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The Best Nachos in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 7, 2014

Nachos TorontoThe best nachos in Toronto keep to the classic formula of chips, cheese and toppings. This line-up of sports bars, pubs and Mexican grills really distinguishes itself in their use of top-notch toppings and skilled layering techniques.

This killer batch of nachos starts with great sturdy chips - in some instances, kettle-cooked tortillas or fried wontons. Next, it comes down to nuanced layering techniques: What gets smothered by cheese? (Onions, yes - pico, never!) Maximum cheese coverage is paramount. Oh, and having extras like blackened chicken, pulled pork or fried calamari doesn't hurt either.

Here are the best nachos in Toronto.

See also:
The Best Pubs in Toronto
The Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto

Sneaky Dees

Sneaky Dees

A favourite of Sneaky's College and Bathurst clientele for almost 25 years, the nachos here get creative with over a half dozen varieties, including Greek or Hawaiian-style options. The King’s Crown ($17.50) is among the most famous, featuring an oversized portion of corn tortillas covered with melted cheese, salsa roja, frijoles, ground beef, fresh veggies, jalapeños and dollops of guacamole and sour cream. More »

Utopia

Utopia

The menu at this popular Little Italy cafe and grill boasts five nacho variations that start with fresh corn tortilla chips layered with melted cheeses, salsa, jalapeños, veggie chili and sour cream. Try the veggie version for $12, or add chicken ($13), steak ($14) or shrimp ($15). Better still, order the namesake Utopia nacho platter, which includes chicken, steak and guac. On Mondays, nachos are half-off from 4pm to 6pm. More »

The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis

This Dundas West sports bar has been known to skip the standard tortillas for wonton chips when it makes its nachos ($10). For ultimate cheese-sauce coverage, they're spread across a platter, then layered with salsa, pickled jalapeños, crema and your choice of house chorizo or beans. More »

The Ballroom

The Ballroom

The Ballroom's loaded nachos ($17) come with charred corn salsa, scallions, three cheeses, jalapeños, kalamata olives and sour cream. Add bacon or guac for $2, or pulled pork or grilled chicken for $4. Forget the tortilla chips altogether, and voila - badass chili fries. More »

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

The signature nachos ($11) at this Mirvish Village cafe and grill are covered with a classic combination of cheddar and mozzarella, red peppers, jalapeños, salsa and sour cream. Have the whole mess topped with veggie chili or guacamole for an extra $2 each. More »

The Kennedy Public House

The Kennedy Public House

Located in Bloor West Village, the Nachos el Kennedio ($16) are built over sturdy kettle-cooked tortilla chips and smothered with jalapeños jack cheese sauce, a trio of sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, salsa verde and lime ancho sour cream. Extras like steak, chicken, pulled pork or baked beans are optional. More »

The Sister

The Sister

The Parkdale pub serves Mile High Nachos ($15/full or $9/half) covered with a trinity of melted cheddar, jack and mozzarella cheeses, then laden with chipotle tomato salsa, refried beans, fresh guacamole and southwest-spiced sour cream. Prices are slashed in half every Tuesday. More »

Bryden's

Bryden's

Located in Bloor West Village, Bryden's serves “The Best Damn Nachos” ($8.95/$11.95) that start with a foundation of multi-coloured tortilla chips topped with tomatoes and jalapeños, and crowned with melted mozza and cheddar. Guac, salsa and sour cream are included on the side, or add blackened chicken, pulled pork or spiced beef for $3 to cover all the essential food groups. More »

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard

The basic nachos ($12) at this public house on The Esplanade sees monterey jack and cheddar melted over corn tortillas and finished with jalapeños, diced tomato and green onion. Break with tradition and make it a Nachomari ($18) with added calamari, or opt for the "Loaded" ($16) smothered with extra cheese and chili. More »

