There is no better starter to share than nachos. Piled high and packed with flavor, they are Phantom’s ultimate indulgence, and these are the eight greatest he’s found.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
Kicking off the Great 8 is Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. Located at Patriot Place in Foxboro, this massive restaurant loves all things country and comfort food – including their jaw dropping, eye popping plate of nachos. It’s available in three sizes: big, bigger, and a ridiculous portion they call “that damn nacho.”
“It has the pulled pork, pulled chicken and beef and it is ginormous! It could feed a small army.”
The Perfect Game in Worcester serves the perfect food for snacking while watching a game. There are big juicy burgers topped with anything and everything; housemade waffle chips with a garlic ranch dip; and super spicy wings, which pair perfectly with a cold pitcher of beer. But the ultimate sport watching snack has to be Perfect Game Nachos- which aren’t really nachos at all.
“We serve a waffle nacho fries, with the crisp potato, with cheese and chives and we serve it with a sliced steak. Nice tender meat on top of those nachos.”
The Farm in Essex is a fun place to visit in the summer, but you can get their made-from-scratch pub grub and barbecue all year round. Some of their most popular items include tender baby back ribs, enormous mozzarella sticks, and pulled pork sandwiches piled high with meat in a tangy housemade barbecue sauce. And nothing beat the barbecue nachos, stacked with that same pulled pork and served with plenty of fresh made salsa and guacamole.
Bistro Eighty Ates
Bistro Eighty Ates in Webster, Mass is a casual eatery that serves upscale items you don’t normally see in the suburbs, like Twin Stuffed Porterhouse Lamb Chops and Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Rangoons.
The nachos are anything but typical because, rather than serving a plate of tortilla chips, the kitchen uses tortilla rounds and piles them vertically with southwest toppings, creating layer upon layer of deliciousness.
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Freestones in New Bedford is a cozy local favorite, housed in a former bank that dates back to the nineteenth century. Comfort foods are their specialty, with loaded up lobster rolls, juicy burgers and open faced sandwiches. But for something a little more exotic, try their Syrian nachos. Syrian bread is baked until crispy, topped with melted cheese and served with a house made chili sauce that has customers clamoring.
Another Great 8 winner is the Patron’s in Allston. This Mexican joint is anything but ordinary, with roasted apple and banana pizzas, fireplaces and pool tables. The menu boasts standards like sizzling fajitas, sugary churros and carne asada marinated in coffee porter. The nachos are just as over-the-top as the decor, whether you order the Fiesta Grande Deluxe, or just served up straight in an edible tortilla bowl.
Also making the Great 8 is the Tinker’s Son in Norwell. This friendly Irish pub specializes in food that makes you feel warm all over. So there’s piping hot pans of Shepard’s Pie, skillets of creamy mac and cheese, and an Irish twist on that Mexican favorite – the Irish Potato Nachos.
“They’re basically fresh Irish potato skins that are deep fried crispy, topped with – as opposed to chili – we top it with Shepherd’s pie, and Irish cheddar.”
Coolidge Corner Clubhouse
Rounding out the Great 8 is The Coolidge Corner Clubhouse in Brookline. Here they serve all of the foods you crave, guaranteed to make your stomach full, without leaving your wallet empty. All of the sandwiches are overloaded. And the burgers are all named after sports stars past and present. But the CCC’s top seller is the Mile High nachos, packed with gooey cheese, and topped off with guacamole, jalapeños, sour cream, chili and salsa. And trust us, a half order is plenty big to share.
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