As the mercury rose into the mid-90’s, Tavern in the Square seemed like an excellent place to gratuitously mooch AC…and to engage in our first patrol in our new ‘hood. But quickly after settling in, our safe haven revealed a more sinister side. The menu seemed….suspiciously familiar. Flipping to the back, we realized that the Tavern in the Squares are related to both Joshua Tree and CitySide, which, to put it nicely, are not exactly two of our favorite places. Despite assurances that the Taverns are a little more upscale, the description of Tavern’s buffalo chicken nachos was IDENTICAL to those found at CitySide– a 7/40 monstrosity that is to date, the worst-rated plate of nachos we have ever tasted. To say the least, we were skeptical…
- Appearance: (6) We immediately questioned the structural integrity. Why piled so high? Why not a bigger plate? Why so much sour cream? And why the lettuce?? So many question marks, and not enough exclamation points.
- Quality of Ingredients: (7)Nothing particularly stood out, other than the chips, which were dense, crispy and salty.
- Distribution of Toppings: (6) We’ve finally found a use for the dreaded shredded lettuce: it makes a barrier against the even more dreaded sour cream hat, and allow for easier removal of the offending condiment! In other news, there was a lot of cheese but the the tall, packed mass of chips made it near impossible for it to get everywhere. The chili was on top, making it hard to grab chips without taking them from the bottom and risking collapse, reminding us once again of Jenga!
- Price: (7)Expectedly overpriced at $12, but still too big for us to finish.
- Overall: 26/40. Yet another average nacho. You may be better off trying some of their more interesting apps.
Dear Tavern in the Square/Joshua Tree/CitySide’s parents: We are seriously disappointed with your offspring. They are no longer invited over to play.