Discussion

69 Comments

Mattmovies / April 7, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Cue the inevitable "but what about this place, you are dumb for forgetting..." posts. It's a poll, folks, no editorial control whatsoever. Also, you forgot Kitch, it's an entirely Nacho based resto with like 30 different kinds, and damn good.
matt / April 7, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Cue the inevitable "cue the inevitable..."
DS / April 7, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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Tenoch
cue-d in replying to a comment from matt / April 7, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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What about the kings crown nachos from Sneeky Dees?!
Matt-movies-2.0 replying to a comment from Mattmovies / April 7, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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Ohh and don't forget to cue the "fast food" franchise suggestion that usually comes through at some point (i.e. Taco Bell, eleven Nachos)
JRRS / April 7, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Hair of the Dog, best in the city, they make their own chips.
Shame / April 7, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Bump you guys for putting Sneaky Dees on this list, didn't Dinesafe give them a yellow card ranking recently...?
Rj / April 7, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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I'm liking this shift from infuriatingly annoying
"what about/you forgot about/this writer is an idiot" comments
to
"'what about/you forgot about/this writer is an idiot' commenters" are annoying idiots, hahah
Simon / April 7, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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Of course Sneaky Dee's is #1. They're incredible.

Noteworthy inclusion should be the King Club at the Skydome. The chips are what hold it back from deserving a spot on this list as they're typical garbage chips you'd find with plastic cheese at a stadium. Topped with braised beef, corn, beans, jalapeno and a horseradish sauce, they're pretty damned good! I was very impressed.
Vic / April 7, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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I have to disagree with Sneaky Dee's at #1, perhaps it's my preference but soggy nacho's are not exactly the most appealing. The only reason to eat them is the weekly Wednesday deal with nachos and a pitcher of domestic.
Lo / April 7, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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East end doesn't have good nachos either I guess?
Jarvis / April 7, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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As a connoisseur of the nacho, this list is maybe the list of Top Ten Sports Bar style nachos. There is no finesse here. Nary a luxury nacho in sight.
Ryan / April 7, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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YOU HAVE OMITTED A PLACE WHERE I ENJOY NACHOS, THEREFORE THIS LIST IS WRONG!!!!!
yes replying to a comment from Lo / April 7, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Yes they do.

Prohibition makes a great batch of 'chos.
Graeme Quinn / April 7, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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Sneaky Dees has gone way downhill. Their nachos are terrible now.
v79 / April 7, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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It's pretty hard to screw up nachos. Provided the place layers the ingredients properly instead of dumping them all on top the dish is bound to be good. P.S. Sneaky Dee's nacho's are just as over-rated as their poutine. Nothing exceptional about them at all, they couldn't be more average.
Si replying to a comment from Jarvis / April 7, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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Ahaha
Alice replying to a comment from JRRS / April 7, 2014 at 03:43 pm
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I second Hair of the Dog! Best ever.
Jan / April 7, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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You're forgetting Kitch! You can't forget Kitch.. It's gotta be one of the Top 10s
andagain / April 7, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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AAA makes a mean nacho platter
Jeromey / April 7, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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I once ordered nachos at Imperial Pub near Yonge and Dundas Square. When they brought out the tray I thought they had mistakenly brought out a pizza. There was so much cheese and all the toppings were UNDER it. It was amazing.
Greg replying to a comment from Graeme Quinn / April 7, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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Wow. Sneaky Dee's Nachoes #1? Sneaky Dee's Nachoes are like eating a pile of creamy shit ontop of flaccid, tasteless cardboard, with a dollup of bland mock guac and s heap ofld day old lettuce. How the fuck can you justify the myth that their nachoes are good any more.
Ted / April 7, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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The nachos at Jack Astors at young & dundas are great! Just moved to the city and my workmates and I have been hitting it up for nachos weekly! Make sure to get extra guac though it goes fast hehe
asdgfsdg replying to a comment from Lo / April 7, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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The ballroom (4) and Scotland Yard (9) are both east end...
Colin / April 7, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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The sister doesn't deserve #7 in 2014, that place has gone down hill since being sold. Nacho's are especially weak now...
ffffffffffff replying to a comment from Ted / April 7, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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Explore the city a bit more and you will realize how much money you have wasted at Jack Astors. Jack Astors is for tourists or people who like eating out of garbages.
the hell you talking about? replying to a comment from asdgfsdg / April 7, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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On which other worldly map would one ever consider The Ballroom to be east end?
hah / April 7, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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HAHAHA Sneaky Dee's soggiest nacho's in the city. Top three worst nacho's I've had in the city. Thanks blog TO, adding more shit makes them them best nachos. The only worse nacho's are at crown and tiger. I wont even bother with the rest of the list considering how jokingly bad Sneaky Dee's dinesafe allstar nachos are.
roncy replying to a comment from Ryan / April 7, 2014 at 05:52 pm
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best. comment. ever.
aydin / April 7, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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Hey commenters, let's ease up on the apostrophes in the word 'nachos'.
TIFF replying to a comment from cue-d in / April 7, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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It's number 1....
LMIH / April 7, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Might as well put 7-11 and Taco Bell on this list if you put Sneaky Dee's food as #1.
Soph / April 7, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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what about Tacos El Asador!!
NV / April 7, 2014 at 07:13 pm
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I guess no one eats nachos north of Bloor. (and I did vote, but it didn't make the list)
Pinktaco replying to a comment from asdgfsdg / April 7, 2014 at 07:28 pm
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Unless you live in an alternate reality, The Ballroom certainly isn't in the east end - John and Richmond bud. Oh and I'd love to know who actually went around and tasted these dishes cuz their nacho's blow Sneaky Dee's out of the water.
Daryl / April 7, 2014 at 08:05 pm
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We've got some pretty serious pulled pork nachos here at Lou Dawgs on King and Lou Dawgs Ryerson! Sub smoked beef brisket or pulled chicken available too!
Julia / April 7, 2014 at 08:51 pm
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I fancy myself somewhat of a nacho connoisseur, and I would just like to say that Bryden's nachos are by FAR the best in the city. End of story. Sneaky dee's? Please.
Ted replying to a comment from ffffffffffff / April 7, 2014 at 08:57 pm
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Hey I have explored the city a lot actually since i have been here.

