in search of nacho excellence

Last Defence Lounge (The Grad Lounge)

5.5-Nacho-Joe-RatingThe Quest

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.

IMG_2947On the note of savouring the cheese, some of the chips were only covered with mozzarella and some were only covered with cheddar. Inconsistent cheese placement is one of my pet peeves.



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.

IMG_2939Overall a full mark for presentation goes to these Nachos.



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. 



What did you think of the review? Where should I go next? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @nachojoereviews

Happy Nacho eating!


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