Common Ground: Pass the Salt, Please!

9 Jan

January 1,2009. Time: 7pm. Location: The Common Ground, Allston, MA. Status: Varying degrees of hungover. While we normally only show up here for an occasional 90’s Night, this time Nacho Patrol braved the bitter cold to indulge in bloody marys, New Years Eve party stories, and the Nachos Grande.


  • Appearance: Highly-stacked chips with a less-than-ample coat of cheese. Tomatoes and green onions added a nice splash of color. Salsa and sour cream in a cute little boat on the side. A little guacamole could have helped, but none was available (7).
  • Quality of toppings: The chips were standard and store-bought; the cheese, average. Everything, on this entire nacho plate, was nearly devoid of salt. No salt on the chips, unusually bland salsa…we were not happy. We at Nacho Patrol LOVE salt (and as a result, our cumulative blood pressure is probably higher than Dow Jones). Perhaps with one undersalted ingredient, this plate could have been salvaged; but with nothing to pick up the slack it was overwhelmingly bland. After a few bites we flagged down our waitress and asked for a side of chili in hope of a hail mary. We poured it on top and hoped for the best, but unfortunately, all was lost, as even the chili was bland…(4)
  • Distribution of toppings: The plate was a little small, and there wasn’t enough cheese. Pouring the chili on top helped a little, but not nearly enough. (6)
  • Price: $7.50 overall with the chili for a sizeable plate of nachos is not too bad (7).
  • Overall: 24/40. Not very pleasant or filling. We might be amenable to trying some of the Common Ground’s other food, but in the future we will stay away from the Nachos.

2009, you are off to a rough start. Let us hope that the rest of the year holds many happy experiences, and better nachos.

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