Tucked away on Texas' high plains is a fine dining experience worthy of all the accolades it has received in the mere two years since it opened its doors. The Nicolett, brainchild of Chef Finn Walter, focuses on cuisine native to the area. Born and raised in Lubbock, Walter uses cooking techniques he learned while working in Paris, Austin, Napa Valley and Santa Fe.
The Nicolett, a James Beard Award semifinalist, features indoor and outdoor dining with a private outdoor greenhouse for larger events. The ambiance is simple, refined and rustic. Guests can order from the Chef's tasting menu, which changes weekly and is one of the only tasting menus in this part of the state. Water's wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic selections pair wonderfully with each carefully crafted dish making his restaurant a true destination for not only West Texas but the entire state. nicolettrestaurant.com