Why we like it: We were admittedly first confused, then skeptical,
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Why we like it: This is the vegetarian restaurant, that doesn’t feel like a vegetarian restaurant. In other words, the emaciated, gym clothes wearing, green juice drinking, predominantly female crew is sparse to nowhere to be found at Nix. Instead, the vibe is lively, trendy and cool, filled with boisterous (coed – we’ve never seen so many men in a vegetarian restaurant) conversation with those who have subsisted on much more than liquid diets. And if they are on liquid diets, is the cocktail kind, which they serve lots of at Nix. You don’t miss the meat or the fish at Nix; each dish is power packed with flavor and inventive. Reservations are a must, and unfortunately there’s no takeout so hit up Open Table ahead of time , make your friends with the host team when you arrive and plan to become a repeat diner. The food is that good.
What to order: This is a menu where there are few fails. So order up. The egg salad is a hearty way to start, set atop potato crispies and drizzled with a generous portion of habanero cream. The Yukon fry bread is a must, where at brunch it’s topped with mushroom gravy and a sunny side up egg, or in the evening, it’s topped with a cucumber-like tzatziki, fresh radishes and scallion. With mushrooms in season, their version of mushroom cacio e pepe makes you forget about needing any pasta. Though if there is a pasta on the menu, like the pea green dumplings, the answer should be, “I’ll take two please.”