I have been to Santa Fe a few times, it is a small town in the Southwest that is arguably the hub for the arts culture in this region. It is mildly tourist, not that trendy, and “enchanting”. Nearly every place you dine you feel like it’s a locals joint with the exception of the Plaza. Previous attempts to visit Cowgirl presented late night lines that are not my style. This time we did lunch AND dinner and no lines at all. Cowgirl has some history to it and the owner is no joke; hopefully you are lucky enough to have Barry sit down with and chat about Santa Fe, life and food as we did. One of the nicest guys ever and one savvy business man. Want to know more, go for a visit.
TIP: Santa Fe closes down early and Cowgirl is one of the few places to get late night drink or food. It’s worth waiting in line and not giving in to Sonic Drive-In for a fix.
In general I am a very low key guy that loves dive bars and simple joints. I shy away from trendy Millennial oriented places (please no hate mail on the Millennial comment). But every now and then you find a place where folks from all walks of life mesh into a pleasant experience, This is High Desert. You will find older, younger, college, tourists, and more all enjoying great beer and food. And if you are there at the right time, some great music too. HDB has a reputation for the nachos so I had to make the trip and see for myself. One cool thing about Las Cruses is that everything is literally 20min away at the most so if you want to get drunk and cab home it’s no big deal.
TIP: Go in the evening and hear a local band. It amps up the experience two fold.
A warm Spring day hanging out with my buddy Jesse finds us…. well at least me…. on a quest for nachos. Jesse indulges me and we happen upon El Guapo’s!!! There was no research, no expectations but there was good conversation & food. First impressions was a great place for drinking and probably attracts a younger crowd, but gazing around I found people off all walks o life. Not one person made a fuss that I was eating with a local TV personality. Jesse has worked on both coasts and won an Emmy or two as well so days like this area real pleasure. And I am famous in my own right being the world's foremost authority on NACHOS (ha ha ha ha).
I lived in Millbrae for several years and have been to The Green many times. Sexy dates with my wife, the guys downing beer, and even family outings. It’s the kind of pub that everyone wishes they had down the block instead of an Applebee’s Sassy waitresses, great beer, food that tastes just as good even if you are not drunk.
Dining tip: Have them put aside a loaf of authentic soda bread for you to take home. So worth the price.
Yes, I know I said several times that chains would not be welcome here but after the encounter at The Cheesecake Factory i have decided to try a few of the better known chains and see who can actually make the cut. To date I have been to Applebee's and Cheesecake and both have stood up well, in fact Cheesecake still has some of the best chips ever and very special cheese sauce I love. I high bar to say the least.
SPECIAL NOTE: I did not see nachos right off the bat so I asked. They still offer the “Chili Nachos” but I hope you all know that is a sin. They also offer “Flatbread Nachos” and WTF is that, it ain’t nachos of sure. Then I am told that have “Off Menu” traditional nachos. YEAH!!!!!! So i order those with chicken and no Guacamole. Ok, so here is BJ’s. My note in the taste section really changes the complete dynamic in all areas but Service. Make note BJ’s.
Spent the day checking out the various neighborhoods of Denver and came across the trendy yet unpretentious area of Tennyson Street. All day any day this seems like a very cool area to be in. We were trying to compare it and came up with a cross between the bay Area’s Castro and The Mission yet no attitude. The time for nachos is when you are hungry and standing right in front of a Mexican restaurant. Clearly a locals place that dates back before the gentrification came and it was busy, so this must be a good place to eat.
TIP: Great tattoo parlor, art theater, and very walkable area.
There are restaurants, taquerias, and there are cantinas. Ed’s is appropriately named so sure, it has that cozy feel, a touch of family owned and service that has just the right attention to detail. Mrs. Nacho Hunter and myself were on another road trip to Utah and Colorado when we stopped off in Estes Park for a day of hiking in the mountains. So what do you eat after that????? NACHOS! We always try to find the locals joints on these trips. It is a combination of online research and talking to locals to find the best places to dine or explore. Ed’s was the unanimous response in Estes. Please check them out and see if the Nacho Hunter tee shirt is on display. This is the first place I gave one away.
TIP: If you visit Estes in October the Elk have the annual Rut and hundreds of Elk roam the town. Absolutely amazing.
Ok, so this is a little bit after the fact but The Hunter has been busy eating :) This past May 5th was punctuated by a great lunch with my best buddy Jesse G. I was early and he tends to run late so I felt I may as well start with the Monthly flight of Tequila. Cocina has an amazing selection and very knowledgable staff so I highly recommend this place just on that fact alone. The Hunter really tested them, and consumed a solid four shots and a beer. (ok so maybe not drunk, but well buzzed for sure). So let’s talk NACHOS!
I have eaten at this establishment a few times. LuLu’s sits between a Deli / Coffee house and a Burger joint and a few small retail business just off Sand Hill Road. I was going to dad’s but wanted to eat first so I stopped in on a nice sunny weekday for a late lunch.
My perfect day is out and about in San Francisco doing Street Photography. I have been an active photographer for the better part of my life, AND loved nachos for the same period, they go hand and hand. On this day I decided to wait in line (a good 15min) to get some nachos that were on my bucket list. Even better, it was a sunny day and they did not disappoint. Señor Sisig has been on the food radar of many including Guy Fieri so if you have not given them a shot please do. Tip for tourists: They have a truck by the Cable Car turnaround on Market Street just down from Union Square every now and then.
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