Deer Park Tavern
Deer Park nachos are as messy-delicious as they were 25 years ago, when there was no competition. A heaping plate and some beer can serve as a full dinner for at least two. Pile chicken on top of the chili and (extra) jalapeños and you’ll have the dorm for yourself until morning.
— Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
Ted’s Montana Grill
Don’t get me wrong, I love loaded nachos oozing with cheese and topped with massive dollops of sour cream, guacamole and salsa—on the side, so the chips don’t get too soggy. However, Ted’s Montana Grill has changed my mind about what nachos should really be. Topped with a scoopful of Chef Karen Averitt’s “Flying-D” Bison Chili, drizzled with cheese sauce and adorned with some delicately placed vegetables, Ted’s Bison Nachos are simple, refined and perfect alongside the Jalapeño Huckleberry Margarita. Save money by ordering some nachos during Ted’s Happy Hour, Monday to Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the bar or on the patio.
— Leeann Wallett, Contributing Writer
Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen
If you’re looking for something different, try the crab nachos at any nearby Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen (Grain on Main in Newark, Grain KSQ in Kennett Square, Grain H2O at Summit Marina). Instead of tortilla chips, Grain uses crispy wontons, then tops ‘em with chilled lump crab, diced cucumbers and a sprinkling of Old Bay. But the best part is the OMG cheese sauce running throughout the chips rather than the flakes of burnt, dried-out cheese you get at most places. Get them with an order of street tacos and nearly any selection from the “Beer Bible” for a perfect happy hour trio.
— Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
Del Pez Mexican Gastropub
What’s Better than sipping a beer and enjoying some nachos with a view of the beautiful Wilmington Riverfront? Not much. Del Pez offers a brunch-specific menu with some of the best nachos I’ve tried to date. A picturesque display of black beans, jalapeño, queso mixto, tomato, crema, cilantro and more really hits the spot. Do yourself a favor and add the “chicken tinga” and this appetizer becomes a meal.
— Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager
BBC Tavern and Grill
Who was the first to put cheese on a nacho chip? The world may never know. But we do know the story behind Jamjoe’s Nachos at BBC, which deserves an award for clever engineering.
“We came up with the idea to put the beans on the bottom after our first day in business,” says BBC owner Dave Dietz. “One of our first customers complained that they didn’t like the beans on top of the nachos with all the other fixings. [This was] back when we opened at the old place in August of 1995. We have been making them the same way since then.”
The result of that decision? While the top chips get the fixings, there’s still a dipping party for those less-than-covered chips toward the bottom. Genius.
— Jim Miller, Director of Publications
If you’re looking for an unconventional ambiance to pair with your fare, go to this New Orleans-style pub and restaurant in Historic New Castle. The Cajun chicken nachos are piled with diced chicken, jalapeños and black olives drenched with a spicy Cajun sauce with cheese, salsa and sour cream. For a more convincing take on the Big Easy, opt for the crawfish nachos, which include all the other toppings sans chicken, replaced with the seafood homage to NOLA.
— Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Digital Media Manager