So Tapas are a thing. For those of you that are unfamiliar with them, Tapas are basically the most delicious pieces of foods you will ever eat, but they are made for nibblers. Nibblers is also a new term I’m going to use. A nibbler is someone who is scared to embark on the journey that many of us are willing to set forth on. A nibbler is someone who looks for Tapa sized Nacho platters too. Lots of my friends and a couple fans have told me to go to The Vin Room at 8561 8a Ave SW. But a nibbler never embarks alone so I took my sidekicks Cabocourto and Miguele with me. You asked, I listened and certainly nibbled on the Lobster Nachos. How did they measure up to my new rubric? Find out below!
Let’s start simple. The chips were crisp! On my first bite it was that kind of crunch the dogs hear outside and go crazy for. Thankfully these chips were prepared in house. However I wished they had more salt or some kind of flavouring to go along with them because I had to eat quite a few of the chips without toppings… more on that later. But Chips were overall well done.
The Quest (Introducing a Nacho Criteria)
I have been to many places in Calgary to find the perfect Nachos and upon viewing my reviews I realized they lacked a proper rubric. So upon collaborating with some of my Nacho reviewing partners in crime I devised a new rubric so you can see a detailed description and score for how Nachos have measured up.
Every review from March 19th and on will feature the following categories and rating scale…
Nachos: Here I will rate the chips taste, quality, crunch factor and place of origin (Are they made in house or in a Tostitos factory?)
Toppings: Here I will rate the toppings and their freshness, taste, and quantity.
Cheese: Upon reflecting on my older reviews I realized that cheese should have it’s own category because after receiving feedback from my fans I realize that this is the most important part of Nacho dish. This will be rated on the taste, quantity, incorporate sad and dry Nachos, as well as the type of cheese.
Presentation: Even though Nachos are about taste primarily I believe that if you are going to pay for dinner you should get a show! Presentation is marked on the accessibility of the Nachos, the overall look, and also takes the dips into account. Are they in bowls? Plastic cups? Or in the Tortilla chip bowls? All of these factors will affect if the Nachos are worthy of your viewing pleasure.
$Price$: Also very important is the price point for the Nachos. We live in a city that has many options. How steep can a restaurant charge for a plate of Nachos? Why would I want to pay $20 for a plate of Nachos? Is it worth it? What is the scale of deliciousness that you get for your dollar? I’m here to help you find the best Nachos in Calgary, hopefully without your wallet feeling violated during the aftermath of your Nacho experience.
Well there you have it! The new rating scale! Now you will have further detail on what to expect when ordering Nachos from a place I have reviewed. Hope this is a significant improvement from what you’ve seen on nachojoe.com. Leave me a comment on what you think and as always happy Nacho eating!
Graduating is an amazing feeling. You’ve accomplished so much with your peers and colleagues. So one will obviously wonder, “where can I go get a beer and some Nachos to celebrate?” Well UofC students tend to head to the Den, Black Lounge or the Last Defence Lounge, located on the 3rd floor of MacEwan Student Centre at the University of Calgary. Where there’s good beer, there should also be good nachos. So my Nacho reviewing partners Oreagano and Ivy Monroe decided to check them out! How did they match up? Find out below!
The Nachos at LDL were crispy, crunchy and thin. They were also house made and tri colored which was nice to see because some places don’t think about the colour aspect. The chips weren’t overly salty but they didn’t really add much flavour to the Nachos. Overall decent chips.
These Nachos should have been called “Mount toppings!” There were tons of fresh toppings on these Nachos. There was lots of variety thankfully with fresh tomatoes, olives, green onions, and jalapeño’s. Take a look!
While the fresh toppings were delicious, sometimes cooking the jalapeños can bring out more flavour. Finally the last quibble I have is regarding the salsa and sour cream. They were served in regular bowls and the while the sour cream was passable, the salsa was clearly store bought out of a jar. It had a bit of a kick to it but still tasted like something I bought from the “Mexican” aisle in Safeway. Can you say old el paso? Old el pas-NO.
