Do you remember the halcyon days of the 1920’s when handlebar mustaches and suspenders were worn, cherry phosphates drunk, pork belly eaten, and The Charleston danced? Well unless you are currently in your 90’s probably not, or you’re a liar. If only there was a place to get such things as olde tymey burgers and elixirs these days! Boom, there is, The Fix Burger Bar, and not only do they have burgers, but also nachos, which is strange because nachos didn’t even exist until ‘43...
Not long ago Mezcal Tequila Cantina, the location of our very first review, moved down the street and their overlording food corporation decided to fill the location with a hipster burger bar, hence The Fix. I like me a good burger, but not the film Good Burger, and if you do as well this place will be an instant win. What is even better than a bunch of fancy burgers however is a bunch of fancy nachos, and they have a deadly duo: House Fried Potato Chip Nachos with Short Rib, and House Fried Potato Chip Nachos with Tuna.
Now normally when they list nachos you have your base, and then the only thing that changes is whatever topping there is; chicken, beef, steak, pork, etc. Not here. The HFPCN w/ Short Ribs features cheddar, fresh jalapeño, corn, onion, Whiskey BBQ, and chili sour cream, normal enough, and while a regular restaurant would just swap out the Short Ribs with Tuna, that doesn’t fly at The Fix. The HFPCN w/ Tuna features raw yellowfin, kimchi, scallion, sunflower seed, parmesan, soy syrup, wasabi sour cream, and crushed wasabi peas. That’s a completely different dish! Sadly I have not yet had the Tuna variety, but the Short Ribs have graced my belly.
I don’t particularly care for potato chips in my nachos, or in general for that matter, but these homemade ones aren’t bad. Reminiscent of a classy kettle chip, which are the best kind by miles, they came pretty close to making up for not being tortilla chips. The short ribs and chili sour cream, so delicious, and what it really made me want was just a plate of short ribs topped with the aforementioned sour cream and damn the rest.
What the nachos were unfortunately lacking in was the jalapeños, because there were almost none. A truly prime order should have at a minimum one or two cut up jalapeños, but this had maybe six or seven little slices tops, and that doesn’t cut it by a long shot. The other area it was lacking in was the overall size, in that it was lacking in its overall area. I’m not one who thinks that every plate of nachos needs to be two or three meals worth of food, but this was a quarter of a meal at best. Sure, this allows you to have room for the burgers that they’re famous for, but when Mezcal was there you could get an order of nacho that would easily fill you up, cost a few bucks less, and were even more delicious. As both restaurants are run by the same company I would have hoped such a high bar would be carried over to their new place, but sadly it was lowered a bit.
Would I get these again? Oh definitely, but since the next time I go I’ll have to do a follow up post due to trying the tuna nachos it won’t be until the time after that. Really I’m just mostly looking forward to getting some more cherry phosphate, because that is a delicious olde tymey beverage and makes my want to give someone the old 23 skidoo.
Oh yeah, one thing I could do without is the horrific drawing of the burger eating beast man on the wall. I and all the other eaters could really do without this penny dreadful political caricature watching over us while we eat.