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Thompsons/Sandstone Lounge

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NachoJoe rates Thompsons/Sandstone Lounge 7/10

NachoJoe rates Thompsons/Sandstone Lounge 7/10

When you search “best nachos in Calgary” on google one of the restaurants that pops up is Thompsons on 112 Stephen Ave SE. Are they the best? My sidekicks, Brosa, Mama R, and Pastayoyo just wanted to make sure that this was a true statement! Read the review to see if these Nachos pass the Nacho Joe test.

Nachos.

I have to say, I enjoyed these chips. There was not one soggy one in the bunch. They had a great crunch to them and they were red, black, and yellow colored. They weren’t too salty either! Those were some nice Nachos.

Toppings

This is what it all comes down to! These Nachos had great toppings. Olives, tomatoes,  red, green, and yellow bell peppers, Jalapenos, red onions, and of course cheese. At first glance these nachos looked amazing! But then we tasted them and something weird happened… We tasted Parmesan cheese. Was there Parmesan cheese on these nachos? Thsi aftertaste kept happening and it kind of ruined the Nacho experience. I have never tasted Parmesan cheese on Nachos before so I’m not going to say this was a bad thing, or a good thing. But unfortunatly to make matters worse near the end of the Nachos the last layer looked like this…

Alas, no cheese... something is rotten in the city of calgary!

this… this is unacceptable.

$Price$

At $21.00 these Nachos do not give you your money’s worth. To charge $21 and then not put cheese all over the Nachos… that is just wrong. If these Nachos were around the 12-14 dollar mark then I might understand, but they are not…

Presentation

Okay well roll out the red carpet because I have to say, this was one of the best presentations I have seen. Check it out!

They looked amazing

At first glance these Nachos looked like a home run!

Summary

Unfortunately another one of the restaurants that had the “best Nachos of calgary” lost it. I was really hoping for another 10/10. But instead I got an odd Parmesan cheese taste, quite a few dry Nachos, and an inflated price. On the plus side the bell peppers were a nice touch and they had all the toppings a Nacho lover could ask for. Also they included a bit of Guacamole which is usually an add on, on most menus. I’m not sure about what to think on the Parmesan cheese taste, but maybe this is a plus to some of you readers, or maybe not. The presentation was astonishing and the chips themselves were good. I’m giving these Nachos a 7/10. Add some more cheese and lower the price please…

Well that’s all folks! I’m still trying to find delicious Nachos! Help me out. Tell me where they are!

Until next time,

Nacho Joe 😛

Ship and Anchor

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NachoJoe rates Ship and Anchor 6/10

NachoJoe rates Ship and Anchor 6/10

Best Nachos of Calgary for 2008 in FFWD magazine says something to me. 2 years ago these Nachos were the best! Are they still? My sidekick “Bubbles” invited me to come to the Ship and Anchor Pub located at 534 -17th Avenue SW to check these Nachos out. So we did… were we pleased? Read the review to find out!

http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/life-style/best-calgary/best-of-calgary-2008-poll-results-3248/

Nachos.

Well I was quite fond of the chips! They were tasty! They also gave you plenty of salsa and sour cream to dip them in! They were of the black, red, and yellow variety. They were crunchy and delicious! Chips for the win!

Toppings

We started with a great base for the Nachos, but now we get into toppings. I was disappointed. I have taken the Menu off their website! (The bracket stuff is my comments)

Nachos $11.95

Topped with green peppers, green onion, jalapenos and marble cheese  served with salsa &  sour cream.

Half Order…………………………………. $8.95

Extra Cheese……………………………….$1.50 (Why is this here?)

Extra toppings per item…………………….$1.00 (What kind of extra toppings? Do the Nachos need extra toppings)

I always get a little nervous when I see “extra cheese” on the menu because if they are made right in the first place why would you need extra cheese? Another thing that made me shiver is the “add extra toppings.” I look at Nachos like buying a car. Do you want a steering wheel with that? Well duh of course you do so if you buy nachos then you want the major toppings! They were missing tomatoes! Also there was no option listed for guacamole or meat. So if you like meat or guacamole on your Nachos, it looks like it can’t be done. The toppings were in short supply! Sure we have green peppers, jalapenos, onions, and cheese. But where oh where are the tomatoes? The Olives? I just don’t understand. Bubbles and I were sad. We missed our tomatoes, and I wanted olives!

