St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days where nobody can judge you for spending the evening—or whole day—in a pub with your closest friends, drinking a pint or two of Guinness, and feasting on a heaping portion of appetizers. The best appetizer for the occasion is none other than a fun twist on everyone’s favourite share plate.
Irish nachos have all the crunchy flavours of nachos but uses potato slices instead of chips! Check out these places offering Toronto’s best Irish nachos.
The Bishop and Belcher
Though The Bishop and Belcher isn’t actually Irish, it does offer one of the most loaded plates of Irish nachos in the city. The downtown British pub uses waffle fries to make these nachos, then tops them with a seasoned ground beef, tomatoes and onions. The plate is served with a side of sour cream, salsa and guacamole at no extra cost. The holes in the waffle fries makes it easier to scoop so you don’t leave any of the fallen nacho toppings behind.
The bacon found on these Irish nachos is the game changer, giving them an extra crunchy taste. But don’t worry, the red and green onions on top means they’re healthy—right? If that’s not delicious enough, of course, a hunk of sour cream completes the dish. Willie’s nachos are extra cheesy, extra meaty and extra tasty!
Midtown Gastro Hub
The nachos found at Midtown Gastro Hub are made to remind us that even though there’s an Irish twist, nachos are still Mexican. That’s why these waffle fries are topped with pico de gallo, jalapenos and jalapeno aioli. But that doesn’t mean they won’t pair nicely with a green beer next week.
The slogan of this west-end pub reads “your home away from home,” which is definitely accurate if your home is Dublin. Between live music and gametime television, there’s always something going on here, making it a neighbourhood favourite. The Irish nachos are topped with a melted Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese and topped with all your favourite vegetables–including shredded lettuce. These nachos come serves with jalapenos and all your favourite dips.
The Fox and the Fiddle
With now up to ten locations in Toronto, The Fox and the Fiddle is one of the most accessible pubs in the city to find different nacho plates. Their Irish nachos at the 1285 Finch Ave. W. location are made one-of-a-kind through the touch of chipotle mayo drizzled over the lattice fries. You’ll also find them fully loaded with jalapenos, tomatoes, peppers, and scallions. Pairing this plate with a full pint of Guinness would not be a bad way to spend St. Patrick’s Day.