Budgie’s Burritos, on Kingsway and 8th, has a special place in my heart, due to their huge selection of delicious, vegetarian burritos.
It’s also a funky place to hang out, plastered in colourful works of art that keep me occupied while I wait. That and the liquor license of course.
I usually go for the Jame Dog or the Johnny O burrito, but on a recent visit, they were offering a nacho special. Predictably, I couldn’t resist.
The nachos are pretty cheap at CAD $6, with guacamole adding another CAD $1.25. And unusually, all prices include tax.
As a bonus, the nacho special also came with vegetarian chilli mince and black beans, and I opted for salsa verde, instead of the regular salsa roja, just to mix it up a bit.
After ordering at the kitchen window inside the tiny entrance area, and grabbing a Mexican cola, we headed downstairs to wait in one of several worn, red booths that always seem to be available, no matter the time of day.
A few minutes later, my heaped plate of crisp nachos arrived, flanked as ever by three large cartons of salsa verde, guacamole and sour cream.
As usual, I was disappointed not to see the trio of toppings layered over my golden plate of nachos, but I’ve come to expect that in this town.
My disappointment quickly vanished, as I dug in to find the cheese was delicious and plentiful, the vegetarian chilli had a kick to it and the chips were perfectly crisped.
The thin salsa verde was tangy, but the guacamole was substandard, being more of a pureed avocado than the chunky green stuff I so adore.
As ever, the sour cream stood resolute, ready to relieve me of chilli burn. But for the first time, I began to ponder…what would a truly superior sour cream taste like? Is such a thing even possible? Only time will tell.
That aside, we ended up scooping up every last scrap of nacho and topping with our bare hands, the amount of chilli far exceeding the number of chips.
Budgie’s nachos may not be quite as good as their burritos, but they gave me a damn fine start for my return to nacho reviewing. Happily recommended.
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