Words and photos by Nicole Ruiz Hudson

Sometimes life demands nachos. Whether you’re out to celebrate or in need of a kvetch-fest, there is nothing quite like sharing a giant plate of nachos with friends. Hell, let’s be honest, nachos don’t really need a reason. Nachoria in Burlingame’s small but happening downtown capitalizes on their universal appeal and puts the humble tortilla chip front and center.

Al pastor nachos.

The concept is simple. You choose from seven topping options (pollo asado, carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, diablo shrimp, grilled shrimp, and vegetarian), as well as fire-roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, green onions, queso fresco and refried or black beans. You are then delivered a heaping plate of house-fried nacho chips dripping with cheese ($14 for most options, or $10 for a half portion). Be warned–the full portion can easily be shared by four people.

The cheese sauce–a blend of several cheeses developed in-house–is particularly creamy and it holds its consistency well to the end. It coats the chips then pools at the bottom of the platter, so make sure to dip chips from the top in that delicious reservoir.

Carne asada torta ahogada.

If you’re in the mood for something other than nachos, you can choose from all the Mexican food regulars–tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, etc. The carne asada torta ahogada may even be more delicious than the nachos, but they work well together (consider pouring the torta’s leftover piquant sauce over your nachos!). If you want something a little lighter (or the illusion thereof), the salad portions are equally generous. The diablo shrimp is a fiery option if you’re looking for a kick.

You’ll probably want a drink to accompany your order. They offer a happy hour Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 that features $5 margaritas and $2 draft beer, among other options. They also serve brunch on Sunday with bottomless mimosas. On the other hand, go in for their lunch deal of one lunch item, side of rice, beans and salad or soup for $9.

Nachoria.com // 226 Lorton Ave, Burlingame // Mon-Thurs 11am-2pm, 4pm-9pm, Fri 11am-2pm, 4pm-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm //

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