Gazedibles: Champion chips

Football season is now underway, which coincidentally means nacho season is in full swing. We’re throwing penalty flags on anyone caught microwaving plated bag chips sprinkled with leftover Mexican-blend shredded cheese. Instead, consider any one of these fine metro area restaurants for your football snacking needs.

By Ben Luschen

Photos by Garett Fisbeck / file

Super Fajita Nachos at 3 Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Super Fajita Nachos at 3 Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina in Edmond (Garett Fisbeck / file)

3 Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina

315 S. Broadway, Edmond

405-216-0500

A good strategy for dressing one’s corn chips involves topping the crispy bites with the same group of ingredients usually found wrapped into a tortilla. Edmond’s 3 Tequilas demonstrates an understanding of this technique with its Super Fajita Nachos Supreme, which comes piled high with beans and melted cheese under sizzling grilled beef or chicken, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Add shrimp for $2 more.

Pot roast nachos with a chicken pot pie, Irish whiskey and beer at Blackbird Gastropub. (Gazette / file)

Pot roast nachos with a chicken pot pie, Irish whiskey and beer at Blackbird Gastropub. (Gazette / file)

Blackbird Gastropub

575 S. University St., Norman

gldining.com/blackbird | 405-928-5555

What happens when a Sunday post-church staple meets a college football Saturday favorite? Well, weekend bliss on a plate — that’s what. Blackbird’s pot roast nachos served with blue corn chips, serrano pico de gallo and house salsa are a game day favorite on Norman’s historic Campus Corner. Patrons can also order pulled chicken as a replacement protein. All that delicious food can be trailed nicely with a cigar and whiskey, which can be enjoyed in Blackbird’s posh Bird’s Nest lounge.

White Trash Nachos at Irma's Burger Shack (Garett Fisbeck / file)

White Trash Nachos at Irma’s Burger Shack (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Irma’s Burger Shack

1120 Classen Drive

irmasburgershack.com

405-235-4762

Irma’s smirkingly refers to its loaded appetizer as “White Trash” Nachos, but there is nothing trashy about the proven flavors that make up the burger joint starter. Instead of corn chips, french fries are stacked with grilled chicken, cheddar and pepper Jack cheese, beans, tomatoes, onions, sour cream and jalapeños. Keep your fancy folded cloth napkins; we’ll take this unsophisticated but indulgently satisfying beauty.

Buffalo chicken nachos at Lumpy’s Sports Grill (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Buffalo chicken nachos at Lumpy’s Sports Grill (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Lumpy’s Sports Bar & Grill

12325 N. May Ave.

lumpyssportsgrill.com

405-286-3300

Traditional sports bar fare is taken to a new level when Lumpy’s serves its already fantastic nachos with chicken covered in Buffalo-style hot sauce. The Buffalo chicken nachos come topped with jalapeños and served with sides of sour cream and ranch dressing for a unique mesh of flavors to enjoy while watching the big game. Be sure to check out Lumpy’s other locations at 5909 Northwest Expressway and 10601 S. Western Ave.

Chicken nachos at Oak & Ore (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Chicken nachos at Oak & Ore (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Oak & Ore

1732 NW 16th St.

oakandore.com

405-606-2030

Some probably feel the common nacho lacks the je ne sais quoi to be served in the same trendy craft brew house that also sells quinoa tabbouleh salad and honey mole chicken. Well, thank goodness Oak & Ore feels differently or we would never be blessed with its premiere local iteration topped with COOP Native Amber Beer Cheese, bacon jam, pico de gallo, black beans, avocado crema and sour cream.

Chicken nachos at Republic Gastropub (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Chicken nachos at Republic Gastropub (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Republic Gastropub

5830 N. Classen Blvd.

republicgastropub.com

405-286-4577

It is a common mistake to overthink the nacho. Since dropping ingredients on top of the simply made dish is so easy, people have all sorts of time to get too creative with what can be thrown on there. Thankfully, the food geniuses at Republic know there is power in restraint and instead focusing on tidying up the nacho’s traditionally sloppy presentation. The Classen Curve restaurant’s chips come under a delicious mix of pulled chicken, caramelized onions, red peppers, jalapeños, sour cream and cheese.

Italian nachos at Sauced on Paseo (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Italian nachos at Sauced on Paseo (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Sauced on Paseo

2912 Paseo St.

saucedonpaseo.com

405-521-9800

A lot of Italian food is best when served family-style around the table, so it is only natural that the group-snacking favorite would have a Sicilian cousin. Sauced’s Italian nachos feature Italian sausage, chicken, black olives, Roma tomatoes, banana peppers, Alfredo sauce and mozzarella over a bed of wonton chips. The grub is best served on the Paseo restaurant’s outdoor patio with a cold tap beer.

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