Where there’s nachos, there’s a party. Here are five Des Moines spots that’ll show you how it’s done.
Colorful corn tortillas decked in tomatoes, onion, feisty jalapeno, banana pepper, two kinds of cheese (shredded sharp and creamy white sauce) plus your choice of smoked chicken, Graziano’s Italian sausage, pulled pork or brisket. Go on Tuesday for the ultimate nacho deal: a full plate for $6. Regular full order $9.99, no meat order $7.99, half order $5.99.
Find it: 1300 SE 1st St.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
University Library Cafe’s Library Nachos
Voted best nachos in town on the side of the building? Um, yes please. If you’re looking for a fun neighborhood bar with an impressive lineup of craft beers and totally bomb nachos, then this is your place. (Be prepared to get comfy though. This place is a little small, but that’s also why we love it.) Its signature nacho plate features fresh flour tortillas piled high with pinto beans, shredded cheddar cheese, Monterey cheese sauce, mild banana pepper rings and sour cream ($6.99). If you want, you can add cheeseburger, chicken, roast beef or corned beef for an extra $2.
Find it: 3506 University Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-midnight Sunday.
Hessen Haus’ Bavarian Nachos
With over 240 different beers, there’s sure to be some great food to help soak it up. Now, you might not think of getting nachos at a German bar, but give this twist between Mexican and German food a shot. The nachos have German flair thanks to chopped brats. They were a little soft but with good beer flavor. The concoction was topped with Monterey Jack and Muenster cheese, banana peppers and the Mexican fair came with an overload of Pico de Gallo. Sour cream and salsa on the side ($9.99).
Find it: 101 Fourth St. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Tuesday.
Jethros BBQ n’ Bacon’s Original Nachos
If you’re looking for nachos with outstanding meat, head to Jethro’s. Fresh corn chips dusted with a special rub, smothered in white cheddar sauce and shredded cheeses are topped with a choice of taco meat, blackened chicken, brisket or pulled pork, and finished with smoked corn pico, guacamole and sour cream ($10.95 whole, $8.95 half order). Smoky, tender, and enough for two? We’ll take it.
Find it: 1480 22nd St., West Des Moines.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Sam and Gabe’s Italian Restaurant Italian Nachos
Just because you’re at a fine dining restaurant doesn’t mean you can forget finger foods. Although, these are nacho typical nachos. Sam and Gabe’s add a fun twist on traditional nachos by bringing full Italian force to the nacho platter. The often-overlooked includes Italian sausage, banana peppers, Asiago cheese, and white sauce on toasted flour tortilla chips. The Italian sausage just has the right amount of spice and the white sauce is so good that if you mess up on your chip to topping ratio you’ll want to scoop it up with a spoon – or your finger.
Find it: 8631 Hickman Road, Urbandale.
Hours: 5-9:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5-close. Friday and Saturday.