Unfortunately this is where things fall apart… or rather stay together… maybe even forever. The cheese was a blend of cheddar and MOZZARELLA… Now I’m not here to diss mozzarella. I adore mozzarella. I’m a good italian boy who eats his mozzarella. However I believe that mozzarella should be reserved for pizza and other dishes that need the stringiness of all holy cheeses. More importantly… Mozzarella can have a glue effect if not served super hot. And sadly these Nachos were not served super hot. So when it came to picking up a Nacho, it was certainly a challenge! We had to savour our Nachos in order to fully enjoy them because we could never grab hold of a big piece or full chip without it cracking or prying it from the pile with two hands. The video below shows our struggle.
We found most of the cheese at the bottom of the Nachos. This was sad. As much as we like eating cheese, we prefer it on the Nachos not on the wax paper.
Superficially, these Nachos looked good! I had fun photographing them. If I was basing them off looks alone I would give them a 10! The wax paper (although holding much of the cheese on top of it at the end) was fancy and it’s ink didn’t bleed onto the cheese (A problem I’ve seen before)so we could peel the cheese off at the end.
These nachos run at a rather steep price of $13.95. Downstairs in MacEwan Student Centre you can go to the Den for 5 cents more and get far more Nachos (Served in a big old basket), the same toppings, and more cheese (They also don;t have mozzarella on them). So this price is not fair because these Nachos only fed myself and Ivy Monroe with oreagano taking the occasional chip. Comparatively at the same price, I’ve had many other Nachos can easily feed four people.
I give LDL’s Nachos a 5.5/10.
Overall LDL’s Nachos get a passing grade but I wasn’t blown away. Ivy Monroe still thinks I’m being generous with my final score but they certainly aren’t the worst Nachos. If I could advise LDL I would suggest that they replace the mozzarella with Jack or White cheddar cheese and perhaps make their own salsa in house. These Nachos would be a fantastic deal at perhaps $10-$12 price points. Otherwise there needs to be much more Nachos and toppings.
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I told the world I’d be back and I AM BACK. Calgary, you deserve to know where the best Nachos are in the city. I’ve matured over the years and realized that I’m a tad too lenient. Well no more fluffy Nacho reviews! This is serious business. I decided that I needed extra help with my valiant return. So I brought my sidekicks Pastayoyo, Big Mama, and Riceroni with me to eat some Nachos from The Keg at 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6. Oddly enough if you look at their menu these Nachos are invisible! They are on the bar menu only! But thankfully you CAN order these Nachos when you are out with the family or chums for steak. Here’s how The Keg’s nachos held up.
The chips were thin and crispy with vibrant red and yellow color to them. I asked our server if the Nachos were house made and he said they were cut and fried there so that’s nice to know! You aren’t getting Costco chips, or Tostitos from superstore at The Keg! The chips were crunchy, even the ones covered by lots of cheese. I can’t say there was a soggy one on the plate that we had. Very impressed by these thin lil chips.
These toppings were fresh! They were great. We really enjoyed them. Unfortunately, fresh is very different then numerous. Having eaten many Nachos in my day I’ve seen much more toppings then this even for the price point. If the toppings are delicious, use them to your advantage! More toppings may have even made up for some minor cheese issues…
Regarding the cheese… There were quite a few sad and dry Nachos. Sad cause they didn’t have toppings, dry because there was a lack of cheese. I like the crown of sour cream these Nachos wear. However all of the sauces were store bought and not house made which made me sad because I can go to the store and buy Regardless they only lost one point because the Nachos tasted great and had a good homemade feeling.
The price point for these Nachos was unreal. I was floored that a place like The Keg is only charging $12.00 for their Nachos. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the portion size, but for 12 bucks I thought it was decent! Usually guacamole is an extra charge but not here! Very pleased with the bang for your buck. Even a poor student like myself can afford these Nachos.
These Nachos were presented nicely! They didn’t come with any wax paper underneath, however I’ve realized that sometimes wax paper isn’t a positive. It was nice to be able to take our forks and scoop up the fallen cheese on the plate. Also it’s wonderful to have dips in tortilla bowls and the bowls tasted just like the chips. So we ate everything.
EVERYTHING. We ate it all. Except 2 olives and cheese.
Overall The Keg provides a decent Nacho experience. Some dry and sad Nachos brought down their score from a 10 and I really would like a tad more toppings. I wasn’t blown away by these Nachos but I was definitely satisfied.
