The Taste of Perfection and Romance Evermore at the Extravagant Venue of Nick’s Next Door!

Pancetta and Italian Herb Risotto Croquettes Heirloom Tomato and Fennel Compote Almond Basil Pesto, Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass  Sautéed Summer Squash and Linguica,  Italian Pearled Farro Sweet Summer Tomato Romesco Sauce, Roasted Bone Marrow, Pommes Frites, Pesto Roasted Cauliflower, Braised Pork Belly Red Wine Demi Glace,

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Did you know….

Bone marrow is a food that has been prized throughout history– from hunter-gatherer tribes to haute cuisine chefs. It’s not hard to understand why, once you’ve tasted it. It’s delicate, meaty and fatty. It’s also rich in fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins K1 and K2, although this will depend on what the animal has eaten.

Roasted marrow bones make a simple appetizer. Beef bones are the best because of their size. Select wide bones that are cut about three inches long. They should be from the femur or the humerus, called the “shank bones”. These are sometimes available in the frozen meats section of a grocery store, otherwise a butcher can procure them. If you have access to a farmer’s market that sells meats, vendors will typically have bones cut for you if you request it.(

Today’s Restaurant

Nick’s Next Door – Los Gatos, Ca

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Rib-Eye, Sea Bass, Pancetta and Italian Herb Risotto Croquettes

So today is my birthday and my wife wanted to take me out somewhere nice so she planned a wonderful dinner at an elegant restaurant.

She wanted to surprise me with some place new and romantic so her hunt landed us at a mystical venue of heavenly flavors and flamboyant dishes at Nick’s Next Door.

Let’s talk about it…

So like I said, it’s my birthday and we are hungry and ready to celebrate and get into some live action!

We arrive at this corner lot in the downtown area of Los Gatos to come to find this hidden gem in the back area behind trees and sunset.

You have the option to sit inside or outside. As lovely as the scenery is you might as well sit outside and enjoy the Bay Area weather. So that’s what we did. It was warm with a slight breeze and a forestry type of atmosphere around us.

I began with an IPA plus Glenlivet ‘neat’ to get the party started.

“Hey , it’s my birthday, I have to celebrate right!”

The waiter recommends an appetizer on the menu and a couple of the entrees, like Rib-Eye, Sea Bass, Pancetta and Italian Herb Risotto Croquettes.

We went ahead and went for the recommendations, plus it looks like that is most likely what we would have ordered anyways. 🙂

He brings out the Pancetta and Italian Herb Risotto Croquettes which surrounded itself with Heirloom Tomato and Fennel Compote Almond Basil.

The sight of it was breathtaking as these balls of divine perfection glistened in the sunlight. I took my first bite and there was the noise of a slight crunch then a burst of flavors hit me like a Mike Tyson blow.

The ripened tomato flavors with the sweetness from the compote give you a blast on the road to flavor central.

Next punch was the thin pancetta which gives you a burst of rich Italian bacon flavor while the soft creamy risotto brings the bite to completion.

Let the games begin!!

Next up, the Sea Bass and the Rib Eye have now arrived!

I look at the Rib Eye and there is exotic goodness all over this thing. It sparkles as if this was made from a mythical creature from a different universe. It came with Roasted Bone Marrow, Pommes Frites, Pesto Roasted Cauliflower, with Braised Pork Belly Red Wine Demi Glace.

This monster looking steak lied on this huge dinosaur resembled bone filled with bone marrow to dip these delicious crunchy fries into.

I actually have a quick little story to tell about bone marrow since we are on the subject.

“Trev, you have my mouth watering and now you just stop the action while in a suspense film!”

“Calm down my impatient curious friend, this is just the appetizer for the main part in the action film.. you will love it!”

Back to my mini story, I love bone marrow so I wasn’t afraid to try it. I typically eat the bone marrow from chicken wing bones when I’m diving into party wings.

Speaking of wings. I eat everything on a chicken. I mean everything! From the gristle to the bone marrow. The way I eat chicken it is illegal in 32 states. Hahaha

Anyways , that is another story back to the action..

I dip the fries into this glorious soup of utter beautification and not to my surprise it is sensational!

It is buttery and creamy yet organic in nature, exotic and pleasurable. The fries had a perfect crunch but soft and steamy once you get your bite into it.

Also on my plate was Pesto Roasted Cauliflower which I have to say that they were the best I have ever tasted.

There was an perfect wrapped layer of pesto crusted over the cauliflower with a great flavor that could eaten of a dish on its own.

Now it’s time for the big boy..

The Head Honcho..

Numero Uno..

The Cream of the Crop…

This Pan Roasted Rib Eye Steak!

It looks so good that I am afraid to cut it..

I begin to slice into this gargantuan and see the delicate juices begin to leak out. I then see a perfectly medium cooked vessel of love looking at me within that looked so good it can bring tears to your eyes.

I finish the cut through; oh so delicately and slowly guide the glistening piece of goodness into my mouth..


Man is this a great steak!

Each bite was a fantasy of extreme measures..

Bite after bite..Chew after chew.. Moan after Moan.. True Live Action Eating! Good job Nick’s!

My wife also said that the Sea Bass was ridiculously good so I would definitely recommend that as well. I took a bite of it and the fish was like the steak of the sea. It stood there with it’s chest out like Superman but yet so tender flavorful and delicate with each bite. I highly recommend it!

They even topped my birthday off with a free desert with fresh berries and sweet vanilla ice cream. Loving Nick’s right now!

Thanks for joining me on my birthday adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


Stephan Guyenet (Monday, November 24, 2008) Real Food X: Roasted Marrow Bones Retrieved from

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