In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, long before the cornfields ever took root, Nick’s Cafe supplied Ham N Eggs (now $11.50) to railroad workers from the River Station freight yards. Now all manner of customers gravitate toward the horseshoe-shaped counter in the diner, which resides north of Chinatown. Nick’s now sells omelets, breakfast sandwiches, skillets and Mexican classics, plus 8 weekend Benedicts, but keep your focus on ham, which is Nick’s undisputed specialty. Hell, the sign depicts a cartoon pig holding a cleaver, leaving little doubt that ham rules the house. Lean, thick-cut ham, griddled to a sear, comes with a choice of toast or biscuit, hash browns or tomato. Go with dense biscuit and crispy thatch of interconnected browns. After that, be prepared to loosen your belt by a couple notches, but no regrets.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.