Wednesday, November 25, 2009

BBQ Quest: Sapphire's Barbecue Nachos

I found myself at Sapphire last night as part of a mini Tweetup happy hour with some lovely Knoxville ladies. Since I got off work late, I knew I had to fill my stomach if I was going to drink. By chance, one of my companions ordered the BBQ nachos appetizer and after trying a bit of what she left on her place (and there wasn't much by the time I got there), I knew I had to order my own.

CK mentioned trying Aubrey's barbecue nachos a while back, and I want to reiterate how wonderful it is to put pulled pork on things other than a white bun or plate. In the city of Memphis (I hear your collective groans), you can find pulled pork and many traditional fares like pizza (not to be confused with barbecue chicken pizza), nachos and salads.

Sapphire does a good job of making their barbecue nachos slightly upscale and Sapphire-like while still keeping them tasty. The restaurant gets its pork from Full Service BBQ in Maryville (which is still on my list). The nachos are also topped with your typical nacho toppings like sour cream, jalapeno peppers, a light cheese sauce but also comes with sweet, tangy, Memphis-style barbecue sauce on top too.

Delish, and a good barbecue option if you're either A. Downtown or B. Not in the mood for a full-out barbecue meal.

Sapphire
428 S Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-637-8181

3 comments:

tenntrace said...

Try the bbq nachos at Famous Daves. But only order the half order unless you are really really hungry.

ck said...

BBQ nachos may be the greatest culinary invention ever.

The Modern Gal said...

I should mention when I was in Memphis on Friday, my cousin and I went out for barbecue and she got barbecue spaghetti. Even that was new to me, but emphasizes my point that Memphians will put pulled pork on anything.

I agree, CK. Barbecue nachos are terribly underrated.