Devil’s Den breaks one’s tradition with a plate of nachos

By Theresa Rothmiller

Nachos

If you’re free Tuesday evenings, love great service, nachos, and imperial beers, then Devil’s Den is the place to visit.

On Sept. 5, approximately 5 p.m., I approach the 1100 block of South Federal St. in Philadelphia, Pa. As I reach my destination, I notice their outside seating area. Above the tables is a reddish-orange sign.

The sign features Satan sitting on a barrel, drinking a beer, with the words “Devil’s Den,” beneath him.

Upon entering, the hostess immediately greeted me with a warm welcome.

“Hi, table for two today?,” asked Toni. “Do you prefer to sit at a high-top, the dining room area, or the bar?”

After choosing a high-top for two (for myself and a friend), we follow Toni to the table and begin looking at the menus.

The imperial draft list instantly grabbed my attention. Meanwhile, our server arrives with two glasses of water.

Smiling ear-to-ear, waitress Brianna Cheli informs us it was currently happy hour. She explains that all beers are half-off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. No more than a minute after, Cheli suggested we order appetizers.

“My favorites are our nachos and empanadas,” said Cheli. “Are you still undecided with drinks?”

We responded yes, but decided on chicken nachos, with a side of ranch, as an appetizer.

As a person with a great dislike for pico de gallo, I have no clue as to why I didn’t ask to remove the pico. It’s the tomatoes themselves, because of its texture and taste, but the tomatoes in this pico were sweet and firm, instead of soft and bland.

Along with pico, the nachos were smothered in black beans, jack cheese, sour cream, and grilled chicken.

The first bite was like Christmas morning.

Instantly, I began to dance in my seat. The blend of tomato juice, sour cream, beans and chicken, felt like an explosion of happiness in my mouth.

As the juices from each ingredient ran down my fingers, I slurped every drop as if it was my last taste on earth.They were absolutely amazing.

Every chip satisfied my tastebuds like the very first bite. We devour the appetizer while enjoying a 2SP Pollen Nation draft, an imperial with an ABV of 10.5 percent, which had the bitterness of an IPA that I love!

Later, in the midst of great conversation, we received bad news. A weather alert notifies us of an upcoming thunderstorm. I became disappointed because it forced us to leave early. I would’ve loved to try their salmon BLT.

At approximately 6 p.m., I alerted the waitress giving the signal for “check please.” She returns within five minutes and I explained our need to hurry. Before leaving, we thanked the staff for their wonderful hospitality. Cheli thanked us, then suggested we come back for quizzomania next week.

Quizzomania takes place every tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to Cheli. It sounded exciting so I am definitely looking forward to attending.

The nachos alone would ensure my return. Yet, having great service could persuade me to become a regular customer. I rate the food and service 4 out of 5 stars.

Contact Theresa Rothmiller at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu