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The Asgard: Runaway Train Might Be Goin’ Back, a Roundtrip Ticket on the Two Beer Track

19 Jan

dsc03079Very little can stand in the way of the good citizens of Nacho Patrol when they find a restaurant/bar with as fabulous a draft list as the Asgard in Central Square, Cambridge. Not frigid temperatures and biting wind chills. Not numb toes, frozen noses, or snowy butts. Exhaustion from a long day of work and class. MIT shuttles that show up 40 minutes late or the circuitous route it takes when they do arrive. Not even Mario Kart–alas, what is the world coming to? But as flagship patrollers Andi and Skyler researched the world of Boston nachos on the interwebs they came across the menu for the Asgard. No second thoughts, the deal was done. And while the nachos were mostly average and the hour and a half long adventure to actually get to Central left us with icy extremities, the draft list certainly got on our good side. Alackaday, this review isn’t about the beer, but the nachos, so let’s get down to business.

  • Appearance: (8 ) A colorful and overall pleasing display of reds and yellows and blacks and greens and whites. The Rainbow Road of nachos.
  • Distribution: (7) Once again we must consider a distribution theory of nachos–is it better to glob it on top or should one be a bit more fastidious, using little bowls and neat ice-cream scoop mounds to carefully set up the nachos for condiment consummation? While the Asgard was largely successful in terms of a proper distribution of chili and cheese (the under-chips were sadly nude, we must point out), we cannot help but recall the mouthwatering mass of toppings that we enjoyed as Pour House. Though a personal choice, this group of nacho-fans tends to favor the Messy-Masterpiece method of nacho preparation–if you just dabble, you are bound to miss the details.
  • Quality of toppings: ( 8 ) good chili and cheese, sadly flavorless guac (a depressing trend these days, but perhaps it’s just not the right season), and well-made chips. Decent pico de gallo. Homemade chips that for once, were delicious from beginning to end.
  • Price: (7) $10 for an appropriately sized plate split between 3 people. We didn’t finish it, but what with the margs and the beer and the spinach and artichoke dip in which we also indulged, can you blame us? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. For $10 we should have something so large that our stomach explodes out of the belly and runs away at the mere thought of consumption. But perhaps that’s asking a bit much.
  • Overall: 30/40. Pretty good, but you might be better off getting something else from the menu.

Here are some beer recommendations, though their draft list might change frequently:

  1. Harpoon Leviathan Series Baltic Porter (especially if you want to get schwasted)
  2. Pomegranate Wheat
  3. Wachusett Blueberry
  4. Harpoon Seasonal (especially if you can do a half-and-half with a cider)
  5. Organic Raspberry Wheat

And no shitty beers on tap!! Finally, if you want a Coors, you might as well suck it up and buy it in a bottle.

Uno’s: The World of Nachos is Flat

13 Jan

dsc03078Nacho Patrol has, as of late, been in quite a good mood. Perhaps it’s that we have at long last all been reunited in Boston, perhaps it’s the pile of handmade goat milk soap Andi acquired in Florida, but it most likely has to do with the 42″ flat screen HD television, accompanying Wii, and seven bottles of liquor that recently ended up in the Nacho Patrol World Headquarters Foster Care System. Needless to say, nachos have come in a sad second in terms of our priorities. That said, we managed to tear ourselves from Mario Kart for a whole hour today to review Uno’s Pizzeria, a nationwide chain and a bit of a new adventure for Nacho Patrol.

  • Appearance: If nachos could be unnerving, these certainly caused a bit of a kerfuffle. First of all, they were flat. Huge plate, with a moderate amount of chips spread at most two-deep. At first, we were shocked– stack height is a key indicator we use in judging the quality of a nacho plate. But as our eyes got used to this strange, new nacho, it dawned on us: size isn’t everything (in nachos, that is). High stacks, while impressive, often come with a myriad of potentially problematic issues, making proper distribution and consumption difficult. Once we got past their stature, these nachos were fairly attractive, with tri-colored chips under a blanket of chili, salsa and cheese, with guacamole and sour cream on the side. (8 )
  • Quality of toppings: The chips were homemade but didn’t seem to be as heavy as some others we have found. Still, they could have used a sprinkling of salt. The chili had beef and whole kidney beans, always a plus. It was difficult to tell the salsa from the chili as both were spread over the top, but we have no reason to suspect that the salsa was anything other than out of a jar. The guacamole was also pre-made but significantly chunkier and more delicious than usual. (8 )
  • Distribution: The toppings came in contact with nearly all the chips, soaking some but allowing others to be free for dipping. Overall, quite good, although we would have appreciated more cheese.(8 )
  • Price: $9.78 for a moderately-sized plate of nachos. We’ve seen better. (6)
  • Overall: (30/40)

So, new and exciting adventures abound–a corporate nacho environment sees moderate triumph, we are surprised, and we get chased by little red flying shells. It’s a very rough life we lead.