The Keg receives an 8/10.
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I haven’t been out to Nacho in a while. I was going to go insane without cheesy goodness. So I stepped out of the Nacho Joe layer to inquire at Boston Pizza. Stealthily moving into the location at #24 1200 – 37th Street SW I sat down and ordered their Nachos. Now. I didn’t stop here. Since I haven’t reviewed Nachos in a while I decided to treat all you buncha readers. I even reviewed the Nachos with chicken on them cause my sidekick Anto likes Chicken. So! Here we go.
These chips were pretty tasty. They have some sort of salt on em, so there’s more than just chip. Very important for those odd ones that don’t get much cheese on them. Crunch factor wasn’t bad. I’d say a 7 on the cruncher scale. However some got a bit soft. These Nachos sometimes caught a case of the soggy sadness. But overall I enjoyed the chips! They held their toppings as best as the thinner style of chip could.
The cool thing about Boston Pizza Nachos is that the toppings are numerous because they make pizza. So these Nachos are loaded. There’s tomatos, green peppers, olives, jalapenos, and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Pretty decent I think. We’re missing the onions on these Nachos but sometimes onions overpower the taste of everything else so you as the Nacho fan can take this as a good or bad thing. I prefer less onions on my cheesy chips but I digress. As you can see by the picture…
These Nachos do visually seem to have enough toppings. As we got through them they were pleasantly layered! Look! I’m so proud of you Boston Pizza. You know how to layer! (Wipes tears from my eyes)
So I was pleased. The toppings were pleasantly pleasing. The cheese also tastes good on these Nachos and seems fresh. Not only that but all the toppings are cooked on the Nachos but don’t seem to overpower each other. The jalapenos are a bit spicy, but add to the taste! Yum.
All right. Here’s where we make or break the deal. At a cheap $10.50 per plate these Nachos are pretty good for pricing! Like fantastic actually! BUT I can finish a plate by myself as a meal… so beware Nacho lovers. For if you love as much as I do… make sure you get other food if you are sharing!
Places just forget about artwork nowadays you know? It’s really sad. These Nachos look very homemade, no wax paper, and nothing too special happening with them… get some wax paper, do something creative. Am I asking too much? I don’t think so…
SPECIAL MEAT EDITION
As you can see by the above and below pictures… I had these Nachos twice on different occasions! I decided to do this because nachojoe.com is now improved! I’m here for the people, by the people, and the for the bellies of the people. I don’t want to steer you wrong. So I ate Nachos twice. What a burden. I’m done now… I just want you to know that I care! SO! I had some meat… chicken… if we’re getting technical. It was spicy chicken. It was alright, it kind of taste processed and rubbery sometimes. I paid extra for it too. I’ll have to double check but I believe $2.50-3.50. Nothing over that I don’t think, which is pretty standard. It was kind of not my thing. If you want some extra protein and a bit more of a kick, go for it! On a plus side there was plenty of chunky pieces of chicken though!
Well it’s been a while since I had Nachos that I enjoyed… I really like Boston Pizza’s Nachos personally. But if I’m being strict on my review scheme, based on a smaller portion, missing cheese sometimes and when ordering them with the chicken, getting less cheese kind of dampers the rating down for consistency purposes. So… I’m going to have to give Boston Pizza’s Nachos a 7/10. Almost amazing. Add more Nachos, stay consistant with your cheese! That’s my verdict.
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Nacho Joe will be reviewing again this holiday season. So be on the look out for good places to go fill your jolly stomachs this Christmas. Plans for an update on Moose Maguire’s, Kilkenny, and brand new reviews are on the way. I’ve heard I need to check out Hop in Brew and Original Joe’s so I will get on that Nacho lovers! If you have other suggestions write them as comments under this post!
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Tis been a long while since I set out into the world to find great Nachos. I decided to ingest some Nachos recently at the Rusty Cage Located on the corner of Bow Trail and 37th Street SW. Did I put great delicious Nachos in my happy Nacho Joe belly? Read more to find out!
These Nachos were very hard and crunchy. They were also kind of bland and burnt. This was very unfortunate because the first Nacho I tried didn’t taste like anything. When Nachos don’t taste like anything Nacho Joe gets sad. First demerit.