Toronto has some great spots but the nachos at Jack Astors are some of the best i've ever had here or in any other city. The guac was amazing and we always get extra when we go to Jack's, which is once a week for about a month now.

The nachos at Hard Rock Cafe are pretty good too, and same with Pickle Barrel .. but both of these have nothing on Jack Astor's nachos IMO
RodgeInScarb / April 7, 2014 at 09:03 pm
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Kennedy Bowl at Lawrence and Kennedy...A little out of the way but good value on there nacho special.
InsaneAboutNachos / April 7, 2014 at 09:54 pm
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Horrible list. I fucking love nachos. I used to live right by Sneaky Dee's and I went there all the time for years (for other things). They have...absolutely...horrible....nachos. Thank you Vic for saying it. Number one rule of nachos is they cannot be soggy. I'll even take some naked chips and salsa over soggy nachos. They don't have guac there, just some avocado mixed in with sour cream. Number one nachos IN THE WHOLE CITY OF TORONTO? I have officially lost my shit here people.
InsaneAboutNachos / April 7, 2014 at 09:55 pm
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Jack Astor's? I hate all of you people.
Amanda / April 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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You know what, I like Jack Astor's. I don't see why you can't enjoy a chain resto as well as enjoy some of the more local spots.

Hey Lucy does awesome nachos on pita chips and Hair of the Dog does fab nachos.
Jason replying to a comment from Ted / April 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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"Hey I have explored the city a lot actually since i have been here. Jack Astor's, Hard Rock Cafe, Pickle Barrel..." Either you're a troll or you haven't left Yonge-Dundas Square.

Best nachos in my circle used to be Duke of Devon, but they got rid of the turkey chili (Why Spiros? Why?!!!) and replaced it with pulled BBQ chicken or something. It's just not the same.
Jason replying to a comment from Jason / April 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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Oh, and I second the trash-talking of Sneaky Dees. I didn't grow up in the city (and arrived after uni), so I don't have the nostalgia for Sneaky Dees that some do. Still, I was intrigued by the crazy sign and the cult-like following, so I sauntered in.

Verdict? Cool spot, but horrible nachos, truly. Soggy, tasteless. When nachos are soggy and tasteless, you are suddenly reminded that it shouldn't be humanly possible to consume that many calories in one sitting. I assumed I got a bad batch, but after reading the comments, I'm not sure.
Michael Jay / April 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm
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Notice this list doesn't go east of Church Street or north of Bloor. Amazing that the best nachos in town could be so closely packed in west downtown.
Go back to where you came from Ted! / April 8, 2014 at 12:06 am
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Jack astors is a joke! Anybody who promotes their menu has no credibility. The nachos made by 16 year olds at Cineplex even tastes better!
SW / April 8, 2014 at 01:13 am
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First of all, LOL at "nacho's" and "nachoes" and other ridiculous variations.

