Iron Hill Brewery

There’s nachos were amazing! The chips were very crisp. The cheese was perfectly melted and distributed. All the toppings went so well together. The menu says “Pico de gallo, seasoned black beans, green onions, serrano peppers, mexican cream, sour cream, guacamole, monterey jack cheese, queso fresco”

My favorite part was the fresh serrano peppers. A great change to the pickled jalapeños that most restaurants use.

Mac’s Wood Grilled

These nachos were alright. The menu says chili con carne, jack and cheddar cheese, jalapeños, pico de gallo, salsa roja. It sounded like it was going to be amazing. The chips were crisp and salty. But a lot of the chips weren’t covered in toppings and there was chopped up lettuce covering the whole thing. The lettuce was a disappointment to me. The pico de gallo and chili con carne was amazing, I just wish there was more of it. At $12 this plate of nachos wasn’t a good value to me.

Sheet Nachos

Three-cheese blend, black beans, tomatoes, chopped jalapenos, red onions, sour cream, cilantro & avocado creama. Chicken was an add-on.

Overall these nachos were pretty average. There was a good balance of cheese and other toppings. With lots of bean and chicken this was a pretty substantial meal.

The stand out feature to me was the avocado creama. Mixed with the salsa those two toppings were amazing.

Meat: 2/5 – The chicken was cubed, not sure if it was spiced at all. It didn’t have much flavor.

Other ingredients: 4/5 – The non-meat ingredients were pretty good and like I said above the salsa and avocado creama were amazing.

Chips: 4/5 – Crisp but nothing special.

Architecture: 5/5 – Sheet nachos is probably my favorite way this meal gets served since every chip has lots of toppings

Value: 4/5 – With the chicken add-on this was $15. While that is expensive for nachos, I consider this a full meal for at least 2 people, maybe as many as 4 while out drinking.

The It Factor: 4/5 This plate is huge and impressive looking

Taco Bell

The Nachos BellGrande is pretty disappointing. These nachos come with the standard Taco Bell toppings: ground beef, tomatoes, nacho cheese, refried beans, and sour cream. There’s not a lot of flavor in these toppings. The chips are pretty thin and plain. Also pictured the Nachos Taco. According to NachoMamma it was everything she wanted in a taco-nacho mash-up.

March Madness Nachos

I ordered the Double Layered Baked Nachos at Fat Pour. These nachos can feed the entire table. They are huge. There are two layers of toppings and many layers of chips. The cheese is delicious and it comes with a delicious smokey salsa. I would order these again with a larger group.

Ingredients 5 – The cheese and salsa were very good. Maybe a few too many Jalapenos

Chips 5 – Very crisp and no sogginess to the very end. We were left with lots of uneaten chips.

Architecture 3 – They are called double layer nachos and there was more than one layer but the chips to toppings ratio was off.

Value 5 – While these were on the high end for a plate of nachos it could have fed 4 – 6 people who were just out for drinks.

The It Factor 5 – These came to the table and looked awesome with the spicy beer queso drizzled all over it.

Gold standard sports bar nachos

Timothy O’Toole’s – you spark endless joy.

This bar is particularly close to my office, and I’ve been coming here on and off for approximately 10 years. A younger me was typically pumped about the extensive beer list. A present-day me encourages gatherings be held here for “nacho-related reasons.” Photos featured were taken in a hurry, as a group of us were about to descend on these platters like vultures.

Their basic nachos are likely my gold standard for bar nachos. There’s nothing fancy about them, and everything delicious about them.

Meat: 5 – Technically, there wasn’t any meat on this plate. But if we think “protein” instead of “meat”, I give a 5/5 for the black beans – perfectly cooked.

Other ingredients: 5 – The cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos – perfect. The side containers of sour cream and salsa – even more perfect. (Sour cream and salsa can be delicious, but can also make nachos prematurely soggy. This place has it down).

Chips: 5 – Really solid, but nothing to write home about

Architecture: 5 – These nachos are perfectly messy and loaded with toppings. A handful of chips weren’t covered, but there were ample toppings to make this feel right.

Value: 3 – These aren’t expensive and the platter is decently sized, but I always want more of them.  How much I love these nachos is clearly confounding my value rating.

The It Factor: 5. Have I mentioned I love these?

Next: Irish nachos. The Irish nachos are… very tasty cheese fries.

Meat: 2 – bacon bits are fairly mediocre

Other ingredients: 3 – the ingredients are mostly cheese. I love cheese. But it’s not the best cheese.

Chips: 4 – clearly these are fries instead of chips, but they’re really good fries.

Architecture: 4 – how the kitchen manages to get so much cheese on each fry amazes me. Excellent architecture.

Value: 3. I don’t know. It’s fine. I couldn’t eat these as a meal.

The It Factor: 3 – this plate doesn’t wow me. However, I grew up on a heavy potato and cheese diet and this plate feels like really solid comfort food.

Smoke Daddy delivers joy

Last week, General Cheese and I found ourselves face to face with this plate of pulled pork nachos delivered from Smoke Daddy. Nachos pictured. Happy souls resulting from nachos not pictured.

To start bringing some order to our nacho reviews, we devised the following rating scale with each category rated on a 1-5 scale. 1 = an utter disappointment, 5 = a cause for celebration.

Meat: 5 – Smoke Daddy dominates at pulled pork

Other ingredients: 4 – all fantastic, but not quite as good as the pulled pork

Chips: 3 – Really solid, but nothing to write home about

Architecture: 4 – Almost every chip had adequate toppings, and stood up well to being delivered (no soggy chips!)

Value: 4 – At approximately $12 for the plate, this was a great dinner for two with some leftover for site creator Alex b’s late night snack.

The It Factor: 5 – These nachos felt like they should be famous

Inaugural nacho review

To kick off our series of nacho fandom, we’re reviewing a homemade plate of nachos. Served for dinner on a snowy Friday night, these nachos hit the spot but weren’t a contender for BEST NACHOS EVER EATEN.

Pros: Abundant avocado, crispy tofu, fresh tomatoes and black beans were tasty toppings that made us feel not too bad about eating nachos for dinner.

Cons: Finely shredded cheese didn’t hold up well. Also, we’re skipping added sugars this month, and most of our favorite salsas were off-limits because of this silly diet rule. Nachos with salsa are better.