1101 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Two locals recommended Niki’s as a “Birmingham Experience.” In a tourism guide, it was also mentioned as one of the “top ten places to eat.” It sounded like we couldn’t go wrong, for sure.
Again, it was a walk in and order type of place. It was true cafeteria style with folks behind the counter serving up whatever you pointed at. Each menu item was a la carte, which I hadn’t realized. I ordered the fried snapper, the mashed potatoes and the stewed apples, steering clear of the green beans which I knew had to have been percolated in pork. David had the stuffed bell pepper with the green beans and the macaroni and cheese – both sides chosen by the gentleman dishing them out at David’s request. The beans were a little overcooked for David’s taste, but his other two items were good. I didn’t really care for the flavor of my mashed potatoes, but the fried snapper was unbelievably good – rivaling any fried fish I’ve had anywhere else during my lifetime. The apples were so good and sweet they could have been for dessert. Speaking of dessert – David had the peach cobbler which he really liked. I had the buttermilk chess pie which was almost like a ricotta pie but extremely sweet. My sweet tea was really good, too.
On a side note: Niki’s has been a Birmingham staple for a very long time. One of the coolest representations of that I noticed was in the ladies’ room. The sink was a huge, old metal sort – with foot pedals to turn the water on and off. Way cool.