Why do restaurants change their menus? Do they think they’re cool, mixing things up and throwing off anyone that goes there expecting the food they are accustomed to? I’m sure this “surprise” may come as a positive for some people, but for the rest it is frequently a disappointment. Especially when it comes to nachos.
Buffalo Wild Wings (a.k.a. BWW) has regular nachos, as all respectable restaurants should, but what they also have are Dessert Nachos. As Pinterest tells me these are, “Deep fried crispy tortillas covered in cinnamon, topped with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake bites, and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrup.” You might ask why I had to get that info off of Pinterest and not the BWW website itself, and that is because BWW doesn’t sell them anymore. Which nobody told me about until the menu did as I sat gobsmacked at the bar, instantly filled with a nacho void. I didn’t even believe that you could be filled with a void, but oh, can you ever.
Sure, I could have gotten an order of their regular nachos, but BWW is also one of these establishments that lists the calorie count. Did I want to eat one 2200 calorie item of food that day and not eat again until the next like a python? Usually I would, it’s called intermittent fasting and it’s all the rage, but having already reviewed them I couldn’t justify it. This calorie count was in fact so traumatic that it scared me into getting a salad (which checking the calories on that now I see is about 820, so the joke is on me), but also an ice cream because I needed something to get me that nonexistent Dessert Nacho flavor.
I’m going to do something now that I’ve never done before, so if you think it’s bullshit feel free to bail, I won’t mind. I am going to imagine what a BWW Dessert Nacho might have been like based on an extrapolation of their Loaded Ice Cream. Will it be exactly the same? No. Is it mostly a pie in the sky fantasy? Yes. Is it even a review? Probably not, but I have to salvage this goddamn mess somehow.
Their Loaded Ice Cream seems to have all the same ingredients as their Dessert Nachos did, save the cheesecake bites, and the chips being on the top of the ice cream rather than under it. Frankly this is probably a better option as usually a scoop of ice cream on top of dessert chips is impossible to lift without breaking them. Ice cream is cold, hard stuff, not something easily scoopable or liftable by chips alone. The major issue with all ice cream based dessert nachos could be easily solved if instead of two or three large scoops put on top of chips it was dozens of smaller sized lumps for easy lifting and eating. Alas, I have never witnessed this in the wild.
Having eaten my salad first, because always dinner before dessert, this gave time for the ice cream to soften a little, meaning I could actually use the cinnamon sugar dusted tortillas (these were delicious BTW, highly approve of their use in the hypothetical nachos) to scoop the ice cream. Really this might be the best way to consume a dessert chip. A Dessert Nacho is unfeasible, but a Dessert Chips and Dip is much more manageable. Maybe this is the hot new craze we never knew we wanted… I sure didn’t know it was a thing until I had this, but now I want more.
The whole take away from this meal seems to be that Dessert Nachos just don’t work, at least not on a mass produced restaurant level, so it’s probably good that they didn’t have them anymore. If they did work I would have to assume that they would still be on the menu, and as we have seen, well… Also, don’t change your menu, especially when it comes to nachos. That’s obviously the real moral of this story.