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Scenesters crowd into Nick's Crispy Tacos for the potent margaritas, the gaudy-bordello decor, the DJ-driven Polk Gulch zeitgeist, and the tasty, well-stuffed seafood, carnitas, and pollo asado tacos. The ecumenical Mexican menu also offers nachos, quesadillas, burritos, jalapeño poppers, tortilla soup, and skewered corn on the cob, but the pescado taco (grilled whitefish with salsa, cilantro, cabbage, onion, and lime mayo in a corn tortilla) is eternally popular. Adjacent to Rouge nightclub, the place shares Harry Denton's proclivity for blood-red walls, velvet drapes, and crystal-dripping chandeliers, but sombreros, piñatas, and patio furniture add a bit of verisimilitude.
Nick's Crispy Tacos 1500 Broadway (at Polk), 409-8226 If you've never ordered a taco from Nick's, you're probably going to make a mistake, so listen up: After you say, "Carnitas taco, please" (the place sells other meat, but it's your money), follow it up with, "Nick's way." It takes people months to get this routine down, satisfied as they are with a simple taco. But for an extra 75 cents, Nick's tucks cheese, guacamole, and a hard shell into your soft taco. Yes, that makes two... More »
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