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Peso’s Kitchen in Seattle: Worth Their Weight in Oro

2 Jan

Sometimes a blizzard can be a blessing in disguise.  When all of Boston hunkered down for the great storm of 2010, this Nacho Patroller’s canceled flight led to a lovely side trip to Seattle, Washington.  Originally on the hunt for seafood nachos in this great waterfront city, the lack of such options led to a visit to Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, in the Queen Anne neighborhood.  An authentic upscale Mexican restaurant in the vein of Zocalo, Cantina La Mexicana and Sol Azteca, we were drawn in by reports of their red chile skirt steak nachos, but found instead the green chile mole nachos, with ancho chile sauce, crema, asadero cheese and skirt steak.

  • Appearance: (9) Oh, wow.  Barely any chips were visible under the weight of all the toppings, and the green chile mole peeked coyly out from under the blanket of black beans. A few chips on the edges seemed a little burned.

    Bloody delicious

  • Quality of Ingredients: (9) The little bits of skirt steak were deliciously rare and perfectly seasoned.  The asadero cheese was a delicious departure from the norm.  The crema was so much more than we expected, a cooling, cilantro-tinged counterpoint to the slightly spicy mole sauce and black beans.  Our only complaints were the guacamole, which while fresh, could have been a little more flavorful, and the homemade chips which were not strong enough to support all of the toppings.
  • Distribution of Toppings: (10) There was so much going on here, we can’t recall finding a single naked chip (and indeed, the complimentary basket of chips on the side came in useful for scooping up extra toppings).  The smooth green chile mole sauce contrasted perfectly with the chewiness of the steak and crunchy bits of salsa, and the copious black beans provided a solid base upon which the other toppings could play.
  • Price: (9) $12 with steak is a bargain, considering how delicious these were.
  • Overall: 37/40.  Our highest rated nachos EVER! These were a wonderful flavor experience, undisputed champion of the foreign reviews and surpassing even the Pour House in score.  Perhaps we are doing all our reviewing in the wrong city?

Jerry Remy’s: Red Sox Nacho Nation Has A New President

1 Oct

Just when we think we have the Fenway area covered, a new nacho destination pops up like in a delicious version of Whack-A-Mole.  One day, Fenway– one day, we will conquer you! We had been saving Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill for our final review but the nacho description at our intended destination The Baseball Tavern looked so repulsive that we turned tail and fled. On to Jerry’s, where the TVs are big and the portions supposedly even bigger.

  • Appearance:  (9.2) Oh, Jerry! Lots of colors, guac on one side, sour cream on the other, and a big ol’ vat of deep red salsa. It was hard to wait long enough for a photo!
  • Quality of Ingredients: (8) For coming from a bar named after a local sports personality, these nachos were surprisingly humble.  From their description we expected standard bar nacho toppings but were greatly impressed with some surprisingly interesting ingredients.  The chili was delicious, with sizable chunks of juicy pork (or maybe beef?), and the thickly pureed salsa had a wonderfully spicy chipotle flavor.  As we gazed across the street at Fenway Cantina, fond memories of Guacaholics Anonymous arose, and while the guac on these nachos was no contest winner, it was certainly tasty.
  • Distribution of Toppings: (9)  Chili and tons of cheese were (almost) everywhere, leaving just enough naked chips to sample the delectable salsa.
  • Price: (7) At $13 with chili, and finished by two, these are a little high for Boston but not too out of place for Fenway.
  • Overall: 33.2.  Just when we thought it couldn’t be done…Game On! has some competition for the best ‘chos in Fenway!

The Friendly Toast: Not So Friendly Nachos

18 Sep

While we like the Friendly Toast, we feel that we would be remiss to not include a disclaimer: think twice about coming here if you are easily overwhelmed or distracted by lots of external stimuli.  The cluttered, kitschy atmosphere is like an episode of A&E’s Hoarders gone almost but not exactly right– an explosion of vintage toys, tchotkches, doo-dads, thinga-a-ma-jigs, posters, sugar bowls, creepy dolls, and anything else one could imagine.  And…this guy, Burger Boy, who with his mustache and sombrero incidentally looks a lot like he belongs in Nacho Patrol:

The nachos were described as “a huge pile of fresh tortilla chips,  jalapeno-jack and cheddar, black olives, cuban beans, salsa, scallions, our avocado-lime sauce and sour cream.”  Were they as much of a sensory overload as their environment? See below:

  • Appearance: (8)  Nice colors, a great contrast to the green plate, with very solid-looking chips.  The “avocado-lime sauce” looked suspiciously like…guacamole, but we kept our minds open.
  • Quality of Ingredients: (5) The chips were indeed delicious and hearty.  The avocado-lime sauce did indeed taste like guacamole, and good guac at that.  Our opinion of the quality takes a nosedive here though, as there was a strange, off-putting, almost metallic taste in either the beans or the salsa.  It tainted the whole plate and our enjoyment of it.
  • Distribution of Toppings: (6) Not the best. Despite the blanket of toppings on top, a fair number of naked chips underneath and the cheese did not do the best job of sticking to them.
  • Price: (5) At $10.75, we found those to be overpriced.
  • Overall: 24/40.  Boring nachos from a not-at-all boring place.  But we are very excited to come back to try their breakfast nachos!