Takeaway Truth: Guzman Y Gomez Breakfast Nachos

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Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Guzman Y Gomez's Breakfast Nachos. (Plus taste test!)

You've got to hand it to the Mexicans - they sure know how to make a mean morning meal. The mighty breakfast burrito needs no introduction, of course. But then there's huevos rancheros (tortillas, rice, beans, and eggs with hot sauce), pan dulce sweet cakes with hot chocolate, tasty pancita soup and enchiladas with scrambled eggs. In a word: Sabroso!

It therefore makes perfect sense for Guzman Y Gomez (GYG) to muscle in on the lucrative fast food breakfast market. When your biggest competition is a droopy sausage Mcmuffin, how could you possibly lose?

Served from 7am to 10am daily at select GYG outlets, the menu consists of breakfast burritos (natch), free-range scrambled egg bowls, quesadillas, churros, guacamole toast and - most intriguingly of all - breakfast nachos; otherwise known as 'Chilaquiles'.

You're probably wondering how breakfast nachos differs from regular nachos and the answer is hardly at all. The GYG Chilaquiles consists of fresh corn chips topped with salsa, melted Jack cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole and a choice of mild or spicy sauce. It's basically the same dish as the lunch version minus the meat and veggies.

Here's the nutritional damage: 1690kJ of energy, 9.8g of protein, 26.8g of fat, 29g of carbs, 4.7g of sugars and 804mg of sodium. In other words, it's not something you'd want to partake in five days a week but as an occasional treat you should be okay.

We have to admit, we were a bit leery about undertaking this Takeaway Truth assignment. When it comes to false advertising, Mexican fast food seems to be one of the worst offenders. We once described KFC's Taco Box as "week-old garbage mixed with surgery leftovers" - and that was being pretty generous.

So how does the real GYG Breakfast Nachos compare to the advert? Here's a side-by-side comparison. The left image is a bowl of Chilaquiles as it appears on GYG's menu board. The right image is what we actually got served at a Martin Place restaurant:

FYI: I took this photo in the street outside our office. Bystanders were nonplussed.

That's... actually pretty darn good. The corn chips boast a slightly prettier bowl arrangement in the menu image but that's a minor quibble. All in all, this is a strikingly accurate advert. Everything from the colours to the portion sizes are bang on. Good job, GYG.

Unfortunately, the Breakfast Nachos aren't quite as impressive when it comes to taste. Speaking subjectively, nachos doesn't fit the bill as a breakfast food. Corn chips smothered in sauce and melted cheese is a teensy bit too indulgent for my tastes. Mind you, as a hangover cure this would probably be the dog's bollocks. (And for once, it doesn't resemble them. Result!)

Truth Rating: 9/10

Taste Rating: 6/10

Which fast food franchise or menu item would you like us to tackle next? Let us know in the comments section below.


    I suppose technically anything can be a breakfast food - you just have to eat it in the morning. However, as you say I wouldn't typically want to eat nachos for breakfast - just putting the word 'Breakfast' in front of something doesn't make it so.

      My favourite in Vegas was breakfast pizza. 'Murica.

    Hay Chris. I have been stuck under moderation for 3 weeks. Is there a reason?

      Editors don't have manual control over moderation. It can be caused by reader downvotes, "spammy" links or swear words and other objectionable content.

      Looking at your comment history, it doesn't look like you're guilty of any of those things. I'll ask the IT guys to take a look!

        That can be removed?

        I've been moderated since 2011 if you're keen on doing check ups :)

          Yeah, same here.
          However, I've been held under moderation for so long I can't even remember when I got flagged and why I would of been flagged...

            Same here, I rarely comment, but when I do, my comment always gets "moderated" I just thought that was normal.

    I wonder why they didn't put eggs, chilaquiles traditionally are made with eggs and with unfried tortilla triangles, so they're soft but they get a light frying in the pan. Hopefully they'll tweak it to make a bit more sense and be more filling (protein)

      I wondered this myself. I think that GYG would have far more success with this if they went the more authentic post. The author makes the comment that nachos aren't a breakfast food; the irony is that, in terms of what we call nachos, they're eaten more commonly as a breakfast food there than at any other meal (if we make the concession that chilaquiles are essentially breakfast nachos).


    Honestly if I can make it cheaper at home in my microwave it is a fail.

    I'm wondering how this restaurant chain actually pronounce their name. Is the "Y" pronounced as "why" or is it more like "Y" is an equivalent of "&" in Mexican so it's pronounced "and"? Or is it something completely different?

      'y' is Spanish for 'and' and is pronounced 'ee'.
      The chain is named after friends of the founder.

        So is it pronounced "Guzman ee Gomez" or "Guzman and Gomez"?

          Depends if you translate it or not.

          I'm inclined to say "Guzman ee Gomez" just because that's what is written on the sign. Having said that, there's a clip on their website where the founder more often than not refers to it as "G and G" so I guess that's safe too.

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