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Where To Get Nachos On National Tortilla Chip Day


National Margarita Day was celebrated just on Monday, so it only makes sense that National Tortilla Chip Day is not far behind. February 24 is the designated day, and to that end, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to get nachos around the Valley. Mexican executive chef Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya is credited for creating the ingenious dish in 1940. The legend goes that a customer asked him to make her and her group a different type of snack than usual. In a moment of inspiration, Anaya added melted cheese and pickled jalapeño to freshly fried pieces of corn tortillas, and nachos were born. Now, popular toppings range from meat to salsa, guacamole, sour cream and more. Get your nachos fix now at any of the spots below.


Vegetables on nachos deserve some bonus points right? Diego Pops’ Brussels Sprout Nachos features the leafy veggie plus tortilla chips of course and queso Oaxaca, fresno chili, pickled onion, roasted garlic beet crema (more veggies!) and a fried egg. The colors are vibrant, and the egg adds some extra sauciness. If you do order the nachos in person, be advised the the restaurant has a limited capacity of 50 percent and the dining experience is a maximum of two hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. The dish is also available to go. Diego Pops is located at 4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1007; www.diegopops.com


You may know Crescent Ballroom as the cool music venue in downtown Phoenix, but it also has killer food, thanks to the in-house Cocina 10 Kitchen. The menu is Arizona cooking inspired by the Interstate 10 and the places that surround it. It makes sense then that the nachos are called the I-10 Nachos. It’s tortilla chips baked with refried beans, cheddar and Oaxaca cheese topped with cilantro, Cotija cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and a drizzle of sour cream. Cocina 10 is now open “picnic style,” and you can eat to-go on the patio, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Cocina 10 Kitchen at Crescent Ballroom is located at 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix; 602.716.2222; www.crescentphx.com

Pomegranate Cafe always amazes us with its ability to create craveable comfort food that’s all plant-based. The nachos are completely to die for, and you may find you enjoy them more than the regular variety. The Gila Monster Nachos come in a half size or large, depending on how hungry you’re feeling. The dish is piled high with a base of corn chips topped with walnut chorizo, black beans, cashew queso, salsa roja, guacamole, chimichurri, pico and Baja sauce. You won’t regret ordering it for takeout or patio dining! Pomegranate Cafe is located at 4025 E. Chandler Boulevard, #28, Phoenix; 480.706.7472; www.pomegranatecafe.com


Beer makes everything better right? Huss Brewing Co. knows what’s up and adds a delicious beer cheese “queso” to its “Almost Famous” Black Bean Nachos. There’s also crispy tortilla chips, braised black beans, fresh corn relish, lime creme and Cotija cheese. You can additionally get green chile pork added to that for an extra $4. Sign us up! Huss Brewing Co. has locations in Phoenix and Tempe, but the Phoenix one serves food. That’s located at 100 E. Camelback Road, #160, Phoenix; 602.441.4677; www.hussbrewing.com


We’ve got another brewery on the list — Four Peaks Brewing Co. that is. The Peaks Nachos are served with black bean dip, olives, tomatoes and pickled jalapeños. You can add on green chile pork or adovada (another type of stewed pork) for $3, chicken for $4 or spicy beef for $4.50. Four Peaks has multiple locations, but the Wilson Party Place in Tempe is closed. However, the 8th Street Pub also in Tempe is currently open. That’s at 1340 E. 8th Street, #104, Tempe; 480.303.9967; www.fourpeaks.com


Daily Dose serves up breakfast and lunch (and dinner at the Midtown location), and nachos are on the menu all day, in different forms. There’s the Breakfast Nachos — warm corn tortilla chips topped with white and red cheese sauce, jalapeños, chorizo scrambled eggs, tomatillo salsa and pico de gallo, served with a side of sausage gravy. If you go for the lunch version, it’s Chicken Nachos with the same cheese sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, fresh guacamole, sliced jalapeños and tomatillo sauce. Dinner is very similar with the addition of cilantro sour cream, house bean salsa and green onion with red chili cheese sauce for dipping. You can’t go wrong no matter which variation you choose! Daily Dose has locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe; www.dailydosegrill.com


Chantico is a newer restaurant on the block but is already earning a reputation for some of the best nachos around. The House Nachos have melted cheese, black beans, tomato, green onion, sour cream and guacamole. Chantico is all about the customization and has a variety of protein add-ons to choose from. There’s grilled chicken, green chile cauliflower and pork pastor for no additional cost. Add on red chili beef for $4 more. Chantico is located at 1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.699.3015; www.chanticophx.com


Something called the Nacho Mountain has got to be good. That’s at The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen in Tempe. The dish in question is house-made corn chips piled high with pico de gallo, jalapeños, black beans and Lodge five-cheese sauce. Sour cream and guacamole comes on the side, and you can add steak, pulled pork, chicken or house chili for $4. You can also substitute tater tots for chips if you like for $2. The Lodge is currently doing takeout and curbside pickup and is located at 26 S. Farmer Avenue, Tempe, 480.967.0578; www.lodgetempe.com