100 Favorite Dishes, No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Yes, better than non-vegan nachos (and they even have beer)
When a reader recommended I head to Spiral Diner to try out "The Mitch," I was happy to oblige. There's not a lot of vegan fare to be found on out 100 Favorites dish list, and I'm always looking for a way to shave a few points off my cholesterol score.
"The Mitch," if you haven't had the pleasure, is a vegan club sandwich, filled with slices on soft tofu, texturized bacon-bit-somethings, lettuce and tomato. It's not a bad sandwich and if you've been forced into veganism but it's not a club. At all.
To console myself, I ordered the nachos, which I read about right here on CoA a few months ago. Luke Darby traveled the city looking for nachos and declared these the tastiest nachos on his Nachodyssey. Usually when we're trying to replace a food thing that's terrible for us, the best we can hope for is a modest percentage. To have a vegan counterpart actually usurp the beef and cheese covered variety? This is unheard of.
The cheese-like substance you see is actually cashews blended with bell peppers and spices, which actually mimics nacho cheese pretty well. As a bonus, it's not greasy at all, and it doesn't eat like liquid cement. The olives, quinoa and black beans are a satisfying substitute for chili and refried beans, and the plate eats like your favorite bar snack with none of the guilt.
There are no televisions, so you can't watch sports while you face-surf this plate, but beer and nachos on their own aren't bad. Next time you're craving nachos (and not sports), try the vegan option.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard
No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's
No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria
No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi
No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta
No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot
No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba
No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel
No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito
No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's
No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's
No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa
No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions
No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak
No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King