Searching for the Best Nachos in Dallas

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Chips in their full glory.
Simple in premise but with endless variations in execution, behold the nacho. When done properly, a plate of nachos becomes an act of excavation, a work of edible archaeology. We set out to explore some of the more interesting nachos in and around Dallas, and so we present the Nachodyssey. Here we will document the nachos we love -- the curious, the outlandish and above all the delicious. So, sing to us, O Cheese.

See also: The best mac and cheese in Dallas.

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Catherine Downes

Gecko Cafe's Seafood Nachos
Seafood Nachos $8.50

I admit that we approached this one with trepidation. There are a lot of ways this combo could go wrong. The shrimp, imitation crab and scallops (though admittedly we saw no scallops) are topped with primavera sauce and melted jack cheese, which runs the risk of being cloyingly heavy. But the saving grace is the house-made pico de gallo, which brightens everything.

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Catherine Downes via iPhone
Herrera's Supreme Nachos
Herrera's Café
Supreme Nachos $10.95, half order $7.75

Many nachos can have well-prepared, fresh ingredients and remain structurally unsound. Herrera's Supreme Nachos may not be inventive, but they're architecturally impressive. The layout is relatively simple but structurally sound: Every chip is amply coated with the dappling of chili con carne, beans, tomatoes and other staples.

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Catherine Downes
Gloria's Chicken Fajita Nachos, after all the chicken fell off that one chip
Gloria's Restaurant & Bar
Chicken Fajita Nachos $10.99

These nachos don't come in a mound, piled haphazardly. They're classier than that. Twelve chips come arrayed on a plate and individually topped with grilled chicken, cheese and a luscious black bean spread. What you gain in elegance, you lose in tactile pleasure. Perfect for those more interested in taste than the act of digging.

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Spiral Diner Nachos Supremos. That's not cheese and we don't care.
Spiral Diner
Nachos Supremos $9.50

If you haven't tried these before, vegan nachos probably invite skepticism. That skepticism is unwarranted though: These are amazing. Strange as it sounds, the olives, quinoa, and black beans are a rich substitute for chili and refried beans. But the most incredible part is the "cheese," which is just a sauce made from cashews and bell peppers. It tastes just like decadent nacho cheese without any of the subsequent sluggishness. Possibly the tastiest nachos on the Nachodyssey.

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Angry Dog Nachos. Simplicity.
Angry Dog
Nachos $7.50, Half Order $4.75

At Angry Dog the emphasis is on simplicity and deliciousness, winning "Best Nachos" in years past from the Observer. Beans, cheese, chicken and/or beef, topped with guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños. As straightforward as nachos come, and while there was a cache of dry chips underneath, the satisfying corniness of the chips and ample, succulent chicken more than makes up for distribution problems.

And so ends our first voyage. There are some glaring omissions, to be sure. We have no barbecue nachos in this list, only because in all honesty we can only eat so many nachos in a 36-hour period. We have no doubt missed your favorite. Please share it with us so we can include it in following entries to the Nachodyssey.

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Gloria's

3715 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

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lmeli1
lmeli1

St Pete's  Righteous Nachos!

Idiotboxx
Idiotboxx

Any place that dumps their toppings on a big pile of chips is not worthy of mention. 

AmbelleinaWarwillow
AmbelleinaWarwillow

Oh! And chorizo nachos from Cafe Brazil. Mmm mm MM. And oddly, the chicken nachos from Studio Movie Grill are pretty darn good for theater fare.

romeolipschitz
romeolipschitz

The Dallas Observer gets less and less relevant every day. "The Best Nachos"? It's 2013 kids. What's next? The best potato skins?

How 'bout that new Pat Benatar album?

Did you hear...? Bananarama broke up!

G_David
G_David

I know they're known for burgers, but the Angry Dog has some seriously underrated nachos.  I have a hard time deciding between them and the burger time every time I go.  Luckily, a buddy of mine has the same dilemma so we order both and split them.  Gay or not gay?

kirakat15
kirakat15

Crab nachos at Cyclone Anaya's.  Yum!

Tyler Satchwell
Tyler Satchwell

Angry Dog Nachos.. after a bit of drinking at a show.. is like manna from the Gods

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Best nacho's I ever had was at the Trinidad Colorado Holiday Inn.  The lady kept calling them "nachers", and they came with:

bacon, black olives, pepperoni, chopped salami, three types of peppers, anchovies, sausage and pinto beans.........I had to be hauled off in a wheel barrow by the waitstaff after I consumed my weight in "nachers" and several shots of Quervo 1800. Then much to the chagrin of HI, I called to the desk at 3AM, because I flooded the room after making a random bombing run. They wound up just moving us to another room, and put caution tape on the door.  The look(s) the next day by the housekeepers was priceless!  They glared at me like I had just murdered a bunch of kittens. Ahhh, "Colorada nachers"-yum.

