10 non-traditional nachos that are worth traveling for
Though Mexican by birth, nachos are a beloved American classic.
Salty, savory, cheesy, crunchy -- the Monday Night Football staple has everything we want in a guilty pleasure.
Thanks to the rise of gastropubs and fusion cuisine, chefs around the country are putting new spins on the requisite beef-bean-cheese nacho trinity.
In honor of National Nachos Day (Nov. 6), keep scrolling to check out 10 non-traditional nachos that are worth traveling for.
Barbecue nachos at Twisted Spoke (Chicago, IL)
Twisted Spoke is a "family biker bar" that specializes in gluttonous American favorites. Chief among them is this massive plate of nachos, made with freshly fried chips, pulled pork, homemade barbecue sauce, smoked gouda, and fried onions.
Crispy pork nachos at Cantina Leña (Seattle, WA)
Three-time James Beard award-winning chef Tom Douglas opened Cantina Leña in late 2014. Devoted to the "rustic cooking of Mexico," the restaurant house-grinds its masa with volcanic stones. For his nachos, Douglas replaces the usual chili con carne with crispy pork carnitas, complemented by green chiles, pickled onions, and silky queso fundido.
Live nachos at Blossoming Lotus (Portland, OR)
Potato chip nachos at Swine (New York, NY)
Avert your eyes, vegans. This restaurant-cum-pork-shrine loads its potato chip nachos with crispy pork belly, five-cheese fondue, and fresh jalepeños. It's the perfect appetizer to the unctuous bone marrow and brisket burger, which is packed with more gooey cheese.
Smoked brisket nachos at Bourbon Steak (Washington, DC)
You have to sit in Bourbon Steak's lounge to order these upscale nachos. In the Michael Mina kitchen known for its incredible selection of wagyu steaks, chefs assemble these white tablecloth nachos with smoky brisket, piles of cool guacamole, fresh salsa, scattered cilantro, and whipped cheddar.
Lobster nachos at El Coraloense (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles magazine dubbed this heap of lobster and cheese a "glorious mess," and we couldn't agree more. Run by a trio of siblings who studied at Le Cordon Bleu, El Coraloense tops its chips with white cheese sauce, pico de gallo, black olives, pickled jalepeños, and garlicy stewed lobster, with mounds of sour cream and guacamole on the side.
Lava nachos at Sushirrito (San Francisco, CA)
In the birthplace of the sushi burrito you can also order a questionable yet enticing tray of sushi nachos. It all sounds well and good at first -- brown rice chips, spicy tuna, ginger guacamole, nori strips, green onions -- but then you spot "melted pepper jack cheese" in the description. Whether or not the oddball pairing actually works is a mystery we can't help but want to solve.
Thrillist Atlanta describes this hot spot as a place "where the beautiful people come to have a nip or two." Beyond the pretty faces, the menu at Phipps touts eight gut-busting varieties of nachos. The decadent creamed spinach nachos are the fairest of all, in our opinion. Like with all good nachos, the chips are made fresh in house.
Machos nachos at Little Goat (Chicago, IL)
"Top Chef" alumni Stephanie Izard is a fancy chef, but she likes her nachos messy. Underneath all that sour cream and cheese are layers of house masa chips, tender barbecue pork, and earthy beans. Pickled onions and guacamole camp out on the summit.
Chilaquiles at Minero (Charleston, SC)
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