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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!
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Brighton Beer Garden: Right On, Beer Garden!

2 Aug

The Brighton Beer Garden once spent an illustrious summer as one of our favorite Stump! Trivia haunts.  Yet somehow, each time Wednesday rolled around, we found ourselves avoiding the nachos.  Extrapolating from the average-quality bar food making up the rest of the menu and the $14 price tag, we expected them to be mediocre, forgettable and overpriced, and so always managed to conveniently find something else on the menu that we wanted to order more.  But lo and behold, a new menu has debuted, featuring items like bacon-wrapped scallops and lobster ravioli.  Could this gentrification spread to the nachos?  We were determined to find out.

  • Appearance: (8) Our kidney beans runneth over, along with everything else!  These presented a visual feast as they approached, with their wide variety of toppings.  Significant naked chips left us worried, however.
  • Quality of Ingredients: (8) It’s a testament to how pleasantly surprising these nachos were that it took a few minutes for us to realize that they had BACON on them.  Bacon!  Only a small smattering, but still, bacon! Our attention was primarily taken up by the Garnish of Delicious Mystery, which, after sending a bartender off to the kitchen to inquire about, we learned was thin threads of beef jerky.  The chili was full of kidney beans, and the guacamole tasty enough, though Guacaholics Anonymous was still fresh enough in our minds to limit our intake to a few nibbles.  Chips were nothing special.  The salsa in the big cup off to the side was finely minced and deliciously fresh, a rare find indeed!
  • Distribution of Toppings: (7) It’s hard to report on the naked chip situation because we didn’t make it through enough of these to have that be a problem.  This was a sizeable plate of ‘chos and while we barely made a dent in it, the parts we did get to had a decent distribution.  Even if a naked chip did arise, the guac and sour cream (not too cloying, fortunately) were there for the dipping, along with the delicious fresh salsa on the side.  At first we wondered why the salsa was presented on its own, but in the end it made sense– it was so pureed, almost gazpacho-like in texture, that it would have turned everything soggy. We applaud the chef’s good sense in this situation.
  • Price: (7.5) Nearing Sunset-esque proportions, these were worth more of their $14 than we originally expected.  Still, could do a little better…
  • Overall: 30.5/40.  Better than anticipated, with some welcome surprises.  Certainly a better bet than their Brighton Center competition…

Rudy’s Cafe: Where Everybody is Soon to Know Our Name

17 Jul

Nachoville is abuzz tonight with thrilling news and general celebration.  After much Craigslist trolling, an extended tour of Cambridge/Somerville, peeking into the bedrooms of strangers (why do so many people keep weapons in their bedrooms?) and dealing with the World’s Most Senile Realtor,  the new Nacho Patrol World Headquarters has officially been chosen.  In the mood for celebratory margaritas and intensive furniture discussions (too much wicker? not enough wicker?), we hit an old standby in our new neighborhood, Rudy’s Cafe.  Rudy’s is an adorable Somerville institution, full of fiesta-colored furniture, cozy dining nooks, and with not-insignificant margarita list.  It’s entirely possible that one of our members may have been conceived after a night of one too many Original Margaritas.  Putting that uncomfortable thought aside, we eagerly ordered their Super Nachos, with spicy chili.

  • Appearance: (6) Despite significant oozage, the lack of color variation left something to be desired.
  • Quality of Ingredients: (7) We loved the thick, crispy, perfectly-salted homemade chips, and could have easily just eaten a pile of them plain.  The chili was also good, but the salsa was a little overwhelming, and far too runny.  Melted cheese=excellent.
  • Distribution of Toppings: (7) It was hard to know where the salsa ended and the chili began, because the two were layered on top of each other (Rudy’s also offers these nachos with black beans instead of chili, which may cut down on this problem). Because there was so much runny salsa,  the bottom layer of chips quickly became sodden, though rarely inedibly so.  Upon seeing the hat of toppings on these nachos, we feared for many naked chips, but were pleasantly surprised to find a second layer of cheese in the middle.
  • Price: (7) $10 for a solid starter for three.  Still, we would have appreciated a little more varietal bang for our buck.
  • Overall: 27/40.  Nice nachos, but in the future we’re looking forward to trying other things on the menu!