It’s National Nachos Day! Here are three Sacramento-area eateries with discount deals

Smoked carnitas nachos at El Rey’s.
Smoked carnitas nachos at El Rey’s. Carla Meyer

If someone in your life isn’t excited for National Nachos Day on Monday, they’re probably nacho friend.

Sorry, that was too cheesy.

While the deals aren’t quite what they were during National Taco Day last month, three restaurants with Sacramento-area locations are taking part on Monday’s festivities:

  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina: Take your pick of steak or chicken with Grande Fajita Nachos or load up your plate with Stacked Nachos’ classic toppings. Either way, the dish is 50 percent off.
  • Rubio’s Coastal Grill: An in-store entree order entitles coupon-carrying diners to a subsequent discount on chip-and-cheese combos. Basic nachos go for $5 with the coupon, while chicken nachos will cost an additional greenback.
  • G&M Food Mart: Nachos are $0.66 plus tax at the Los Angeles-based convenience store chain, which has three Vacaville locations as well as several in the Bay Area. Yes, they’re gas station nachos, but they’re practically free until 6 p.m.

As the story goes, a group of military wives fresh off a shopping trip walked into the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, a Mexican town just south of the border near Fort Duncan in 1943. The maître’d, Ignacio Anaya, couldn’t find the restaurant’s cook and offered to whip up a dish on his own. Anaya threw together what he could find in the kitchen – tortilla chips, Wisconsin cheddar cheese and sliced jalapenos – and served his “Nacho Especiales” to the hungry women.

Garden-variety nachos changed for better or worse when Texas Rangers vendor Frank Liberto began selling them at baseball games in 1974. Liberto eschewed real cheese for the gooey sauce now served at arenas across the nation, which has a longer shelf life and doesn’t need refrigeration. One of every 2.5 patrons at Arlington Stadium bought Liberto’s nachos that season, according to the Smithsonian, and the $800,000 he pulled in was nearly 10 times more than that earned from popcorn, the second-highest selling ballpark food.

Monday also marks the beginning of Mezcal Week as well as National Saxophone Day, which celebrates what would be inventor Adolphe Sax’s 203rd birthday.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel