OC Nachos

From the OC Register comes the Best Thing I Ate All Week

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Yeah, they look good.

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Pizzeria Beddia

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Pizzeria Beddia, Bon Appetit’s Best Pizza in America, was the site of El Loco Dentista’s birthday fete. Joe Beddia makes 40 pizzas a day, opens the door (only Wednesday through Saturday) at 5:30, and is usually sold out by 5:45.

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Here’s the plain. How is it? Ethereal. Read the Bon Appetit article for fancier descriptions of what goes into it, but know this – this pizza is fucking delicious.

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Here’s the zucchini, basil, garlic and fresh cream pizza. Delicious.

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Finally the Arrabiata. Spicy as hell. Also delicious.

Is it the best pizza in America? Maybe. Is it the best pizza I’ve ever had? Yes. Have I eaten a lot of pizza? Yes.

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Guest Review – Field House

El Jefe de Nachos is back with this review of the kettle chip nachos (nachos?) at Field House.
I decided to give the Kettle Chip Nachos a try. Normally, these bad boys are $14 (overpriced in my opinion for the Field House), but the 1/2 off app happy hour special made them worthy of a try. Besides the smoked gouda fondue, the other toppings were definitely slacking in quantity and/or quality. The beer braised short ribs were rather dry and lacked flavor. The kettle chips were a nice switch from the traditional tortilla chips and paired rather well with the cheese sauce.
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Ultimately, I would suggest these only for happy hour because at $14 normally, these would not be worth it.
2.83 pickled jalapenos
Field House
1150 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA

Sakura Mandarin – No Nacho Content

FON and Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan turned me on to Sakura Mandarin. Their diced chicken with chili pepper is a regular hit on the Nachojawn lunch circuit.

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I originally found it when looking for a replacement for Szechuan Tasty House’s Three Pepper Chicken. They’ve got superior scallion pancakes on the menu too.

For $8 at lunch with soup, it’s tough to beat.

Sakura Mandarin – 1038 Race Street

Oishii Poke – No Nacho Content

Nachojawn is always on the lookout for lunch in the Market East neighborhood. I read about a new poke place only a couple blocks away and had to check it out.

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You can get your customizable poké three ways. I went with the bowl, but you could ho with a salad or seaweed-wrapped sushi burritos.

The proteins, include ahi tuna, salmon, boiled shrimp, crabmeat, shrimp tempura, chicken, tofu, and grilled eel.

I got the Oishii Ahi, which had  ahi tuna, romaine lettuce, red onion, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, honey wasabi & fresh ponzu sauce.

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Good stuff, and there’s a lot of rice under that too. I’m about that poke life now.

La Casa de tu Madre

At the end of a night that saw the consumption of excessive amounts of meats and cheeses, it was clearly necessary for one more stop for chorizo nachos.

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They’re advertised as having tres queso sauce, black beans, jalapeño, pico de gallo, and lime crema.

Also, they’re obviously radishes on that.

How were they? I don’t remember. We ate them all.

But if they look good to you, they’re available. Sorry, I don’t get paid for this, so I don’t have to take notes and not drink all night before I eat the nachos.

By looks alone and hazy memories, I’m going with 3.77/5 pickled jalapenos – eat these following $149.99/lb jamon iberico

La Casa de Tu Madre
8th and Catherine

Medusa Pizza

Nachojawn was a regular at Joe’s Pizza since I moved into Philadelphia shortly after Y2K.

The owners of Joe’s have taken a step up, opening Medusa PIzza, which serves up pizzas that are not quite in the Neopolitan style, having a bit more heft to them, and a thinner crust.

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There’s a beautiful roof deck, and Mrs. Nachojawn and I took advantage of the BYO situation with a nice bottle of red.

We started with the arancini, and got three pies. A margherita for a baseline, another with sausage, scamorza, potatoes, carmelized onions, fennel seeds, and mozzarella, and Nachojawn Jr. ate an entire red pie with pepperoni and roasted peppers.

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There’s enough roof on the deck for a big party – go check out Medusa while the weather is nice.

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Nacho Night at the Nachojawns

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Tortilleria San Roman chips

Freshly shredded cheddar/jack cheese

Ground beef

Spicy pico de gallo

Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar salsa (black bean and corn)

El Loco Dentista Guacamole

Tortilleria San Roman salsa verde

Drink: Paloma (Blanco Tequila, Grapefruit soda, lime)