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Beachy Bar Food Baleen Restaurant | Naples, Fla.

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A top seller on the bar menu, Tropical Nachos capture the beachside feel of Baleen Restaurant while delivering a globally influenced flavor combination in a shareable format. Wonton chips are topped with mojo pork carnitas, grilled pineapple salsa, pickled jalapeño, three-queso sauce, scallions and crumbled Cotija. “This dish came from an idea to use Latin- and island-inspired ingredients to recreate that sharing experience so often accompanying traditional nachos,” says Martin Diehr, Director of Food and Beverage for LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, which is part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. “Wontons allow for a different texture and base from the usual corn tortilla chip while still staying within the basic concept, and the brightness of the pineapple salsa paired with the mojo Criollo-marinated pork brings the dish to a more festive and interesting level,” he adds. “The success comes from the fact that it has that intriguing, ‘must-have-it’ name and ingredient listing.”

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