Also there was not enough cheese! Look at these sad Nachos! This was after we ate the first layer…

These were very dry Nachos! No cheese on the second layer? If I order 'extra cheese" will this not happen?

$Price$

At first glance $11.95 isn’t bad for Nachos! The half order was only $8.95. These were the best Nachos of 2008 so I guess the price was worth it! I agree there! However. If we want to take another look at the menu…

Nachos  $11.95

Topped with green peppers, green onion, jalapenos and marble cheese  served with salsa &  sour cream.

Half Order…………………………………. $8.95

Extra Cheese……………………………….$1.50

Extra toppings per item…………………….$1.00

It seems to me like the only way to get the Nachos that you want, is by adding toppings and sadly extra cheese! So really to get good Nachos I imagine you would have to order tomatoes, olives and extra cheese. So really these nachos would work out to $15.45 which isn’t a great deal considering some of the other nachos I have reviewed. But for the price listed with no extras, it isn’t a bad deal for size. These nachos were a decent size.

Presentation

Well they looked great! At first glance these Nachos looked fantastic and had there been more toppings, more cheese, and at the price they were at they would have been great!

There was enough cheese on top but not in the middle!

Summary

Okay, so best Nachos of 2008, great! Congrats you got that for 2008! For 2010… you might need to work a little harder Ship and Anchor. I had high expectations for these Nachos and I wasn’t impressed. The chips were great, and when these Nachos had toppings on them they were amazing. However that tended to be a rare occurrence. Also to have that many Nachos with no cheese o them is just shameful. I have to give these a 6/10.

http://www.shipandanchor.com/

Well sadly the follow up to my 10/10 review didn’t quite meet the standards. Tell me where I can find 10/10 Nachos! Email me at nacho.joe@gmail.com or go to the facebook page at www.facebook.com/nachojoereviews

Thanks for reading! Now go eat some Nachos!

Nacho Joe 😛

Fergus and Bix

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NachoJoe rates Fergus and Bix 10/10

NachoJoe rates Fergus and Bix 10/10

Ugh… so many Nachos… well here we have yet another Nacho review! My sidekick Pastayoyo and I decided to check out Fergus and Bix at 2000, 873 85th Street S.W. What do you think we ordered?

Nachos.

Well these were some amazing chips! They were crunchy and tri-colored! They had just the right amount of salt on them. I could have eaten these plain with some salsa! I didn’t get the chance to do this because every Nacho had some kind of topping on it. I want to know the brand of these chips! They were really tasty!

Toppings

Well I must say I was a very happy Nacho consumer. Oh my gosh these Nachos had Olives! They had olives on them! Yay! Also they had tomatoes, green onions, red onions, and jalapenos. The jalapenos were just the right heat! These Nachos had tons of toppings. Every Nacho had something on it! It was hard to find a dry Nacho on this bunch. There was just the right amount of cheese on these as well. The bottom of the plate was a little greasy but not to the point where you were nervous of your arteries clogging. Also the toppings were layered! Finally nachos that are layered! We finished the top portion of the Nachos and then we got to the middle and there was a whole new layer of toppings! Fergus and Bix has mastered the art of layering! The toppings were fantastic!

Believe it or not this is after we ate some of the Nachos... lots of toppings...

$Price$

We got the half order and they were huge! These were massive Nachos! The half order costs $13.00 and the full order costs $21.00. Now, I think $21.00 is pretty expensive for Nachos but we got the half order and it was huge so I can’t even imagine how big the full is. I am very curious! For $13.00 this is a great deal! This could feed 2 people for a meal and 4 people for an appetizer.

Presentation

The Nachos tasted amazing! They also looked amazing! Check them out!

Yum

Look how much there is!

They looked nice, and there were lots of them! These were great Nachos!

Summary

I was told to go to Fergus and Bix from my good friend Roman! He said the Nachos were amazing and he was right! The Nachos were fantastic and the service was great! Pastayoyo and I had a long discussion about the rating. It was so hard to find anything wrong with these Nachos. They weren’t too greasy, they had enough cheese, tons of toppings, and the chips tasted great! There was more then enough dip left over and these nachos weren’t too spicy but they still had a kick to them! We came to the conclusion that these are Nachos for everybody! The best part about these Nachos is that family’s can even eat them together. On weekends Fergus and Bix lets kids into their restaurant until 3:00pm! So because of all these wonderful things guess what? Fergus and Bix’s, “Bix Better Nachos” have become my very first 10/10 Nachos! They were delicious and I would go back! Congratulations Fergus and Bix you have pleased me!

http://www.fergusandbix.com/

Well nachojoe.com finally has a bench mark! Think you have a place that serves 10/10 Nachos? Let me know my commenting on this post, sending me an email at nacho.joe@hotmail.com, or using the posting on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nachojoereviews.