Chris Churchman
Chris Churchman

El Piasa, on Harry Hines. Fresh fried chips, Cheese and steak. and Crazy good red sauce. elpaisacocina.com

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

FCG. oyster nachos.

Tirilli's. create your own italchos.

MWD. $62 nachos.

Steve Austin
Steve Austin

La Jaivita on Harry Hines has the best seafood nachos...They are delicious. First time I had them a friend and I ended up arm wrestling for the last one....Yup that good!!

LHresident
LHresident

Enchilada's serves their chicken nachos with bacon.  So........there's that.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

"Ballpark Nachos" were created in 1976 in Arlington, Texas. Frank Liberto, who owned Rico's Products. They were first served at Arlington Stadium.

Eric Palmer
Eric Palmer

Twin Peaks has the biggest nacho plate i ever seen, and its really good too.

Michael Richey
Michael Richey

Into the Glass - Grapevine, Brie Chicken Nachos with Cranberry Chipotle salsa.

superbjorn
superbjorn

@G_David NOT GAY. that's the way to do it. who cares what others think? you get nachos and an awesome burger

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@kirakat15 


I made crab nacho's last week....YOU have to make sure you make said 'nachers" with a nice provolone, or mozzarella-um, to die for!   And don't forget the canned chipotles. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship Oykkhhh!  What a revolting comment.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@primi_timpano

I was too ashamed: and we had to sneak the dog out, AND the dog wound up "smitting" (as the kergie kid says) in the bathtub.....what a mess.  I don't think I slept one wink...........then I suffered for two days with altitude sickness in the Rockies; I thought I was going to die!   But nearly dying was overcome by the sheer brilliance of the Rockies.


ps-If one ever has the chance to take the Walsenburg Loop-do it!  Raton Pass, tall mountains, snow cover in summer, the charm of Cuchara, trout fishing, whitewater kayayking, Great Sand Dunes-nothing in this world is better. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano @Sharon_Moreanus maybe to you, but something is to be said for going to the game with pops and sharing ballpark nachos.  He always got them damn jalapenos that I hated when I was kid, so Id only take a few chips of his that didnt have jap juice on it and would always drip the cheese across his leg and on to my Royals jersey as I tried to take a bite.  Oh to be 5 again and have no worried but kindergarten, a nap and Royals games once a week.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus Cheng and Eng, the Siamese males, are trained in the martial arts.  Big Kitty would sit on you and squash you.  The others are fast and can run and hide quickly.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Dont make her bleed.....no one likes a bloody kitty.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@kergo1spaceship We stayed at a hotel in Las Vegas, NM and they gave us the only room available.  It had 5 double beds laid out in a row and the windows didn't have locks.  There was just 3 of us in the huge room.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

My first foray into the backlands of Dalhart was circa 1981, and me and my dad's were driving in an unairconditioned panelled station wagon......the smell was tremendous, and the waxy, shimmering summer air left us lethargic and bloated.  By the time we got to Tucumcari,  I had lost half my kergie body weight. 


ps-But I did drive that beast up Tucumcari Mountain, probably one of the last folks to do it, since the road has since been shut down, and the place is now a sacred indian monument. The best thing to do in Tucumcari is watching the DWI checkpoint on the weekends. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@primi_timpano

primi,

    I made the mistake of staying in Dalhart once; I think it was a Super8, it was terrible, and the smell left me empty-literally, I couldn't eat. I once got two tickets in one hour in Clayton NM-that's real rare....and I also stayed in Clayton one New Years Eve, and the only room in town was a room with no lock on it.....I had to push the dresser against the door. nice. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano @kergo1spaceship One time the family was driving through Garden City Ks on a family road trip, and I will never forget the stench of the slaughter houses we smelled for miles.  Pops forgot to hit the recirculate button and we were screwed for an hour

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @primi_timpano Watch out for speed traps cutting through NM and in Colorado up to Pueblo.  Hold your breath in Dumas and Dalhart and make sure the AC is set for interior only.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano @Sharon_Moreanus ok, I gotcha!  For me, that is the only place those nachos are ok, the sights smells and atmosphere cannot be replicated at 7-11 or my couch or the Cabana!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @primi_timpano @Sharon_Moreanus  

I understand ballpark nachos at the ballpark, but unfortunately the Velveeta cheese topping has spread like wild hogs.  Now Taco Cabana, 7-11, and more places than not are spooning Velveeta with flavorless abandon.

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