Taco Bell

I’m guessing that these are America’s most-consumed nachos.

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Taco Bell’s Nachos Supreme. Just look at the yellow-orange cheese (Nonfat milk, cheese whey, water, vegetable oil (canola and soybean oil), food starch, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sea salt, contains 1% or less of jalapeno puree, vinegar, lactic acid, potassium citrate, potassium phosphate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, citric acid, cellulose gum, annatto (VC), yellow 6 (C)”, ground beef (Beef, water, seasoning [cellulose, chili pepper, onion powder, salt, oats (contains wheat), maltodextrin, soy lecithin, tomato powder, sugar, soybean oil, spices, garlic powder, citric acid, caramel color (C), disodium inosinate & guanylate, cocoa powder, natural and artificial flavors (contains gluten), trehalose, modified corn starch, lactic acid, torula yeast], salt, phosphates), sour cream (Milk, cream, modified corn starch, contains less than 1% of modified tapicoa starch, maltodextrin, gelatin, lactic acid, sodium phosphate, citric acid, potassium sorbate (P), natural and artificial flavor, mono and diglycerides, locust bean gum, carrageenan, vitamin A) and tomatoes (Fresh tomatoes!)

And guess what? All that shit tastes pretty good!

i topped it off with some Fire Sauce (Tomato puree (tomato paste, water), jalapeno peppers, vinegar, modified food starch, chili powder, minced onion, onion juice, spices, natural flavors (contains wheat and soy), xanthan gum, salt, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (P), garlic powder, paprika (VC) and ate the hell out of them.

Taco Bell Nachos Supreme – $3.49

3.93/5 pickled jalapenos – It’s Taco Bell. Embrace it.

Taco Bell
1037 Chestnut Street (or anywhere you see the bell and want to make a run for the border.

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Chickie’s and Pete’s

The Nachojawn family fueled up before a Phillies game at the Chickie’s and Pete’s on Packer Ave. We went for the Buffalo Chicken Nachos, mostly because they were highlighted on the menu as a house specialty. Must be a recipe from the old country.

C7E80271-63C6-4A7F-8E42-EB7EADF157ECI’m going to turn the review over to Mrs. Nachojawn for a minute here:

I thought they were a decent variation on nachos. The chicken was buffalo chicken steak, with some ranch dressing, bleu cheese and celery. I could have maybe gone with a little less ranch and some cheese on top, but these were a solid pregame bite.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos – $10.95

3.85/5 pickled jalapenos – Eat these with some crab fries and hope that your waitress is getting all her tips

Bonus shot of Little Miss Nachojawn with the obligatory crab fries.

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Chickie’s and Petes
1526 Packer Avenue

Khyber Pass Pub

Nachojawn Jr. and I played tourists one Saturday morning, heading down to Old City to walk around. After a little bit of history we stopped in to the Khyber for an early brunch.

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These are the nachos with barbecue pulled pork, jack cheese, sour cream and a lot of green onion. They advertise a green tomato salsa, but I didn’t notice it. I paired it with a Bell’s Oarsman, because I can. Nachojawn Jr. is eating a burger across from me.

I liked them, but maybe it was the missing salsa or something else that was just a little lacking. Some pico de gallo, or any salsa really. It made them a little one-dimensional. Still, the Khyber is a pretty great bar that always has a good beer list.

3.95/5 pickled jalapenos – Eat these after learning something new about our founding fathers

Small BBQ pulled pork nachos – $10

Khyber Pass Pub
56 S. 2nd St.
(215) 238-5888

Los Jimenez – Special Gold Cup Report

Nachojawn and frequent dining companions El Dentista Loco and El Softbal Rey had tickets to the Gold Cup final Sunday night. Although the US team let us down, we were still fired up to see El Tri take on the Reggae Boyz at the Linc.

Before the game we headed over to Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin, a new joint opened by Justino Jimenez, who was formerly in the kitchens of Amis and Vetri.

  We ordered quite a bit of food, the early reviews on the al pastor tacos were great.

  

We thought the chicken tinga quesadilla was even better. But you’re here to hear about the nachos.

  

These spicy white bean nachos are pretty unique, very light on the cheese and infused with chiles de arbol. Confirmed Nachojawn reader Craig LaBan notes the Italian influence on this dish. They were excellent.

4.65/5 pickled jalapeños – eat these before a trip to the stadium.

Nachos Vegetarianos – $7 

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin 

6th and Oregon 

How did the Mexicans feel about the food there? See the below video for an idea.

As Promised – Whole Foods South Street – UPDATED

Loyal readers will remember the teaser photo of the nacho bar in the South Street Whole Foods. One Sunday night, while in the market picking up some food for a cookout, I couldn’t resist picking up some nachos too.  

