Ahhhh the Owl Bar. It’s been around a while. Nestled within the not-really-a-hotel Belvedere Hotel, this mainstay bar has been through its ups and downs, good times and bad, all of which are completely irrelevant to talking about nachos. Fortunately, and relevant to nachos, the nachos at Owl Bar are pretty great.
Piled high on a skillet type thing, the tricolored chips are swamped with cheddar, jack cheese, pico de gallo and jalapenos. And topped with sour cream and guacamole. For $9, the “plain old nachos” are more than enough for two people to eat and are in the perfect price range, especially considering the guacamole costs extra elsewhere. 99.9% of the chips were covered with at least something, whether cheese or some other topping, and the blend of cheddar with jack with especially potent in the cheese flavor department. Baked until the chips were slightly – so very slightly – burnt on the edges, puts these nachos in the top 5 of this never ending quest – with one exception: with chili or chicken, the nachos get pumped to $14, which puts them at the upper end of price along with Max’s Taphouse ($16.50 with pulled pork). Now unless there’s a shit ton of either topping included for the additional $4, as with Max’s it doesn’t seem worth it since the $9 ‘chos are more than adequate. But that’s just me. I’m a cheap bastard (more on that later this week).
At any rate, get these nachos with a friend and a yardglass of Boh (yeah, they have those) and be happy with your decision.
5 nachos out of 5 without meat
4 golden nachos out of 5 with meat (price considerations)
Cheese Nachos, $9
The Owl Bar
1 E Chase St, Midtown Belvedere