I've been to nearly everyI've been to nearly every major city in the US and have eaten at some of the "best" restaurants on the east and west coasts, but the risotto may have been the best entree I've ever eaten. Service was outstanding too!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit--will definitelyFirst visit--will definitely go back. Menu was very unique. I liked what I ordered & loved what my friend ordered. I will get that next time. :)6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMVery enjoyableWaitress was helpful, but suffered from a total lack if personality. Otherwise it was great food, great space.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond Time - Still a Charm!This is the second time I've been to Nica's. First time just did "small plates" flights, which were delicious! This time did dinner, which was extraordinarily exceptional. LOVE the decor, the ambience, the attentive and friendly staff, it's just a wonderful place for a dinner where you and your special one can talk and actually hear each other. I would like to replicate ALL the lighting in the place in my apartment. And, of course, have dinner delivered every night from Nica's. Ha ha! Seriously if you have not yet experienced Nica's, DO IT. It's absolutely wonderful. ;)5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebration WorthyWhen my friends asked where I wanted to celebrate my birthday, Nica's was the only response. The wonderful art on display, the always amazing tasty dishes, friendly staff that make you feel like family and variety of both food and drink options make it a group pleaser. The Menage a Trois appetizer is a meal in itself - but has something for everyone to enjoy. I can't say enough about how much I love Nica's - and have recommended it to friends from all over the metro and everyone raves about it and goes back for more!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMNica's rules againThis was a second visit to Nica's and just like the first--tasty! Three of us enjoyed different items, from appetizers to entrees and there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. Bayou steak, stew, crab over rice cake with slaw, not to mention the bread pudding and a Brie and berry beignet. Oh yes, the sweet potato fries with three dipping sauces was a great starter. The coffee is delicious also. We are definitely going back and we will be bringing others with us.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWeek night neighborhood placeVisited recently on a week night when we were just too tired to cook dinner and once again, it was very enjoyable. The food is great here. We ordered a pizza and a small plate called "Stewed" and shared both. So good. Also ordered an old fashioned and a plantation julep. Enjoyed them very much. Always a fun place!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great! Service wasFood was great! Service was slow and it was a weekday so they weren't very busy. Fortunately we weren't in a hurry. Would have loved to sit on the patio but preferred inside to looking at the urban blight. :). The patio could be dressed up a bit to make it nicer than a slab of concrete between two buildings. However the food is good and interesting, we keep coming back. If you are there for breakfast, have a beignet!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMyum yumLove this place - great food, great service, great environment5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMKC BrunchGreat food (varied menu), friendly service staff, décor just so so... had an unfortunate "last night's bar" smell when I first walked in; no one else noticed. Lattes and hot chocolate delicious. Omelets too. Thought the beignets were kind of dry - sister had the chocolate filled one which looked better (and she said good). Others enjoyed the Bloody Mary's. Had a good time. Not rushed.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, service triedWent with a group of 9 and everyone enjoyed their food. The only bummer was that the desserts we ordered were somehow cancelled, and by the time our server realized this had happened and re-ordered them, it had been a good 20 minutes. He ended up comping our desserts but the wait was pretty out of control, and then it took another 15-20 minutes after finishing our desserts to get our bill settled. Love the place for its uniqueness. Service needs to step it up a bit or people will not come back.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat and odd place!I say odd because it's not what you expect from the exterior. Art on the walls, funky decorating that evokes a bit of NOLA style and interesting music playing. Made reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Waitress was great and very informative. Tables are close together which was fine with me and my gf as we enjoyed some conversation and food/drink comparisons with the couple next to us. We had flights of green fairies, bourbon and Irish whiskey, apps, entrees and beignets for desert. Everything was very flavorful, well prepared and nice sized portions. We left with doggie boxes. Can't wait to go back!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe visited Nica's early forWe visited Nica's early for dinner due to a 7:30 curtain up the hill at the performing arts center. The menu is rather exotic, New Orleans influence in many of the dishes. Our wait person was terrific at making recommendations, explaining what things were, etc. They have a great beer list, and the appetizers were spectacular, especially the hummus. Dr. John's Risotto was quite spicy, a soft-textured jambalaya. Beignets for dessert, not as great as those in the Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter, but certainly not shabby. I look forward to returning later in the evening sometime when I imagine there's a nice ambience of relaxed people and fascinating food to explore.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made a reservation andWe made a reservation and our table was all set up when we arrived. The food was delicious and comforting , perfect for a cold, misty evening. One of my friends said it was the coolest atmosphere she'd seen in a restaurant in Kansas City.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time visit, great experience.First time visit, great experience. We had been advised to get the hummus small plate, and it was fantastic. Also recommend the sliders off the small plate section of the menu. Good bar options, and the salmon salad was also great. Would recommend highly!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMnever disappointedWe love having Sunday brunch here. We try something new everytime we have gone. Looking foward to trying dinner menu.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe visited Nica's on doubleWe visited Nica's on double date with friends. The food was phenomenal. I love big flavors and Nica's provided that. It was a combination of spice and sweet that wasn't overpowering, but complimented the food and let the food speak for itself. For dessert, we tried the bread pudding and a tiramisu beignet. We were not disappointed. Both were among the best of either dessert that we had collectively eaten in our lifetimes.
The service was really good. The pace was relaxed, which allowed us to slowly enjoy the experience. We highly recommend Nica's as a great spot for a date night or a night out with friends who love food in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We will be back.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFusion twistThe food was very tasty and had a bit of an unexpected twist. The portions were great, and our server was very patient, knowledgeable and friendly.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVery tasty food. Good selectionVery tasty food. Good selection of beers. Service was a tad slow. We'll go back.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSouthwest Blvd keeper!Quiet neighborhood gem! Parking next door was convenient. With the exception of the black awning you would drive by it. Very cool industrial interior. Food menu was eclectic and outstanding! Try the Hummus starter for a real treat. Definitely going back!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was excellent.....herOur server was excellent.....her name started with a T and she had asian features....bubbly, cute, and just very attuned to her customers needs. I've been a server and my 2 daughters are servers...I know a good one when I see one.
The Pot of Gold......wow! Will be working it off over the next week, but it was sooooo worth it!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat diningWe had a wonderful birthday dinner (adults). The food was great and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend it!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the food we got, butLoved the food we got, but my entree arrived several minutes after my friend's.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again we had a wonderfulOnce again we had a wonderful time! And not to mention the food was and is always phenomenal! We originally had a party of 10 for that evening but quickly changed when another couple decided they could join us after all. We thought adding to our reservation could be a bit of a problem, wasn't at all. That's just the type of restaurant they are. Very accommodating! Also, as we all finished dinner my wife and i happen to notice that all the dinner plates were practically licked clean. Amazing! That says a lot right there. We will absolutely go back again and again. We've recommended Nica's to friends and family. Overall great establishment!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM