Newfangled food dishes are everywhere. Take nachos: Tortilla chips aren’t even guaranteed, and pretty much anything goes for the toppings, from short ribs to veggies.
The Hangar Bar
For a practically good‑for‑you version, the Cauliflower Nachos are a flavor bomb that’s love at first bite. Golden fried nubs of cauliflower blanketed in pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, and avocado lime crema make for an addictive (and vegan) treat. The Hangar Bar in Whole Foods Market at The District Tustin Legacy, 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, 714‑566‑7650
Customize your nachos by choosing from a variety of toppings—short rib and carnitas to tofu with sweet potato. The pork belly nachos have a following; fresh corn chips are loaded with melt-in-your-mouth tufts of pork belly, pico de gallo, house‑made guacamole, and cheese sauce. You can sub fries for the chips, too. 705 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949‑727-1414; 1332 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949-873-5332
Irish Nachos are just as you’d suspect, more a riff on a baked potato with the works than anything else: sour cream, cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon on spuds—in this case, waffle‑cut fries. A guilty‑pleasure snack
f ever there was one. Locations in Brea, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Orange