Hola my fellow nacho connoisseurs. Our day is finally here… Happy National Nachos Day! In honor of this very important Nov. 6 holiday, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite finger food joints around the Queen City.
This is not a comprehensive list, so if I missed your favorite crunchy indulgence please let me know in the comments section so I can go check them out.
Best nachos for: “I only have $10 in my wallet”
The Supreme Nachos ($6.95 + cost of protein) here are life-changing. I personally am a HUGE fan of Sabor’s house-made chorizo. It’s the perfect blend of spices.
What to expect: A massive pile of tortilla chips smothered in your choice of protein, refried or black beans (I recommend refried), queso, lettuce, sour cream, pico, guacamole and cojita cheese. Bring a friend to help you finish the plate; you’re going to need help.
Added bonus: Most cocktails here are less than $6! So if you find yourself with some extra cash, the Paloma cocktail ($5.95) is an excellent addition to your meal.
There’s nothing fancy about this hole-and-the-wall Mexican restaurant off of Central Avenue, but there’s no need for flair when the food tastes so good. During your next tortilla chip quest, go order their Nacho Supreme ($7.99).
What to expect: A large portion of chips topped with ground beef, beans, sour cream, onion, tomato, lettuce, jalapenos, avocado and queso fresco.
Added bonus: On Mondays they have $2.50 Coronas and Corona Lights, plus kids eat free with a paying adult.
2917 Central Ave.
Best nachos for: “I had too many beers and need nachos”
Their Throw Down Nachos with Chili (8.95) are hands-down one of my favorite things to order after a night of drinking. They’re ooey-gooey delicious and the absolute cure to the hangover blues.
What to expect: A delightful pile of chips pleasantly drowning in Lupie’s signature chili, refried beans, cheddar cheese and jalapenos. Sour cream and salsa are optional but highly recommended ($1.20 each).
2718 Monroe Road
Their Super Nachos ($8.75 + cost of protein) are simply that, super. Every time I’m here I always forget to snap a photo because I’m busy stuffing my face with an endless amount of chips and salsa. It looks like I’m not the only one because I failed to find a photo online to share here. Sorry guys, you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
What to expect: Mounds of chips covered in beans, cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes and onions. Add a margarita and continue the party from last night.
116 East Woodlawn Road
Best nachos for: “I didn’t know they had nachos here”
This BBQ joint’s Nachos Libre with Chopped Pork ($10.99) is so beautiful to feast your eyes upon that it actually lures folks from surrounding tables to get up and come into your personal space to gaze at your entree. (No joke, this actually happened. I’m a nice person so I gave them a bite off my plate.)
What to expect: A beast portion of tortilla chips that are topped with diced tomatoes, black beans, smoked corn, cilantro, cheddar, diced jalapenos, queso and a heavy drizzle of spicy habanero sauce with lime sour cream.
“Did you not tell them that they were the Lord’s Chips?” – Starting tomorrow (9/14/17) at 11am you can grab a stack of Nachos Libre from @midwoodsmokehouse in Birkdale Village!! This heavenly appetizer will have folks swooning from 5 tables away. I’m completely serious here… I gave a sample to a woman who walked over to look at my Nachos from 5 tables away. Ask @chrissie_beth – she was there. Sharing is caring, friends!
If you’re looking for nachos with a bit of a kick, I suggest trying the Improper Nachos ($6.50 + cost of protein). Have you ever eaten something and immediately thought “oh, that’s different and I like it”?
What to expect: House-made pimento cheese served on top of a bed of salt & vinegar chips and garnished with scallions. You can also add your choice of smoked chicken, brisket or pork.
110 South Sharon Amity Road
Photo: Jess Bentley