By Hope S. Philbrick
Among the stereotypes about Las Vegas, Nev., is that you can eat for cheap. The first location of Nacho Daddy that’s outside of Las Vegas (where there are three locations) is in Duluth, Ga., and it upholds that notion.
“A couple can eat dinner there very inexpensively!” my husband noted on the drive home. From him, that’s high praise indeed.
What to order seemed obvious. Sure, the menu offers tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other temptations, but given that the clever name celebrates nachos we walked in knowing we’d start with those.
The menu offers 14 different nacho options, including “World Famous” nachos like Fiesta Nacho (chicken, salsa, onions, refried beans, cheese on tri-colored chips, topped with queso fresco, pico de gallo, guacamole & sour cream), “Mexican, American Collusions” like BBQ Pork Nacho (pulled pork, house-made BBQ sauce, white queso topped with fried onion strings and cilantro on corn chips), and “Exotics” like Lobster & Crab Nacho (lobster, crab, white queso, serrano aioli, mango pico de gallo, fresh jalapeno, and sriracha on corn chips).
We opted for Supreme Tostado Nacho (ground beef, cheese, yellow queso, refried beans, pico de gallo, fried jalapeños, lettuce, avocado lime salsita, sour cream, and guacamole on chips).
“That’s our most popular!” said our waitress with a smile.
We also ordered margaritas. After seeing the humongous glasses on nearby tables, I asked if it would be possible to get anything smaller—I hoped to try multiple versions, since the menu offers nine different margaritas including white peach, cinnamon, pineapple mint, and others.
“No, we just have one size,” she said.
We opted for the Spicy Cucumber Margarita and the Cadillac Margarita, which tops the standard Daddy’s Margarita with Grand Marnier.
This is a restaurant that’s betting the house on the assertion that more is better.
The nachos arrived and I remain impressed that the guy who brought them to our table managed to carry them from the kitchen and set the pile down in front of us without the whole towering thing toppling over onto the floor, it was such a gravity-defying, eye-popping mound of food.
He handed us each a plate and fork before wishing us luck and departing.
We dug into the nachos the usual way, with fingers. But these house-made chips are super thin, and as the ingredients seeped and melded together, the forks started to make sense. The flavors of all ingredients complimented one another and the thinness of the chips was part of the overall charm of the concoction. The spice level kept building and eventually I had to ask for some sour cream to help temper the heat.
The spicy margarita is spicier and the Cadillac sweeter than described by our waitress. We found that a straw-full of each dropped simultaneously into our mouths was a tasty combo. We asked the bartender to mix the two drinks, but when she offered to make new ones we instead opted for the skinny margaritas, which are a straightforward food-friendly blend of tequila, agave nectar, and lime juice.
We’d ordered the nacho plate thinking it would be a starter, but by the time we finished eating it we were too stuffed to try anything else.
Bottom Line: This casual eatery serves large portions of house-made food with powerful flavors at value prices.
Specials at Nacho Daddy Duluth
- $5 Happy Hour – Food Specials, Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. & all day Sunday
- Reverse Happy Hour – Monday-Friday 10 p.m. to close
- Meatless Mondays – Free beer or house margarita w/ purchase of vegan entree
- Kids Eat Free Monday – One free kid’s meal with a purchase of an entrée
- @21plusTravel Tip: Avoid Mondays if you want an adults-oriented experience!
- Taco & Tequila Tuesday – Street taco specials and 2 for 1 tequila shots
- BOGO Wine Wednesday – 2 for 1 glasses of wine
- Brunch – Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re a vegan, no need to feel left out. The Nacho Daddy menu has multiple vegan options.
3095 Main St. Ste. 500
Duluth GA 30096
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Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks for Nacho Daddy for hosting our meal.