Nacho, Nacho, Nacho

On Friday, as a kickoff to the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, there was a most fitting tailgate party on the University of Arizona Mall. The Nacho Average Tailgate Party  offered a nice assortment of the popular snack without any of that day-glo cheese in sight.  Not only was the event a party, it was a competition.

A handful of  restaurants and other food establishments created a wild assortment of tasty nachos. Pork nachos, beef nachos, chicken nachos, tuna nachos, black bean nachos, cinnamon sugar nachos, you name it, were all there for the tasting.  No two were alike. There was Asian influence nachos and sweet nachos. Chiles of every ilk could be found and Modelo Beer was a sponsor so there was plenty of beer to accompany all those flavors.

My fave was the pulled pork nachos from Brushfire BBQ with its full-flavored cheese sauce, perfectly prepped pulled pork and a cloud of candied bacon. brushfire

Lindy’s on 4th won the whole shebang. They had two types and I’m not sure if the sweet cinnamon and chocolate nachos won or if the black bean nachos won the prize. lindys-with-black-beans

Another treat was El Charro Steakhouse‘s poke nacho. ahipoke-elcharro-steakThe textures and flavors were in perfect balance. All three El Charro restaurants were represented. Sir Veza’s Taco Garage  had carnitas nachos and El Charro had spicy chicken nachos.

Other representatives were: El Gorrionelgorrion Horseshoe Grill,  horseshoe-grillJohnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, johnnygibsonsdowntown-marketHifalutin‘, hifalitin-with-mango-salsaarmandoduarteasianporkArmando Duarte Catering and Mouth of the South Salsa.muthofthe-south

I didn’t stay long but by time i left the crowds were pouring in. I left beyond satisfied. Thank you Matt Russell and Russell Communications.