South of Nick's

110 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
949-481-4545
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South of Nick's

Liz Monroy

South of Nick's is a Mexican restaurant in San Clemente. It's the first foray into Mexican food by the company that brought you Nick's in Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and Belmont Shore still does what all Mexi-joints like this are required to do. It supplies never-ending baskets of complimentary chips, pours margaritas like it were a factory, and attracts a clientele who fill up the reservation book on weekend nights because of exactly these things. There’s a crackling fireplace, a cavernous central room where a bar has the gravitational pull of Jupiter and waiters who look like they might be moonlighting Abercrombie models.

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