It all started in 1985 when Jim Pihakis and his son Nick reclaimed an old pizza parlor on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL. It would be the very first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Since then, we’ve grown to become a Southern institution, with 37 restaurants in seven states.
Local owners are taught the recipes and techniques, which they then pass on to the cooks and pitmasters in each location. Commitment to the flavors and hospitality of the South drives our team to keep exploring — to continue meeting those who bring real food and soul to the table. This quest leads us many different places: small Mom-and-Pop chicken shacks, convenience stores in Louisiana selling great boudin, events and conferences, and white tablecloth restaurants. The idea is to keep and honor our tradition, but never stop learning. Preserve and perfect the old ways, while always trying to blaze new trails.