Nachos will be judged on four categories with up to 10 points available in each, for a maximum score of 40. These categories include:
- Presentation: are the nachos aesthetically pleasing? Are they packed on a plate that is too small?
- Quality of Ingredients: canned chili or fresh salsa? Crispy chips and zesty guacamole?
- Distribution of Toppings: is the cheese piled in one place, leaving the rest of the chips naked? Is it spread evenly and in layers throughout the chips? Are there unwanted naked chips?
- Price: Is it worth it? Is it a rip-off?
While our mission will focus on the conventional bar nacho, we will also occasionally delve into the strange and fantastical “specialty nacho.”
At least two members of Nacho Patrol should be present at a tasting in order for it to be listed in the rankings. However, on occasion a single member may provide a review for nachos that are either a). no longer produced; b). eaten before a co-reviewer can be secured; c). eaten on vacation and/or jury duty ; or d) produced at an establishment from which one or more members have been socially or legally ostracized (we’re looking at you C.C.C.).
When available, accouterments (guacamole, sour cream, chili, etc.) should be obtained. While it is tempting to bow to personal tastes and make exceptions/order ingredients on the side, we aim to sample the flagship “house nachos” at each establishment.