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the search for: nachos & authentic QUESO!

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christinaemcc Mar 16, 2007 09:44 AM

anyone know where to find this?

I'm looking for real queso (preferably the spicier variety) of really gooey liquidy melted goodness...... not just some shredded monterrey or cheddar thrown over some chips. I'm talking REAL queso.

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    tatiana_nyc Mar 20, 2007 08:06 AM

    Tortilla Flats actually has excellent queso, though the rest of the mexican food there is mediocre (12th and Washington). Qdoba, a chain sort of like Chipotle that just opened a location in NYC also has a good version (34th between 2nd and 3rd). T

    I would try the "Find a Food" search on Menupages to find other places that have it.

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      small h Mar 20, 2007 08:45 AM

      Can you define "authentic queso"? Isn't queso just Spanish for cheese?

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        adewaal Mar 20, 2007 12:20 PM

        Queso is a mix of melted cheeses and hot sauce (or Rotel tomatoes) served in a bowl with a basket of chips. Think of it as the Tex-Mex version of fondue. In Texas, it is the standard by which all Mexican food restaurants are judged and can be put on anything from scrambled eggs to tacos. It is also a requisite sports-watching snack.

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          small h Mar 20, 2007 12:39 PM

          Huh. I thought that was called chile con queso. Is there a difference?

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            adewaal Apr 2, 2007 08:55 AM

            Same dish..in Texas most poeple just call is "queso". The "chili con" is implied.

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              LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 08:57 AM

              Bingo!
              Any updates for us?

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                hooliganyouth Apr 2, 2007 12:54 PM

                Yeah - the secret trick is to use Velveeta and hot Rotel diced - hear, hear adewaal. One guy I know puts breakfast sausage in it - makes for some tasty eating if it doesn't give you a kick in the guts.

                Another good trick is to use a couple dozen healthy splashes of cheap mystery hot sauces - the kind you find on taco trucks.

      2. ballulah Mar 20, 2007 12:35 PM

        Trailer Park on 23rd and 8th has nachos with "queso"...but judging by the theme of the place my guess is it's melted velveeta. It's addictive when you're chasing with a few PBRs, but not "good" by any definition.

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          shechow Mar 20, 2007 07:38 PM

          My favorite nachos are at Ariba Ariba in Hells Kitchen. The nachos are prepared as follows:
          a single layer of flat tortilla chips is placed on a plate. then, a dallop of cheese, a marinated jalopeno and finally a generous amount of cheese (not chedder, not jack, and i don't think Oaxaca, but delicious and appropriate) is placed on each tortilla and into the broiler they go until they are each bubbly and nicely browned. you can order it with beans, chicken, or beef of course but the plain is too good for me to spoil with more flavor. the best i have every had in the city. i think they have the best margaritas too....fresher than others. i have never noticed queso on the menu.

          1. LFeinberg Mar 22, 2007 07:38 AM

            Hi there! I share and feel your pain! Are you from Texas, by chance? I am. Anyways...try ordering the queso flameado at La Palapa with rajas. It's pretty damn good! I hear that Qdoba has queso too...I'd give that a shot, too.

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              vegas Mar 22, 2007 07:43 AM

              I have enjoyed the chorizo con queso dip at Rodeo Bar 27th and 3rd

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                ballulah Mar 22, 2007 07:54 AM

                You know it's funny, I keep forgetting that the food at Rodeo is pretty good across the board...the little bit of cowgirl in me loves the cowboy kisses (a fresh jalapeno, stuffed with a shrimp, wrapped in bacon). Plus it's a FUN place. For a venue that has free live music they actually book very good acts, most "free live music" places book absolute crap. Thanks for reminding me, even though I'm not the OP!

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                  hooliganyouth Apr 2, 2007 12:48 PM

                  Nah, whatcha do is take the jalapeno - empty it out and stuff it with mexican cheese and diced cooked salt pork then deep fry that. With the shrimp - shell on toss them in my secret spice mix - and flash fry those. Get a case of ice cold cheap beer, roll up your sleeves, and eat yourself into a coma.

                  Those cowboy kisses sound interesting though. Are they deep fried?

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                    ballulah Apr 2, 2007 12:57 PM

                    I think they are pan fried in what I'm guessing is about a fingernail deep layer of oil and garlic. The slice of bacon is secured around the jalapeno encased shrimp with two toothpicks. They serve it with spicy remoulade to dip. Amazingly amazingly good.

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                      LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 01:11 PM

                      The ones I've had have been grilled on the barbie...soooooooo good!! :)

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                        ballulah Apr 2, 2007 01:15 PM

                        Are the ones you've had from Rodeo Bar? I've been trying to guess how they make them for years. Grilled or pan fried? Pan fried or grilled? Haha.

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                          LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 01:20 PM

                          Grilled...never been to Rodeo...these babies are a distant memory from my time in Texas. :(

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                            ballulah Apr 2, 2007 01:36 PM

                            Give Rodeo a try some time. It's on 27th and Third Ave. Go in a group of 5-6 or more, so you can insulate yourselves with your own good rowdy company and be less annoyed by others. Haha. And if you like live music, they actually do have a reputation for booking some of the best of the urban cow poke scene, it's not schlock, but you probably won't hear it on the radio...except maybe for Norah Jones. http://www.rodeobar.com/

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                              LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 01:37 PM

                              Great, thanks! Always nice to have a taste of home. What do you like to order there? And most importantly...how are their 'ritas?

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                                ballulah Apr 2, 2007 01:53 PM

                                Well, the cowboy kisses and the tears and runny nose that ensue mean that everything tastes much much better after. Haha. I don't trust the place for a straight up dinner, I usually sit in the live room, where there are honest to goodness peanut shells on the floor, and order a lot of appetizers and yes, the margaritas are GOOD. I've had the cornmeal crusted catfish (tacos and entree) and it's pretty good, the quesadillas are all pretty good, the chili cheese burger when you feel like stuffing yourself sick. I could swear I've had their enchilada suizas, because it's my fall back order when faced with unfamiliar and seemingly ambitious Mexican/Tex-Mex, and I don't remember ever disliking anything I've had there...but I don't really LOVE anything except the cowboy kisses. The first time I ate here was in 1988 when it was called Albuquerque, and it maintains it's fun airy atmosphere nearly 20 years later. This isn't fancy food, and it's not the best I've ever had, but it's certainly far from the worst.

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                                  hooliganyouth Apr 2, 2007 02:15 PM

                                  Why am I so amused by hearing about this kind of place existing in NYC? It's like when I hear my friends talking about paying $5 for a Lone Star in Brooklyn.

                                  Of course here in Austin you can't get decent Italian food and assorted international cuisine is nowhere to be found.

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