South Boston may seem a little off the beaten path, and indeed had long been off our nacho radar. However, only the briefest of internet searches reveals that Southie is a veritable treasure trove of virgin nacho destinations (except for the Boston Beer Garden, which considering it is related to both great and terrible nacho destinations Brighton Beer Garden, the assorted Taverns in the Squares, Joshua Tree and Shitty Side, is something we will only approach with great caution). In the interested of breaking new ground (and evening out the north-heavy Nacho Map), we ventured to The Stadium for some nachos and beeyah. As much of a sports bar as you will ever find (the waitresses wear modified soccer uniforms, which, upon consideration, doesn’t make a lot of sense for an American sports bar), The Stadium was pleasantly uncrowded despite an impending Bruins playoff game. And thence came the nachos:
- Appearance: (7) Very colorful, but in an unsettling way. Only canned condiments and pre-made chips are ever that bright.
- Quality of Ingredients: (5) Jarred salsa, guacamole from a bucket, and the chips, while colorful, were a little stale. The chili was good but had a strange hint of summer sausage flavor, which, while not unpleasant, was a little odd. We were puzzled by the sour cream, which appeared to have some sort of chives mixed in, but with no discernible effect on the flavor.
- Distribution of Toppings: (6) While there was a fair amount of chili, the cheese was not entirely melted, which hampered distribution.
- Price: (8.3) In this age of nacho inflation, it’s nice to see a sizable plate of nachos, with chili for only $10.
- Overall: 26.3. These nachos were exactly what we expected from the place, nothing more, nothing less. Edible, even enjoyable, but worth neither a long review or a return visit.
No one’s first time is all that great, right? On to bigger and better Southie nachos!