Until next time,

Nacho Joe 😛

Loco Lou’s

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NachoJoe rates Loco Lou's 7/10

NachoJoe rates Loco Lou's 7/10

Wow… I’ve reviewed too many Nachos lately! My stomach needs a break! My good friend from Saskatchewan was in town so I got a Nacho Review Sidekick Team (NRST) together to help me with rating Loco Lou’s Nachos! Loco Lou’s is on 1324 16 Avenue NW. My sidekicks were all pumped to try the Nachos and so was I! How did it go? Read the review to find out!

Nachos.

Well the description of the Nachos on the menu said that the chips were “Jalapeno and Tomato Basil Nachos.” I was expecting a taste from these Nachos. When they are described to me in the menu I expect a flavor of some sort. But alas these were just your run of the mill red and green chips. There were also regular white corn Nachos as well. These chips were funny though. They weren’t really crunchy, they were “snappy.” Also the Nachos seemed to be a little to week to hold the toppings. It was not the best chip experience…

Toppings

Well I have to say, these Nachos had a lot of toppings. They had onions, green peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, and green peppers. I haven’t had green peppers on Nachos yet! I was pleasantly surprised! The green peppers were good! The cheese mix on these Nachos was a Mozzarella and Cheddar mix. However we had the same problem… there was lots of cheese on the top of the Nacho plate but once you got to the middle the cheese was either burned or non-existent. I was sad once again. But there were plenty of other toppings and dip to eat with the unfortunate Nachos that had no cheese on them.

$Price$

At $13.99 for the big “Nachos Grande” plate you can’t really go wrong. Especially when you have a big group of people with you! Anything extra though like beef, chicken, and guacamole is an extra $2.99. I felt like this was a little expensive because most places I have been too so far charge $0.99-$1.99. But the Nachos themselves with no extras are a very good price!

Presentation

Well they looked beautiful… check them out!

 

They had lots of cheese on the top but not so much in the middle of the layers!

The cheese was not on every Nacho... I felt bad for the Nachos that had no cheese, they were naked! Poor things!

I really got excited when I saw these! As we ate them though the cheese disappeared! Also I got a good bunch of flimsy soggy Nachos. This was very sad because it felt like I was eating a regular Tortilla… but I was eating Nachos!

Summary

I had high expectations for these Nachos! They looked really good and when the Nachos weren’t soggy and had toppings on them they were delicious! The addition of Green peppers into the regular toppings was nice but it didn’t save these nachos! There was just enough dip to accommodate for the size of the Nachos and the top had plenty of cheese. Loco Lou’s just needs to study the art of layering cheese. The bottom and middle didn’t really have enough of the good stuff! I have to give Loco Lou’s Nachos Grande a 7/10. More crispy chips, more cheese, and toppings in the middle would have upped the score on these!

 

Where are you 10/10 Nachos! I’m excited to taste you! Help me find them! Gimme an email at nacho.joe@hotmail.com or comment on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nachojoereviews!

My stomach is saying go eat more Nachos but my body is telling me no! Time for some shredded lettuce… Being a Nacho critic is tough work! Go out and get some Nachos! If you find good ones let me know!

Nacho Joe 😛

 

Montana’s Cookhouse

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NachoJoe rates Montana's Cookhouse 8/10

NachoJoe rates Montana's Cookhouse 8/10

This week has been a very good week for Nachos! Today my sidekicks Mama R and Brosa set out to find a great plate of family friendly Nachos! We decided to venture on over to Montana’s Cookhouse, 5622 Signal Hill Center Southwest, Calgary! They are famous for their ribs… but how are their Nachos? Read the review to find out!

Nachos.

You know the drill by now, we start with the chips! They were white and green tortilla chips! They were quite thick and not easily breakable. These Nachos held there ground! The toppings didn’t even make them soggy which was great! I enjoyed these chips a lot! They had a great crunch to them!

