When you think of Mexican food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
If nachos are the first that popped into your head, it’s no surprise because they pretty much are the quintessential Mexican food for many Filipinos. In fact, having crispy tortilla chips covered in a sinful cheese sauce and a couple of other toppings is just the perfect snack to share with a group of people or to pair with an ice cold bottle of beer!
But don’t you just hate it when your order of nachos comes and there’s barely anything on it? It’s always such a bummer when you realize that you’ve ran out of toppings but you still have some chips left. Luckily, there are places here in the metro that you can go to for some really loaded nachos that will leave you full, satisfied, and even craving for more!
1. La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina
Ever heard of grilled nachos? If this is your first time, you’re long overdue for a trip to La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina!
Located inside The Food Hive, a food park found along Visayas Avenue, La Carnita has been making its rounds in social media with its Nachos Ala Bomba. A definite cheese overloaded treat, the grilled nachos are smothered with heavily seasoned beef, cheddar, mozzarella, and a signature cheese sauce!
“No matter how many times we have eaten this, we can’t seem to get enough of it,” shares Yogo and Cream C.’s looloo review. “Once served, we highly recommend you to eat it ASAP so the cheese is still stringy as you get a piece.”
La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina is located at The Food Hive Food Park, 80 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City
2. OnBoard Game + Gastro Pub
Do you think nachos and Japanese flavors and ingredients go well together? OnBoard Game + Gastro Pub seem to think so!
OnBoard’s take on the nachos is called Nacho Hai and makes use of fried wonton wrapper instead of the traditional tortilla chips. It is then covered in two kinds of tuna (raw and soy-marinated), crab sticks, nori, spicy mayo, and fish roe! Sounds like a tuna and kani sushi roll, huh?
OnBoard Game + Gastro Pub is located at Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Riverfront Drive, Carmona, Makati
3. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
It’s pretty much a sin to dine in at Silantro and not order one (or both) of the nachos on the menu. Both the regular Nachos and the Beef Nachos (by beef, we mean Angus beef!) are consistent crowd pleasers and recommended favorites of looloo users!
Dennis O. calls Silantro’s nachos as “one of the reasons why people keep on coming back” in his looloo review. “Their Nachos is really good and serving was really big. Enough to be shared by 3-5 persons. I love the cheesiness and the dipping sauce was also great. A must try!”
“I liked how they used beef cubes instead of ground beef which is more commonly served with nachos,” Eboy D. says of the Beef Nachos in his own looloo review. “The cheese and the salsa were generously slathered on top of the entire plate, so you get a good portion of toppings even on your last nacho chip.”
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina has branches in UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center, and East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
4. Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew
Another place where you can find nachos that does not use ground beef is Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew! Its Nacho El Gigante has shredded beef belly to go with the tomato salsa, jalapeños, shredded lettuce, trio of cheese, chimichurri, and Mexican crema.
It seems like there’s so much going on but in his looloo review, Toy G. calls this dish as the “perfect appetizer” to start your meal at Tittos with! He also describes it as “crunchy, cheesy, beefy, tasty.” Sounds perfect to us indeed!
Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew is located at 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
5. The Barn by Tipsy Pig
If you find the yellow tortilla chips boring and plain and you’re looking for something that’s different in appearance, The Barn by Tipsy Pig’s Dirty Mexicana is just what you need!
The Dirty Mexicana is a tall heap of pink colored nacho chips served on a platter loaded with pico de gallo, pulled pork, Mexican beef, pickled jalapeño, and cheese sauce. The pop of color makes this plate of nachos a lot more of fun and definitely Instagrammable!
The Barn by Tipsy Pig is located at UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
6. The Belle & Dragon
The Belle & Dragon is another restaurant that opts to use fried wonton wrappers instead of the classic tortilla chips. Topped with the traditional cheese sauce, meat, and relish, it’s the cilantro that’s added right at the end that makes all the flavors explode in your mouth! Russel F. describes it as a “unique take on the nachos with a bit spicier flavor” in his looloo review.
The Belle & Dragon is located at 2/F OPL Building, 100 C. Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati
7. Papi Chulo’s
Looking for nachos with a twist and with the added sinfulness of extra cholesterol? Papi Chulo’s Nachos is made up of chips topped with salsa ranchera, cilantro crema, pork, and pico de gallo. But what makes these nachos extra special is the 63°C egg sitting on top of this mound of crunchy goodness! Yum!
Papi Chulo’s is located at 256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque