Nachoville is abuzz tonight with thrilling news and general celebration. After much Craigslist trolling, an extended tour of Cambridge/Somerville, peeking into the bedrooms of strangers (why do so many people keep weapons in their bedrooms?) and dealing with the World’s Most Senile Realtor, the new Nacho Patrol World Headquarters has officially been chosen. In the mood for celebratory margaritas and intensive furniture discussions (too much wicker? not enough wicker?), we hit an old standby in our new neighborhood, Rudy’s Cafe. Rudy’s is an adorable Somerville institution, full of fiesta-colored furniture, cozy dining nooks, and with not-insignificant margarita list. It’s entirely possible that one of our members may have been conceived after a night of one too many Original Margaritas. Putting that uncomfortable thought aside, we eagerly ordered their Super Nachos, with spicy chili.
- Appearance: (6) Despite significant oozage, the lack of color variation left something to be desired.
- Quality of Ingredients: (7) We loved the thick, crispy, perfectly-salted homemade chips, and could have easily just eaten a pile of them plain. The chili was also good, but the salsa was a little overwhelming, and far too runny. Melted cheese=excellent.
- Distribution of Toppings: (7) It was hard to know where the salsa ended and the chili began, because the two were layered on top of each other (Rudy’s also offers these nachos with black beans instead of chili, which may cut down on this problem). Because there was so much runny salsa, the bottom layer of chips quickly became sodden, though rarely inedibly so. Upon seeing the hat of toppings on these nachos, we feared for many naked chips, but were pleasantly surprised to find a second layer of cheese in the middle.
- Price: (7) $10 for a solid starter for three. Still, we would have appreciated a little more varietal bang for our buck.
- Overall: 27/40. Nice nachos, but in the future we’re looking forward to trying other things on the menu!