Al Fresco at Nippy’s

By Wendy Pollitzer

May 19, 2011

DSCN9220The Lunch Bunch dined al fresco at Nippy’s, located at 310 West Street in beautiful downtown Beaufort. This week, the Lunch Bunch sadly missed Pamela who had a prior commitment; but, we welcomed an invited guest to dine with us, Mr. Trey Ambrose. If you know Trey at all, you’re aware of the bits of humor he often brings to the table. We had a great time!

Diana Deaner, owner of Nippy’s was the gracious hostess, as always.  Her laid back, friendly demeanor is contagious. By the time we left, we were humming Jimmy Buffet and booking flights to the Bahamas . That’s what happens when you go to Nippy’s. The chaos of the week seems to disappear into the coolness of corn hole, fish tacos and ice-cold beer. It’s a vacation in our own back yard. Literally, it’s in my back yard, and I love it! Especially on Thursdays from 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 12:30-3pm, when Nippy’s has live music from a handful of local artists. They play all the songs you know by heart, and every now and again, the urge to shag will come over a couple or two, and, before you know it, West Street becomes Ocean Boulevard in the 60’s.

Interested in playing the ever-so popular game of corn hole? Nippy’s hosts corn hole tournaments every Thursday as well.  On the 1st Thursday of the month, bring a partner, and for $5 per person, you and your better half can play to win all sorts of prizes. On all other Thursdays, corn hole is played with blind drawings, meaning you don’t know with whom you’ll be paired. It’s a load of fun, and always neat to meet new faces in town. Trust me, we’re all more alike than we know, especially when we play corn hole together!

DSCN9224Now, let’s talk about the awesome food at Nippy’s! Um, can you say dynamite!  We started with some fried oysters on special and shared one of Moe’s Famous Shrimp Dogs. You know Moe from Grayco? He invented the best tasting shrimp dog on the planet, and it’s definitely a Must-Have when you go to Nippy’s!

DSCN9222April and Trey chose to stick to the land when reading the surf and turf options.  April ordered the mini cheesburger, more commonly known as a slider, while Trey asked for 2 slaw dogs, popular in the South and prepared just the way Trey liked them…covered and smothered with cole slaw.

DSCN9225The rest of us opted for the sea after perusing the menu. Barry ordered the Grouper Sandwich while I got the Flounder Roll. Kim asked for the blackened shrimp taco, and Elizabeth similarly chose the blackened fish taco, both Must-Have’s at Nippy’s as well.

Another Must-Do at Nippy’s is adding Malt Vinegar to the tasty shoestring fries.  It’s become a tradition for the Lunch Bunch, and I suggest you try it. Ummm…delicious!

Like I said, if relaxed is what you want, relaxed is what you’ll get at Nippy’s. The casual eatery offers dining inside and outside. The service is fast. The food is great. The ambiance is stress-free. I like to call it Nippyville.

Thanks Diana and Crystal, our server, for your smiles and hospitality. And thanks Trey for your animated company! The Lunch Bunch just loves Nippy’s!

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