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Nick's Manhattan Beach, A Populist Bistro In the Heart of South Bay's Hottest Dining Scene

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The OC chainlet has opened a place in a cursed restaurant space, only to make it explode in popularity

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Chain restaurants often get their dismissal from the food cognoscenti but places like Nick's seem to defy their desires. Taking many pages from the likes of Hillstone/Houston's, Nick's has opened its fourth outlet in the heart of Manhattan Beach, right in the formerly cursed Chez Soi/Sachi space in the Metlox Center.

Though open for a just a few weeks, Nick's Manhattan Beach is already swarming with customers hungry for their expansive menu chock full of favorites like tuna tartare, bacon deviled eggs, roasted beet salad, prime rib "dip" sandwich, and buttermilk fried chicken. Everything seems to adhere to the "whatever's hot right now" mentality, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if the execution is on point. And so far, the early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

Check out the full menu below, and be sure to get there early, or else the lines could get long. And for brunchers, weekend breakfast starts December 20.

Nicks Manhattan Beach Lunch Dinner Menu (1)