Chadwicks’ Nachos

Mrs. Me and I like the nachos at the Friendship Heights Chadwicks (5247 Wisconsin): a big portion for $8.95 with fresh jalapenos, lots of sour cream, guacamole and chili, melted cheese (helloooo Hard Times Cafe), and the chips are almost always crisp.  Sometimes the toppings overwhelm the chips, but the ratio is usually right, and the flavors and freshness are much above-average for nachos around here. We recently ate some for the first time in quite a while, followed by the usual happy food coma.

Not all Chadwickian food is great but the burgers are solid and they have decent beer selection and good happy hour deals.  Also, if you sit at a table (as opposed to the bar like we usually do) they give you crayons to color on the paper tablecloth, fun for all ages!

Counterintuitively, Chadwicks does not apostrophize its name; apparently there are multiple iterations of Chadwick, as opposed to one Chadwick who possesses the restaurant(s). Maybe I am overthinking it. And while the official Chadwicks website is technically for only the Georgetown and Alexandria locations, the information is essentially the same for the Friendship Heights location (aside from contact info and address/directions, of course!) — the FH restaurant is no longer owned by the GTown/NoVa Chadwicks folks, at least I think that’s true, although I have not found a good rundown of what happened. There will be a Venn Diagram later and perhaps a flow chart…

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2 responses to “Chadwicks’ Nachos

  1. Food trivia: I have a Spanish friend whose nickname is Nacho. Some people have expressed concern that he might be insulted by being called a name that refers to a snack food. He says absolutely not. His full first name is Ignacio and he says that Nacho is the common accepted nickname for Ignacio. Further more, they don’t sell “nachos” in Spain, so no one there would even think of the connection. Plus he thinks the person who “invented” Nachos was a Latino named Ignacio and that’s why the food product was called nachos. Any evidence for that or is it an urban legend?

  2. Ignacio “Nacho” Inaya, a 1940s Mexican chef, typically gets credit for inventing nachos. See e.g. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachos

    But the OED says “origin uncertain.” Still, their earliest citation is to a 1948 advertisement in the San Antonio Light: “Latin Quarter Mexican Restaurant. ‘Nachos’ (Mexican Hors-D’-Oeuvres). 35c Here is a real dainty! Golden fried tortilla strips, deliciously spiced, topped with mellow, melted cheese and garnished with chili jalapeno bits.” So the timing of Inaya is plausible.

    I don’t think “dainty” means what it used to mean — either that, or today’s portions are that much bigger than 1948’s portions (also plausible!).

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