Review: Nick’s English HutAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Bloomington, IN, Recommended: Independent
Nick’s English Hut
423 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
If you went to Indiana University like a lot of the writers on this blog, including me, you are familiar with Nick’s English Hut. Opened in 1927, it’s probably the most famous bar in all of Bloomington. The bar/restaurant is filled with old photos, trinkets, great memories and all sorts of other various nostalgia. Nick’s is famous for many things, including a drinking game called Sink the Biz, their pizzas and their most famous sandwich (which I ordered)…
What I Got: Half Traditional Stromboli, $6.95. Served with sweet pickles.
As you can see in the picture above, Nick’s Stromboli is served on a toasted sub bun and includes sausage (served in very small crumbles), mozzarella cheese, onions and Nick’s pizza sauce. A half Stromboli, like I got, is about six inches long and is piled high with a TON of toppings, especially sausage. So much so that all the sausage falls out of the sandwich as you try to eat it and you end up having to finish all the sausage with a fork or if you don’t mind looking like a wild animal, your fingers.
As far as taste is concerned, it’s delicious. Nick’s advertises this as pizza on a bun, and really, they aren’t lying. The sausage has a slight kick and the sauce is rich and flavorful. The sliced onions don’t do a lot for me, but they do add a nice flavor to the sandwich. The only gripe, albeit a very minimal one, I have with the sandwich is that they don’t put a ton of sauce on it. As a tomato sauce worshipper, having this thing doused in sauce would make it even better, but that’s more of a personal preference than something that is lacking from the sandwich.
The side of pickles (think bread and butter style pickles) are a nice compliment for those that like pickles, like I very much do. I think you are supposed to pile them on your sandwich, but I just eat them individually like a wild animal and often times find myself taking the uneaten pickles from my friends sandwiches and devouring myself. They are that good.
Would I Buy It Again? Of course I would. I’ve had this Stromboli so many times in my life that it is not even funny. I will continue have it as my go-to order at Nick’s and honestly, I don’t know that I would ever consider ordering anything else. Okay, maybe the pizza, but that’s about it.
So, if you are ever in Bloomington and are looking for some good food and nostalgia, give Nick’s and the Stromboli a try. You will not regret it.