Save for The Fours and their delicious buffalo chicken nachos, the bars of the North Station area remain an unknown quantity to us. Perhaps it’s because we know exactly what to expect from them: crowds of Bruin and Celtic jersey-sporting bros in varying states of intoxication, out-of-towners who don’t know any better, average draft lists, and mediocre, overpriced food. Before attending a recent Celtics game, we put our theory to the test and went right for the heart of Bro-Town: Hurricane O’Reilly’s. The crown jewel in the strand of mass-produced Mardis Gras beads that is the Glynn Hospitality Group, Hurricane O’Reilly’s is the kind of place that’s sort of comforting in it’s timeless, generic blandness (and indeed, at least the website is in a time warp: it refers to TD Garden as the Fleet Center and has a completely obsolete menu). Surprised to find the place rather empty for right before a game and 3(!) types of nachos on the menu, we forewent the plain (boring!) and buffalo chicken (too many bad memories) versions and ordered the Nachos Grande, which came with chili and BBQ pork.
- Appearance: (4) For nachos “grande”, these certainly did not live up to the size of their name. All of the colors seemed faded, and the salsa and sour cream were in plastic takeout containers.
- Quality of Ingredients: (5.5) The chili was watery, and some of the chips were a little stale. The large chunks of BBQ pork were OK, but would never have been tasty enough to carry a pulled pork sandwich on their own. The red onions were intended to be pickled (which would have been a lovely touch) but still had too much of a bite to eat on their own. And the cheese, while it was not quite the dreaded American cheese, came very close (we dubbed it “Guam cheese”).
- Distribution of Toppings: (7) There was decent distribution, and even some cheese padding on the plate. The watery chili made things soggy and sort of disappeared into the other ingredients; we wouldn’t have known it was there if it hadn’t been on the menu.
- Price: (4) On the Sunset scale of size-to-price ratio, these barely registered. But hey, it’s downtown…
- Overall: 20.5/40. We debated heading over to The Fours after the game to wash away these bad nacho memories with some good ones. You would be wise to do the same, or just head there in the first place.