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Searching for the Best Nachos in Dallas

Chips in their full glory.
Chips in their full glory.

Simple in premise but with endless variations in execution, behold the nacho. When done properly, a plate of nachos becomes an act of excavation, a work of edible archaeology. We set out to explore some of the more interesting nachos in and around Dallas, and so we present the Nachodyssey. Here we will document the nachos we love -- the curious, the outlandish and above all the delicious. So, sing to us, O Cheese.

See also: The best mac and cheese in Dallas.

Searching for the Best Nachos in Dallas
Catherine Downes

Gecko Cafe's Seafood Nachos Seafood Nachos $8.50

I admit that we approached this one with trepidation. There are a lot of ways this combo could go wrong. The shrimp, imitation crab and scallops (though admittedly we saw no scallops) are topped with primavera sauce and melted jack cheese, which runs the risk of being cloyingly heavy. But the saving grace is the house-made pico de gallo, which brightens everything.

Herrera's Supreme Nachos
Herrera's Supreme Nachos
Catherine Downes via iPhone

Herrera's Café Supreme Nachos $10.95, half order $7.75 Many nachos can have well-prepared, fresh ingredients and remain structurally unsound. Herrera's Supreme Nachos may not be inventive, but they're architecturally impressive. The layout is relatively simple but structurally sound: Every chip is amply coated with the dappling of chili con carne, beans, tomatoes and other staples.

Gloria's Chicken Fajita Nachos, after all the chicken fell off that one chip
Gloria's Chicken Fajita Nachos, after all the chicken fell off that one chip
Catherine Downes

Gloria's Restaurant & Bar Chicken Fajita Nachos $10.99

These nachos don't come in a mound, piled haphazardly. They're classier than that. Twelve chips come arrayed on a plate and individually topped with grilled chicken, cheese and a luscious black bean spread. What you gain in elegance, you lose in tactile pleasure. Perfect for those more interested in taste than the act of digging.



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