Very little can stand in the way of the good citizens of Nacho Patrol when they find a restaurant/bar with as fabulous a draft list as the Asgard in Central Square, Cambridge. Not frigid temperatures and biting wind chills. Not numb toes, frozen noses, or snowy butts. Exhaustion from a long day of work and class. MIT shuttles that show up 40 minutes late or the circuitous route it takes when they do arrive. Not even Mario Kart–alas, what is the world coming to? But as flagship patrollers Andi and Skyler researched the world of Boston nachos on the interwebs they came across the menu for the Asgard. No second thoughts, the deal was done. And while the nachos were mostly average and the hour and a half long adventure to actually get to Central left us with icy extremities, the draft list certainly got on our good side. Alackaday, this review isn’t about the beer, but the nachos, so let’s get down to business.
- Appearance: (8 ) A colorful and overall pleasing display of reds and yellows and blacks and greens and whites. The Rainbow Road of nachos.
- Distribution: (7) Once again we must consider a distribution theory of nachos–is it better to glob it on top or should one be a bit more fastidious, using little bowls and neat ice-cream scoop mounds to carefully set up the nachos for condiment consummation? While the Asgard was largely successful in terms of a proper distribution of chili and cheese (the under-chips were sadly nude, we must point out), we cannot help but recall the mouthwatering mass of toppings that we enjoyed as Pour House. Though a personal choice, this group of nacho-fans tends to favor the Messy-Masterpiece method of nacho preparation–if you just dabble, you are bound to miss the details.
- Quality of toppings: ( 8 ) good chili and cheese, sadly flavorless guac (a depressing trend these days, but perhaps it’s just not the right season), and well-made chips. Decent pico de gallo. Homemade chips that for once, were delicious from beginning to end.
- Price: (7) $10 for an appropriately sized plate split between 3 people. We didn’t finish it, but what with the margs and the beer and the spinach and artichoke dip in which we also indulged, can you blame us? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. For $10 we should have something so large that our stomach explodes out of the belly and runs away at the mere thought of consumption. But perhaps that’s asking a bit much.
- Overall: 30/40. Pretty good, but you might be better off getting something else from the menu.
Here are some beer recommendations, though their draft list might change frequently:
- Harpoon Leviathan Series Baltic Porter (especially if you want to get schwasted)
- Pomegranate Wheat
- Wachusett Blueberry
- Harpoon Seasonal (especially if you can do a half-and-half with a cider)
- Organic Raspberry Wheat
And no shitty beers on tap!! Finally, if you want a Coors, you might as well suck it up and buy it in a bottle.