Have you heard of these drink-a-lot-of-booze-while-painting-at-a-restaurant events that are popular these days? I hadn’t, and then I did, and as I am a fellow with his thumb on the pulse of popular culture I had to attend. So I did. At a restaurant called Not Your Average Joe’s. And they had nachos. Kind of.
I had hoped that with “Not Your” in the name of the restaurant that they could buck the norm and restrain themselves enough to not use the pun when naming the dish, but stupid me. Thus we get “Nacho Average Nachos”, which could be more aptly named “Nacho: Average Nachos”, because despite their strange appearance they are, at best, just average nachos. Take some taco shells, break them in half, pile them up in a spiral after you put a little meat and cheese on them, and then surround them with what you might put on a nachos. That’s not nachos, that’s a pile of broken tacos, or at best a tower of single serving nachos.
The rage with upscale restaurants making their own versions of nachos, commonly known as “Deconstructed Nachos”, is hit or miss at best, and in turn fills me with rage. Sometimes you’ll get a strange and delicious art piece that you appreciate. Other times you get a chippy Tower of Babel, like in this instance. One of the biggest problems with these classy nachos is I can’t slam them for not being tasty, because they truly are, but at the same time I can’t say that they’re great nachos, because they are not, or just barely qualify as, nachos.
Stick to your delicious pizza Joe, you’re out of your league with nachos, or are more accurately just trying too hard. You don’t need to remake the wheel with every dish, just make some nachos with really good ingredients and you’ll have me. Of course if you’re going for edible architecture this is pretty tasty Mexican dish, it’s just not nachos.
BTW, if you’re going to paint, doing it while drinking is the way to go.