Tag Archives: Tex Mex

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!
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Nachos To-Go: Mystery Solved!

15 Apr

Ah, the age-old problem. It’s Thursday night, 9pm. You’re wandering alone in Kenmore Square, dodging cars on one side and panhandlers on the other. You’re hungry, but not for any old snack. You want something crispy and spicy, drenched in cheese and oozing with pinto beans. A quiet Qdoba stands to your right. The chicken nachos call out to you, their sweet embrace dancing in a whisper on the wind. You have your hand on the door, but wait! A problem! You don’t want to dine in the restaurant–you didn’t bring a book and you don’t want to seem so lonesome. But your home, your own Nacho Patrol World Headquarters, is some twenty minutes away. By the time you get your nachos home, the chips will be soggy, the queso cold, the shredded cheese oily and congealed.

Qdoba, however, understands your pain. Which is why they now separate the chips from the toppings when you choose to take away. Here’s what Nacho Patrol found in the bag once they made it home:

A bag of chips

A bag of chips

Plus….

A bowl of goopy toppings

Equals….

Innovation

We’re pretty sure this is going to revolutionize not only the way that we eat food at home, but more centrally, how our generation, and countless generations to come, will be able to get out of bed in the morning and face the day. The time for suffering has ended, my friends, the coffin to the soggy chip closed and nailed shut. Grab a Corona and a bottle of Tums–it’s time to Rejoice!

Fenway Cantina: Watching the Paint Dry

13 Feb

Fenway Cantina had been open for business for approximately 45 minutes by the time Nacho Patrol strolled in to nosh some newbie nachos. Some might say we’re a little trigger happy, but the prospect of sampling yet another Fenway/Boylston area Tex-Mex joint could not be passed by. Sure, it smelled a little bit like paint and a few things on the menu weren’t yet available, but for the most part we were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere. The liquor selection also looks promising: a smorgasbord of interesting beers on tap and some delicious-sounding variations on mojitos and margaritas. It needs to be lived in a little, and we probably aren’t going to come back without substantial incentive, but Fenway Cantina has promise: this most definitely applies to the nachos.

  • Appearance: (7) Ooey gooey, but we could already see copious naked chips poking out from the blanket of chili and cheese. Also, a little lacking in green…we don’t know if they had guacamole available, but we could have used some.
  • Quality of Ingredients: (7) The chips, while structurally high-quality, were very unevenly salted, alternately bland and tongue-burning.  The chili was good and meaty, and we especially loved the salsa, which was fresh-made and delicious. The inclusion of black olives won some important bonus points.
  • Distribution of Toppings: (6)  We made ample use of the salsa that came with our free basket of chips, as there was not enough topping to go around.  Cheese was also woefully sparse.
  • Price: (6) $12 with chili…a shame, but par for the course for this area in this day and age.
  • Overall: 26.  We’ll go for the other food on the menu before we try the nachos again.