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Nick's Kitchen

506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN - (260) 356-6618
Nick's claims to have invented the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, now a favorite throughout the lower Midwest. The huge slab of crisp-fried tender pork dwarfs its bun and remains a benchmark. Be sure to save room for excellent pies or an apple dumpling for dessert.
100% Approval Rating (9 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
tenderloin
Pea Salad
butterscotch pie
Root Beer
apple dumpling
Pulled Pork
Sugar cream pie
Hand Cut French Fries
Pumpkin Pie

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The tenderloin is one of America’s great regional sandwiches; historians believe it was invented here in Huntington, Indiana. The story is that Nick Frienstein started frying breaded pork cutlets in 1904 to sell in sandwiches from a street cart in town; four years ..."   [Read More]
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Rocky Enfield
June 16, 2014
"It is not every day that you have the opportunity to eat at an establishment that started a food genre, but I believe if you can pinpoint that location then you should definitely go there. Case in point being Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana. It is agreed to be ..."   [Read More]
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Jason Warren
February 02, 2004
"A local favorite you will most likely the only out of towner to luck out into dining at this decades old staple of Huntington. Even though I was there are breakfast time there were nice enough to start up the fried so I could sample a tenderloin sandwich. And it was ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN
(260) 356-6618

http://www.nickskitchen.net/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
	Nick’s Kitchen’s tenderloin is gorgeous: a slice of boneless pork loin that has been pounded flat, breaded, fried to a crisp, planted in a bun, and dressed with mustard, pickle, lettuce and tomato. The plate-sized pancake of pork extends so far beyond the bun that it is impossible for even the longest-fingered hands to grasp the bread to pick it up like a normal sandwich.
" Nick’s Kitchen’s tenderloin is gorgeous: a slice of boneless pork loin that has been pounded flat, breaded, fried to a crisp, planted in a bun, and dressed with mustard, pickle, lettuce and tomato. The plate-sized pancake of pork extends so far beyond the bun that it is impossible for even the longest-fingered hands to grasp the bread to pick it up like a normal sandwich."
Michael Stern





Sugar cream pie, the most basic of sweets, is an Indiana farmhouse favorite.
"Sugar cream pie, the most basic of sweets, is an Indiana farmhouse favorite. "
Michael Stern


We never can resist an apple dumpling when we see it on a menu. We're glad we took the plunge here at Nick's. This one, served warm under a big scoop of ice cream, is a beaut!
"We never can resist an apple dumpling when we see it on a menu. We're glad we took the plunge here at Nick's. This one, served warm under a big scoop of ice cream, is a beaut!"
Michael Stern


We loved the craggy texture of the pumpkin pie!
"We loved the craggy texture of the pumpkin pie! "
Cliff Strutz


A great version of the Midwest favorite pea salad is full of hard-boiled egg chunks, crisp bits of sweet onion and celery.
"A great version of the Midwest favorite pea salad is full of hard-boiled egg chunks, crisp bits of sweet onion and celery."
Michael Stern


Don't even think about leaving Nick's Kitchen without sampling some of Jean Anne's excellent pie.  On the day of my visit, I was disappointed that only cherry pie was left.  One forkful later, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world!
"Don't even think about leaving Nick's Kitchen without sampling some of Jean Anne's excellent pie. On the day of my visit, I was disappointed that only cherry pie was left. One forkful later, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world!"
Cliff Strutz


Nick's carries the excellent Triple XXX root beer, accompanied by a frosty mug, of course!
"Nick's carries the excellent Triple XXX root beer, accompanied by a frosty mug, of course!"
Cliff Strutz


The quintessential small-town cafe, like so many others ... except that this one happens to serve magnificent tenderloins and blue-ribbon pie.
"The quintessential small-town cafe, like so many others ... except that this one happens to serve magnificent tenderloins and blue-ribbon pie."
Michael Stern


Using meat leftover from tenderloins trimmed for sandwiches, Nick's makes one fine pulled pork sandwich.
"Using meat leftover from tenderloins trimmed for sandwiches, Nick's makes one fine pulled pork sandwich."
Michael Stern



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