$4.99 for shredded beef nachos! Amazing deal. The cook griddled up the beef with the shredded cheese with a pretty sweet technique.

These were really good. They lacked layers, but transported pretty well and might be your best bang for the buck that Nachojawn has had so far.

4.33/5 pickled jalapeños – bring these to a friend’s bbq if you want to be a hero

Classic Nachos- $4.99

Whole Foods
929 South Street

UPDATE – See the blog post from earlier this week. This nacho bar no longer exists, which is a goddamn shame.

Guest Review – Bainbridge Street Barrel House

Nachojawn is happy to give a platform to anyone who appreciates nachos. With that said, here is the debut review from Señor Nacho y El Jefe de Nachos:

After a long day of moving, food was a must. Luckily for us, our new neighborhood has better food options and room for activities (and Nachojawn reviews)! Our first target was our closest beer serving neighbor, Bainbridge Street Barrel House. (Side note: go try the bacon beer—the best and worst beer of all time.) Because Little Miss Nachojawn wouldn’t let us live it down, we were obligated to get the Burachos Nachos with grilled chicken for much needed protein.

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The dish was perfectly portioned as a starter, not too heavy and left plenty of room for the rest of our meals. However, there was too much sour cream (said no one before my co-author) and not enough melted cheddar cheese. In fact, we didn’t even realize that there was any melted cheddar cheese until we got through some of the sour cream and could see it sitting at the bottom of the plate.

Drum roll … good ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ nachos, but the Barrel House will be reserved for my beer and quizzo.

3.55/5 pickled jalapeños

Señor Nacho y El Jefe de Nachos

Bainbridge Street Barrel House
625–27 S. 6th Street

Open Invitation

Nachojawn is always lurking on Craig LaBan’s chats in case the subject of nachos or tacos arises.Laban1

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Craig, consider this an open invitation to eat some nachos, tacos, and drink margaritas with Nachojawn. The invitation goes to all of Nachojawn’s loyal readers. Let’s eat!

Sidecar Revisited

The Nachojawn family took a happy hour outing to Sidecar, home of one of the earliest Nachojawn reviews. Those were of the chorizo nachos, which I liked, but thought were missing that je ne sais quoi. How would the pork nachos, at $7 during happy hour, fare under the judgmental taste buds of the Nachojawns?

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So, my main issue with the nachos still stands. There just isn’t enough going on there. What is there, however, is really good. The pulled pork, and there is a lot of it, is tasty, the pineapple salsa is good (but I need a little more than a ramekin of it), and the cheese is well-melted on the above-average chips..

For $7 at happy hour, you can’t go wrong. Those pretzel crusted chicken bites hiding in the top left corner are pretty sweet too.

Pulled Pork Nachos – 4.2/5 pickled jalapenos – Eat these with a half-priced Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose with your family. It’s never to early, in the day or in life, for happy hour.

Sidecar Bar & Grille
22nd & Christian

Cornell Reunion Nachos

There’s a diploma from Cornell University hanging up in Nachojawn HQ, and Mr. and Mrs. Nachojawn headed up the other weekend for Cornell Reunion. We had booked a place describing itself as a “Rustic Bohemian Treehouse” located on Lake Cayuga for us and two other couples.

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And after a leisurely afternoon on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, we fired up the toaster oven to make some nachos from Wegman’s purchased ingredients. Here’s the result:

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Blue corn chips, Tostitos salsa, colby jack cheese, sour cream, black beans and fresh avocado on top. I kept my nose out of the ingredient purchasing, but it is a decent lineup, save for the salsa. If you’re foregoing the meat, you gotta get a little more interesting with your flavor profile.

The toaster oven did a good job heating up the nachos, the avocado was perfectly ripe, and I don’t think there was a leftover chip on the two trays.

Dr. M’s Vegetarian Nachos – 3.97/5 pickled jalapenos – eat these with your buddies on Lake Cayuga

Taco Riendo

On a rainy night, Nachojawn Jr.’s Little League team hit the batting cages at 5th and Girard. I took this as an opportunity to take Little Miss Nachojawn just a block away for some nacho sampling.

B3BAC569-D10A-4477-B390-347FDFD36EF5These are the Nachos Especiales, although I’m not entirely sure what makes them so especial. Pretty basic stuff here — melted cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and some jalapenos. But they were fresh and hot and hit the spot while the Taney Jungle Cats took some batting practice.

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4.05/5 pickled jalapenos – eat these after taking some batting practice, but wash your hands first

Nachos Especial – $9

Taco Riendo
1301 N 5th St