and chicken assuming the ingredients are fresh (which they were) and the portion of chicken was plenty generous given the size of the salad.
The most interesting part of the meal might have been the Caesar dressing. Nicky’s bills its dressing as “our own Tangy Homemade Caesar Dressing” and I have to say this Caesar dressing was perhaps the most authentic tasting version I have had to date. There was even that slight hint of anchovy flavor that is typically missing from other Caesar dressings.
One more thing. The breadstick that came with the meal? It sort of tasted like a donut.
Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern
331 Main Ave
De Pere, WI 54115