So these Nachos had tons of toppings as you can see by the following picture. They had tons of cheese, tomatoes, olives, onions and jalapenos. However the biggest problem with these was that the biggest flavor on the Nachos were the jalapenos. This made everything taste like Jalapenos. Accompanied by some burnt chips. these spicy tangy Nachos just didn’t do the trick for me. In my personal opinion I believe that the best Nachos make you taste everything on them, not just the Jalapenos. Hmm…
These Nachos were priced at a very cheap $9.00. This was impressive because these Nachos were big for their size and for that price it’s great. Good marks for pricing!
These Nachos did look very good though and there was more than enough dip for them! They were covered in cheese and looked very delicious. Full points for presentation for sure!
Although these Nachos did look good they suffered from bland and burnt tasting chips and the whole plate tasting like the oil from the Jalapeno jar. The price was great. I couldn’t believe only $9.00 for all these Nachos. However I’m sad to say that in this case I got what I paid for. It is really too bad these Nachos weren’t delicious because the way they looked really made me want to love them. But sadly I must give these Nachos a 4/10.
Please help me find great Nachos!
Until The Next Reviews!
BABYTOOTH BAMBINO’S HAS SINCE CHANGED OWNERS. I HAVE NOT REVIEWED THE NEW NACHOS. BUT I WILL UPDATE THIS REVIEW AS SOON AS I DO. IF YOU HAVE HAD THEM LEAVE ME A COMMENT!
Buon giorno Nacho Lovers! Here is a special Nacho review just’a made just for you. Airdrie, Alberta has a pub called Babytooth Bambino’s at #6, 2145 Summerfield Blvd SE. After a long hiatus Nacho Joe is back writing reviews and eating lots of Tortilla Chips covered (and they SHOULD be covered) in scrumptious varieties of cheeses.
My sidekicks Salsa Sarah and Ivy Monroe were craving some cheesy goodness and a little bit of a road trip so we left Calgary and traveled long distances to Airdrie in search of the perfect plate of homegrown Airdrie Nachos. After our long drive full of wonder and growling tummies we came across a tiny little strip mall containing a pub with a creative name. We were greeted by a lot of mafia movie pictures and references and great decor that an Italian like me can really appreciate. We ate Nachos with the Godfather looking down on us. Now the question was, could these Nachos really make my sideklicks and I an offer we couldn’t refuse? Get ready to read in this special Italian Review!
Mamamia! These’a Nachos start off on a high note. The Nacho’s are made in house and have a garlic flavor to them, not to strong or anything, just right. They are multi-colored and they are big enough, and strong enough to hold withstand the toppings. These were some delicious chips.
Yummy. These Nachos are loaded with toppings! There are onions, green peppers, red peppers, bruschetta tomatoes, olives and layers of cheese. You can get the option of beef which I had the last time I took a trip down to do a follow up taste and I must say that the beef is quite delicious! They turn into very manly Nachos! The nicest part about these Nachos is that finally there is a pub that really gets the idea of layering and trying not to leave any Nachos behind. Of course there are always gonna be a few casualties but even the chips have some seasoning so really it’s hard to get a bad chip. Nacho Joe was impressed. Ivy Monroe and Salsa Sarah were too busy enjoying the deliciousness to really speak up. The Nachos also come with Sour Cream and Salsa. The Salsa isn’t the cheap stuff, although it didn’t taste house made either, but it accompanied the nachos well. The sour cream was the good thick stuff, and not the watery kind that some places give you. So overall the toppings were awesome. Bruschetta tomatoes on Nachos is a very cool idea and keeps the Italian theme of the pub alive!
These’a Nachos costa $16.50 for a full size and $11.50 for a half! Based on the portion size you get, it’s a very good price. I only have a picture of the full size with the beef, but I also have a picture of the half without! So if you a vegetarian, or a Nacho purist like me just imagine the full size without the meat! But take a look under the presentation section below this one! (Presentiazonomio)
The Nachos come on lovely square plates! It’s fantastic! They are also on top of lovely checkered wax paper as any good nachos should be. Both are stacked high and look like mountains. I like my Nachos to look mean and intimidating! Don’t believe me? See for yourself! Gaze upon the high peaks of Deliciousness!
