A beautiful Friday Afternoon, a new friend, a great plate of nachos. It doesn't get much better than that. I'd been to Andale before, but it had been awhile and I'm glad I came back! The previous time, my boss, who I'd come here with insisted that we should not only get chicken nachos, but order some of their famous, mouth-watering roasted chicken to throw on top. Tasted great, but we had a lot of leftovers, and nachos make terrible, soggy-chipped leftovers.
This time, I stuck to my current groove and went with carnitas. Great choice! I can honestly say that Andale's Carnitas are in my top 3 of all time, right along side Los Pericos in Santa Cruz (review coming soon) and Tacos Al Pastor 2 in San Jose's Willow Glen area. It's amazing how well-prepared meat can make you (or me, at least) eat WAY too many nachos. I left with a stuffed belly, but went for a nice little walk on the Los Gatos Creek Trail afterward to get the digestion going! The rest of the ingredients were simply ok, but well-proportioned and well-chosen. If the chips had been of the homemade, deep-fried tortilla type, we'd have been looking at a contender for the best nachos I've had.
Rating: 4½ out of 5
Rating Notes: Carnitas that would stand on their own as a great meal, good overall mix of ingredients, light on the cheese.
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