20 Connecticut spots for crispy, cheesy nachos

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Crispy chips, melted cheese, zesty jalapeños, salsa and guac: However you like your nachos, Connecticut has plenty of options to enjoy.

You can find this bar food favorite at most casual restaurants, but several of these spots across the state are offering twists on the classic, with Asian-inspired flavors, alternative chip options and unexpected meats and other toppings.

 

Archie Moore's
Branford, Fairfield, Milford, New Haven and Wallingford

Best Nachos: Archie Moore's, multiple locations
Best Nachos: Archie Moore's, multiple locations
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Archie Moore’s has been named as the spot for “Best Nachos” by Connecticut Magazine, where the loaded chips are “piled high and wide.”

"There are a few different options but you can’t go wrong with the buffalo nachos, topped with grilled chicken marinated in Archie’s killer wing sauce and cheddar-jack cheese and served with salsa, sour cream and blue cheese,” magazine contributors wrote. “But the best of the bunch might just be the pulled pork nachos with onions and jalapeños."

 

Dew Drop Inn
Derby

Dew Drop Inn is a top Connecticut destination for chicken wings (Esquire Magazine chose the restaurant as the state’s best in 2021) but guests also love the Derby spot’s loaded nachos (available with chili for an extra charge) and another version with pulled pork. 

Alternately, the restaurant offers a "nacho" option among its "basically ridiculous" wing flavors, which include cilantro lime tahini, peanut butter bacon and "cheesy garlic bread."

Willimantic Brewing Company
Willimantic

In 2015, the eastern Connecticut brew pub’s “First Class Nachos” were named to Thrillist’s list of the 21 best nachos in America. The hefty portion of chips is loaded with cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños and scallions, with optional add-ons of grilled or blackened chicken, zesty pulled chicken, pulled pork or vegetarian chili.

 

Eli Cannon's
Middletown

The front of Eli Cannon's Tap Room on Main Street in Middletown as seen on July 14, 2018.
The front of Eli Cannon's Tap Room on Main Street in Middletown as seen on July 14, 2018.
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The classic nachos at this beloved beer bar begin with tomatoes, olives, scallions, jalapeños and cheddar jack cheese, and can be topped with regular or Buffalo chicken, BBQ pulled pork or chili.

Plan B Burger Bar
Multiple locations

Plan B’s “American nachos” start with a base of fresh potato chips instead of tortillas, which are topped with chili, red onion, tomatoes, jalapeños and American cheese sauce. The menu also features “blue chips” with warm bleu cheese sauce, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles.

 

Wood-n-Tap
Multiple locations

Wood-n-Tap offers football specials as the NFL season starts, including $10 chicken or beef nachos. 

Wood-n-Tap offers football specials as the NFL season starts, including $10 chicken or beef nachos. 

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Wood-n-Tap’s signature nachos are one of the most popular appetizers at the Connecticut-based chain, featuring a generous portion of chips loaded with chicken or beef, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeños, black beans and shredded lettuce.

 

Geronimo Southwest Grill & Tequila Bar
Fairfield and New Haven

Nachos at Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill

Nachos at Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill

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Geronimo’s nachos feature several topping options, including slow-braised bison or vegetarian chili, chicken or carnitas. A “nachos borrachos” plate is fully loaded with chicken, Buffalo chili and carnitas.

Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe
Hartford

The Asian-inspired “Far East” nachos at Tisane feature fried wonton chips as a base, topped with shredded pepper jack cheese, pineapple chunks, pico de gallo, grilled chicken and hoisin sauce.

Taquerio
Mystic

At this taqueria in a converted former gas station, the nachos are built with queso, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, tomato, pickled red onion, jalapeños, sour cream and guacamole. Protein add-ons include ground beef, chicken, carnitas, barbacoa, BBQ pork or crispy Buffalo chicken.

Barracuda Bistro & Bar
New Haven

Barracuda’s nachos are built on a base of yuca frita, topped with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes and scallions and served with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. Protein toppings include blackened chicken, pork belly, steak, mushrooms or baby shrimp.

