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Nick's Famous Roast Beef

139 Dodge St., Beverly, MA - (978) 922-9075
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/3/2006 10:51:00 PM
Roast beef is huge north of Boston. You can hardly drive a mile without passing a restaurant that advertises beef sandwiches. Some are chains, many are mediocre. Nick’s, where the motto is “We’re The Only One,” is in the top tier of excellence.

Like all the local roast beef houses, it is a self-service joint where you place your order and wait for a number to be called, then carry your own tray to a table somewhere in the small strip-mall storefront eatery The choices include a large beef sandwich, a junior beef sandwich, and a super beef sandwich on an onion roll. (There are also many other kinds of sandwiches available.) Super beef is the one we recommend. It is a well-stacked pile of soft pink beef inside a giant rectangular roll that is egg-yellow and studded with squiggles of onion. Many condiments and add-ins are available, including horseradish, cheese, mayo, and mustard, but the people’s choice is barbecue sauce, which has a spicy sweetness that makes it beef’s good companion. And speaking of companions, you definitely want onion rings! Nick’s onion rings are beautiful – golden brown and wickedly crunchy – requiring only a hail of salt to attain perfection.

Decoration at Nick’s consists of hundreds of snapshots taken of roast beef fans all over America and the world that show them standing in front of famous places holding up a Nick’s Beef bumper sticker.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The combination of that pink beef, toasted onion roll, peppery BBQ sauce, and ''stings the nose'' horseradish sauce is just as addictive in 2011 as it was when I indulged regularly in Boston over ten years ago.
"The combination of that pink beef, toasted onion roll, peppery BBQ sauce, and ''stings the nose'' horseradish sauce is just as addictive in 2011 as it was when I indulged regularly in Boston over ten years ago."
Bill Homan





There is a long list of condiments available on Nick's roast beef sandwich, and one day I intend to try some of them. But so far, I simply cannot veer from my own personal favorite, which is horseradish. It's a not-too-hot sauce that perfectly complements the gentle-flavored beef.
"There is a long list of condiments available on Nick's roast beef sandwich, and one day I intend to try some of them. But so far, I simply cannot veer from my own personal favorite, which is horseradish. It's a not-too-hot sauce that perfectly complements the gentle-flavored beef."
Michael Stern


Sometimes the meat is more rare than what you see on this sandwich.  Rare or not, the meat is lightly seasoned and very satisfying.
"Sometimes the meat is more rare than what you see on this sandwich. Rare or not, the meat is lightly seasoned and very satisfying."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


These rings audibly crunch when you bite into them.  They're great companions to a roast beef sandwich.
"These rings audibly crunch when you bite into them. They're great companions to a roast beef sandwich."
Michael Stern


Pink beef and white horseradish sauce on a fresh yellow onion roll - great eating.
"Pink beef and white horseradish sauce on a fresh yellow onion roll - great eating."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


They'll be happy to cut the large sandwiches in half for you.
"They'll be happy to cut the large sandwiches in half for you."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Dine here or take out.  Decor consists of snapshots of Nick's devoted fans showing off Nick's bumper stickers all around the world.
"Dine here or take out. Decor consists of snapshots of Nick's devoted fans showing off Nick's bumper stickers all around the world."
Michael Stern


Nick and Mrs. Nick asked me to come behind the counter and stand with them for a picture. With pleasure!
"Nick and Mrs. Nick asked me to come behind the counter and stand with them for a picture. With pleasure!"
Michael Stern


Guess what Nick's signature item is?
"Guess what Nick's signature item is?"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A tradition has developed where customers get their pictures taken in locales exotic, or not, all over the world.  These photos are displayed all over Nick's.
"A tradition has developed where customers get their pictures taken in locales exotic, or not, all over the world. These photos are displayed all over Nick's."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There's a lot on the menu besides roast beef - but most people order the beef.
"There's a lot on the menu besides roast beef - but most people order the beef."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Judging by the high school/college set that packed the place around 12:30am on a recent visit, I'd say the secret is out!
"Judging by the high school/college set that packed the place around 12:30am on a recent visit, I'd say the secret is out!"
Bill Homan


In this plain storefront are some of the best roast beef sandwiches north of Boston.
"In this plain storefront are some of the best roast beef sandwiches north of Boston."
Michael Stern


There are plenty of roast beef restaurants in this area, and a few are named Nick's.  But this is the ONLY Nick's Famous.
"There are plenty of roast beef restaurants in this area, and a few are named Nick's. But this is the ONLY Nick's Famous."
Michael Stern



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