My parents decided to move out of the house I grew up in once my brother and I were both in college.  They’d moved into the area for the schools, and well, we were done attending them!  Since they were in no hurry to move, they took their time looking at houses before eventually settling on new construction.

Although it was going to be a while before their new house was built, the housing market was just starting to decline.  They decided to get the house cleaned up and on the market sooner rather than later to avoid ending up with two houses and two mortgages.  Ten days after they put it on the market, the house sold!

With my family, in front of the old house. Yes, I am wearing a Huey Lewis & the News concert t-shirt. It's hip to be square.

Faced with a dilemma of “Where the heck are we going to live where our house is being built?” my parents found a townhouse near their new house.  There was just one problem.  That kitchen was tinier than tiny.  Enter Nick’s Pizza & Pub.

Nick’s has tasty pizza, shelled peanuts on each table, (that you get to make a mess with by throwing shells on the floor — SCORE!) and even orange soda — which I consider a fun treat.

But despite its deliciousness, the best part about Nick’s Pizza is not the pizza.  It’s the staff.  We frequented the restaurant so much while living in the townhouse that there are two servers who know my family by name the second we walk in the door.  (Okay, I’ll admit it.  We’re still there at least 2 – 3 times a month, if not more.)  My parents got them small gifts for Christmas, okay?  We love them that much.  (Go ahead — e-mail me or Tweet me.  I’ll tell you our favorites.)  It’s one of those wonderful Crystal Lake places that makes the town feel small and homey.

If you live in the Crystal Lake area and want to try Nick’s yourself, there is an opportunity coming up for you to do just that while supporting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.  It’s simple.  Just head to Nick’s in Crystal Lake on Thursday, September 22 and bring this flyer with you.  15% of your sale (minus liquor and gratuity) will get donated to CCFA!  How cool is that?!  You can dine in or carry out — just make sure to have the flyer with you.  Without the flyer, your sale might not get counted towards the fundraiser and that would be sad.

Don’t live around here?  You can still contribute to CCFA by clicking here.

So, is there a place where everybody knows your name?  (And they’re always glad you came?)  What restaurants do you frequent?  Do you have favorite servers?

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7 Responses to A Love Affair With Nick

  1. Kace says:

    Our pizza place knows us…its not so much a full on discussion when we walk in, but more a knowing smile from the owner. We’ve been ordering there for as long as I can remember.
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  2. Nick says:

    I love Nicks. I will be there ordering a bacon pizza.

  3. [...] thankful for the kind and generous staff at Nick’s Pizza & Pub.  Their feedback on my post about their restaurant yesterday made my heart melt.  Several staff members re-tweeted the link on Twitter, and Nick’s even [...]

  4. [...] and I hit the town this morning with plenty of flyers for our Nick’s fundraiser for CCFA in tow. (Local folks, the fundraiser is this Thursday! Please come join us.) I have flyers. I will [...]

  5. [...] am pretty freakin’ excited for this Thursday. Pizza at my favorite local restaurant, Nick’s. Amazing friends. My fantastic family. And best of all, raising money for the Crohn’s & [...]

  6. [...] thankful for Nick’s Pizza & Pub. It’s just a little pizza place in my town, but I love it. I love “our” servers, [...]

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