Summarizionoventissimomia (Too much?)
As I’m sure you can tell by my happy writing I was very pleased with these Nachos. In fact I go back very frequently to make sure that my verdict isn’t biased because of the great Italian decorations. I go back to make sure that I’m not biased because I love bruschetta and olives. I also go back because these have become the Nachojoe.com benchmark. I can’t really say anything bad about these Nachos. In fact I really tried to find something bad. The only thing I found was that after eating these nachos, you are full. They are filling because of all the toppings they put on top. For the portion size, I know these Nachos are worth the money. So overall, you guessed it! These nachos get a 10/10 for being deliciously fantastico! So if you get a craving for a bit of a road trip, and a healthy dose of Mafia memorabilia then head on down to Babytooth Bambino’s! You will not be dissapointed!
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A couple of friends of mine always go to Kilkenny Irish Pub at 3630 Brentwood Road NW so I thought why not do a Nacho Review? People tell me the Irish Potato Nachos are great but I am a purist so I went with the traditional stuff. Chips and Cheese! How did they do? Find out right now!
This is where it all starts! These chips were on the thin side and tasted pretty generic. They weren’t bad but they also weren’t chips you’d die for either. Sometimes you would get one that was a little oily and tasted like cardboard or paper (quality paper though not your regular printing kind…) but overall they almost always tasted like tortilla’s.
These Nachos had Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapeno’s and a Three Cheese Blend which tasted like Mozzarella, Cheddar, and maybe Monteray Jack and Sour Cream and Salsa. No olives. I’m biased because growing up Italian olives are like gold and when Nacho’s don’t have any olives Nacho Joe get’s sad. Whilst eating Nachos I noticed that these were Darwinist Nachos. The Cheese used the process of natural selection to determine which lucky Nachos were fortunate enough to receive a coat of cheese to keep them warm and which Nachos did not. There were a lot of unfortunate Nachos and a couple of survivors. Somehow a glop of Cheese landed on 2 very lucky Nachos and didn’t get around to the others. I felt bad for the cold, sad, and naked Nachos. However in all seriousness when these Nachos did have cheese on them they were delicious. Also despite the chips being thin, and the tomatoes being very juicy and fresh the Nachos didn’t fall under the pressure. They managed to not get soggy. I was quite pleased with this sturdy chip achievement. Kilkenny gets an automatic plus 1 point for this.
Now, now, now. This is where a lot of Nachos fall short. If you charge over $15 for Nachos then they need tons of cheese. If you charge over $20 they must be made of the purist of golds. These Nachos cost a tender $14.99 for the small version and for the platter they cost $21.99. I have had a lot of Nachos. Trust me. I feel like this price is a bit inflated. The smaller version feeds up to 4 people for an appetizer but if you have more than 4 hungry Nacho lovers get the platter. They do taste good and I noticed the platter version did seem to have a lot more cheese and the toppings were spread out better. I did try the platter on a different day so maybe a rookie was working the kitchen the day I had the small plate… remember my Nacho Joe followers, Nachos are always inconsistant, unless you go to Moxies where I watch the chefs measure the cheese and toppings. Those are the only Nachos you can depend on as far as I know…
These Nachos look nice. In fact they are my favorite Nacho look yet. This picture is on my phone as my background as you read (Actually depending on when you read it might have changed as time does go by and I like to change my Nacho phone background…) I will let you be the judge though!
If you get the Nachos that have cheese and toppings on them then these are delicious! The Jalapeno’s are a bit spicy so SNJW! (Spicy Nacho Joe Warning) But after throwing around numbers amongst my Nacho Sidekicks we decided that these Nachos are a strong 7/10. We go very often and they are always a bit different, sometimes they are a 9, others they are a 5. So be careful! If you get them on a 9 day then you are lucky and really enjoy them! That’s all for now! Thanks Nacho Followers. Your loyalty is humbling!
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I will have more reviews up soon including Kilkenny, and Baby Tooth Bambinos! But for now I need to write a couple essays and keep up with school work! Thanks for your patience, don’t worry I’m still eating Nachos, but now they are comfort food for my studies.
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