Shopsin's Breakfast Nachos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Shopsin's Breakfast Nachos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

No. 64: Breakfast nachos from Shopsin's

If you're standing in line for Shopsin's, you, presumably, know what you're getting yourself into. You're prepared to follow the rules (you have less than four people in your party, you must order one entree per person, no one is allowed substitutions, and no two people in your party can order alike). You're prepared to deal with a waitstaff that can be surly if you fail to follow those rules. And you're prepared to take in the massive menu, printed on one page in tiny print and myriad colors, as fast as you can and order something--anything--as soon as you're asked what you want. In anticipation of that moment, allow us to direct you to the breakfast nachos, an item you might overlook in favor of the much more famous mac-and-cheese pancakes or blisters on my sisters. We like those things. We like the nachos more. Crisp, thick-ish tortilla triangles are layered with black beans, fluffy scrambled eggs, slices of fresh jalapeño, and white cheddar, which bakes, along with the rest of the platter, until it bubbles, browns, and stretches. It's a simple concept, but try as we might, we can't recreate it--and trust us, we've tried. And by the way, if you ask for a heat level of 10 on a server's scale of one to 10, you're getting ghost chile powder sprinkled atop the dish. So beware.

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