Bukowski Tavern. Cambridge, MA

Next I headed to Cambridge, MA. A friend and I went in search of a sandwich shop he was anxious to try after seeing it on a Food Network show. We walked past a tavern on the way that struck me as a place that would have some seriously piled high nachos and one glance at the menu confirmed my suspicion. After watching my friend devour his highly praised pastrami sandwich, we marched on back to the tavern and he watched me evaluate nachos with the precision and seriousness of a skilled food critic.

Bukowski Tavern nachos

Bukowski Tavern nachos

I wasn’t quite as enthralled upon first laying eyes on these nachos but I could instantly assess that there was once again no liquid cheese and this gave me hope. Again there were tasty chips, loads of melted cheese, black beans and sour cream. No guacamole, black olives, or lettuce, much to my disappointment. But they did contain some pickled jalepenos that added a nice spicy flavor to various bites. My one main complaint – a serious enough complaint that it potentially tainted my whole experience – jarred salsa. People, I implore you. Please, please, please cut up some tomatoes and onions, toss in a little garlic, cilantro. A splash of vinegar. Perhaps some ground pepper. Keep it on hand for when you serve nachos. It won’t add much effort and frankly, may even be cheaper than jarred salsa although that’s an uneducated guess on my part. Here’s what I do know: Soggy tomatoes and tasteless limp onions in some type of red liquid do nothing but ruin an otherwise perfectly good plate of nachos.

Overall, I give them 2 out of 5 smiling nachos. If they had used fresh salsa they would have received at least 3, if not 4. The next time I’m in Cambridge, I’ll be seeking out another option to satisfy my always intense nacho craving. Can anyone out there recommend a good nacho place in Cambridge, MA?

Bukowski Tavern: 1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Acapulcos. Milford, MA

So my journey begins, with a business trip to Boston. My pre-trip research, aided by iPhone apps like Urbanspoon, Yelp and Foodspotting, led me to two very different places. The first of which is a mexican restaurant named Acapulcos in Milford, MA.

Acapulcos nachos

Acapulcos Nachos Supreme, no meat

Ok, I admit. Coming from San Francisco, I had the bar set pretty low for nachos in Milford, MA. Turns out, they were quite good! I was pleasantly surprised upon first sight of them when the waiter placed them on the table. I didn’t know what to expect – stale chips? salsa from a jar? or god forbid, some type of liquid cheese that came out of a pump? But no. What I saw was fresh chips, smothered with a generous helping of melted cheese, topped with a little shredded lettuce (often unexpected, yet one of my favorite toppings for that cool crunch factor it provides), refried pinto beans, fresh salsa, a tasty guacamole that seemed homemade, and sour cream.

Overall, I really enjoyed these tasty nachos give them 4 out of 5 smiling nacho chips. I can recommend them to anyone spending time in suburban MA and looking for a place to get their nacho on.

Acapulcos: 231 E Main St # D, Milford, MA 01757

So there you have it. My first nacho review. I hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to hear from you! Tell me where you’ve found the best nachos.