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Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Dish: Half King, Whole Lotta Nachos

Hiding out in the West Village under the old New York train tracks is a great little happy hour joint/not little restaurant called Half King. With $4 drafts and $7 drink specials from 4-8, you can find hordes of locals piled high after a long day. The ye olde London style, rough wooden tables and, of course, Tortilla Thursdays, make this place a comfortable/non fancy-pants place to be.

Sit at the bar on Thursdays and enjoy free chips and salsa from 5-8, plus $7 bottles of Corona and a shot of house tequila, which you may forget about the next morning. Sold.

Have a seat at one of the picnic style tables and order up a plate of their ground beef nachos piled high on blue corn chips with sauteed green peppers, onions and tomatoes and cheese. The usual sides: guac, salsa, sour cream. These perfect for two (or me) palate pleasers are a pretty good example of the Stuff-to-Chip. The negatives: not really a lot of cheese, though the flavor is good enough you may not miss it. Too juicy soggies it up pretty fast, so you gotta be quick about it. You've been warned.

All in all, order the nachos. You won't be disappointed. At least not until much, much later.

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