Heaven for Pork Lovers at Nick’s Restaurant, Des Moines

Nick’s is a casual eatery in [easyazon_link identifier=”0762769912″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Des Moines[/easyazon_link], Iowa, the pork capital of America. This 2016 Best Tenderloin award-winning family style restaurant ranks as the best pork tenderloin in the state by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Even better, Nick’s uses fresh local meats and produce. Their succulent pork has been pounded and portioned daily, no refrigeration or freezing necessary. In my eyes, that brings on a whole new meaning to farm-to-table – the freshest possible!

Aside from their fabulous pork tenderloins, Nick’s has other favorites such as salads, burgers, wings, and fried mushrooms. Vegetarian options are also available as well as a great selection of beer including Iowan top brews.

Location: 1106 Army Post Road, Des Moines, [easyazon_link identifier=”149302759X” locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Iowa[/easyazon_link]

My Thoughts: I loved the sassy, yet friendly waiter who steered my party to the best choices from the menu. He was attentive and anticipated what we would need before we even had time to ask.

Nick’s 1/4″ thick tenderloins are flavorful and juicy; you have to taste them for yourself. Nick’s also uses ceramic-looking glazed metal serving dishes that were unusual, attractive, and made my photos pop. Simple menu items done really well at incredibly affordable prices is what Nick’s specializes in.

What to Order at Nick’s?

  • Standard, Bacon & Swiss, or Chili & Cheese Tenderloins (King of Queen determine the size and you pick breaded or grilled)
  • Sausage Sandwich (SPICY Italian sausage with melted Provolone on a Ciabatta bun)
  • Fried Pickles (people cannot get enough of them!)
  • Onion Rings (fat cut onions that are the star of the show, not the batter as in many places)
  • Grinder (ground meat from pork loin with red sauce and a few veggies on a billowy Italian hoagie bun with melted Provolone cheese)
  • Specialty 12″ and 16″ pizzas (For example, Quattro Formaggio, Buffalo Chicken, and Taco)

This is an exemplary restaurant for true pork lovers and all things pork tenderloin. The ambiance has a sports bar feel plus there are several TVs to watch. I can see why Nick’s is considered Iowa’s best, and taste it, too. Bring the entire family, a children’s menu is available. Nick’s is open 7 days a week.

Read more here. And if you’re looking for a hotel in Des Moines, we have some recommendations for you here.

Price Range: $ ($5.75-$8.50 for mains)

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Nick’s is a casual eatery in Des Moines, Iowa, the pork capital of America. This 2016 Best Tenderloin award-winning family style restaurant ranks as the best pork tenderloin in the state by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.


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Melody Pittman

Melody is half of the Wherever I May Roam Blog travel writing team, along with her daughter, Taylor. She is the Southern TravelingMom and a member of NATJA and TBIN, a vetted group of influential travel writers and social media enthusiasts. She writes for Charleston Home and Living Magazine, Best of Life Magazine, Travel Guide to Florida, and various other sites and publications. Her blog has been in the Rise Leaderboard’s Top 1000 Blogs and Top 100 Twitter Sites for over a year..

Melody resides in both Vero Beach, Florida, and Boquete, Panama with Eddie, her husband of 25 years. They are parents to 2 wonderful daughters, a fantastic son-in-law, sweet pound cat Harlow, and love of their lives dog, Priscilla. When she isn’t blogging or taking press trips, Melody loves cruising, Broadway, Disney, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and cooking for her friends. Her immediate goal is to visit all 50 states (12 more to go!) and as many countries as she is years old (1 more to go!) She recently owned and operated a successful catering business and several restaurants. Favorite foods: Eggs Benedict, curries, Shrimp in any way, shape, or form, and Cheese Fondue

One Comment Add yours

  1. Hi Melody,

    That number looks delicious. I had no clue that Des Moines was the pork capital of the USA. Pretty neat. I do recall visiting a hog farm in NY State decades ago that churned out some unreal sandwiches that I still remember to this day. I go veggie most of the time but when I want to switch things up, pork and red meat are a treat.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


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