Do you believe in kismet? Here I sat, pondering which nachos I should write about on this day while I looked through my gallery of unwritten nachos. One little beauty caught my eye, a pretty little thing covered in pulled chicken. I knew it was from Red Rock Grill & Bar in Upton, MA. I knew I had written about their excellent breakfast nachos before. I searched the ol’ Nachonomics for my previous review and saw that EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO TODAY I reviewed their breakfast nachos. It can be nothing but fate that today I review their regular nachos.
With their breakfast nachos being called “Breakfast Nachos”, I suppose it comes as little surprise that their regular nachos are known as the equally unimaginative “Red Rock Nachos”. Normally they’d lose a point straight away for having such a blando name, but since I knew from their previous offering that they brought the goods I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Also helping with this I’m sure was another one of their bloody marys from their bloody mary bar. I went with my patented two scoops of blue cheese, scoop of pickled jalapenos, four slices of bacon, and two heaping piles of pickled ginger. Now that is a beverage fit for drinking with nachos.
At their base the nachos are very similar to their breakfast counterpart. Tri colored chips, jack cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, but here it’s sprinkled with bacon rather than having a bacon scramble, and there’s no chili. There is of course the BBQ Pulled Chicken topping option should you choose to indulge, and without that I think these would be pretty plain. But you know you’re not going to do that. You’re going to add that chicken. You know you’re going to like it.
Now I’ve had pulled chicken from here, and pulled chicken from there, and pulled chicken from all over the place, but the stuff at Red Rock has a little… something extra to it. There is a flavor, some secret mix of sauces and spices that takes it up a level from the typical stuff you’d find at a BBQ place. I’m not going to say they’re making it with people meat, the mythical Long Pork (or Long Chicken here) of legends, but I am going to say it’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted before and left me with a hunger for more.
Red Rock has clearly stuck their nacho flag in the sand of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has walked away victorious. Could they do the same with dessert nachos? I wouldn’t put it past them considering they also operate an adjoined ice cream parlor. When is it the right time for you to visit though? Sunday brunch of course, since that’s when you can get breakfast nachos, lunch nachos, and the bloody mary bar. That was really more of a trick question than anything else. And don’t forget the BBQ pulled chicken.