Christopher’s: the mysterious case of the bar nacho and its slightly “special” cousin

12 Mar

3Though Nacho Patrol always tries to do its best, they admittedly will only go the distance when they have a car, but on this particularly warm March night they were especially fortunate: a car AND a willfully designated driver (thanks Vianney!) to ferry them to Christopher’s in Porter Square, Cambridge. Located conveniently on the Red Line, Christopher’s dimly lit, wood-paneled interior makes you feel like you’re in a cozy cave. Definitely cozy enough to get your calories on and enjoy one of their delicious “burgahs” and an ever-changing draft (which are good if you like your beer red and hoppy). But perhaps you also want to indulge in one of their five varieties of nachos, all available in half- and full-orders so you can mix and match. Nacho Patrol did just that, mixing it up with their Veggie Chili Nachos and their Yuppie Nachos. Note: we will review each plate separately, beginning with….

Veggie Chili Nachos (Right):

  • Appearance: (7) Per Nacho Patrol doctrine, we thought we’d go for the closest thing to “bar nachos” that Christopher’s had to offer. These bad boys weren’t beautiful, nor did they rival their specialty neighbor in terms of flavor. A globulous heap of homemade chips, off-colored chili, and yet another disturbing amount of sour cream, didn’t do much for the eye, but after waiting what felt like an eternity to get our food, we were ready to dig in.
  • Quality of toppings: ( 8 ) high quality cheeses that melted perfectly and decent chili.  The chips were delicious and homemade.
  • Distribution: (7) if Christopher’s does one nacho-related thing right, it is the sheer volume of cheese to chip. In fact, there is so much cheese that at some point in the cooking process, the individual pieces of cheese gain sentience just long enough to realize that there is no place for them on the already cheese-saturated chips and that the only course of action is to move onto the plate, where it thus congeals into an ooey-gooey unit. Yum!  Unfortunately, the chili was not so evenly spread.
  • Price: (6) Pretty spendy for being so small.
  • Overall: 28/40. A tasty little morsel when considered on their own, but compared to some of the more substantial bar nachos we have encountered, we’d reccomend that you stick with the burgahs.

Yuppie Nachos (Left): Note, part 2: as we do not consider these the typical “bar nacho” we will categorize them under specialty. Plan your consumption accordingly.

  • Appearance: ( 8 ) The sour cream, guacamole, and sundried tomatoes created the perfect nacho color trifecta.  Quite enticing!
  • Quality of toppings: ( 9 ) Amazing toppings. Who knew jack and cheddar cheese could be so good together? Nacho Patrol didn’t, but when you pair it with a metric ton of goat cheese, decent guac, and delicious sun-dried tomatoes you have an interesting and exciting nacho platter.  We found ourselves with a new appreciation for sundried tomatoes after devouring these…it may be hard to go back to regular fresh tomatoes.
  • Distribution: ( 8 ) Let’s be honest…a half order is pretty small, so distribution wasn’t a huge issue. Maybe there were a few chips completely drenched in goat cheese (and while Nacho Patrol loves us some goat cheese, we don’t like the feeling of our arteries clogging as we eat), but otherwise, Christopher’s gave us enough cheese and not one naked chip.
  • Price: (6) Yes, they were delicious, and yes, they had some interesting toppings, but $9 for a tiny plate definitely lightened our wallets a bit more than we normally like.
  • Overall: 31/40.  A delightful, mouthwatering detour from our usual routine.
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One Response to “Christopher’s: the mysterious case of the bar nacho and its slightly “special” cousin”

  1. smasharita March 30, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    Am I the only one who thinks these nachos look like boobs? One is the sophisticated, well-dressed, successful boob; the other is the one the parents still love because McDonalds has some very respectable retirement packages and goodness knows she’s trying… those kind of boobs? This nachotograph should be in the Guggenheim.

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