The best nachos ever (and in the French press)

Above: Do Bianchi’s pick for “best nachos ever” at Polvo’s in Austin.

Do Bianchi got some props today in the French press. In a Valentine’s Day post, Le Monde’s blog Le Post called my “gastronomic blog” a sign of the recent “radical change” in Americans’ tastes (presumably after the presidential election). Gee… if that’s a compliment, I think I prefer a French insult.

So I thought I’d post on this Valentine’s Day on a good ol’ Tex-Mex classic, nachos.

I’ve eaten nachos all across these fine United States of America, and as partial as I am to the nachos served at the sometimes crusty but always classic El Cholo in Los Angeles, Polvo’s in Austin now holds the title of “best nachos ever” in the Do Bianchi Pantheon of ars culinaria mexicana.

While the decor at Polvo’s ain’t the Ritz, the waitstaff is friendly (although the hosts are sullen). Everything I’ve eaten there has been great (and well-priced), including the mole (we went there last night for dinner before an excellent Guy Forsyth show). My only true lament: what do you have to do in this town to get a beer without a lime in it?

My valentine, Tracie B, makes some pretty mean nachos herself, with spicy ground and sautéed turkey, melted cheese, and her own homemade tomatillo sauce (above). Sooooo good…

In other news…

NN+’s video was a Valentine’s Day feature on YouTube today! Pretty nifty…

Happy Valentine’s, y’all!

13 Responses to The best nachos ever (and in the French press)

  1. tracieb says:

    returning to the scene of our first date was fun! we managed to stay away from the mole this time.

    nothing like a tex mex restaurant with james brown AND the beatles on the music rotation…

    HEY!

  2. AC says:

    The Best Nachos ever…Gotcha;)

  3. Do Bianchi says:

    Tracie B: I thought that was James Brown sitting with you! ;-)

    I know, mole on a first date… good choice, huh? seemed to work out well nonetheless… :-)

    AC: those nachos were so good they were googlicious!

  4. tracieb says:

    yes it did, 2B :)

  5. stacy says:

    Oh man. I have been craving nachos all week! and those look delicious. so good when the cheese/chips get brown. mmmmmm

    love the Tex Willer comic book pic. We have a few of those around the house. hehe

    ah the french. lol

  6. stacy says:

    corpo di un satanasso!

    (thats from my italian.Lol)

  7. Tenbrooks says:

    >My only true lament: what do you have to do in this town to get a beer without a lime in it?

    Order a Shiner Bock.

    Glad to see Guy’s still gigging. Anyone who covers “I’m a Hog for You, Baby” on one of his records is alright by me.

    Best,
    john

  8. Do Bianchi says:

    Stacy, I’m so glad someone appreciated the Tex Willer! :-)

    John, Shiner’s all we drink at Ginny’s… Guy was pretty amazing, I gotta say. Great showman, too… He fronted an oldtime band…

  9. Tenbrooks says:

    Oldtime band? Asylum Street Spankers or some other rockin’ teenage combo?

    best,
    John

  10. Simona says:

    Tex Willer! I haven’t seen a copy in years. A French compliment, I guess. And I’ll stop here.

  11. Wayne says:

    Finding great nachos in Texas can’t be difficult.. Find me some decent Nachos in FRIULI and I’ll be impressed!!

  12. Do Bianchi says:

    Simona, I hadn’t thought about Tex Willer in years either. :-)

    John, Guy played with the Hot Nut Riveters, evidently a new outfit for him…

    Wayne, I know: Mexican and Tex-Mex were some of the things I missed the most when I lived in Italy. But then again, it’s pretty hard to find great Mexican food in NYC, too…

    thanks, y’all, for stopping by!

  13. [...] Holy cannolo Bill Clinton! Now it’s time for me to get my butt back to Austin for some holy mole at Polvo’s. [...]

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