Nachos: they’re tough to mess up. Some Tostitos, salsa, a bit of cheddar, boom. Done. Oh, but some people have standards. The nachos should be evenly spread. The toppings must be democratically distributed. The cheese, copious!
What follows is a list of reliable places to find nachos in Toronto. Updates and suggestions in the comments are welcomed/desired.
During research for this article, Cadillac Lounge had some pretty vocal supporters (thanks Lauren, Paul). The Memphis Style Nachos are $14.95 and consist of house-made chips covered in four cheeses, bbq pulled pork, green onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, guac, salsa and sour cream.
First and foremost, half-price nachos are not unheard of here. They usually occur between 4-6PM on Monday to Friday, but every now and again, appear at others times/days for special occasions. Ordinarily between $14 and $17, they feature either chicken, steak, chicken and steak, shrimp, or are simply vegetarian. They tend to feed two people, so you’ll need a lot of fortitude if you plan on eating it alone.
Ah-ha! and you thought they’d been forgotten! Thursdays is “veggie or Hawaiian nachos with a 60oz pitcher”-day, so there’s that. Nachos here are pretty much on a build-your-own basis (with a base price of $9), but there are pre-constructed versions too, for those who “don’t go out to make food!”
The King’s Crown is pretty good: “crisp corn tortilla chips covered with salsa roja, piled high with frijoles, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, mixed peppers, jalapenos, melted cheese, topped with guacamole & sour cream.” Sometimes criticized for the soggy quality of the nachos or for being a less than 5-star establishment, it’s still a sort of Toronto staple.
Watch Brian, Matt, & Candice from The Morning After take the King’s Crown challenge at Sneaky Dee’s:
Hair of the Dog
These guys do a decent platter, and their nachos are house made with corn and flour, and have a bit of a unique texture. They start at $13.00, and you can add chicken, Black Angus ground beef, tofu, chorizo and/or guacamole.
The Keg (Yonge and Eglington)
Sneer if you must, but the nachos at The Keg are pretty great. Sauces come inside large chips! The nachos are evenly spread. They’re tasty. They’re $11.95, and they are good.
Doc Ellis Sports Bar
These nachos here come with a twist, and the twist is that the nachos are in fact wontons. At $10, they come with chorizo or beans, cheese sauce, crema, jalapeños and salsa.