nick's or bayou bill's??

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  1. jpbhen

    jpbhen Beach Fanatic

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    my 93-year-old mom is coming for a visit at Christmas. she loves to go out to eat, and i need a place to take her for her fried shrimp/fried oyster fix. we'd like to stay on or close to 30-A. bayou bill's does just what we need - is nick's on the beach as good or better? thanks for the input!
     
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    Personally, I believe Nick's has the best friend shrimp EVER.
     
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    I agree, but I do love those fried soft-shelled crabs at Bayou Bill's
     
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    Nick's for friend shrimp!!! But, a bucket of crabs at Bayou Bill's is always good too. I would do both.
     
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    Luv them both, but for fried shrimp and oysters.....Nick's.

    Crab feast at Bill's is very good.

    If you want to show her a fun time and a bit of old Florida, go to Nick's on Hwy 20. Nice view of the Bay and she'll get a kick watching the chickens and ducks in the backyard area. IMO, their food is a bit better than the Nick's on 30A.
     
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    There's a reason Bill's has been busy for so many years - consistency. May be a little more chain like but people seem to love it. Nick's on the beach is hit or miss but Nick's on the bay is always good. I chalk it up to the cooks not the quality of seafood.
     
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    Depends on what you want, but it may be a moot point. Nick's at the Beach used to close after Thanksgiving like several other establishments for a period. Not sure if they have continued that practice since they have reopened. Be sure to double check before you go!
     
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    bayou bills has the best shrimp around. went to nicks at blue mountain and its good but bills has been consistent and great for the 20 years i've been going there. also shorties at great has good shrimp
     
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    Bayou Bills.... No doubt about it!
     
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    Does Nick's on the beach serve Oysters-on-the-half-shell? They didn't when I was there. Love Nick's on the Bay. Best oyster sandwich around! Alternatives? Shoo Mamas or Hurricanes perhaps?
     
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    I think Stinky's has the best fried oysters on 30A.

    Hurricane's is the best for raw.

    Shrimp varies by my mood - Klaus, Marie's, Fire (love their shrimp and grits) and Smiling Fish are my faves for that.

    Never been to Shoo or Bayou.
     
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    thanks all! from reading through all of this, i am thinking we will be safest with bill's on 98 since it looks like the best of the two nick's is on 20 - a bit far for mom. and since nick's on the beach may be closed after thanksgiving anyway, the decision is REALLY easy. you have all been a great help.
     
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    recently took my mother and 6yo to bayou bills in PCB and both loved it-great service and pretty good food. i ususally go for the non chain type places but for what it does bayou bills is good and seems consistent.
     
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    Nick's on 30-A will be open after Thanksgiving, the first time ever, and we will be doing lunch soon, stay tuned for more details.
     

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