ABOUT

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NICO is an upbeat oyster bar serving French cuisine carefully prepared in a wood-fired oven. With ingredients sourced from the waters of the Lowcountry and a curated selection of the country’s most coveted raw oysters, French Master Chef Nico Romo offers a fresh take on seafood for Charleston's iconic Shem Creek. 

 

To see how we curated our oyster selection check out

THE NICO OYSTER HUNT

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

 

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Nico Romo | Chef/Owner

What is the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth?

A fish eye 

Last time you screamed at the top of your lungs?

30 minutes ago, and probably 30 minutes before that, too

What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen/restaurant?

I ran out of turkey for an event, so went and got more, and fried it in the back of my car while driving back

Most useless talent that you have?

I can grab anything with toes 

What makes you feel like a child again?

My kids


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Eric Williams | Executive Chef

What is the first cd you ever bought?

CD: Def Leppard Pyromania /// Tape: LL Cool J

Food you hide in the closet to eat?

CiCi’ s pizza and sliders from Arby’s 

What is your spirit animal?

A salamander, they are fireproof. I have always felt a connection to them since I was young. My father was a fireman and a salamander was a symbol on his truck. I have been in a lot of firey situations that I was able to walk away from, so I consider myself somewhat fireproof.


What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen/restaurant?

Mistakes are made daily, but it helps find a problem to a solution, making you stronger to adapt and overcome. The biggest mistake is not being able to find a solution. I did cut two tips of my fingers off once while stacking shitake mushrooms and talking. I looked down and saw my fingers on the other side of the chef knife. 

When was the last time you stopped to smell the flowers?

A lot, you should go through my camera it is filled with pictures of flowers, I love them. Call me pansy if you want, but I am frog on a lily pad who loves looking at flowers. 
 


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Cal Goodell | General Manager

What is your pets name?

My Springer Spaniel’s proper name is Mildred McRay, but I call her Millie 

If you could only drink one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chocolate milkshake, made with half and half

What is the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth?

Nico took myself and Eric to France and he cooked one evening in his parent's home. One of the things on the menu was intestine sausage. I pretended to like it but it was one of the hardest things I ever had to swallow and somehow I managed to finish this grey and extremely chewy link.  

Do you like pineapple on your pizza?

Yes, my ideal pizza is half salami and pineapple and the other half anchovy. 

What do you hate for no reason?

Camping, book me a cabin with a bed and shower.


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Nick Colvin | Sous Chef

What is the first cd you ever bought?

I would have to say its probably Blink 182 ‘Enema of the State.’ No shame.

Food that you hide in the closet to eat?

All the crust that I steal off pies. That and tubs of roux. I know, leave me alone.

What crazy thing will you never do again?

I'm not so much into exploring abandoned buildings anymore…Trespassing seems to carry more weight when you are no longer 18.

What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen/restaurant?

Probably when I first started working in the industry and tried being a food-runner/server. It didn’t go so well and it didn’t last very long. Also the mayonnaise I made from shellfish didn’t really get the full appreciation it deserved.

What do you hate for no reason?

Pineapple on pizza. 
 


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Taryn Johnson | Pastry Chef

If you could kiss one fish for the rest of your life, what would that fish be? 

If I could pick any animal I would pick my dogs. I love kissing them. I honestly don’t want to kiss any fish. Seems slimy and gross. But if I had to pick, I would say sheepshead just because they have the funniest teeth 

What makes you cry?

Too many things. Mainly videos of people reuniting with their animals or America’s Got Talent auditions  

If you could only drink one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

All of the La Croix 

What do you hate for no reason?

Fondant 

Dumbest way you have been injured?

One time I pinched a nerve in my neck from dancing in the kitchen at home