10 Places to Get Crispy, Crunchy Nachos in the Hudson Valley
Whether you like them loaded with toppings or smothered with queso, you’ll find nacho nirvana at these local eateries.
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Can we take a moment to appreciate the simple beauty of nachos? In their most basic form, they’re an artful balance of crunchy, salty tortilla chips and creamy queso. As you approach gourmet territory, however, they morph into artful concoctions laden with everything from feta and olives to pulled pork and brie. Either way, they’re always delectable, satisfying, and surprisingly versatile. Whether you enjoy them as a shared appetizer with friends, as a late-night treat with a pal, or, you know, all on your own, you can’t go wrong with nachos in the Valley.
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4 S Chestnut St, New Paltz
Order: Nasty Nachos
Yes, Bacchus has “regular” nachos — a classic combo of three cheeses, pico de gallo, scallions, and jalapenos topped with an artful dollop of sour cream and salsa. Yet the real showstopper at the New Paltz eatery is undoubtedly the Nasty Nacho platter. Not to be attempted alone, the hearty dish includes all of the above ingredients, plus guacamole and a choice of two toppings. Pick from grilled chicken, popcorn shrimp, chili, refried beans, and black beans, then prepare to dig in. If you resort to a fork, we won’t judge. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all so, so delicious.
35 Fairmont Ave, Poughkeepsie
Order: Notorious Nachos
Perpetually hidden off a back corner from Vassar College, Billy Bob’s continues to boast one of the most gargantuan nacho platters in the whole of the Hudson Valley. It begins with the basics: black olives, black beans, cheese, onions, pico de gallo, jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream, and guacamole. If you want a vegetarian entrée, feel free to stop the party there for a packed and plentiful platter. If you hit the hole-in-the-wall beer and barbecue joint with friends though, go all out and throw some barbecue chicken, beef brisket, chili, or pulled pork on top. Pair it all with a $1 beer on Thursday night for the perfect pre-weekend party in your mouth.
47 E Main St, Beacon
Order: Veggie Nachos
There’s not a lick of meat in Dogwood’s vegetarian nachos, and that’s no bad thing. In fact, the Beacon bar’s chip stack shines because it’s a veggie-packed powerhouse. Here, the tortilla triangles get adorned with chopped tomatoes and onions, a creamy cheese sauce, cilantro, jalapenos, sour cream, and a hearty serving of veggie chili. Order them as a main if you don’t feel like sharing or split them alongside an order of the Mediterranean-inspired veggie flatbread to keep with the meat-free theme.
1-3 Collegeview Ave, Poughkeepsie
Order: Chili Tofu Nachos
Located in an oddly triangular space at the heart of Poughkeepsie's Arlington district, Fresco is about as big as a literal hole in the wall, with a lack of seating to boot. Don’t let that deter you from top-notch nachos, though. Instead, embrace the thrill of paying less than $6 for a hearty order of chips. Vegetarians can munch on the guacamole nachos, while meat eaters can go for the Tex-Mex chili, chicken, or steak styles. If you’re up to try something really special, try out the chili tofu plate. Made with homemade chips, bean curd tofu chili, melted cheese, black beans, and tomato, the veg-friendly portion will satisfy your stomach and your wallet.
1110 Madison Ave, Albany
Order: Messi Jessi
A rule of thumb when ordering nachos: if it sounds like a hot mess on a plate, it’s probably a winner. Such is the case with the Messi Jessi at The Madison Pour House. The sassy selection includes house-made nachos, pico de gallo, beer cheese, cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream, and shredded lettuce. It’s made perfect with a drizzle of pesto, of all things, and served piping hot. Leave off the cheese if you’re eating vegan or top it with beef if you want to pack on the protein.
87 Main St, New Paltz
1571 Rte 9, Wappingers Falls
Order: Nachos Supreme
Everyone’s favorite Mexican eatery brings its nacho A-game with multiple riffs on the standby appetizer. Grab a half order of the vegetarian nachos, made with cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos, black beans, marmalade onions, and herb sour cream if you want a snack-style meal. If you’re down for the whole enchilada (figuratively speaking, of course), brace yourself for a full plate of the Nachos Supreme. Loaded with all the toppings of the veggie nachos, the powerhouse platter also comes with one choice of meat. Whether you top it all off with baked BBQ brisket, pulled pork, baked pork pernil, grilled chicken, steak, or chili, you can’t really go wrong. Be warned: unless you’re the Rock, full plates are for sharing.
100 Rondout Landing, Kingston
Order: BBQ Nachos
Want an extra kick to your chips? Go for the crunchy, chewy, saucy goodness found in the BBQ nachos at Ole Savannah. The dish, which is technically an appetizer but works well as a main, relies on crispy corn chips as a base. As for toppers, feast your eyes (and your stomach) on the flavorful medley of barbecue pulled pork, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos, green onions, and sour cream. Talk about nacho perfection.
2741 Rte 9, Cold Spring
If the title on the menu is any indication, Round Up’s nachos are firmly in the “yummy good” category. The dish itself is no frills, instead relying on straightforward barbecue goodness to wedge itself straight into your heart. Since good ol’ Texas-style barbecue is the name of the game at Round Up, expect the nachos here to come with a hearty dose of saucy, spicy meat and more than a few dollops of queso. Jalapenos and salsa come on the side, but you can always leave them off if you want to enjoy unadulterated chiptastic goodness.
6426 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck
Order: Hot Wing and Blue Cheese Nachos
Terrapin does a lot of things well. Hudson Valley burgers? Yep. Duck quesadillas? Why not. Super saucy rigatoni? Hello! So it’s almost no surprise that the Rhinebeck restaurant scores serious brownie points with its three riffs on nachos. The original variety, with cheddar, black bean sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and jalapenos, hits the spot as an appetizer or, when topped with chicken, pork-green chili stew, or tex-mex beef, as an entrée. However, our hearts sway at the thought of the hot wing and blue cheese nachos, which blend cheddar and blue cheese with a choice of spicy or mild chicken and the same go-to toppings as the original dish. If you’re feeling really indulgent, take a peek at the braised beef and caramelized onion nachos. With gruyere cheese, braised short ribs, beef and onion gravy, caramelized onions, sour cream, and scallions, they’re a dream for lunch or dinner in the Red Bistro.
119 Liberty St, Newburgh
Order: Wherehouse Nachos
The Wherehouse is not-cho here to play games when it comes to the loaded chip dish. Case in point: the quirky Newburgh eatery offers not one, but four nacho platters. Like chili? Go for the vegan chili-topped vegetarian nachos. Love some savory pulled pork? Try out the slow smoked, hand-pulled pork loaded chippers. Can’t get enough chicken wings? Make a beeline for the buffalo nachos, which come topped with fried chicken, shredded pepper jack, crumbled blue cheese, pico de gallo, blue cheese dressing, and buffalo sauce. Want it all, and some? Opt for the namesake Wherehouse Nachos. They begin with house-fried chips and turn into an unforgettable snack sampler when laden with refried beans, Wherehouse chili, melted cheddar jack cheese, jalapeno, pico de gallo, salsa verde, and sour cream. Good luck finishing an order on your own.