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In queso you didn’t know, Raleigh’s got a pretty strong nacho scene. (Alright, we’ll stop with the puns now.) It’s a popular snack for good reason—the pools of creamy, hot queso, the globs of chunky guacamole, the zing of jalapeños. There are several local spots that serve their own versions of the mighty Tex-Mex dish, which actually first appeared in 1943 in Piedras Negras, a small city in Mexico close to the U.S. military base Fort Duncan in Texas. The following restaurants take the basic nacho platter and jazz it up with unique additions or modern spins, delivering a snack that you’ll be taco-ing about for days. (Last one, we promise!).
4208 Six Forks Road
Yard House combines two popular dishes—one of Mexican influences and one of Asian influences—to create their crave-worthy Poke Nachos. Instead of traditional tortilla chips, Yard House uses a base of crispy wontons that are topped with marinated raw ahi tuna, avocado, serranos, white truffle sauce, sweet soy ginger sauce, sriracha aioli, cilantro, green onions, nori and sesame seeds.
Raleigh Times Bar
14 East Hargett Street
The nachos at Raleigh Times are pretty much legendary at this point—they’re a popular choice for lunch, dinner and late night for both Raleighites and out-of-towners. The Pit’s NC BBQ pork is the most iconic choice of topping, but there’s also a chicken tinga or black bean version available. The platter is finished off with fresh jalapeños, cilantro, a cheddar and jack cheese blend, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole
1053 E Whitaker Mill Road
We all love chips and queso, but chips and beer queso? Even better. Wilson’s Eatery loads braised pork nachos with beer queso made with beer from Lynnwood Brewing Concern, along with black beans, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños and cilantro lime crema. Paired with an LBC beer, it’s pretty much the perfect meal.
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