100 Favorite Dishes, No. 55: The Nachos at Spiral Diner
Yes, better than non-vegan nachos (and they even have beer)
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
When a reader recommended I head to Spiral Diner to try out "The Mitch," I was happy to oblige. There's not a lot of vegan fare to be found on out 100 Favorites dish list, and I'm always looking for a way to shave a few points off my cholesterol score.
"The Mitch," if you haven't had the pleasure, is a vegan club sandwich, filled with slices on soft tofu, texturized bacon-bit-somethings, lettuce and tomato. It's not a bad sandwich and if you've been forced into veganism but it's not a club. At all.
To console myself, I ordered the nachos, which I read about right here on CoA a few months ago. Luke Darby traveled the city looking for nachos and declared these the tastiest nachos on his Nachodyssey. Usually when we're trying to replace a food thing that's terrible for us, the best we can hope for is a modest percentage. To have a vegan counterpart actually usurp the beef and cheese covered variety? This is unheard of.
The cheese-like substance you see is actually cashews blended with bell peppers and spices, which actually mimics nacho cheese pretty well. As a bonus, it's not greasy at all, and it doesn't eat like liquid cement. The olives, quinoa and black beans are a satisfying substitute for chili and refried beans, and the plate eats like your favorite bar snack with none of the guilt.
There are no televisions, so you can't watch sports while you face-surf this plate, but beer and nachos on their own aren't bad. Next time you're craving nachos (and not sports), try the vegan option.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co. No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen No. 87: The White Album at Spoon No. 86: Ramen at Tei An No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's No. 68: Birria Tacos at Los Torres Taqueria No. 67: Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Say Kimchi No. 66: Suadero Tacos at La Banqueta No. 65: Brian Luscher's Post Oak Red Hot No. 64: Banana Flower Salad at Mot Hai Ba No. 63: Cinco Leches Cake At Mesero Miguel No. 62: Cabrito a la Parilla at El Ranchito No. 61: Reuben at Kuby's No. 60: Plain Cheese Pizza Cooked Extra Crispy at Zoli's No. 59: Enmoladas at Mesa No. 58: Pig's Head at CBD Provisions No. 57: Rib "Sandwich" at Baby Back Shak No. 56: Beef Noodle Soup at Monkey King
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