Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nachos and Beer with a Carolina Kick


Looking for a comfortable setting that serves up tasty comfort food? Check out Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom in the American Tobacco Campus—an industrial warehouse-styled restaurant with a bar atmosphere, serving up a full menu and a large beer selection. Due to winter weather we ate indoors, but on comfortable days you will find the outdoor patio filled with happy-hour patrons, Bulls fans, and regulars who enjoy relaxing in one of Durham's uniquely repurposed districts. GWG was there to end the day with a plate of nachos and a beer (or two)—Carolina style!
Specifically named "Tyler's Carolina Nachos" this hearty appetizer arrives as a pile of tortilla chips covered with house-smoked pulled pork, smothered in Tyler's own spicy queso dip, and topped with green onions, BBQ spice and hot sauce. We could stop writing here and let that description draw in food fans, but let us continue...

Tyler's NC-inspired twist on nachos provides a nice blend of sweet, salty and spicy flavors, with the sweet tang of the pork as the standout ingredient that makes this dish one-of-a-kind. The spicy cheese and beer queso combines with the hot sauce and BBQ spice to give every bite a kick of flavor.

To complement our bar snacks, we ordered up a couple of Carolina-brewed beers on tap from Asheville. The Highland Gaelic Ale is rich with a touch of bitterness while the French Bread Wee Heavy-er is on the sweeter side—both made nice sidekicks for our Carolina Nachos.

Fitting with the GWG mindset, we decided to make it a meal by adding an order of soft pretzels (served with spicy mustard and queso dip) and finishing with a slice of whipped peanut-butter pie. If you've got an appetite, picking a few of Tyler's appetizers will fill you on food and flavor.

Tyler's also has locations in Apex, Cary and soon in Raleigh, but the Durham location definitely creates a unique experience that sets it apart.


  1. When I lived in Chapel Hill, I often ate at the Carrboro location. It was usually good until the last couple of times.
    About a year ago I moved to Durham. I gave the ATC spot several tries. Although the atmosphere is great, the food has ranged from mediocre to bad. Their famous fries were greasy every time. It seems Tyler's has gone downhill.