From being served up at sports bars and Mexican spots to a Top Chef-helmed diner and Downtown restaurants, nachos are a gluttonous yet integral part of Chicago’s collective diet. No, we’re not talking about prepackaged chips suffocating beneath a layer of liquid cheese; we’re talking about monstrous piles of gastronomic goodness best enjoyed with reckless abandon and chased with an antacid. Here’s a look at the 10 best plates of nachos in Chicago, ranging from traditional favorites to outside-the-box stunners.
Little Goat (address and info)
As with most of chef/owner Stephanie Izard’s creations, this plateful of nachos is as inventive as it is comforting. The masa chips are made fresh daily in-house, and a heavy blanket of cheddar, refried beans, Slagel Family Farm’s barbecued pork, sour cream, pickled peppers, and pureed avocado ensures that no chip is left untouched (or uneaten).