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Really Good Nachos - can it be?

waver Jan 18, 2011 05:21 PM

So the other night I was at a hockey game and the people in front of me had the really yucky (yet secretly kinda appealing) stadium nachos. You know, bright orange sauce, blob of sour cream bigger than my foot, strange coloured meat crumbles. So, no, I didn't reach over and grab one, or even get my own order. What restraint. But now I am craving a really good, not gourmet though, plate of nachos, preferably with a decent beer alongside. Not authentic (does that even exist?) but with good cheese and salsa and maybe crumbled meat, jalapenos et al. Is there somewhere in Vancouver that makes this?

BTW Canucks lost and my son cried : (

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    jrj830 Jan 18, 2011 08:13 PM

    Fogg 'N' Suds 10720 Cambie Rd Richmond, BC Inside the 'Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport'
    Good plate of nachos n beer...

    1. LotusRapper Jan 18, 2011 08:19 PM

      Back (emphasis on back) in the days, The King's Head on Yew had good nacho platters. At least by my standards of the day. The Galley Patio & Grill has a mondo nachos platter, but at $16 it's a bit steep:

      http://www.thegalley.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=9

      Original Joe's at Cambie/Broadway has an interesting one where you can get pulled pork on top (mmmmm):

      http://www.originaljoes.ca/ir/documen...

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        betterthanbourdain Jan 19, 2011 03:49 AM

        been a while since i've ordered or had good nacho's. i do remember the kings head and galley nacho. iirc the galley was a generous portion. the kings head was reasonably priced. over the years with the increase of cheese prices most places started skimming on the cheese i've found. even at $16 there isnt as much profit in nachos as you would imagine.

        sorry the Canucks made your son cry.

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          LotusRapper Jan 19, 2011 07:43 AM

          Adding to that, it's been a long time since I've seen meat as an optional topping on nachos. I only saw the pulled pork option at Original Joe's cuz I was standing at the bus stop by their entrance on Cambie and was looking at their menu, it somehow stuck in my mind.

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          Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
          500 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z3Y6, CA

          1. re: LotusRapper
            waver Jan 19, 2011 02:34 PM

            Well, fair enough, I guess it is a bit of "back in the day" kind of thing. The KIng's Head? Holy cow, does it still exist? Interesting about the Galley, its served on big pizza pans, right? Maybe I'll defer til summer: $16 is worth the view.
            I'll have a look at Original Joe's, that's new to me.

            In the meantime, maybe I'll make some for the Superbowl party I've just been informed Iwe're hosting... (no, our household doesn't get emotional over football).

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              LotusRapper Jan 19, 2011 03:11 PM

              Yelp allows for multi-word search, this is what I got for "best nachos":

              http://www.yelp.ca/search?find_desc=best+nachos&find_loc=Vancouver%2C+BC

              Darby's Pub menu yielded a "potato chips" entry:

              http://www.darbyspub.ca/menu-lunch

              Go figure, eh.

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              Darby's Pub
              2001 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6K3Y2, CA

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                kinnickinnik Jan 19, 2011 08:21 PM

                I was just at Darby's for a burger and beer tonight. Never had their "nachos" but they look like a gooey but tasty mess. Lots of meat and other toppings on (homemade?) potato chips.

                Gotta second the Galley's. Can't say there's any thing super special about them but it's a generous portion and a perfect accompaniment to a pitcher of beer on the patio :-)

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                grayelf Jan 19, 2011 08:09 PM

                Ya know, making your own is deffo the way to go but that's prolly a topic for another board. I certainly haven't come across nachos on any menu in the last two decades I'd order again :-). Good luck with your superbowl party.

        2. fmed Jan 24, 2011 05:36 AM

          (Something jogged my memory this weekend about nachos...) Subeez has decent old-school nachos. I remember sister restaurant Wazubeez (closed) having them.

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            devott Jan 29, 2011 03:49 PM

            Pepitas on 4th & Burrard makes great nachos. However, I usually get the ingredients to go and bake them at home. You get chips, grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, black beans (never understood how you could have nachos without black beans), chopped tomato, and chopped green onion, all in separate containers, Heat the black beans first, then layer the chips, black beans and cheese in a baking dish, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, then top with the chopped tomato and green onion, and you've got the best nachos around.

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              LotusRapper Jan 29, 2011 06:38 PM

              I happen to be a non-black beans on nachos guy :-) But I gotta have:

              grated cheese
              salsa (verde preferred)
              sour cream
              guacamole
              refried bean (if no ground beef)
              green onion
              cilantro

              Different strokes for different amigos, eh ?

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                devott Jan 30, 2011 02:40 PM

                Ahh! I should have written "refried beans", don't know what I was thinking. And I might add, the best refried beans I've ever had, period! Also forgot to add sour cream to the list of ingredients they give you at Pepitas on 4th. Sorry 'bout that: first post :)

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              lanneq Feb 2, 2011 06:06 AM

              Nachos Supreme at Topanga Cafe on West 4th.

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              Topanga Cafe
              2904 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K1R2, CA

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                fmed Feb 2, 2011 07:02 AM

                Yes of course! (Topanga is caught in some sort of timewarp.)

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                  waver Feb 2, 2011 07:07 AM

                  Wow. Good one. Remind me, are they licensed?

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                    eatrustic Feb 2, 2011 08:23 AM

                    "are they licensed?"

                    Yep.

                    1. re: waver
                      LotusRapper Feb 2, 2011 09:22 AM

                      For alcohol ...... yes.

                      I didn't even know Topanga is still there, I figured with all the new developments along Fourth they'd be long extinct. Guess not !

                      'Nother spot I nacho'd way back when was Fogg N' Sudds. The beers had to wash down something. They still have two locations (Robson, Richmond). Haven't been since the ....... mid '90s !

                      On that note, do Pepitas and Las Margaritas offer nacho platters like what we're talking about here ?

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                        farman Apr 25, 2011 09:29 PM

                        Topanga Cafe was going to be my recommendation as well. Get some chocolate cake to go along with it.

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                        Topanga Cafe
                        2904 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K1R2, CA

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                    betterthanbourdain Apr 25, 2011 12:05 PM

                    FWIW, I had a decent -good nacho's at the Rouge(gastown brew pub). They have a decent-good selection of beers. Would recommend to watch the game there. Better than most pub food. Oddly I has nacho's quite a few times recently. And the Rouge's been the best thus far. I think it helped that the chips were still warm(ie prob just deep fried that afternoon) and there was too much cheese. It does come with option to add chilli, beef and chicken iirc. I had it with the chilli, which was just ok.

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                      brokentelephone Apr 25, 2011 12:13 PM

                      There is a new place called Chronic Taco's on Broadway just east of Cambie. It's a chain from California and while I thought the burritos were a bit gross, I did have the best plate of nachos I've had in Vancouver. The cheese was really excellent and stringy and there was ample amounts of the stuff!

                      The place is sort of fast food (think Chipotle run by skater/stoners) but they have loads of TVs and a bar. I think that little person from Jackass owns the chain...

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                        bill_n_opus May 1, 2011 08:25 PM

                        Love your writeup. "... think Chipotle run by skater/stoners ..." I lol'd.

                        The "little guy" from Jackass is "Wee Man" Jason Acuna and according to Wiki he's an "investor" with some fame/cachet.

                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_...

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