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Don't flame me, just following-through in the name of a good, old-fashioned craving...Bonita? Viva? Taco Chulo? Others??

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  1. bonita is gone, if i'm not mistaken. the place on bedford and S3rd, right?

    some people LOVE taco chulo's but i find their nachos strange and unappealing. if you're dining in, i would suggest TEDDY's for good old-fashioned nachos. their bar food menu is pretty decent. also, i like buffalo cantina's version, but i'm usually drunk when i order that. so take that as a word of caution.

    p.s. you'll know i'm REALLY drunk if i suggest san loco...

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    1. re: selenster

      Thanks! We went to Chulo -- they were good, but the portion size was absurd. Without exercising discipline, it would have ruined our main. Really, it was a meal for three in and of itself. Welcome to America. Sort of cheapened it for me. Ironically, yes, it is a great bang for the buck, but it made me think of giant blooming onions and other TGI fare that spills off the plate. Anyhow, getting back to the taste -- really, really good, however, too much meat (we ordered them with chorizo) and, as with most nachos, an uneven distribution of cheese/veggies to chips.

      re: Bonita -- yeah, the Bedford location is RIP, but they had another in Ft. Greene. Not sure if it is still open, either, though.

      Good call on Teddy's -- had forgotten about that place since leaving the 'hood a few years back!

      1. re: lazylghtng

        how did you feel about that strange avocado crema? i think i was really put off by their nachos since i was expecting something more "traditional" (hahah at calling nachos that) and bar-food style, not something elevated to fancy pants status. i mean, they're nachos! also, yes, uneven distribution of the ingredients is something i remember. too many chips. not enough other delicious things.

        1. re: lazylghtng

          "Thanks! We went to Chulo -- they were good, but the portion size was absurd. Without exercising discipline, it would have ruined our main. Really, it was a meal for three in and of itself. Welcome to America. Sort of cheapened it for me. Ironically, yes, it is a great bang for the buck, but it made me think of giant blooming onions and other TGI fare that spills off the plate"
          Gee...Where else but in Williamsburg would someone turn a full portion of tasty food from a positive into a negative?..Just ask them to serve you half a portion....Sigh!

          1. re: Tay

            Tay,

            Nice try by invoking hipster whining, but I neither live in W'burg nor am I hip (not that either characteristic would have discredited my point). On the other hand, I do believe in balanced portions that are geared towards adults rather than a gargantuan platter better suited for an ale house full of frat boys. There is a difference btw. a "full portion" and a grotesque portion. Never said word one about value -- obviously, it's a good one.

            1. re: lazylghtng

              Just eat less or take some away with you. If America gives up it's big portions then the terrorists win.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                Bob...
                You are just too, too funny! lololol!

              2. re: lazylghtng

                lazylghtng
                "I do believe in balanced portions that are geared towards adults rather than a gargantuan platter better suited for an ale house full of frat boys. There is a difference btw. a "full portion" and a grotesque portion."

                I suppose it's an, 'eye-of-the-beholder, thing.. These days, with so many incomes shrinking, or outright evaporating, your idea of a 'grotesque' portion (an oddly negative word choice) may well be someone else's take home next day meal. Of course, portion sizes are obviously subjective, but for many customers, enjoying being served generously large portions of enjoyable food does not conjure up the image of a loutish bunch of frat boys pigging out.

            2. re: lazylghtng

              The Ft. Greene location of Bonita is being converted into a Marlow & Sons. No big loss in my opinion, but it was always busy.

          2. there is a bar on 6th avenue in park slope (sort of not around anything else, with green picnic tables outside) that has amazing nachos. if you get out on the 4th avenue stop, go up 9th and then a left on 6th avenue and it will be on your left.

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            1. re: illya

              You must be talking about the Park Slope Ale House, on the corner of 6th ave and 5th st. Nachos is (are?) one of the very few foods that I just don't like -- it always seems like junk to me -- but my wife likes them, and we've ordered the nachos there a few times. As I recall, the melted cheese doesn't seem like it should be spelled "Cheez," and there are sliced fresh jalapenos on top, which is a plus.

            2. Believe it or not- Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic has KILLER nachos.

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              1. re: rootytootyfreshnfrooty

                Why shouldn't we believe it? In NYC, nachos is pub food and the Waterfront Ale House has some of the best pub food around.

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  I think Waterfront's can be a little on the dry/over-broiled side, but that may be because I get the chili on the side (to keep things from getting sloppy-soggy too fast). But the chili is really good--plus you can get venison chili and sometimes even wild-boar chili instead of the standard vegetarian or beef choices. I rarely get apps there, because I'm usually too excited about getting right to the sandwiches (pulled pork/chicken, beef au jus, burgers, etc.).

                  I love Park Slope Ale House's nachos--just sloppy enough, the toppings are pretty well-distributed. Actually, their whole appetizer menu is pretty great for when you're in the mood for cheesy/fried bar food, so that's what I always end up going there for.