Toppings

Finally! A change! These Nachos had loads of toppings. There were onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, baked beans (I know beans on Nachos? Yum!) and Beef. Normally I stay away from meat on my Nachos because I am a Nacho Purist however, the menu said “Ultimate Beef Nachos.” My general rule of thumb is to get what the menu tells me. If the nachos are described and then it says “add chicken or beef for $__” then I never add it. But since the beef came with the Nachos, I had the beef! These Nachos were bountiful in toppings, but there was one big problem. Not enough cheese. This made me so sad. The top of the Nachos were covered in toppings, but no cheese. The cheese was in the middle and there just wasn’t enough.

$Price$

At $13.99 I would say you get your money’s worth. Sure they don’t have a lot of cheese but the other toppings almost make up for it. Almost. Also you get beef on them for no extra charge. That is pretty rare from what I have seen. If you are a vegetarian or a purist like me then you can ask for no beef.

Presentation

Well I thought they looked yummy! And they even had some paper underneath so you could peel off any of the unfortunate cheese that didn’t quite make it onto the Nachos! Check them out!

Lots of Toppings, But as you can see not enough cheese...

the only issues I had with this was the dips. There wasn’t really enough dip for the Nachos. We still had half the Nachos left and we were done the sour cream and a quarter of the salsa. They need more dip!

Summary

Well these Nachos were pretty good! I would say so far if you are looking to take your family out for decent Nachos, go to Montana’s! At $13.99 you get tons of toppings which includes beef and beans! However the biggest low point of these Nachos was that there just wasn’t enough cheese. But all things considered you did get your money’s worth and they tasted really good! One warning though, these are spicy Jalapenos so if you are not a hot and spicy fan order them on the side, or just don’t get them at all! After debating with my sidekicks these Nachos receive an 8/10. If they had a bit more cheese on them and some more dip these might have got a 10. They were good!

http://www.montanas.ca

Thanks for reading! I still don’t have a 10/10 plate of Nachos! Tell me where I can find them! Email your suggestions to nacho.joe@hotmail.com! Or write them down on the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nachojoereviews! Thanks!

Until next time,

Nacho Joe 😛

Moose Maguires

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NachoJoe rates Moose Maguires 6/10

NachoJoe rates Moose Maguires 6/10

Today my trusty sidekick Pastayoyo and I went on another adventure together! We decided to venture on over to Moose Maguires Beanery and Bar on 1941 Uxbridge Dr Nw. Guess what we ordered? Were the Nachos good? Were they rad or sad? Read the review to find out!

Nachos.

Well these were one of the high points to these Nachos. The chips were thin but they had a great crunch! They also tasted really good! When the Nachos didn’t have cheese on them you could just eat the them with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole and they still tasted delicious! Yum!

Toppings

Once again we had typical toppings. Tomatoes, green onions, and Jalapenos. Once again no olives to be found on these Nachos! I was quite sad to not get Olives on my Nachos once again. I have been foiled twice! The cheese on these nachos tasted really good. It tasted like Colby Cheddar and White Cheddar or some kind of really sharp mozzarella. The best part of these Nachos was that they were tasty!

$Price$

At $12.99 its a pretty good deal. You get quite a bit of Nachos for the price. However the biggest problem about these Nachos is the lack of cheese. It seemed like all the nachos in the center had cheese on them but around the edges there was nothing. I could put my hands around the side, and the nachos would move around. They didn’t stick together, and that’s because they didn’t have cheese on them! It was about a 50/50 shot of getting a nacho with cheese or without. This was a major downer because these nachos had me! I thought they were really delicious until I started finding lots of dry nachos.

The other big problem with these nachos was that the cheese  was stuck to the pan.

It's a shame that all this cheese was on the bottom and not on the nachos!

To make things worse you couldn’t even scrape the cheese off this pan because of the hard surface. It would have been nice to maybe put some wax paper underneath these nachos so the cheese could peel off easily.

Presentation

Well in the words of my faithful sidekick Pastayoyo “They looked very impressive.” Check  out the picture!

They look nice right?

Summary

Well these Nachos were tasty, they looked good, and for a large portion of Nachos they were $12.99. Unfortunately they took a big cut in my final score because they barely had any cheese on them! The worst part was most of the cheese that should have been on the nachos ended up stuck to the bottom of the pan! Because of the lack of wax paper I couldn’t even peel the cheese off. The bonus was there was plenty of dip for the nachos that had no cheese on them. But I’m not reviewing plain nachos and dip, I’m reviewing nachos that are covered in cheese. So sadly I have to give these nachos a 6/10.

I’m still in hot pursuit of finding that 10/10 plate of Nachos! Can you tell me where I can find them? Let me know!

Until the next review!

Nacho Joe 😛