The Blind Rhino
South Norwalk and Black Rock

The Blind Rhino is another go-to spot for wings in southern Connecticut (and recently defended its title for “best traditional hot wing” at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in September). But visitors also enjoy the pulled pork nachos, with braised pork, cheddar jack, sour cream, pico de gallo, roasted poblano cheese sauce, charred tomatillo salsa. Not a pork fan? Choose chicken for an additional cost.

 

Westbrook Lobster
Westbrook

At Westbrook Lobster’s Wallingford location, the popular lobster nachos are crafted with flour tortilla chips (fried in house), cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, black bean and corn salsa and a spicy “bang bang” sauce.

MilSabores
Bridgeport

Edwin and Yohana Mondragon, the owners of MilSabores in Bridgeport, which offers Mexican and Venezuelan food.

Edwin and Yohana Mondragon, the owners of MilSabores in Bridgeport, which offers Mexican and Venezuelan food.

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The Norwalk-based mobile eatery, which launched in 2019 with a menu of Mexican and Venezuelan specialties, went all in on "Birria Sundays" in 2020, cooking hundreds of pounds of braised beef on the last day of the weekend. That success with the dish, which extended beyond tacos to birria burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tortas and even ramen, helped Edwin and Yohana Mondragon open their first brick-and-mortar in Bridgeport last fall. 

In addition to birria, MilSabores’ nachos can also be topped with carne asada steak, al pastor, carnitas, chicken, chorizo or a mix of three meats.

 

Guy's Foxwoods, ATC South St., Roadrunner Kitchen
Mashantucket, Litchfield, Bridgeport

"Basura," or "trash can" nachos at ATC South St. 

"Basura," or "trash can" nachos at ATC South St. 

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Food Network star Guy Fieri helped popularize the “trash can nachos,” with chips, cheese and toppings baked on a sheet and then layered into a tin can for a tableside presentation. At his Foxwoods restaurant, the nachos are served with pulled pork, beans and “SMC,” or “super melty cheese.”

If Foxwoods is too far of a ride, some restaurants in the western half of the state do their own version of trash can nachos. Roadrunner Kitchen in Bridgeport offers its option with spicy chili, hot drawn cheese and guacamole, and ATC South St. in Litchfield presents its “basura nachos” with optional add-ons like chopped pork belly, pulled chicken and chili con carne.



 

Bodega Taco Bar
Darien and Fairfield

Bodega’s nachos offer a unique twist on the classic: sweet chili duck as a protein topping, served with cotija cheese and cranberry jalapeño salsa. The restaurant has also offered tuna, chicken adobo and birria nachos as past specials. 

 

Bear's Smokehouse
Hartford, New Haven, Windsor

Bear’s "Macho Nachos” are built with cheese, barbecue beans, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa and guests’ choice of smoked meat: pulled pork or chicken, brisket, kielbasa, turkey, Texas sausage, burnt ends or Impossible meatloaf. 

 

Tequila Revolucion
Fairfield

Tequila Revolucion’s “tostada nachos” are prepared on individual chips, with toppings like refried or black beans, chicken, chorizo and steak. The restaurant’s Tequila Nachos are built with melted cheese, pico de gallo, refried beans and ground beef.

Falafel Taco
Greenwich

Chicken tacos on corn tortillas are served at Falafel Taco in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The new fast-casual restaurant, located at 28 Greenwich Ave., combines Mexican and Israeli tastes featuring dishes like the turkey schwarma taco, chicken mole on laffa, pita nachos, and of course the classic falafel taco.

Chicken tacos on corn tortillas are served at Falafel Taco in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The new fast-casual restaurant, located at 28 Greenwich Ave., combines Mexican and Israeli tastes featuring dishes like the turkey schwarma taco, chicken mole on laffa, pita nachos, and of course the classic falafel taco.

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Falafel Taco, a fusion “Mex-Raeli” restaurant that opened in July, offers a mashup of Israeli and Mexican fare, with menu items like Mexican latkes, and tacos with falafel, chicken schnitzel and sabich. Its “pita nachos” on pita chips include habanero cheese sauce, black beans, turkey shwarma, pico de gallo and avocado hummus.