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Irish Potato Nachos

Posted by Robyn Urback / Listed on February 25, 2011 / review policy

Irish Potato NachosIrish Potato Nachos sounds like a culturally confused picnic lunch family dish, but it's actually a pretty decent meal you can get on the run downtown.

We stumble into the little take-out spot that's been open just two weeks on Church south of Dundas. Outside it's not much and inside, well, it's not really much either. Bright yellow walls, a fridge, a counter, and two chairs by the window. Granted, the place has just opened, and the owner still plans to decorate, according to the friendly girl at the cash.

Irish Potato NachosI scour the menu, still sort of unclear as to what I'm actually ordering. "It's basically nachos," she tells me. "But instead of chips, we use scalloped potatoes." I assume, then, I'll be getting a slightly modified form of greasy bar food and opt for the Shamrock Veggie ($5.95) as to not enrage the slightly upset stomach I woke up with earlier that day.

As my order is being prepared, the owner comes out from the kitchen and strikes up a conversation as he leans against the counter. I learn that he used to own a pub, where he served his Irish potato nachos along with the usual bar fare. The nachos were so popular that he finally decided to open up this spot solely devoted to the Irish/Mexican dish. The nachos come in a variety of forms, including the El Diablo Pollo (onions and spicy chicken $7.95), Club Nachos (bacon, chicken breast, tomatoes, jalapenos and cheese $7.95), and Pescado San Patricio (seasoned fish, jalapeno mayo and cheese $6.95).

Irish Potato NachosThe kitchen packs our order in eco-friendly containers about five minutes later and we set out to find a spot to dig in. Though I was expecting greasy bar food, the nachos look fresh and colourful as I open the lid. And then I dig in. The potatoes aren't what I expected; they're soft, not crispy, so I use the fork handed to me as I left. They're also wonderfully spiced, which adds an extra element of taste over typical nachos with dry chips. The veggies are fresh and a little crunchy, which is how I like them. And they haven't skimped; there's lots of onion, tomatoes, and red and green peppers. The cheese, though, wasn't totally melted which was sort of a disappointment.

But overall, the Irish potato nachos were quite filling, and really tasty. Maybe the shamrock and sombrero were truly meant to be together after all?

Irish Potato NachosPhotos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

29 Comments

V / February 25, 2011 at 10:16 am
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This looks interesting, I might try it out. Though I don't really see is as nachos.
P.S the website doesn't work.
Lea / February 25, 2011 at 01:18 pm
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Can't wait to try this. Something different from my usual hang-over go to, poutine.
HM76428 / February 25, 2011 at 02:53 pm
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I think I just found my new hangover food.
S / February 25, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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Nachos need to have melted cheese. The idea sounds great but if you can't get one of the basics right that isn't so good. The first picture makes it look like the food is served cold.
valerie / February 25, 2011 at 06:41 pm
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Last weekend, I was in downtown Cleveland at a big Irish pub called Flannery's. Pretty great and not at all Firkiny - they even served Snakebite and Black Velvet (not the whiskey). To eat, we had "Irish Nachos", which were fries topped with melted cheese, salsa, jalapenos other peppers and sour cream. One order was $5.99 U.S. and was more than enough for my boyfriend and I to share.

So yeah, good luck on this being a new trend.
sean / February 25, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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this isn't anything new, just about every irish pub serves "irish nachos" and novelty aside they just don't cut it.
padraig / February 25, 2011 at 09:55 pm
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Hey, I tried the el pollo loco they were to die for!!
siobhan farrell / February 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm
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Wish they where in Australia!!! YUmmo
Gonzo / February 26, 2011 at 06:43 am
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they deleted my last post. so I'll be more pleasant this time.

Irish nachos are nothing new. They have had them at loads of Irish bars in TO for years. Except these look like potato skins rather than the lattace fries in the bar (so good).

I know the one item shop is all the rage (poutine), but I can't see these things as something to hang your whole hat on.

I give it a 'meh' out of five stars.
REB / February 26, 2011 at 08:45 am
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The one dish I tried (El Diablo Pollo) was absolutely delicious!!
I just came upon the spot and thought I would try it, particularly since the place was clean and inviting.

Definitely a must try!
tony / February 26, 2011 at 10:28 am
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They,re are more than just nacho,s with so many different toppings and sauces........ they,re Greatttttttt!
dendo replying to a comment from S / February 26, 2011 at 10:46 am
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So what you're saying? you need a photo of steam to excite your taste-buds?... Eat your food and shut up or go to your room and stay there until I let you out.
taya / February 26, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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i love there food!!!!!!
ewww / February 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm
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this looks gross - unmelted, probably processed cheese. Who knew potato skins are so difficult to make (oh sorry, I mean Irish nachos...)?
Tooraloora / February 27, 2011 at 10:31 am
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Two cultures raped in one go.
KL / February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am
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Sour cream from a rub, salsa from a jar, raw strips of green peppers, unmelted pre-shredded cheese, "scalloped" potatoes.

You can make this at home (and, I'm certain, better) for a fraction of the cost.
KL replying to a comment from KL / February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am
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Tub, rather.
Adsy / February 28, 2011 at 01:13 pm
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Had them this past weekend. They were so good!! I waited about 15 minutes before even opening the container. The cheese was nicely melted by then. Open late too? Awesome.
Sandra Clarke / March 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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Long time friend of Paddy's from when he had the pub in the Beaches. All I can tell you is that he's the best cook ever. Everthing he makes is wondeful, especially his Irish Potato Nachos....I've missed having them... Glad your back friend. Cheers.
FC / April 8, 2011 at 03:58 pm
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Killer Nachos, Awesome Staff!
Kat replying to a comment from KL / April 22, 2011 at 01:30 am
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you can make everything at home; why ever exit your house?

It's good; it's not too expensive (potatoes are pretty filling -- you don't need a tonne) and it's something different. Good job, IPN! The staff is cheery, too :)
Elizabeth / May 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm
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I visited this place about two weeks ago, I absolutely loved it. They were so delicious. I decided to go back today, a Saturday, at 3pm, and it was closed! Does anyone know if it's closed for good? I would be so sad. :(
ashley / June 6, 2011 at 06:37 pm
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I walked by yesterday and it was still closed :(
Paddy / June 15, 2011 at 03:50 pm
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The store is open 10am to 10pm new store hours for the summer
Paddy replying to a comment from Elizabeth / June 15, 2011 at 03:58 pm
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New store hours 10am 10pm 7 days a week
Paddy replying to a comment from ashley / June 15, 2011 at 03:59 pm
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new store hours 10am -10pm 7 days a week
Joe / June 29, 2011 at 02:22 pm
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10am-10pm?? 7 days a week??? Not today you aren't. Went there at 1pm on a Wed and it was dark.
Noah / July 29, 2011 at 01:25 pm
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They were closed for repairs for a couple weeks... I fear they won't be re-opening.
elizabeth / July 31, 2011 at 05:20 pm
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My friend walked by a few days ago and said there was a sign on the door from a bailiff, the locks have been changed or something...so I guess they went out of business or something..sad. I loved it there!

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