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5 tasty Milwaukee nachos for National Nachos Day

This article originally ran for Cndo de Mayo.

It's not easy to create a perfect plate of nachos – the chips can easily become soggy or overloaded with too many ingredients. Hence, a great plate of nachos is arguably an art form.

Nachos prove that you don't need small plates in order to share with dining mates. Here are five places that know their way around a plate of 'em – perfect for National Nachos Day – or really, any one of the 365 days on our calendar works when it comes to nachos.

Smoke Shack

Smoke Shack's pulled pork is pure oral joy no matter how it's served, so when it's atop a bed of nachos – along with black beans, white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onion and sour cream – it's a total plate scraper.

El Senorial

El Senorial's orden de nachos falls somewhere between classic and experimental, but smack dab on delicious. The Chihuahua cheese is always perfectly melted and is nicely complemented with large slices of avocado and the restaurant's signature jalapeño salad.

MECCA Sports Bar and Grill

MECCA's Cream City chimney stack nachos serve up a heaping pile of chips loaded with smoked barbecue chicken (or barbecue brisket), beans, onions, avocado cream, pico de gallo, barbecue sauce and cheese comes inside a grilling chimney starter. It's certainly eye-catching and undoubtedly belly-filling.

The Wicked Hop

The Wicked Hop's nachos come topped with just cheese for $8 or with chicken, pulled pork or buffalo chili for $11. Regardless of toppings, all of Wicked's nachos are served with hand-cut tortilla chips, black olives, tomatoes, jalapeños, red onions, guac, salsa and sour cream.

BelAir Cantina

At all five Milwaukee-area BelAir Cantina locations, nachos are available vegetarian, carne or pollo. All come topped with queso fundido, black beans, pica and crema. Half orders are also available and portions are definitely sharin' sized.

Talkbacks

Otto | Nov. 6, 2015 at 7:11 p.m. (report)

The upside down nachos from the old La Casita were amazing. Still miss that place.

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mkeforlife | March 19, 2015 at 9:50 p.m. (report)

Solid list. I would add Stubby's and Riviera Maya too.

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ozricale | March 19, 2015 at 12:02 p.m. (report)

My favorite nachos are at Rock Bottom Brewery. They're served in a single layer on a large platter which gets toppings on every chip and no soggy bottom layer. Sitting outside by the river with a few brews and nachos is a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

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