Spend a minute or two talking to Nicky about the restaurant he built as a 25-year-old years ago, and you'll catch the enthusiasm pretty quickly. He radiates pride and passion for his food and his community, both of which he's made his own labors of love.Wind your way through the maze that is Castleberry Hill, and you just might find yourself at one of the best little seafood hideaways in Atlanta. Right around the corner from Morehouse and Spelman, and a stone's throw from I-20, Nicky's Seafood has been slinging big plates of fried, grilled and blackened fish for nearly 30 years, ever since Nicky himself decided to set up shop at the corner of Whitehall and Northside. Spend a minute or two talking to Nicky about the restaurant he built as a 25-year-old years ago, and you'll catch the enthusiasm pretty quickly. We did. He radiates pride and passion for his food and his community, both of which he's made his own labors of love. The seafood coming out of this kitchen is some of the freshest we've found in Atlanta—it's how he's been running his show since day one, and it's how Atlanta has fallen in love with his food, hook, line and sinker.
Make no mistake: this isn't just another fried shrimp basket shack—the wild-caught salmon, creamy clam chowder and lobster bisque, and famous lobster roll, with chunks of tail and claw meat on a Tennessee Whiskey bun, are proof of that. (Fresh shrimp and good fish are hard to find in this city, but a decent lobster roll might just be the aquatic Holy Grail, and Nicky's version already has itself a cult following, if that tells you anything.) One bite of his chunky crab dip, and we see why Nicky prides himself on the freshness and healthiness of his goods. (Mmm, there's nothing like the taste of fresh-off-the-grill omega-3's.) And if you leave Nicky's without taking a little tour of the dessert case, you're doing it wrong. Just like everything else on the menu, the desserts here are made in-house, from scratch—none of that prepackaged funny business here. A slice of that homemade red velvet cake or a little banana pudding is the best, nay, the only way to end a visit to Nicky's. Well, that, and a hearty "see you next time, Nicky!" Because once you stumble upon this gem, you'll be a regular before you know it.
Flounder Sandwich, $3.50 - $6
Grilled Seafood Gumbo, $6
New England Clam Chowder, $4
Maine Lobster Bisque, $4.50
Fried, Grilled, or Blackened Fish Plate, $4.50 - $11.50
Monday - Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Join Nicky's every other Sunday to help feed the homeless with Happy Meals On Wheels