Second of all, LOL to the troll who's frequenting Jack Astors, Pickle Barrel and Hard Rock Cafe. You need to hop on the subway and hit a new intersection.

Third of all, Prohibition has the best nachos in the city. They serve them on one layer on a huge sheet pan so that each and every chip has every single ingredient on it - including cheese, and they aren't soggy.

Which leads me to my next point... Sneaks is overrated. There, I said it. Everyone and their mother rants and raves about the nachos there because it's blasphemous to disagree with anyone on the matter. They are soggy and mushy and the only flavour you get out of 'em is sour cream. Don't get me wrong - decently-priced nachos at Sneaks when you're struggling to walk in a straight line at 3 a.m is clutch, but get real. This is no destination for any kind of food at all.

Rant, over.
Mar / April 8, 2014 at 08:58 am
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The worst is people picking on ted. The guy likes the nachos at jack astors get over 'cool' people.
Mar / April 8, 2014 at 09:00 am
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Also the nachos at sneaky dees are great. Everyone here speaks with such authority on something that it is clearly a matter of taste. It's adorable
Laura Bee / April 8, 2014 at 09:53 am
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Here's an East End addition - Morgan's on the Danforth has the best nachos ever. They add a home made vegetarian chili that is to die for, and their chips are crisp and never salty.
CUE THIS COMMENT!!!!!! / April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am
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WTF +$10 for nachos?? I can get make this whole dish for $5 at dollarama are you people insane $10-$15 for chips?
ew / April 8, 2014 at 11:36 am
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AHHHH A MEAL FIT FOR FORD NATION AND ITS LEADER.
Graeme Quinn / April 8, 2014 at 11:37 am
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Also, has anyone else noticed that the salsa from Sneaky Dee's tastes like ketchup?

Bleargh.
La Ha / April 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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La Hacienda? chorizo, mmmmmm
Kevin / April 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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Unless Sneaky Dee's is under new management or the health board really clamped down on them, I would never eat there. Their kitchen is DISGUSTING!
Reg replying to a comment from Graeme Quinn / April 8, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Has anyone noticed that Pad Thai tastes like ketchup? That's just NASTY
kori / April 8, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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The best nachos in the city are at The Real Sports Bar -- get them with pulled pork, they are insanely good. Only problem is The Real Sports Bar is kinda douchey. But oh my god the nachos are intense.
Chet / April 8, 2014 at 08:16 pm
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Hey Children. Get out of your parents' basement and go west. Oakville has the Niblick and the Niblick has the best nachos in the GTA. Buenos nachos chicos.
JRRS / April 9, 2014 at 07:59 am
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HAIR OF THE DOG!!!! SO F'IN GOOD!!
Lynn / April 9, 2014 at 08:58 am
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I think Crabby Joes have the best nachos ever !! Never soggy always plenty enough to take some home
Jessica / April 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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I have to say I was shocked that you missed out on Dave's on St. Clair's nachos. I am an expert and these are the best by a country mile!!
Val replying to a comment from Vic / April 9, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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I get Sneaky Dees nachos delivered from hurrier almost every week and they are never soggy. Just unlucky?
PJ / April 9, 2014 at 08:20 pm
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Agree with kori - Real Sports Bar down by the Air Canada Centre. The best I have had in the city by a long way.
Lorraine Morcela / April 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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How is Bishop & The Belcher missing from this list? Asian nachos on Thursdays! Mmmmm hmmm.
Lorraine Morcela replying to a comment from Graeme Quinn / April 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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Bleargh.
Stu / April 18, 2014 at 12:51 am
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Love Nachos!
Emma / April 27, 2014 at 11:04 am
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i dont know why everyone think sneaky dees has the nachos. they dont evem use real homemade quac. brydens all the way has the bets nachos, in bloorwest. i hate the kennedys nachos, and overall there whole menu, all these not nessessary spices and toppings, its gross and they used all different coloured chips. its gross.
Amy / April 27, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Surprise sweetheart, moat restaurants don't make the Guac (shh spelled with a G not a Q) nor do make their own Salsa. Get over it ...
Julie / May 12, 2014 at 09:19 am
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Not the typical nachos, but the chorizo nachos at Playa Cabana Cantina are really good. Small serving but they are always smothered in cheese and really flavourful.

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