Every item in the appetizer portion of a “family and fun” style restaurant’s menu is designed to give you heartburn. It’s true. Buffalo wings, loaded potato skins, fried green beans, chili cheese fries and jalepaneo poppers just to name a few that will scorch you come 1AM, once they start playing with all that draft beer that you washed them down with. The one that most wonderfully wrecks my digestive system, however, is the granddaddy of them all, the loaded nacho.
Now, nachos can be really boring, like the one you get at the football game. You know, the little plastic bin that contains two handfulls of slightly salted nachos, two squirts of the most generic and flavorless processed cheese, and seven slices of pickled jalepaneos, and the only reason you buy them is because they are h cheapest thing on the menu at $7? Other kinds of nacho are just a pain because it’s impossible to get any kind of equi-distribution. You wind up with three of the chips melted together by a third of the cheese, then most of the lettuce and tomato fall off when you try to scoop some of the sour cream onto it. And forget about getting a batch of this kind to share with the table. That mess just turns into a rush to get the good stuff before someone else does and all you’re left with is a dozen soggy chips and some beans.
The solution that I’ve found to all of these Nacho disorders is at TGI Fridays. There they have a vaiety of Baked Nacho that is the ultimate solve. Each Nacho has all the ingredients incased within a fantastic blanket of cheese. And we’re talking real, authentic, sharp Cheddar, not that yellow, thick milk that gooshes out of a Wendy’s kethup dispenser. Of course, just because TGI Fridays has the best, it doesn’t make the other restaurant’s versions less awesome. It just becomes more important to limit the number of your share partners. Well, except for those movie theater/baseball game variety. There you really should just get the pretzel.
See you Wenesday for National Bitterswedt Chocolate and Almond Day.