There is never a time in my life when I need a reason to eat nachos. However, Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful time to indulge. I have been known to order nachos at places that do not even serve them. If I notice chips and salsa are on the menu and also items with cheese, sometimes I ask if the kitchen is able to combine the ingredients. It only makes sense! Especially, if they are going to be taking my money, I might as well be eating something I want! I had nachos at a steakhouse and even a French restaurant. I can tell you, the kitchen staff was not the happiest, but my belly was! I have found some hidden gems throughout Los Angeles that have delicious plate of chips smothered in cheese and topped with guacamole, beans, tofu and even fajita style vegetables. I have also been fortunate enough to find places that carry completely cruelty free nachos. These places offer vegan cheese a top tortilla chips and covered in cashew Crema, non-animal taco crumbles and love. I have become creative in finding places that will break baked tortillas into chips, forgoing the extra calories forged by the frying process. This makes them healthy, right?
Sharkey’s Woodfire Grill is one of my favorite places to eat this simple, yet bountiful dish. Sharkey’s offers all sorts of organic and nonGMO options on their menu. Also, this establishment is vegetarian and vegan friendly, by adding protein such as tofu to their menu. If you catch them on a good day, they will create a work of art on the baked tortillas!
Another eatery that caters to all walks of life (vegan and carnivores) is Hugo’s. Hugo’s serves some of the most delicious vegan nachos. These nachos are soy free, dairy free and animal free! When you come during happy hour, they are half off, totaling a wopping, $4.00. I have to say, this place in general, is one of my all time favorites.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex, is a chain restaurant that serves not one, but three types of nachos. Nachos Grande, Fajita Nachos and Skillet Nachos. The last of the three, is presented in a cute individual castiron skillet. Don’t let the size fool you. The smaller portion, still packs a punch of flavor. During happy hour, this item can be stolen for only $5.00. The best part, happy hour is from 3PM until Close, EVERYDAY!!!
Two other happy hour indulgences that are easily accessible almost everywhere, is the Yard House and Cheesecake Factory. Both chain restaurants, these nachos can easily be polished off by 2 to 4 people. The Yard House chicken, can be substituted for soy chicken. I recommend asking for a side of buffalo sauce. It really kicks up the plate to another level, and makes it saucy in more ways than one! Then there is Cheesecake Factory. I mean, melted cheese and cheese sauce atop homemade chips. I ask for double guacamole instead of sour cream, for no additional charge. I ass black beans, and begin to sink right into the booth!
Lastly, another vegan restaurant that always delivers, is SunCafe. BEST VEGAN NACHOS, EVER. Add the vegan taco meat, I dare you. Mic drop!