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a nacho review- long

alfie | | May 22, 2007 10:00 AM

Like many of you who love food, there is a food I am genuinely addicted to...nachos. I cannot help myself. If I go to a restaurant and there are nachos on the menu, I have to order them.

That being the case I believe I have had nachos at more places in the GTA than any other human being. I have also tried to hit as many places as I can that have been mentioned on the board as having great nachos.

I have decided to run through a few and relay some thoughts. This list is incomplete as I have yet to go through them all, but I will keep going;

1) Sneaky Dees-I know alot has been written and it seems from reading the posts you either love em or hate em, I think they are very good but also very heavy, Usually i have to get them to go, and they seem quite adept at doing that. The restaurant is probably the best at packaging up nachos and treating them almost like pizza, given the variety and quantity of toppings that can be chosen. The toppings are very plentiful and fresh-check out the whole mushrooms, also very cheesy-grade -B+

2)Hernandos Hideaway--very good California style-not piled high, but more of a single layer. The chips are well covered with toppings and cheese and the different salsas you get on the side are interesting. The main objection here is the chips themselves. They sometimes appear too thick and almost stale. I don't know if they make their own or not. All in all a good experience-grade -B+

3)The Keg-the two establishments mentioned above make some attempt to be somewhat "south of the border". The keg nachos are just straight glorious bar food and sometimes that is way more than enough. They include plenty of toppings and cheese-with guac. and salsa on the side. They are very good. Interestingly alot of places that serve bar food nachos don't put salsa directly on the chips, which keeps them crispy. I actually think I prefer them this way. In any case these are very tasty-grade A-

4)The Lone Star-legend has it that some guy named Nacho started serving them as snacks in his bar in Texas, So realisically nachos are really not Mexican food but bar food from Texas. Tex-mex nachos seem to be different from other types in that each chip is individually covered with a layer of re-fried beans cheese and then a topping. Lone Star serves them this way. If you like them like this then these are very good. My kids for instance prefer the piled high type of nachos and don't particularly like these. Having travelled a great deal to that area of the US I have learned to like them alot-grade B+

5)Mitzi's Sister-Very good bar food nachos-lots of chips and toppings and the cheese is layered throughout the dish so you don't run out-grade B+

6)The Red Tomato-here we enter the realm of nachos as almost gourmet food. The chicken on these nachos is very well seasoned and it is presented well and tastes almost shi-shi. It has a certain style -grade-A

7)Philthy Mcnasty's-they totally sucked me in with that picture on their website, but then we went and ordered and they were....meh, There seemed to be enough toppings but the whole thing kind of tasted cheap and watery, for lack of a better term.They did not have alot of taste -grade-C

8)Montana's-actually pretty good-order them with extra cheese and if they decide to be ok with the portion they are worth it. The thing is at different Montanas they will sometimes not be very generous with the portion.It is a chain, but it does lap Philthys in terms of quality. Toppings are good and the beans are very tasty on the chips-grade-B(on a good day)

Okay-i could go on but I realize this is way too long already. I have been to several other establishments and in a week or so if anyone cares I can list a few more with thoughts,